Genius is a word that tends to be thrown around much too frequently. If you’ve been following my reading lists, social media posts, podcasts, or opinion pieces, you will note I rarely, if ever, use it. Well, Michael Crichton was a genius. If you have not read his work or researched his life story, I encourage you to do so. Trained as a doctor, instead of practicing medicine he followed his passion for writing, giving us some of the most engaging stories, television and movies of our generation. You may want to start with Rising Sun, or perhaps with The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Congo, The Lost World, or The Great Train Robbery. Or, maybe you’ll watch an episode of ER, a series he created. Writing the script twenty years before it was produced, ER became one of the highest rated and longest running dramas in television history. He directed seven movies and had thirteen of his novels made into films. Sadly, Michael Crichton passed away in 2008. Writer, author, filmmaker, doctor, orator, teacher, visionary, and explorer, Michael Crichton truly lived his calling. He leaves a legacy of passion and achievement, an inspiration to us all.
“I think people put too much emphasis on the ‘idea’ behind a story, anyway. First of all, there isn’t just one idea in a story, there are lots of ideas. And second, an idea by itself isn’t worth much until you do the work necessary to get it down on paper.” – Michael Crichton