Born in Chicago in 1942, Michael Crichton first trained as a doctor before going on to become one of the most successful writers in the world. In 1994 he achieved a feat unmatched by any other writer: by having simultaneously a number one TV series, book and movie with, respectively, ER (which he created), Disclosure and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, on its release the highest-grossing film of all time. He also directed several movies, including The Great Railway Robbery with Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland. His high-concept thrillers were international bestsellers, and in total his books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.
Der Roman war sicherlich in seinem Erscheinungsjahr 1972 eine erschreckende Fiktion, was mit den damals modernen Techniken zu erreichen war. Allerdings hat sich das inzwischen mit der Allgegenwärtigkeit der Computer und der Möglichkeiten der Hirn- und Transplantationschirugie etwas relativiert. Dennoch ein gutes Buch.