Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

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Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby LucisPixel » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:01 pm

I just reread Michael Crichton's the Sphere. I love the pacing of the story. It starts off slow and deliberate and then it manifests this great story where alien intelligence is fighting off crew members and they are dying off one by one. When I read it when I was a teenager it seemed highly plausible and frightening. Then after rereading it twenty years later I came to find that there were some amazing holes in the story and the way Crichton just kept knocking off people. When I was younger I did not notice how the characters seemingly did not care about all of the death and destruction that surrounded them. I found the lack of mourning in the latest reading to be the most interesting aspect. I find that mourning in general is a lost activity in society in general and this book only brought it back to the forefront of my mind.

Crichton in his scientific fictional work creates this masterpiece of jargon that comes from nuanced takes on how to apply his technical vocabulary to a fictional universe. I remember as a youth that my favorite part of the story was the way that he infused various technical memes that made reading it very rewarding. I also found this out. I visited a site similar to Pandora that lets you discover similar authors to your favorite. I discovered that my love of Michael Crichton links me to James Patterson and several other stalwart authors that are favorites of my father. Apparently I picked up a love for a genre of writing that my father loves as well.

I really enjoy reading technical jargon infused beautifully with fiction.

Its a great read.
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:06 pm

Crichton was a smooth and confident pro. He began writing in college.
I'm not much a fan of his later works; but not due to any perceived flaw in his writing. I just don't think his later story-ideas appealed to me just due to complete happenstance. I generally don't read books about aliens, for example; and I dislike both gorillas and dinosaurs. I also despise things like nanotech and aerodynamics. So it just randomly transpired that the topics he chose to develop left me uninterested.

But I am still dazzled by his early career. I'll defend those to my last breath. I think he was a pioneer; audacious and vital to the genre he worked in.

My two top favorites remain 'Andromeda Strain' and 'Great Train Robbery'. Just astounding conceptions, both. 'Terminal Man' was far-seeing but a little less deft.
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby robjvargas » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:02 am

Charlie:

You really need to look at the posting date. This was a single post nearly two years ago.

It's not my place to "moderate" you, but I know from experience that "zombifying" old threads like this almost never results in renewed discussion, especially since the original poster is likely no longer participating.

If you're posting only to post, please do so with new threads rather than posting to old ones like this.
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:04 pm

This is confusing to me. If I see a discussion 'somewhere' in the forum, and it piques my interest--why ought I tape my mouth closed and not enjoy the privilege of airing my reaction? I'm new to the board. I don't know anyone here.

So the 'old' discussions interest me. Actually I don't even notice that they might be 'old', I just see the 'subject' or 'header' and I focus on that (if it turns out to be engaging). I see that some of them may be 'pushed back' in the forum pages, but that to me doesn't mean they aren't interesting.

'Fresh' posts elsewhere in the forefront of the board, are slow and infrequent. It's rather sleepy up in the 'front' of the room. There's nothing to respond to. I refresh the page often, but 'new' topics don't appear.

So when I roam around various threads, I'm not looking for anything but content to intrigue me. And upon finding some, I want to speak up if I feel I have something to contribute. I'm not 'posting just to post' I'm just trying to exercise my brain.

In this case, isn't Michael Crichton always worth talking about? Wouldn't he be worth talking about in a hundred yrs? Again, I find the concept of 'out of date' conversation very perplexing.

Especially in the case of screenwriting (my main interest). Because script format is so rigid, discussion about craft is always relevant anytime it has ever taken place. People learn these techniques at different rates; newbies vs intermediates vs experts.

Again, if I am restricted by the rules of the forum I will certainly comply but I'd feel a marked loss in having my hands tied. Can you better explain the danger you're pointing out to me?
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby pls » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:01 am

TwoStepCharlie wrote: … Again, if I am restricted by the rules of the forum I will certainly comply but I'd feel a marked loss in having my hands tied. Can you better explain the danger you're pointing out to me?


Charlie, there are no rules governing the situation that Rob brings up. But when I review forum posts (for the record, I review 100% of them), I would hope to see posts that discuss situations in the string of posts and NOT reply to the posters. I didn't find anything in your post to be out of line. On the other hand, you'll recall that I suggested in another old thread that you probably should have refrained from commented in it, so Rob's comment has some merit.

Second, I've scolded one or two posters whose replies are along the lines of "I agree" with no new info in the post. It's pretty obvious that they are merely trying to increase their post count without helping others "write better, get published". On the other hand, posts complimenting someone's efforts are always useful.

Other than using some common sense once in a while, I use "write better, get published" as necessary to evaluate posts, some of which are much more useful than others. But that's the nature of a public forum, and we don't have to read and comment on everything, do we?

