PZ’s post on Crichton reminded me to point this out. For
those of you who don’t know, Michael Crichton got kind of nasty, paying
back a critic by making up a character in a book. The made-up
character had just enough similarity to let us know who he was getting
back at. Details are href="http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/12/bad_writers_shouldnt_piss_off.php">here.
His reputation is taking a big hit because of it.
For those of you who don’t already know it, Michael
author of “Jurassic Park,” is a far-right lunatic.
As you may recall,
the plot of his last book revolved around some evil environmentalists
who were perpetuating href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/19/national/19warming.html?ex=1298005200&en=a7ab8a51ec6cf4df&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">the
hoax of global warming in order to terrify and manipulate the
masses, and amass wealth, or some such bullshit. (You know how
evil those environmentalists are.)
Well, as you may also recall, a lot of writers called him on it at the
time. One such writer was a Washington-based journalist for the
Republic,” Michael Crowley, who penned a piece called
President.” In it, Crowley pointed out the enormous
scientific gaffs in
the book, as well as the outright lies, and drew attention to the fact
that Crichton had gotten a private meeting with the President to
discuss global warming when no respected climatologists had been given
the opportunity. Apparently the story pissed Crichton off.
In his latest book, entitled “Next,” Crichton
introduces us to a character named href="http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002156.php">Mick
Mick, like the real-life Michael, is a Yale-educated political
columnist in Washington. He also happens to enjoy – are you ready for
this – href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/14/books/14cric.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin">anally
raping infants. And, yes, you read that right…
Now, there is a fledgling wiki project, started in the hope of writing
a short story, or novel, or opus. Anyone can contribute.
It’s called href="http://mickcrichtonloverofbabies.pbwiki.com/Mick-Crichton">Mick
Crichton, Lover of Babies. Editing it is
easier than Wikipedia. I even added a few lines myself.
So if you want to join in, go ahead. Someone should
find a way to work in the global warming theme into the plot, such as