One of the genre's most well-known authors, Michael Crichton, died yesterday as a result of cancer. Crichton is best known for his genre works such as Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and Sphere but he was also the creator of the E.R. television series and tackled subjects such as global warming in his 2004 novel, State of Fear. In addition to writing, he directed well known films such as Westworld and Coma. He also dabbled in electronic entertainment with the games Amazon in the 80's and Timeline in the late 90's. A trained physician with a medical degree, Crichton stood out amongst his peers with interested in writing, films, television, and social issues. Standing 6'9", he stood out in a crowd as well. His distinquished career led to several awards such as an Emmy, a Peabody, and for E.R. a Writers Guild of America Award.