TV Guide reports that Michael Crichton died yesterday of cancer.
I first became aware of Crichton's work with The Andromeda Strain. By that time, he'd long since gone on to other things. He wrote Jurassic Park and created the tv series ER, both of which I enjoy. I liked both versions of The Andromeda Strain as well.
Crichton was known for his medical and scientific-focused writing, as well as for his conservative views.