Watching the news this evening, I heard that author Michael Crichton died.  The Beeb reported it, too.  I have always enjoyed Crichton’s novels because of their heavy basis in science.  His stories always carried me away because he wrote so that the language didn’t get in the way of the plot.  Crichton was only 66.  He was hugely prolific and I’m going to miss looking for his new releases.