Books: The Crichton Strain

THE TERMINAL MAN by MICHAEL CRICHTON 247 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

BINARY by JOHN LANGE 224 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Michael Crichton, 29-year-old dropout physician and author of the bestselling novel The Andromeda Strain, is unleashing an entertainment epidemic. It is being spread through books and movies, only some of which bear his real name. Regardless of byline and credit, however, the Crichton strain is unmistakable.

Both The Terminal Man and Binary —written under the author's old Harvard Medical School paperback pen name, John Lange—share their author's distinctive touch. Crichton creations thrive on a scientific esoterica...

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