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Posthumous Michael Crichton to be published

24th May 2011

A novel by Michael Crichton is to be published three years after the US author's death, it has been confirmed.

Micro will be published later this year after being completed by science fiction novelist Richard Preston, who used a manuscript Crichton had been working on before he died of lymphoma in November 2008 at the age of 66.

Preston was chosen by Crichton's publisher and estate following his success with novels including The Hot Zone and also had access to Crichton's outline for the story, which concerns a group of graduate students who are stranded in a Hawaiian rainforest while working for a biotechnology company.

'For me, it was an irresistible challenge to finish the novel, and I was driven by a desire to honour the work and imagination of one of our time's most visionary and creative authors,' Preston commented.

Meanwhile, Crichton's most famous novel, Jurassic Park, is unlikely to spawn any more films, after Sam Neill, who played Dr Alan Grant in the first and third instalments in the franchise, this week quashed rumours of a fourth being made.

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