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Michael Crichton
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Review

Praise for ‘Next’:

'A wonderful farrago, energetically stirring up a lot of scientific, medical, business and legal issues… marvellous.' Evening Standard

‘A satirical black-comedy thriller… Crichton writes likes Tom Wolfe on speed… completely brilliant… Crichton’s treatise on how breakthroughs in genetic science have been hijacked by science is anything but dull… top form.’ Daily Mail

‘One of the most reliable purveyors of brain-engaged fiction at work today… he is too good a writer not to nail us… diverting stuff.’ Daily Express

‘Crichton has certainly done his research… his alarm is hard to dispute… compelling… extremely funny.’ Sunday Times

‘Be very afraid… expertly blending science fact with fiction, Crichton sets up mind-boggling scenarios where doctors, lawyers, scientists and big business play God… the pace and intrigue last to the final page.’ News of the World

‘“Next” is ‘The Da Vinci Code’ with smarts. Own up, your guilty pleasure holiday reading awaits.’ SFX

‘Gripping’ Zoo

‘If you’re curious about the world of genetic engineering, this is the novel for you… thought-provoking and at times frighteningly real, ‘Next’ is a demanding but enjoyable read.’ Woman

‘A satiric polemic… a convincing and scary warning from Crichton’ Sunday Times

From the Publisher

Devishly clever, NEXT blends fact and fiction into a
breathless tale of a new world where nothing is as it seems and a set of
new possibilities can open at every turn.
NEXT challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing
the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, NEXT
shatters our assumptions and revels shocking new choices where we least
expect.
The future is Closer Than You Think. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Q&A with Michael Crichton
Author of NEXT

Q1: As with many of your other novels, Next is a vivid dramatization of
what can happen when cutting-edge science goes a little too far. Is Next a
cautionary tale?

MC: Well, I think it is, in the sense that many of my books are. But for
me what's different about this book is that so much of it is real - or that
so much of it is very thinly-disguised versions of actual events that have
occurred. Genetics, which is the subject of the book, has advanced
extraordinarily rapidly in the last 15 years or so and has sometimes gone
in directions that many people are troubled about, or disapprove of. It is
a very interesting and hot contentious area.

Q2: What scares you the most about NEXT? And conversely, which
possibilities do you find the most encouraging?

MC: I'm not really scared about anything in the genetic realm. My research
actually reassured me, because I concluded that many of the things people
discuss with great fear or great longing--such as designer babies, or
extended longevity--are probably not going to happen.

I think that we'll have some remarkable new therapies from this area, and
we will also find that the genome is vastly more complicated than we
anticipated. In that sense, the genome is a bit like the human brain--much
harder to understand than we once imagined.

Q3: What first sparked your interest in genetics?

MC: It's a longstanding interest of mine. I studied genetics and evolution
in college, and of course as a medical student. Genetics has been one of
the most exciting areas of scientific research in my lifetime. It's hard
to remember that when I was born in the 1940s, people weren't really sure
what a "gene" consisted of. And they thought human beings had 24
chromosomes, instead of 23! And they had no idea at all how an embryo grew
and differentiated into a live birth.

Q4: After the final thrilling page, what would you most like readers to
take away from NEXT?

MC: The future is bright and exciting, and it will challenge us to think in
fresh ways about our lives. But among our challenges today, we have some
legal problems in genetics that need to be fixed. We need some laws
passed, and some laws changed.

But I am optimistic about the future. Very optimistic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include ‘The Andromeda Strain’, ‘Westworld’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Rising Sun’, ‘Prey’ and ‘State of Fear’ and the TV series ‘ER’. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.

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