Michael Crichton’s, ‘State of Fear’


His novel ‘State of Fear’, was published in 2004.  I have recently managed to obtain a copy and have now had the opportunity to read this enthralling, incredible story. A fulfilling Father’s Day indulgence of reading all day long.

I have long been an enthusiastic reader of Michael Crichton’s books, as have millions of other readers enjoying his fascinating and imaginative stories including, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘The Andromeda Strain’, ‘Rising Sun’ and ‘Sphere’.

An appropriate description honouring Michael, courtesy ‘Goodreads’ reference https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5194.Michael_Crichton:

  Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas and Jeffery Hudson. His novel A Case of Need won the Edgar Award in 1969. Popular throughout the world, he has sold more than 200 million books. His novels have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

Why am I posting this? Not only have I achieved incredible pleasure from his other books but I am ‘blown away’, so to speak, by this one in particular. This book deserves to be read by so many people who rest on their “laurels” of “confidently knowing accepted science”.

Of course it is a fictitious novel, however, Michael’s own disclaimer (?) reads as follows:

This is a work of fiction. Characters, corporations, institutions, and organizations in this novel are the product of the author’s imagination, or, if real, are used fictitiously without any intent to describe their actual conduct.  However, references to real people, institutions, and organizations, and organizations that are documented in footnotes are accurate. Footnotes are real.

(Bold emphasis is mine.)

The preface also includes:

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.  – Mark Twain

Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to disclose.  – George Orwell.

I suggest all the above to be of significance, relevant and meaningful.

In the story there are a number of ‘dastardly deeds’ which indeed are fictitious but lend themselves to inclinations of trends in real life, perhaps.

Then there are some that are more easily believable.

What must be considered true and relevant is the inclusion of scientific data with genuine references that validate doubt about the credibility of real-life claims of catastrophic man-made global warming, of late mis-named “climate change”.

This book offers an exciting way to experience adventure, suspense, extremes in human behaviour and at the same time absorb a highly important education in an area of enormous, global importance. A rewarding outcome from a few hours spent with a first-class, highly acclaimed author.

 

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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2 Responses to Michael Crichton’s, ‘State of Fear’

  1. MaryLS says:

    I have not read a lot of Michael Chrichton, but I have read this one. It is fascinating. There is an afterword which documents previous scientific fallacies and the damage they caused. For me the book has become a touchstone of truth about politicized science and the potential ruthlessness of vested interests. I also heard Chrichton interviewed around the time that the book came out. He was a voice of reason and wisdom. Thanks for the reminder.

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