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We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one-fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.



We live in a new world where ...

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Overview

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one-fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.



We live in a new world where nothing is what it seems. The future is closer than you think.



The enhanced e-book for Next contains 5 exclusive videos and an interactive map of the human body with gene patent information.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062109699
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 668,191
  • File size: 381 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Crichton
It stands to reason that someone with as many pursuits as Michael Crichton (novelist, nonfiction writer, screenwriter, director, software engineer, M.D.) might achieve only modest success in any of them. But Crichton somehow excelled at them all. His books, suffused with his scientific research and knowledge, never failed to present imaginative, chilling scenarios that jumped from historical capers to futuristic sci-fi. He died on November 4, 2008, after a long battle against cancer.

Biography

Michael Crichton's oeuvre is so vivid and varied that it hard to believe everything sprang from the mind of a single writer. There's the dino-movie franchise and merchandising behemoth Jurassic Park; the long-running, top-rated TV series ER, which Crichton created; and sci-fi tales so cinematic a few were filmed more than once. He's even had a dinosaur named after him.

Ironically, for someone who is credited with selling over 150 million books, Crichton initially avoided writing because he didn't think he would make a living at it. So he turned to medical school instead, graduating with an M.D. from Harvard in 1969. The budding doctor had already written one award-winning novel pseudonymically (1968's A Case of Need) to help pay the bills through school; but when The Andromeda Strain came out in the same year of his med school graduation, Crichton's new career path became obvious.

The Andromeda Strain brilliantly and convincingly sets out an American scientific crisis in the form of a deadly epidemic. Its tone -- both critical of and sympathetic toward the scientific community -- set a precedent for Crichton works to come. A 1970 nonfiction work, Five Patients offers the same tone in a very different form, that being an inside look at a hospital.

Crichton's works were inspired by a remarkably curious mind. His plots often explored scientific issues -- but not always. Some of his most compelling thrillers were set against the backdrop of global trade relations (Rising Sun), corporate treachery (Disclosure) and good old-fashioned Victorian-era theft (The Great Train Robbery). The author never shied away from challenging topics, but it's obvious from his phenomenal sales that he never waxed pedantic. Writing about Prey, Crichton's cautionary tale of nanotech gone awry, The New York Times Book Review put it this way: "You're entertained on one level and you learn something on another."

On the page, Crichton's storytelling was eerily nonfictional in style. His journalistic, almost professorial, and usually third-person narration lent an air of credibility to his often disturbing tales -- in The Andromeda Strain, he went so far as to provide a fake bibliography. Along the way, he revelled in flouting basic, often subconscious assumptions: Dinosaurs are long-gone; women are workplace victims, not predators; computers are, by and large, predictable machines.

The dazzling diversity of Crichton's interests and talents became ever more evident as the years progressed. In addition to penning bestselling novels, he wrote screenplays and a travel memoir, directed several movies, created Academy Award-winning movie production software, and testified before Congress about the science of global warming -- this last as a result of his controversial 2004 eco-thriller State of Fear, a novel that reflected Crichton's own skepticism about the true nature of climate change. His views on the subject were severely criticized by leading environmentalists.

On November 4, 2008, Michael Crichton died, following a long battle against cancer. Beloved by millions of readers, his techno-thrillers and science-inflected cautionary tales remain perennial bestsellers and have spawned a literary genre all its own.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our 2005 interview with Crichton:

"I'm very interested in 20th-century American art."

"I have always been interested in movies and television as well as books. I see all these as media for storytelling, and I don't discriminate among them. At some periods of my life I preferred to work on movies, and at others I preferred books."

"In the early 1990s, interviewers began calling me ‘the father of the techno-thriller.' Nobody ever had before. Finally I began asking the interviewers, ‘Why do you call me that?' They said, ‘Because Tom Clancy says you are the father of the techno-thriller.' So I called Tom up and said, ‘Listen, thank you, but I'm not the father of the techno-thriller.' He said, ‘Yes you are.' I said, ‘No, I'm not, before me there were thrillers like Failsafe and Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate that were techno-thrillers.' He said, ‘No, those are all political. You're the father of the techno-thriller.' And there it ended."

"My favorite recreation is to hike in the wilderness. I am fond of Hawaii."

