New York Times: Nonfiction Writer, Richard Preston, Finishes Crichton Novel

May 22nd, 2011

New York Times
Published: May 22, 2011

HarperCollins plans to publish a new novel by Michael Crichton, the best-selling author of “Jurassic Park” and “The Andromeda Strain,” who died of cancer in November 2008. The book is to be released in November with assistance from the noted nonfiction author Richard Preston, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Crichton wrote about one-third of “Micro,” a technological thriller, before his death. Mr. Preston, best known for his book “The Hot Zone,” about the Ebola virus, used Mr. Crichton’s personal reference material, outline and notes to finish the novel. “When I first read Michael Crichton’s unfinished manuscript, I could practically feel his excitement filling the pages,” Mr. Preston said in a news release from the publisher. “Michael was writing at the top of his game, with a grand sense of adventure, into an eerie world that seems almost beyond imagining.” He added that he sought “to honor the work and imagination of one of our time’s most visionary and creative authors.” In 2009 HarperCollins also published “Pirate Latitudes,” which Mr. Crichton had finished.