Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, has died
"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," his family tells ET. "He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."
I've been a fan of his work from an early age, growing up with books such as The Andromeda Strain, Congo, and Sphere which only exacerbated my fear of raptors, deep sea objects, and grey goo. His stories infected several generations of thinkers, writers and creators with the idea that anything is possible.
RIP Michael Crichton.