domingo, 24 de julio de 2016

Computing and Programming

In the early 1980s Micheal Crichton expressed his views and concerns about computing and programming in contributions and interviews to magazines like Creative Computing and Compute!. At this time he was creating a computer game and writing extensively about this both fiction and non-fiction

In 1983 he had published a non-fiction book called Electronic Life.

It is interesting that his views included considering the programming of computers and artificial intelligence as part and parcel of human evolution, and idea fully developed later by many authors like the Wachowski Brothers in The Matrix (1999) and its sequels. Movies like Ridleys Scott's Blade Runner (1982) and Michael Crichton's own "Runaway" (1984) could be considered the first steps in this direction.

In 1984 Michael Crichton looked into new ways to tell stories. Computer games were en emerging medium, and he ventured into this with an adaptation of his novel Congo into a computer game which he had to rename and relocate to the Amazon, due to copyright issues. See the full story in

As is also mentioned in the article above, he had another go in 1999 with his game adaptation of his novel Timeline