"I used to scuba dive a lot, but haven't lately. For a time I liked to photograph sharks but like anything else, the thrill wears off. Earlier in my life I took serious risks, but I stopped when I became a parent."

"I taught myself to cook by following Indian and Szechuan recipes. They each have about 20 ingredients. I used to grind my own spices, I was really into it. Now I don't have much time to cook anymore. When I do, I cook Italian food."

"I read almost exclusively nonfiction. Most times I am researching some topic, which may or may not lead to a book. So my reading is pretty focused, although the focus can shift quickly."

"I have always been interested in whatever is missing or excluded from conventional thought. As a result I am drawn to writers who are out of fashion, bypassed, irritating, difficult, or excessive. I also like the disreputable works of famous writers. Thus I end up reading and liking Paul Feyerabend (Against Method), G. K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy, What's Wrong with the World), John Stuart Mill, Hemingway (Garden of Eden), Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Alain Finkielkraut (Defeat of the Mind), Anton Ehrenzweig (Hidden Order of Art), Arthur Koestler (Midwife Toad, Beyond Reductionism), Ian McHarg (Design with Nature), Marguerite Duras, Jung, late James M. Cain (Serenade), Paul Campos.

"Because I get up so early to work, I tend to go to bed early, around 10 or 11. So I don't go out much. I suppose I am borderline reclusive. I don't care."

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Michael Crichton (full name), Jeffery Hudson, John Lange
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      November 4, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    Awesome novel, I'm going to miss you Michael

    Every book I have read by Chrichton has been excellent. All the way from the first to last I have enjoyed Mr. Chrichton to the fullest extent and Next is no acception. I was locked in as soon as I started this novel. I did not want it to end. The subject matter is extremely interesting and very realistic. Michael Chrichton does do his research. I went to his website to see if he published a new novel and thats how I found out he passed. I loved his books because he is a wonderful writer and I am going to miss his stories.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Really didn't Like this book.

    I usually enjoy anything by Michael Crichton but this book was my least favorite. It was entertaining at first and then it just lost it's edge. The plot was slow and the characters were unappealing. I just did not like it and I ended up giving the book away. (The person I gave it to didn't like it either , by the way).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Not One of Crichton's Better Efforts

    I haven't hated a Crichton book this much since Congo. It wasn't even a novel so much as an extremely loosely connected series of vignettes whose sole seeming purpose was to allow Crichton to express his personal opinions on various ethical aspects of genetic research. Crichton has always had some soapboxing in his books, but it's never been as extensive or ham-handed as this.

    The e-book specifically was also sub-standard. Any text that appeared in small caps in the original text was completely missing from the e-book, leading to sentences like, "They passed a sign along the trail that said ." (The missing text read "BUKUT ALAM ORANGUTAN SANCTUARY" in small caps in the paper book.) There were so many instances of missing text that I was forced to check out a paper copy of the book from my local library and carry it around with me for reference, which rather defeats the purpose of having an e-reader. The same text was missing when I checked the e-book via the Nook app on my PC, which leads me to believe the issue is with the EPUB file, not the display on my 1st gen Nook.

    Also, in the bibliography of Web sites at the end of the e-book, the URLs ran completely off the page, sometimes disappearing in mid-letter.

    A major disappointment all the way around.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Different, but good

    This is a great book. Crichton's genetic page-turner is much better than expected and is one of my favorite books. The characters are a bit confusing sometimes, but not always. It's a bit different from other books of his and has a faster pace, but to me NEXT is a great book and I look forward to reading another one of Crichton's novels. Oustanding and highly recommended

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Loved it!

    I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. Devoured it in just a few sittings. He does his research and it shows in his work. I would recommend it as one of his best works. Recently read Micro as well and that was also awesome. Have been a fan for a long time and will continue to be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    CD/unabridged/Science Fiction: Right now, I'm on a Crichton kic

    CD/unabridged/Science Fiction: Right now, I'm on a Crichton kick.
    Apparently, Crichton took a look at gene therapy and technology in the 15 years that he wrote Jurassic Park and realized there was a problem. For one, the stuff that was pseudo science in JP, was begin done. This book has several stories that intertwine, overlap, and stand alone. It's a cautionary tale of what happens when government and medical boards (not just the US) lag behind modern science. Like how much of your body do you own after you give a tissue sample. Or how much gene integration should be done to animals. I liked it because I learned a lot. I didn't know that genes or diseases are patented. I found out that SARS became a pandemic because there was uncertainty on who owned the patent. I found out Hepatitis C is patented.
    This book starts out like a spy novel, but then goes into several directions. There is an emptiness to the conclusions. I wanted to know if the evil bounty hunter.....I mean property recovery agent, went to jail for the rest of his life.
    I still liked it a lot. Did I mention the talking ape.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

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    High concept with no heart!

