Michael Crichton posthumous novel to be published

LOS ANGELES Mon May 23, 2011 7:24pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES May 23 (Reuters) - Late author Michael Crichton, whose novels have been adapted into movies such as "Jurassic Park," will have a new posthumous novel "Micro" published on November 22, publisher HarperCollins said on Monday.

Crichton had only written a third of the thriller when he died of cancer in November 2008. Writer Richard Preston, best known for such scientific suspense novels as "The Hot Zone" and "The Cobra Event," was chosen by the publisher and the Crichton estate to complete the novel, the publisher said.

"Micro" is about graduates students working in Hawaii for a mysterious biotech company. They end up cast out into the rain forest and forced to fend for themselves with only their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

Besides the unfinished manuscript, Preston also had access to the outline, a bibliography of nearly 100 books and DVDs, as well as notes and research.

"I was driven by a desire to honor the work and imagination of one of our time's most visionary and creative authors," Preston said in a statement.

Crichton was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008 and died that same year at the age of 66. He is perhaps best known for "Jurassic Park," for which he also adapted the screenplay that was directed by Steven Spielberg. His follow-up book, "The Lost World," was also adapted for the big screen.

Other Crichton novels adapted for the big screen include "The Andromeda Strain," "Sphere," "Disclosure," "Rising Sun" and "Timeline." Crichton was also the creator and executive producer of the long-running TV series, "ER."

(Reporting by Zorianna Kit, Editing by Christine Kearney)

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