Day 31: Timeline

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is pronounced like “Cry-ten”. It  rhymes with frighten. Crichton’s first best-seller, The Andromeda Strain (1969), was published while he was still in medical school. The author sky-rocketed to popularity in the 1990s, when director Steven Spielberg turned his book Jurassic Park(1993) into one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Crichton also created the medical drama, E.R., which won him an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer’s Guild of America Award.

Source: Biography

Timeline was written by Michael Crichton. It was published in 1999.

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  1. I do not know whether you have read any discussion about history or not. But history is in some way confirming your “hindsight bias”. If you might have read Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb he has written there that for any event you can give any reason and explain the cause after knowing the result.

    1. Absolutely!

      Also, I think this is very important, I think it was Napoleon who said that History is a set of lies agreed upon.

      You can always dress up “facts”.

      But, like everything else, this too has a flip side. And this quote by Crichton doesn’t really negate that!

  2. I read this book when I was 14 – and it blew me away. There was this classic intersection of Science/Sci-Fi, History & Adventure that came together as a riveting page-turner. IMO, this is one of the best works from Michael Crichton (who later in his life produced some duds).

    Also, another quote on History from ‘The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes:
    “History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.”

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