Michael Crichton died of cancer at 66 - and it is a significant loss.
He was part of many of our Thursday nights in Silicon Valley and New York - his E.R., now running, ironically, it's last season on T.V, has been a favo(u)rite for many years, colo(u)ring our view of the medical profession (usually red)!
His science fiction really had the ability to blur the line between science and fiction. At the very least, his ideas drove imagination.
Jurassic Park, brought to the screen by Spielberg (Time 100) in amazing fashion, speaks volumes of what he was capable of.
Rising Sun and Disclosure - I didn't realize that those were his books too - what a range!
A special man - Michael Crichton.