Thursday, April 23, 2009

Michael Crichton Writes from the Beyond

In the April 6th newsletter from Media Bistro, there is a New York Times article regarding a complete novel found on Michael Crichton’s computer after he died. The interesting thing is that according to the Times, no one even knew he was writing it. HarperCollins, the publisher of Crichton’s other novels, will print an initial one million copies of the book, which reportedly required “little editing” to be suitable for printing. Crichton’s agent said that there are many files on the computer that no one’s looked at yet, so there may be other novels yet uncovered. What’s rather depressing to me is that Crichton wrote so much during his life that he couldn’t publish his books fast enough. I mean, the man had a backlog of bestsellers sitting on his computers when he died. It’s interesting to note, though, that HarperCollins says that they don’t plan on using Crichton’s name to create a franchise with ghostwriters, a la Robert Ludlum. Good for them.

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