Crichton takes the power seat, in the chair behind the enormous desk that dominates the room, and swivels to face us. Dealing was written under the pen name 'Michael Douglas', using their first names.
He's changed less, as a person, than any author I can remember. It becomes apparent after talking with him for a while that he's not so much defending himself when he questions what others say about him and his work as he is vocalizing a continuous and passionate search for truth.
In the novel, three adventurers travel through the dense rain forests of the Congo in search of a cache of diamonds with the power to revolutionize computer technology.
Hooked up to a packet in the patient's shoulder, the electrode is wired to locate the source of the seizures and delivers a shock to the brain every time an episode is about to occur.
His technical publications included a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine. He went on to say, "The writing is spare and its quality is generally high; and the characters, if not memorable, are at any rate sufficiently sketched in and have been given little personal touches of their own.
She has been instrumental, she says, in the successful clampdown on the manuscript. It's also why I tend to view characters externally: I'm looking at a movie.
This is indelibly etched on my memory: he said, 'Let's grow up in the business together. He writes late at night or very early in the morning, because "I'm very sensitive to outside influences, so I prefer to work when the world is quiet.
He also mentions several projects that he's abandoned over the years, including a novel about Ben Franklin, a "pirate story" that he "wrote in the '70s, didn't work out," and a 19th-century western that he labored on "for a long time. He's not at his happiest with authority, so that makes for an interesting editorial dynamic.