Michael Crichton has died. I didn’t even know he had cancer. One of the most eloquent voices against the abuse of and the politicization of science has been silenced. And it appears that his web page, where most of his speeches and essays are posted is getting hammered – I’m seeing a lot of “503 Error – Service Unavailable” messages.
I’ve read just about every book he’s written, and most if not all of his essays. The last book of his I read was Next, and it was one of the most disturbing novels I’ve ever read – especially since I know how thoroughly he researched his work. The man was a national treasure.
If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly recommend you go to this post from July and watch the 56 minute interview he gave to Charlie Rose after Next came out.
RIP, Michael. We need you, and we’re going to miss you. The Church of Global Warming will be ramping up their membership drive shortly.