by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
by Michael Crichton
"A book cover designer is making a piece of art — a piece of design — that's very much in service to another piece of art." — Chip Kidd
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June 7, 2013 Chip Kidd doesn't judge a book by its cover — he creates covers that embody the books. Kidd's book covers are visual haikus that instantly convey the heart of the story inside. In his TEDTalk, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.
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April 20, 2013 More and more writers are setting their novels and short stories in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth's systems are noticeably off-kilter. The genre has come to be called climate fiction — "cli-fi," for short.
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February 5, 2013 In fiction, a novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, a posthumous thriller from Michael Crichton and a sensual werewolf tale from Anne Rice arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Paul Krugman confronts our economic depression, and Charles Murray looks at the U.S. class divide.
November 16, 2011 When Crichton died of cancer in 2008, he left behind an unfinished techno-thriller. Superb science-writer Richard Preston has completed Micro, the story of young scientists who get shrunk to a size smaller than ants when a nanotech invention is used for evil.
November 24, 2009 This week, Michael Crichton's last book, ever, sails the seas of pirate adventure. In story collections: Alice Munro's strong and subtly mysterious women; Ha Jin's immigrants caught between two worlds. And a space-program history finds surprising drama in the unmanned voyages.
November 5, 2008 When word circulated that best-selling writer Michael Crichton had died, NPR national correspondent Linton Weeks recalled a meeting he had with the author years ago — and how courtly, curious — and tall — he was.
December 8, 2006 Michael Crichton, best-selling purveyor of the sci-fi thriller genre, writes a novel about genetic technology and its potential results. But he's not really writing about the future in Next; it's all happening now.
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December 7, 2004 In his new novel about a global-warming information conspiracy, Michael Crichton gives us a 600-page "page-burner" bolstered by footnotes, charts and graphs. Reviewer Alan Cheuse reviews State of Fear.
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