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Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, Runaway, Looker, Coma and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year. Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master's degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Crichton's books dazzle listeners with technical jargon that sends them fleeing to an encyclopedia to find answers and actual characters who rub elbows with their fictitious counterparts. The subjects here are genetic engineering, genetic tampering, cross-cultural gene experiments, and stem cell research. Crichton screeches down the genetic highway at breakneck speed, tossing out truth and fiction in equal amounts. Can an African Grey parrot be able to carry on conversations with its owners? What about experiments to place commercial advertising on animals and fish? Throughout these flights of fancy are several story lines that bring the gene question down to a human level, pitting firm believers against equally firm opponents. Lawsuits that touch on the furthest reaches of genetic research confuse the jury and irritate the judges. Actor Dylan Baker has a multitude of voices to contend with as well as some tongue-twisting medical terms, and he handles the job very well. Some of his characters whine too much or speak sarcastically when the situation doesn't really call for it, and one has to wonder why journal headlines are read in a plummy British accent. Still, don't be diverted from diving head first into one of the most important fiction books of modern time. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Bestseller Crichton (Jurassic Park) once again focuses on genetic engineering in his cerebral new thriller, though the science involved is a lot less far-fetched than creating dinosaurs from DNA. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the U.S.'s current handling of gene patents and with the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. Some readers may be disappointed by the relative lack of action, the lame attempts to lighten the mood with humor (especially centering on an unusually bright parrot named Gerard), and the contrived convergence of the main characters toward the end. Still, few can match Crichton in crafting page-turners with intellectual substance, and his opinions this time are less likely to create a firestorm than his controversial take on global warming in 2004's State of Fear. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"A complex and credible extension of present reality into the realm of the imagination. A highly readable novel."--South China Morning Post
"Crichton sets up mind-boggling scenarios. The pace and intrigue last to the final page."--News of the World (UK)
"[NEXT] is a tribute to Crichton's storytelling skill...the docmentation he sprinkles throughout the narrative teases us with speculation."--Los Angeles Times
"Crichton has created a series of vivid, thought-provoking morality plays, presenting key questions engendered by genetic research."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"As entertaining as anything he has written since Jurassic Park."--Dallas Morning News
"NEXT is one of Mr. Crichton's more un-put-downable novels. Its emphasis is on excitement."--New York Times
"Crichton creates a series of fascinating dramatic situations that hold a reader's attention right down to the last page."--NPR (All Things Considered)
"A cracking pace...fast-moving plot with highly detailed research."--Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
"His plot, involving a score of main characters and a dozen different strands, defies summary but is completely brilliant."--Daily Mail (London)
"Under Crichton's imaginative scrutiny, body-part theft, the extinction of blonds and transgenic experiments...all loom on the horizon."--People
"(Crichton) carouses through the landscape of scientific development, presenting one frightening possibility after another. Michael Crichton isn't for scaredybabies."--Daily News
"A compulsively readable beach book about the dawn of the biotech revolution."--National Review
"NEXT will frighten, worry and amuse you, and keep you thinking long after its final words are read. Highly recommended."--Bookreporter.com
"Wonderful...NEXT's a regular romp."--Evening Standard (UK)
"A satirical thriller that will have bookworms glued to their armchairs."--Denver Post
"(Crichton) is one of the most reliable purveyors of brain-engaged popular fiction at work today."--Sunday Express (London)
"NEXT is a page-turner, natuarlly; deft and dashing, eminently professional. "--Daily Telegraph (London)
"[Crichton's] latest is in genetics and his literary success is assured."--Mail on Sunday
"It is devilishly clever...thoroughly enjoyable."--Aberdeen Press & Journal [Scotland]
"You realize what [Crichton]'s fictionalizing could be happening now, not "Next." And that's what makes it all so terrifying."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"NEXT is a romp and a potboiler...a blockbuster science thriller...an entertaining read."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Crichton] is a punchy, modern storyteller. NEXT is a popular thriller worth serious reading."--Adelaide Advertiser
"Read this book. It's enough to scare the DNA out of you."--Baton Rouge Advocate
"Crichton's latest techo-thriller raises fascinating ethical questions."--Christian Science Monitor
"A cracking dark tale about biotechnology and transgenics. Epic in style."--Birmingham Post (UK)
"Provocative and entertaining."--Calgary Sun
"[Crichton] invites a mass audience irresistibly into some of the Most Important Conversations We're Not Having."--Time magazine
"The writing is mentally sharp, with vignettes that make you wonder if you are reading satire or simply mild exagerration."--Houston Chronicle
"NEXT is populated with blood-pressure-raising villains who will keep you turning the pages."--Forbes
"Crichton addresses complex contemporary issues...into thrilling reads."--Newsweek
"[Crichton's] in top form with NEXT....There's a lot to like and to scare you."--USA Today

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