Michael Crichton Books In Order

Andromeda Books In Publication Order

  1. The Andromeda Strain (1969)
  2. The Andromeda Evolution (With: Daniel H. Wilson) (2019)

Jurassic Park Books In Publication Order

  1. Jurassic Park (1990)
  2. The Lost World (1995)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Odds On (As: John Lange) (1966)
  2. Scratch One (As: John Lange) (1967)
  3. A Case of Need (As: Jeffery Hudson) (1968)
  4. Easy Go / The Last Tomb (As: John Lange) (1968)
  5. Zero Cool (As: John Lange) (1969)
  6. The Venom Business (As: John Lange) (1969)
  7. Drug of Choice (As: John Lange) (1970)
  8. Dealing (As: Michael Douglas) (1970)
  9. Grave Descend (As: John Lange) (1970)
  10. Five Patients (1970)
  11. Binary (As: John Lange) (1972)
  12. The Terminal Man (1972)
  13. Westworld (1974)
  14. The Great Train Robbery (1975)
  15. Eaters of the Dead (1976)
  16. Congo (1980)
  17. Sphere (1987)
  18. Rising Sun (1992)
  19. Disclosure (1994)
  20. Airframe (1996)
  21. Timeline (1999)
  22. Prey (2002)
  23. State of Fear (2004)
  24. Next (2006)
  25. Pirate Latitudes (2009)
  26. Micro (With: Richard Preston) (2011)
  27. Dragon Teeth (2017)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Electronic Life (1983)
  2. Travels (1988)

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Michael Crichton Books Overview

The Andromeda Strain

‘This book recounts the five day history of a major American scientific crisis. As in most crises, the events surrounding The Andromeda Strain were a compound of foresight and foolishness, innocence and ignorance. Nearly everyone involved had moments of great brilliance, and moments of unaccountable stupidity…
.’Thus begins this extraordinary novel of the world’s first space age biological emergency. The Andromeda Strain sets forth with almost documentary verisimilitude the unfolding story of ‘Project Wildfire’ the crash mobilization of the nation’s highest scientific and medical resources when an unmanned research satellite returns to earth mysteriously and lethally contaminated. Four American scientists, chosen in advance for their experimental achievements in the fields of clinical microbiology, epidemiology, pathology, and electrolyte chemistry, are summoned under conditions of total news blackout and utmost urgency to Wildfire’s secret laboratory five stories beneath the Nevada desert. There surrounded by banks of the most sophisticated computer assisted equipment, and sealed off from the outside world except for a telecommunications link with the national security apparatus they work against the threat of a worldwide epidemic to find an antidote to the unknown microorganism that has inexplicably killed all but two inhabitants an elderly derelict and an infant of the tiny Arizona town where the satellite was retrieved. Step by step they begin to unravel the puzzle of The Andromeda Strain, until, terrifyingly, their microbacterial ‘adversary’ ruptures the hypersterile seal of the laboratory and their already desperate search for a biomedical answer becomes a split second race against an atomic deadline. With its narrative force, its scientific detail, its suspense as four brilliant individualists work together under ultimate pressure this novel makes real for the reader the real world of today’s science and medicine at the top secret levels of the Science Space Military high command. The author is a trained scientist. Newspaper stories from NASA that have appeared since the completion of the manuscript read like details from The Andromeda Strain

Jurassic Park

2 cassettes / 3 hoursRead by John HeardFrom the ever inventive, ingenious mind of Michael Crichton comes the terrifying tale of a ‘theme’ park that even Disney never dreamed of!A shroud of secrecy covers a privately owned island off the coast of the Dominican Republic where an American bioengineering firm is quietly building a resort theme park. Even the expert consultants on the project don’t know exactly what it is. And local doctors are mystified when an injured park worker arrives at the hospital with gashes on his body, as if he’s been mauled by an animal of monstrous proportions. A year later, when the first invited guests to ‘Jurassic Park‘ attend a 4 day preview, the amazement, the shock, and finally, the terror they experience there offer a horrifying solution to this disturbing puzzle. Riveting scientific detail ad a driving, suspenseful narrative make this an unforgettable story one of advanced technology versus prehistoric monsters…
and of an extraordinary good idea gone extraordinary bad.

