Best-selling author Michael Crichton talks with Audible's publisher Beth Anderson about his latest book, State of Fear. In this interview, Crichton explains how he came to rethink common wisdom about global warming. In the three year process of writing and researching the book, Crichton witnessed firsthand how difficult it can be to unearth scientific truth in a heavily politicized atmosphere. He warns against fanaticism and explains why a healthy skepticism is imperative in these fearful times. Listen to our exclusive interview Michael Crichton and learn the real story behind State of Fear.
Producer: Kerry Donahue
Post-Production Engineer: Gil Hova
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The interviewer asked well-conceived questions, not the usual biographical trivia of a magazine (how many pets do you have?). It was interesting to hear how Mr Crichton came upon his intial subject, and how during subsequent research his opinions and conceptions of even larger issues were changed. I highly recommend listening to this interview before or after reading the book "State of Fear", or simply for its entertaining and thought provoking insight on how Mr Crichton develops a new book.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
This is a free interview on his controversial view of global warming. It's smart, scientific, enlightening and entertaining.
I love books, writing, writers....these are my favorite things. I never have to stop learning! Have a lot to learn still.
I don't have to repeat the short interview with Michael Crichton, but I whole-heartedly agree with it. I grieve the loss of our freedom to think and write what we want to. Fundamentalism has always been around, trying, not only to put everything in a box, but using fear and bullying to close the lid on it (whether what's in that box fits or not).
I agree that we need to be more open and less dogmatic in our lives. We do not know everything and don't have all of the answers. I am like everyone else in this regard, and have to tell myself every day that I think such-and-such to be true not that I KNOW it is.
Also, the book he is talking about is a work of fiction. I am saddened that it had to be defended like this. I wasn't forced to read it and I doubt anyone else was either. Witch hunters should be careful. Look at Joan of Arc for one. Today's saints are tomorrow's witches, etc. Ha ha ,..now I sound like a preacher. Sorry. I really just want to say that I miss Crichton. Hearing his thoughts like this was a great treat. Thanks audible.
best author of the last 25 years as far as I'm concerned., at least in the science / thriller genre.
A great interview with Michael, where he talks about his growing apathy toward politics and religion and his disdain toward the 'state of fear' in his book. Strange though, because I could have sworn most of his books take advantage of that fear as a primary plot point but don't actually attempt to deny the necessity of it. Ah well.
This is a nice summary of Crichton's motivations in writing this book. Short and sweet.
It was interesting. You got to hear more about the book & why he wrote it.
Yes - I like his novels.
Well, this was an interview - there was no narrator. I thought the interviewer did a good job though.
Michael Crichton makes you think, and the interviewer asked pertinent, intelligent and relevant questions. I have listened to the interview again, because it has a lot to it.
I used to really love Crichton as a writer. He wrote so many great stories that were a really unique blend of believable and fascinating science and fantasy, plus great storytelling. But by the end of his career, he somehow became this bitter old coot. This interview just demonstrates that. He became really anti-environment, a mindless naysayer republican goofball. I shall try to remember him when he was sane. Don't bother with this garbage.
Michael Crichton reviews the issue of global warming logically and dispassionately. It is a real pleasure to hear a discussion that is not doctrinaire. I recommend this interview to anyone who possesses an open mind or who would like to.
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