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.
A very informative and balanced interview with Michael Crichton on his book "State of Fear", but it really goes much deeper than that. Insight is given into how the book came about and also the life decision and conclusions that Crichton arrived at after 3 years of his own intense research. Highly recommended!!
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
This is a nice summary of Crichton's motivations in writing this book. Short and sweet.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is a free interview on his controversial view of global warming. It's smart, scientific, enlightening and entertaining.
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.
Such a tragedy he died so young. That he was ostracized for contending that it is pure hubris to make policy based on predictions of the state of a complex, chaotic system 100 years+ in the future shows how dysfunctional and politicized the soft sciences have become. His observation that religion is arguably an anthropological need that many satisfy with fundamentalist attitudes toward environmentalism is a devastating critique that is, of course, dismissed out of hand by those to whom it applies because that's what religious zealots do when their core beliefs are questioned.
With MC gone from this earth, this is true, even of the somewhat mediocre bits.
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.
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