The Lost World

4 Compact Discs / 4 HoursRead by Anthony HealdThe sequel to Michael Crichton’s bestselling Jurassic Park. It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park: six years since that extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end the dinosaurs destroyed, the part dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. There are rumors that something has survived. Michael Crichton is at it again. The Lost World continues the horrifying and thrilling tale begun in Jurassic Park. Airframe, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Eaters of the Dead, Rising Sun, Sphere, Congo, The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, and The Terminal Man, by Michael Crichton are all available from Random House AudioBooks.

A Case of Need (As: Jeffery Hudson)

A Case of Need is Michael Crichton’s award winning debut novel, written shortly after he completed his medical internship. Set against the ever building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center, the tensions flare and explode when a surgical operation tragically ends in death, raising countless questions. Was it accidental malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic oath? Or cold blooded murder?

Zero Cool (As: John Lange)

American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact. From Barcelona to the rain swept streets of Paris, from the towers of the Alhambra to its darkest catacombs, Peter Ross is an ordinary man in desperate circumstances: racing to uncover a secret lost for centuries, before he becomes its next victim.

Drug of Choice (As: John Lange)

One of Crichton’s most obscure novels written under this pseudonym.

Grave Descend (As: John Lange)

SOMETHING S GOING DOWN OFF THE COAST OF JAMAICA Diver James McGregor is used to being hired to explore sunken ships. But there’s something strange about the wreck of the luxury yacht Grave Descend. No one who was aboard tells quite the same story about what happened. Then there s the matter of the mysterious cargo they were carrying In one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a sinister plot is about to unfold. And if McGregor s not careful, he may find himself in over his head.

Five Patients

‘Crichton has an extraordinary capacity to seize upon, then make real and personal, the new and the complex, the intriguing and the frighening.’THE NATIONIn this incisive, detailed survey of Five Patients, famous thriller author and doctor Michael Crichton explores the dramatic workings of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston’s oldest and most prestigious. This readable account covers not only the history of the hospital’s place in society, but also the actual minute to minute functions of Mass General, where health professionals wage their daily battle against disease and death. Crichton’s insightful look at the changes in medicine and surgery caused by technological strides of recent years makes for amazing reading.

The Terminal Man

Harry Benson is prone to violent, uncontrollable seizures and is under police guard after attacking two people.

Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at University Hospital in Los Angeles, is convinced he can cure Benson through a procedure called Stage Three. During this highly specialized experimental surgery, electrodes will be place in the patient’s brain, sending monitored, soothing pulses to its pleasure canyons.

Though the operation is a success, there is an unforseen development. Benson learns how to control the pulses and is increasing their frequency. He escapes a homicidal maniac loose in the city and nothing will stop his murderous rampages or impede his deadly agenda…

/Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Harry has a problem. Ever since getting in a car accident, he’s suffered from ‘thought seizures,’ violent fits in which he attacks other people. He used to be an artificial intelligence researcher, which may explain why he targets anyone who either works on machines or who acts like a machine mechanics, gas station attendants, prostitutes, exotic dancers. But there’s hope: he can become part machine himself, undergoing ‘Stage 3,’ an experimental procedure implanting 40 electrodes deep in the pleasure centers of his brain. The surgery is successful, and blissful pulses of electricity short circuit Harry’s seizures. That is, until Harry figures out how to overload himself with the satisfying jolts and escapes on a murderous rampage. One of Crichton’s earliest, playing ably on ’70s fears of computers and mind control. Paul Hughes

The Great Train Robbery

A nineteenth century version of The Sting…
Crichton fascinates us.’ The New, York Times Book ReviewIn teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well to do as he cunningly orchestrates a masterpiece of crime the most daring train robbery of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England’s industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite yet nonetheless explosive…
. The Lost World, Jurassic Park, Congo, Disclosure , Rising Sun, and The Terminal Man, by Michael Crichton, are available on cassette from Random House AudioBooks The Lost World is also available on compact disc. Sphere and The Andromeda Strain are available as Random House Price Less Audios. Michael Cumpsty has appeared on Broadway in Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens, Artist Descending a Staircase and La Bete, and on television in the cast of L.A. Law, on Star Trek: Voyager, and in the PBS production of Hamlet. His film credits include the Ang Lee film The Ice Storm. He has previously read Servant of for Random House AudioBooks.

