Michael Crichton Returns to Dinosaurs in Posthumous Novel 'Dragon Teeth'

By Gary Cutlack on at

The man who wrote Jurassic Park and therefore accidentally helped define a generation of Hollywood blockbusters, is back. Even though he died in 2008. A recently discovered manuscript from Michael Crichton is set to be published in 2017, with Dragon Teeth telling the story of battling paleontologists in the late 1800s.

The book, the third posthumous release from his archives, is based around characters Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two real actual men from the real actual world who raced each other to discover the most types of dinosaur in the late 1800s. Although using two real men as it's backbone the story is told from the perspective of fictional company apprentice William Johnson, a man who is quite interested in digging up fossilised old things himself.

The late author's wife, Sherri Crichton, said of the book: "When I came across the Dragon Teeth manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated. It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale." [AP via The Verge]

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