Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was an American author, physician, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his science fiction, thrillers, and medical fiction. He attended college and medical school at Harvard and published his first novel in 1966. It was not until his 1969 novel,The Adromeda Strain, that he became widely known. The book was adapted into a film in 1971. A number of his other books were adapted into films, including Congo, Jurassic Park, and Eaters of the Dead. His book Micro was published posthumously after being completed by Richard Preston.