According to the author's website, Michael Crichton has passed away after a "courageous and private battle against cancer". He was 66 years old.
Crichton first gained fame with his classic sci-fi novel The Andromeda Strain, although he had written several earlier novels under different pen names. He would go on to continued success with such novels as The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery and Congo, but would reach his greatest success as a novelist with Jurassic Park.
In the world of film, he directed the sci-fi classic Westworld, as well as Coma, The Great Rain Robbery, Looker and Runaway. He also created the hit television series ER.