Maxin Jacubowski on the Guardian blog credits Michael Crichton, who has died of cancer age 68, with being the author who got his son to read.
Ben Quinn profiles the novelist (whose most famous book is undoubtedly Jurassic Park) and creator of the popular TV series ER while Michael Carlson writes the author's obituary, pointing out that Crichton's greatest skill was his ability
.. to catch the interests of the mass-market audience with fiction that otherwise might be consigned to genre ghettos.and Adrian Wooten praises his story-telling skill.
In the New York Times, William Grimes looks back at Crichton's life.
Crichton was one of my favourite authors when I was much (much!) younger and going through my sci-fi period. I particularly enjoyed (if enjoyed is the right word, because the book was chilling) The Andromeda Strain and Coma.