I mentioned in a review of Timeline that not many people know that Michael Crichton was actually a really good writer with literary successes other than Jurassic Park. In fact, I think Micro was actually the first book that I read from beginning to end by Crichton. I was in college taking a science-fiction course and one of the books on the syllabi was Micro. Honestly, the time frame to read this was only a few days since it was a summer course, but it’s such a good book that I got through it really fast.
“What is it about nature that is so terrifying to the modern mind? Why is it so intolerable? Because nature is so fundamentally indifferent. It’s unforgiving, uninterested.”
Michael Crichton writes for the science-fiction genre really well. I’m sure he’s influenced the actual doctors and techies of the present day that work in mico-engineering and mico-plastics and micro-anything. From robots to life changing machines, Crichton played with very real tech dreams and made them seem plausible in his novels. The plot of the book revolves around mico-robotics put into the wrong hands for the wrong reasons. And, to weave a small connection to his other works, it is interesting to point out that the setting for this book is also the Hawaiian Islands.
“Nature was not gentle or nice. There was no such thing as mercy in the natural world. You don’t get any points for trying. You either survive or you don’t.”
Crichton loved to weave some fear into the reader by toying with the notion that scientific advancement in the wrong hands, when scientists try to play God, often end up setting into motion events and monsters they cannot control. Humans, with these technology and science games that are left unchecked by the ego, are a danger to themselves. In other words, creation comes with great responsibility. Books like Michael Crichton’s Micro set the stage for modern day science-fiction and dystopian literature and, by extension, visual adaptations to grow in popularity.
Crichton, Michael. Micro. New York: Harper, 25 September 2012.
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