Michael Crichton Died
Of his books I have read Sphere which is good, and I kept my kid self entertained during a couple of feverish days; Timeline as a pastime while doing my university thesis and that's great*; maybe also Jurassic Park but believe me if I tell I cannot quite recall it (it was in high school - no, I wasn't high all the time but a lot of emotional up and down occurred during those years).
I began reading Airframe in a common room of Dundee University a few years ago, but I had to leave it just when I got hooked, for shame. State Of Fear kept me company on a train trip from London to Cornwall and back - this is the weakest of Crichton's novels: the urge to provide data and information against the AGW hypothesis reduced the quality of the story.
A little while ago my parents rented Prey, and I'd better read it before it has to be returned.
We have lost an important author of the late 20th century: the world won't be better for it.