From 'Congo' to 'Jurassic Park': The Michael Crichton Books Quiz

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When was the author Michael Crichton born?

Crichton was born on Oct. 23, 1942, in Chicago to John Henderson Crichton and Zula Miller Crichton.

What was Michael Crichton's first name?

Michael Crichton's first name was John. The author has a son, also named John Michael, and a daughter named Taylor.

What was the title of the first book Michael Crichton published?

"Odds On" was written and published in 1966 under the pseudonym John Lange.

True or false: Michael Crichton wrote paperback thrillers to support himself while in journalism school.

Michael Crichton wrote paperback thrillers while in medical school. Crichton would write one of his paperback novels in about a week and sell them for $2,500 each.

Which novel was Michael Crichton's first best-seller?

"The Andromeda Strain" was also the first book to be published with his real name instead of a pseudonym.

When was the Michael Crichton novel "Congo" published?

"Congo" was published in 1980. The novel features a new species of aggressive humanlike gorillas who guard a diamond deposit.

What was the name of the popular computer game that Michael Crichton wrote and created in 1982?

Telarium published "Amazon" in 1984.

Which novel by Michael Crichton is about a man being sexually harassed by a woman?

The novel "Disclosure" is about a man who is the victim of sexual harassment. A movie based on the book and bearing the same title was released on Dec. 9, 1994.

Which 1990 Michael Crichton novel is a cautionary tale of genetic engineering?

"Jurassic Park" is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when humans take genetic engineering too far.

How many Michael Crichton novels were made into feature films?

Thirteen of Michael Crichton's novels were made into movies, including "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain."

How many nonfiction titles did Michael Crichton publish?

Michael Crichton published four works of nonfiction, including the autobiographical book "Travels."

True or false: Michael Crichton has a dinosaur named after him.

Scientists at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences named two species of ankylosaurus after the "Jurassic Park" author. The scientific names of the two ankylosaurs are <i>Crichtonsaurus benxiensis </i>and <i>Crichtonsaurus bohlini</i>.

Which ocean is the setting for Michael Crichton's novel "Sphere"?

A team of scientists explore spacecraft at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Which popular television medical drama did Michael Crichton create, write and produce?

"ER" won multiple awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award in 1994, a Writers Guild of America Award in 1995 and an Emmy for best dramatic series in 1996.

Michael Crichton co-wrote the screenplay of this 1996 film starring actor Bill Paxton.

Michael Crichton and his wife at the time, Anne-Marie Martin, wrote the screenplay for the movie "Twister." Crichton also served as producer for the 1996 film.

What era do the characters of the Michael Crichton book "Timeline" time travel to?

The characters of "Timeline" time travel to medieval France during the Hundred Years' War.

The plot of the Michael Crichton novel "Rising Sun" revolves around a fictional Japanese company. What is the name of the company?

A woman is found dead in Nakamoto Tower at the beginning of the book.

True or false: Michael Crichton taught a course in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1988 Michael Crichton taught a writing course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1964, though, Crichton did teach an anthropology course at Cambridge University.

Michael Crichton's 1968 novel "A Case of Need" was published under which pseudonym?

While the 1968 novel "A Case of Need" was published under the pseudonym Jeffery Hudson, Michael Crichton also used the pen names John Lange and Michael Douglas for other novels.

Which Michael Crichton novel received the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1980?

"The Great Train Robbery" is a historical novel based on a gold heist.

This Michael Crichton novel features eco-terrorists in the name of global warming.

The 2004 novel "State of Fear" features eco-terrorists attempting to raise awareness about global warming.

Which Michael Crichton novel features a talking chimpanzee and genetics as the central theme?

"Next" was published in 2006.

What is the cause of the seizures character Harry Benson has in the novel "The Terminal Man" by Michael Crichton?

In "The Terminal Man," Harry Benson has seizures that were caused by a car accident.

What is the name of the fictional aviation company featured in the novel "Airframe"?

In the novel an accident has occurred on a Norton airliner.

Which Michael Crichton novel, published in 1995, features the return of the character Dr. Ian Malcolm?

"The Lost World" is a sequel to "Jurassic Park."

What is the origin of the killer virus in the novel "The Andromeda Strain"?

The extraterrestrial virus causes an outbreak in Arizona.

In Michael Crichton's novel "Prey," investigators are threatened by a deadly strain of what?

Investigators are in danger of infection by deadly microscopic robots.

Which Old English story is the Michael Crichton novel "Eaters of the Dead" based on?

"Eaters of the Dead" is based on the Old English poem "Beowulf." The novel was adapted into a 1999 feature film titled "The 13th Warrior."

True or false: Michael Crichton was the first director to use computer-generated graphics as a movie special effect.

In the 1973 film "Westworld," director Michael Crichton and the visual effects team created a computer-generated sequence of how a robot viewed the world. This sequence is the first instance of CGI in movie history.

When did the author Michael Crichton die?

Michael Crichton died on Nov. 4, 2008, in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

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