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Aug 8, 01:01 by IROSF
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Thanks for another interesting article Mr. Kimmel, and I quite agree about Crichton's tendencies here.
Incidentally, it's been argued that this was an important reason for his popularity, which was much greater than that of any other "hard" science fiction writer of the last couple of decades, if not longer. (He was in fact the 4th biggest selling novelist of the 90s, period, right behind just John Grisham, Stephen King and Danielle Steele, and right ahead of Tom Clancy, according to a report by CNN at the end of that decade.)
One could analyze this particular factoid forever, but looking over the body of his work, particular later books (some of which were SF, and some of which weren't), it seems he increasingly pursued the course of shameless button-pushing-as in Rising Sun, Disclosure and State of Fear (which made him a hero to the Cato Institute crowd, which all but feted him in a minor event covered on C-SPAN).
Playing on the public's suspicion of science and scientists, even when it was through increasingly lousy storytelling (Prey, the last of his books I even looked at, was really thin, lame stuff, even by simple thriller standards) was just one dimension of that.
Unfortunately the sales figures testify to the commercial effectiveness of the strategy.
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Thanks. It was interesting to revisit "The Andromeda Strain" after all the years of subsequent Crichton films.
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