One of my favorite authors, Michael Crichton has died at 66. I am pretty sure I have read every novel he published and the list of topics and subject matter he has covered is impressive:
Jurassic Park of course
Rising Sun--the growth of Japan
Airframe--airline safety and accident investigation
State of Fear--global warming (that got a lot of press attention)
Andromeda Strain--his first novel published while in medical school dealing with unknown disease
Timeline--time travel and quantum physics
But Crichton was also the creator of one of the most successful shows on TV--ER, which has been on the air for damn near forever.
His creative force will be missed.