Eaters of the Dead

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Bagdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness…

their cold blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: He has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues them a monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh…


Deep in the heart of the darkest region of the Congo, an eight person field dies mysteriously and brutally in a matter of minutes…
. Ten thousand miles away, at the Houston based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., supervisor Karenn Ross watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill fated team: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside bodies and the grainy, moving image of a dark, blurred shape…
. In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with a 620 ‘sign’ vocabulary and a fondness for finger painting. Her recent drawing matches, with stunning accuracy, the frayed, brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 a drawing of an ancient lost city. Immediately, a new expedition is sent into the Congo, descending into a secret world. where the only way out may be through the grisliest death. Judith Ivey’s film credits include Alice, Brighton Beach. Memoirs, and In Country. She starred on the television show ‘Designing Women.’Disclosure, Rising Sun, and Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton, are available from Random House AudioBooks. Sphere and The Andromeda Strain are available as Random House Price Less Audios.


‘A page turner…
Chichton’s writing is cinematic, with powerful visual images and nonstop action. This book should come with hot buttered popcorn.’NEWSWEEKA group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old…
.’The suspense is real.’THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWFrom the Paperback edition.

Rising Sun

During the grand opening celebration of the new American headquarters of an immense Japanese conglomerate, the dead body of a beautiful woman is found. The investigation begins, and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue and a violent business battle that takes no prisoners.


‘Expertly crafted, ingenious and absorbing.’ The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 1 Bestseller by the author of ‘Jurassic Park.’ As he did in ‘Rising Sun,’ Crichton focuses on a topic as close as today’s newspaper headlines: sexual harassment. Tom Sanders is an up and coming executive at the computer firm DigiCom. When his new boss turns out to be a woman who is both his former lover and a business rival, Sanders determines to be professional. But after a closed door meeting, the woman accuses him of sexual harassment. It’s her word against his, and suddenly Sanders finds himself caught in a nightmarish web of deceit in which he is branded as the villian. As he scrambles to save his career and his reputation, Sanders uncovers an electronic trail into DigiCom’s secrets…
and the cynical scheme devised to bring him down.


See the difference, read 1 bestselling author Michael Crichton in Large Print About Large PrintAll Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16 point typefaceThree passengers are dead. Fifty six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane…
. At a moment when the issue of safety and death in the skies is paramount in the public mind, a lethal midair disaster aboard a commercial twin jet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation. Airframe is nonstop reading: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton landmark since The Andromeda Strain. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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Michael Crichton’s new novel opens on the threshold of the twenty first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized and a group of historians can enter, literally, life in fourteenth century
feudal France.

Imagine the risks of such a journey.

Not since Jurassic Park has Michael Crichton given us such a magnificent adventure. Here, he combines a science of the future the emerging field of quantum technology with the complex realities of the medieval past. In a heart stopping narrative, Timeline carries us into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning our most basic ideas of what is possible.


In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles micro robots has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self sustaining and self reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey. As fresh as today’s headlines, Michael Crichton’s most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up to the minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can’t put down. Because time is running out.

State of Fear

In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor.

In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications.

In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea.

And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

Thus begins Michael Crichton’s exciting and provocative technothriller, State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton’s unique ability to blend science fact and pulse pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart stopping conclusion.

This is Michael Crichton’s most wide ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward, taking the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best.


Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There’s a new genetic cure for drug addiction-is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it’s possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes…

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions, and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.

Pirate Latitudes

Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica’s capital, a cut throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London s luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands. Word in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is stalled in nearby Matanceros harbor awaiting repairs. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by the blood swiller Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor s backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck crew to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloody legends of Matanceros suggest, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he finds himself on the island s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry are all that stand between him and the treasure. With the help of his cunning crew, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But his troubles have just begun…

Micro (With: Richard Preston)

Three men are found dead in the locked second floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier. But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself. An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting edge entertainment.


Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am.

When Michael Crichton a Harvard trained physician, bestselling novelist, and successful movie director began to feel isolated in his own life, he decided to widen his horizons. He tracked wild animals in the jungles of Rwanda. He climbed Kilimanjaro and Mayan pyramids. He trekked across a landslide in Pakistan. He swam amid sharks in Tahiti.

Fueled by a powerful curiosity and the need to see, feel, and hear firsthand and close up, Michael Crichton has experienced adventures as compelling as those he created in his books and films. These adventures both physical and spiritual are recorded here in Travels, Crichton’s most astonishing and personal work.

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