New Dinosaur Themed Novel from Michael Crichton

“Dragon Teeth” Set for Bookshelves Next Year

Author and screen play writer Michael Crichton, whose work includes “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World” sadly passed away in 2008, but his dinosaur novel legacy is set to get a new lease of life next year as Harper Collins have announced they will be publishing “Dragon Teeth” in May 2017.

Perhaps Michael Crichton’s Most Famous Novel “Jurassic Park” Published in 1990

The front cover of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

The first edition of Jurassic Park.

Michael Crichton’s “Dragon Teeth”

The plot line of “Dragon Teeth” revolves around the bitter rivalry between American palaeontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope in the 19th Century.  The rivalry between these two eminent scientists has been christened “the bone wars”.  The story is told through the eyes of a fictional character called William Johnson, who works first with one and then with the other.  Michael Crichton was meticulous in his research and the story unfolds across the American West in 1878, cataloguing spectacular dinosaur fossil finds as well as the heated, hostile competition between two of America’s most famous scientists.

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Michael Crichton’s widow Sherri has been working hard to honour her late husband through the establishment of a series of archives that bear his name, Sherri explained how she found “Dragon Teeth”:

“When I came across the “Dragon Teeth” manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated.  It was Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.”

The book seems to have been inspired by Michael’s correspondence with Professor Edwin H. Colbert, (Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York).  Professor Colbert is, sadly, no longer with us, he passed away in 2001.  This new dinosaur inspired novel, set for publication in May 2017 sounds like a fitting tribute to both men who excelled in their chosen fields.

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