Pop Fiction's Prime Provocateur

Seize the day's subject is the megabuck rule Michael Crichton follows, so his new novel puts a reverse twist on sexual harrassment

In a blue-gray bungalow on a lamppost-lined street in an unremarkable American neighborhood, squirms a man of sudden celebrity, Michael Crichton. The year just done was "pretty amazing," he says. The reason is that one book of his, Jurassic Park, became the biggest hit in movie history, and another, Rising Sun, was no slouch, and together they vaulted old writings even he had dismissed back onto bookshop shelves, where they became the stuff of authors' dreams: they were bought, not remaindered. There are 100 million copies of Crichton's books now in print.

"I'm still not accustomed to being recognized the way...

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