Could dinosaurs be cloned like in Jurassic Park? Was The Terminal Man right about VR? Scientists separate “fact from fiction in Crichton’s best-known yarns” (Booklist).
Michael Crichton’s thrillers traverse the cutting edge of science and then push the envelope. How realistic are his takes on subjects ranging from dinosaur cloning to global warming, nanotechnology to time travel, animal behavior to human genetics?
The Science of Michael Crichton gathers essays from prominent experts that examine the amazing inventions of Crichton’s books and lift up the hood, revealing the science underneath—exploring which Crichton imaginings are feasible and which are just plain impossible.
Computer science innovator Ray Kurzweil looks at how virtual reality is portrayed in The Terminal Man; anthropologist Ian Tattersall takes on Crichton’s depiction of Neanderthals in Eaters of the Dead; meteorologist David Lawrence discusses global warming in State of Fear—and much more, in a fascinating volume that separates the science from the fiction.