(As far as Crichton goes, I found his "Airship" to be shallow and rather poorly written and have opted not to read anything more by him.)
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby robjvargas » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:01 pm

TwoStepCharlie wrote:This is confusing to me. If I see a discussion 'somewhere' in the forum, and it piques my interest--why ought I tape my mouth closed and not enjoy the privilege of airing my reaction? I'm new to the board. I don't know anyone here.

This forces me to wonder whether you even read my response. What I said was:
It's not my place to "moderate" you, but I know from experience that "zombifying" old threads like this almost never results in renewed discussion, especially since the original poster is likely no longer participating.

Let's try this another way.

Threads, somewhat like people or animals, have a kind of lifetime. Once that lifetime is expired, you certainly have the ability to post, but "discussion" (the word you used) is already long past. In the case of thise particular thread, the person who started does not even come here anymore (so far as I can determine).

Have you ever been annoyed by someone who tries to carry on a conversation topic when everyone else in the group has already moved on? I know that I have.

Yes, you have the right. As Paul (pls) said, there's no rule against such a post. But the conversation has moved on. You are unlikely to have a continued conversation.
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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:33 pm

TwoStepCharlie wrote:This is confusing to me. If I see a discussion 'somewhere' in the forum, and it piques my interest--why ought I tape my mouth closed and not enjoy the privilege of airing my reaction? I'm new to the board. I don't know anyone here.

So the 'old' discussions interest me. Actually I don't even notice that they might be 'old', I just see the 'subject' or 'header' and I focus on that (if it turns out to be engaging). I see that some of them may be 'pushed back' in the forum pages, but that to me doesn't mean they aren't interesting.

'Fresh' posts elsewhere in the forefront of the board, are slow and infrequent. It's rather sleepy up in the 'front' of the room. There's nothing to respond to. I refresh the page often, but 'new' topics don't appear.

So when I roam around various threads, I'm not looking for anything but content to intrigue me. And upon finding some, I want to speak up if I feel I have something to contribute. I'm not 'posting just to post' I'm just trying to exercise my brain.

In this case, isn't Michael Crichton always worth talking about? Wouldn't he be worth talking about in a hundred yrs? Again, I find the concept of 'out of date' conversation very perplexing.

Especially in the case of screenwriting (my main interest). Because script format is so rigid, discussion about craft is always relevant anytime it has ever taken place. People learn these techniques at different rates; newbies vs intermediates vs experts.

Again, if I am restricted by the rules of the forum I will certainly comply but I'd feel a marked loss in having my hands tied. Can you better explain the danger you're pointing out to me?


I think I heard that the science in Jurassic Park was impossible, but it just goes to show that, that kind of thing really doesn't matter. Just write the book and make it possible inside the story.

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Re: Michael Crichton's "Sphere"

Postby williamadams » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:52 pm

a lot of things were impossible
and yet many of them have come true

time travel is impossible
and never will be
yet as a premise for a story it can work

go back to index
click new posts
they show up frequently

this board sure has a lot less traffic than the apnea/cpap forums
but there are only two of those and millions of sufferers who are desperate for help

there are a LOT of writing boards
some very specialised
others general
and perhaps fewer writers that visit than the medical boards get



Dreaming Imrryr wrote:
TwoStepCharlie wrote:This is confusing to me. If I see a discussion 'somewhere' in the forum, and it piques my interest--why ought I tape my mouth closed and not enjoy the privilege of airing my reaction? I'm new to the board. I don't know anyone here.

So the 'old' discussions interest me. Actually I don't even notice that they might be 'old', I just see the 'subject' or 'header' and I focus on that (if it turns out to be engaging). I see that some of them may be 'pushed back' in the forum pages, but that to me doesn't mean they aren't interesting.

'Fresh' posts elsewhere in the forefront of the board, are slow and infrequent. It's rather sleepy up in the 'front' of the room. There's nothing to respond to. I refresh the page often, but 'new' topics don't appear.

So when I roam around various threads, I'm not looking for anything but content to intrigue me. And upon finding some, I want to speak up if I feel I have something to contribute. I'm not 'posting just to post' I'm just trying to exercise my brain.

In this case, isn't Michael Crichton always worth talking about? Wouldn't he be worth talking about in a hundred yrs? Again, I find the concept of 'out of date' conversation very perplexing.

Especially in the case of screenwriting (my main interest). Because script format is so rigid, discussion about craft is always relevant anytime it has ever taken place. People learn these techniques at different rates; newbies vs intermediates vs experts.

Again, if I am restricted by the rules of the forum I will certainly comply but I'd feel a marked loss in having my hands tied. Can you better explain the danger you're pointing out to me?


I think I heard that the science in Jurassic Park was impossible, but it just goes to show that, that kind of thing really doesn't matter. Just write the book and make it possible inside the story.


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