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My first celebrity crush was on Michael Crichton. Well, okay, that's a
lie. I had a crush on that blond kid from the U.S.S. Songboat when I was
like five, and I adored the older brother in Barney, and I am sure there
were more, but I fell in love with Mr. Crichton for his words.

I read Jurassic Park as a precocious 10-year-old, and most of it was way
over my head. I loved that there were dinosaurs on his mysterious
island, and one of the protagonists was a kid! Like me! I loved the
illustrations and explanations of fairly complex technology and computer
systems and, having seen the movie three years earlier, I was amazed by
all the cool stuff they left out. From there, I picked up
Airframe, Congo, Sphere--anything I could find in the library or at
Waldenbooks.

I may not have always agreed with Mr. Crichton's take on technology,
global warming or women, but I loved him for his writing. His stories
took place in our world, and for all I knew, they could be possible. I
liked how he explained things in simple terms, and they were just so...cool.

Date: 2009-07-26 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
Of his later things, I really enjoyed Airframe, though I know few other people who have read it!

I think he gets the dubious honor of 'worst screen adaptations', though, because Jurassic park was fine, but Sphere, Congo, Timeline.... yeah, no thanks. Especially Congo.

I also enjoyed A Case of Need, because it raised a lot of ethical questions.

Date: 2009-07-26 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auraesque.livejournal.com
I don't mind his movie adaptions. I was just perturbed by his posture that global warming is a lieeeeeee. And humans should not play God. And dinosaurs will eat us all.

Date: 2009-07-26 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
I have my own opinions on global warming, which doesn't completely line up with either 'side'. That is, of course it's bloody well real - the whole midwest used to be covered with a glacier, and it's not now, so the earth warmed. I think the debate is how much is being caused by humanity. A little? A lot? And I honestly don't think anyone really knows the answer to that question. Environmentalist will tell you a lot - but then, environmental climate models from the 70s have now proved to be quite off, and frankly, I don't trust a weather person to predict tomorrow's climate, let alone the next 100 years. Scientist tend to lean a bit more towards a little, reminding everyone that globally, we're still on the back side of an ice age, so not all the warming can (or should) be attributed to man.

Ihave a stuffed velociraptor who very much would like to eat us all...

Date: 2009-07-26 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auraesque.livejournal.com
A....stuffed...velociraptor?

I wants.

When I worked at the Museum of Science, we sold the velociraptors AND the Utah raptors from Wild Republic.

Image

Image

Date: 2009-07-26 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
He looks exactly like that first picture!

He was a present to my hubby - I made a giant paper mache egg and he 'hatched' out of it. :D

Date: 2009-07-26 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yeerk.livejournal.com
lmao, I adored the older brother in Barney. What sick sick kids we were. :/

Date: 2009-07-26 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auraesque.livejournal.com
Ahahah! Yes, I am glad you knew who I was talking about. He was a hottie to my 7-year-old self. :D

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