    Michael Crichton has always done a good job of intertwining science and fiction without writing science fiction. I think that makes sense. Here Crichton tackles the world of genetic engineering and while there were so many amazing ideas and concepts here, I’m not sure how much of a novel there actually is. There are literally dozens of characters introduced and as a reader you have no idea if they are connected, important, or relevant. Its strangely scattered and when connections are made they are disturbing weak or convenient. I was rather disappointed with this. There just wasn’t enough here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    A bit of a let down for me.

    I have been reading Michael Crichton's books for years and I hope the publisher will soon release some of the stories he was working on prior to his most sad departure. I believe the first novel was "Andromeda Strain" (although I thought the characters in this story needed developed more thoroughly) and of course "Jurassic Park" and then there was "State of Fear" which I enjoyed and a few others.

    But, I must say that this novel, "Next" had a lot to be desired. I would even go so far as to say it was a bigggg disappointment. Sorry. It wasn't because of the splattering of foul language, which I'm not a big fan of, (I never understood why authors have to fill pages up with profanity.) Many stories will stand on its own without it or toned down to a reasonable level. Just my point of view.
    I thought that in the novel the plot never really materialized and the characters were never fully developed. I never felt I knew the character, Henry Kendall, the researcher. I would have liked Mr. Crichton to have spent more time to allow the reader know what makes this guy tick. After all, he has mixed the human and chimp DNA to produce a hybrid child. Also, on a side note, I wasn't enthralled with the talking chimp and parrot. If those characters had met a quick end, I would not have been sorry to see them go.

    On the surface when you read the synopsis one would think that this novel would be a interesting, and a exciting read. However this was no page turner and for me it was a let down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    Next, another great exciting installment of Michael Crichton's ingenious writing

    The book Next, is another amazing page-turning novel by the great Michael Crichton and another example of his unique writing style, scientifically accurate reasearch and excitment. This book is a defenite page-turner, and you would hate to set it down for a moment. This book has excitment, drama suspense and is a thrilling tale. For any Michael Crichton regular or fan this is a must-buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Out of the Norm for M.C.

    I really enjoyed this on audio book. I listen during a very long commute and I hated to get out of the car at the end of the jouney;could not wait to start listening again. This was a bit off the normal path for Mr. Crichton and I was hesitant about buying it at first but I now happy that I did because it is a wonderful story that will cause concern about possible abuse in the fields of medical research. The interview with the author at the end of the audio book was most interesting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Very good.

    I liked the part where Mrs. Bond found out that her parrot was helping her son with his math homework.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Awesome

    I found this book a bit confusing at first, being about twelve when i read it, but when i got the hang if it it was an incredible read. Truly spectacular.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Sadly, Crighton's last published work. All his books were great

    Sadly, Crighton's last published work. All his books were great. Well written, though provoking, characters you cared about. The consument writer for our age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Very mysterious and great

    This storyis a genetic mystery crime book. It is awesome.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Solid research but not his best novel.

    The research put into the book is good. The story is entretaining but there are far too many of them and all have a sense of forced urgency. The end is bland as if the author made his points with each individual plot and then was in a hurry to end the book. It is not his best novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it

    The first Crighton book I have read. I was hoping for more like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    highly recomended!!!

    I absolutly loved this book. It has a lot of different subplots that come together in the end. Ts a great read especially for someone into genetics!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    First novels

    (@nancy chase) the andromeda straim was his first book published under his real name. Michael Chricton previously wrote under the pseudonym John Lange. Happy reading of older stuff!

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Not Impressed

    So many story lines that were all tied together and terminated suddenly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Where's the beef? (Read plot)

    His books are usually fast paced and gripping, but this one leaves you wondering what the plot was or if there was one. A monkey and bird eventually become part of a family. Really!!! That's the story!!! The only interesting parts were the actual science. Save your money and time.

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