Michael Crichton has been among my favorite authors for as long as I can remember. My first novels were his, provided by the local library, and they continue to be some of best modern fiction available today. As I'm sure most of you know, Michael Crichton passed away in 2008 and has since had the book Pirate Latitudes published posthumously. To my delight (and I'm sure yours as well, if you're reading this) the publisher HarperCollins announced earlier this year that a final novel would be published this November entitled Micro.
According to the press release the manuscript of the novel was nearly finished at the time of Crichton's death and the remainder was outlined in detail including hundreds of citations. The publisher describes the work as a "technological thriller" and has commissioned non-fiction writer Richard Preston to ghost write the remainder of the book.
Preston is the author of The Hot Zone and holds a doctorate from Princeton University. He has written over thirty non-fiction titles and is famous for his narrative and adventurous approach to the non-fiction genre. Preston describes the writing in Micro to be "Michael writing at the top of his game".
According to sources the book's plot revolves around "a biotech company in Hawaii and the graduate students who end up stranded and endangered in a rain forest". There has been speculation that the novel will be in the same"high-adventure" vein as Jurassic Park and will delve into the world of microscopic organisms. Given Preston's background, this may not be far from the truth. At this point, however it is just speculation and according the Richard Preston's website he is still in the process of finishing the book.
HarperCollins is remaining tight-lipped about most of the details to date, but in any case I'm sure it will be an excellent addition to Crichton's already impressive resume of fiction thrillers. You can check out more details at michaelcrichton.net and the book has been made available for preorder through amazon and other online retail outlets.