Michael Crichton was a Boss
Michael Crichton, author of nightmares (Jurassic Park, Sphere, the Andromeda Strain), action (Congo, Twister), and sexual situations that can confuse the hell out of a 12-year-old (Disclosure), was legit. Not only did he write great stories that were all over the genre-map, but he spent time on the side giving frank lectures about real life.
I like his forays into the politics of popular science the best. I wrote about one of my favorites here: Secondhand Smoke Stole my Wallet. And here I’ll link to that lecture, “Aliens Cause Global Warming”, along with two others related to the politics of environmental issues: Three Speeches by Michael Cricthon.
We may not on agree on much. But we can agree that Michael Crichton was a boss.