Posthumous Michael Crichton Novel, MICRO, Coming in November

Publisher HarperCollins recently announced plans to publish a new novel by the late Michael Crichton in November. The book is called Micro, and is described as “a high concept thriller in the vein of Jurassic Park.” It’s about a biotech company in Hawaii and graduate students who become stranded in a rainforest.

Crichton had completed about one-third of the novel before his death in 2008. Author Richard Preston used Crichton’s notes and research to complete Micro. Preston is best known as the author of The Hot Zone, which the movie Outbreak was loosely based on.

“Michael was writing at the top of his game, with a grand sense of adventure, into an eerie world that seems almost beyond imagining,” Preston said in a statement released by HarperCollins. “For me, it was an irresistible challenge to finish the novel, and I was driven by a desire to honor the work and imagination of one of our time’s most visionary and creative authors.”

Micro will be the second posthumous novel from the late Michael Crichton, The first, Pirate Latitudes, was published in 2009. Both of these projects were discovered on his computer after his death. HarperCollins has stated that there are “no plans to take Mr. Crichton’s name and create a franchise in the way that ghostwriters have continued to publish books under Robert Ludlum’s name long after his death. ‘We’re not taking a name brand and spinning books out of it.'”

So what do you think of this news? Will you read Micro in November?

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