LOS ANGELES May 23 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
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)