Ranking the Survivability of Michael Crichton's Thrillers

Posted by Hayley on October 23, 2015

Anyone can read a Michael Crichton tale—but live through it? That's another matter entirely. On the anniversary of his birth, we take a look at a regular person's chance of making it to the epilogue in some of Crichton's most famous books. How many could you survive?


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Airframe
What could kill you:
Mysterious and violent turbulence on a plane
Likely fate:
Your inflight beverage stains your clothes, and you get a few bruises.
Chance of survival:
Very High
Unless…
You pick a "lucky" seat.


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Sphere
What could kill you:
A big sphere on the bottom of the ocean floor
Likely fate:
Before you can explore the titular sphere, you get seasick and are promptly returned to the surface.
Chance of survival:
High


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Prey
What could kill you:
A swarm of nanorobots
Likely fate:
You get a scary skin rash, which you do your best to investigate, but then an actual scientist hands you a cure. Later, you take an extra-long shower.
Chance of survival:
Medium


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Congo
What could kill you:
Murderous gorillas
Likely fate:
You get a gorilla-induced concussion and slip in and out of a coma.
Chance of survival:
Medium
Unless…
You're in the prologue. (Hint: Avoid prologues at all costs!)


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The Lost World
What could kill you:
Dinosaurs
Likely fate:
By avoiding any "heroic" acts and hiding in an RV, you stay alive. Unfortunately, your group forgets about you, leaves you behind, and you end up spending the rest of your life on Isla Sorna.
Chance of survival:
Medium


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Timeline
What could kill you:
An ill-tempered knight who doesn't like the look of your face
Likely fate:
You're imprisoned and then executed as a spy.
Chance of survival:
Low
Unless…
You look French and speak 14th century French!


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Jurassic Park
What could kill you:
Dinosaurs
Likely fate:
You cleverly dodge an escaped Tyrannosaurus Rex, but miss the second rex. (Maybe because you only saw the movie?) If it's any consolation, the rex thinks you're mighty tasty.
Chance of survival:
Low


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The Andromeda Strain
What could kill you:
A deadly extraterrestrial microorganism
Likely fate:
Surprise! Instead of getting killed by the microorganism, you're fatally struck by the fallen satellite that's carrying the extraterrestrial microorganism. Tough luck.
Chance of survival:
Very Low



What would be your fate in a Crichton thriller? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Susan (last edited Oct 23, 2015 08:09AM) (new)

Susan Michael Crichton's novels are grounded in science, etc. They make me distinctly queasy, thus I avoid him,lol. That having been said, I think he's an amazing writer, & recommend him highly for people without such phobias, ha ha ha!


message 2: by D.G. (new)

D.G. LOL, great post! Avoid the prologue, indeed!! Hahahaha!


message 3: by Pollo (new)

Pollo Faltó "The Great Train Robbery" :D very high chance of survival


message 4: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I would be that person on the sidelines that makes it to safety by my ordinary-ness. First sign of trouble, yeah, I'm one of the first evacuated, be-moaning not getting to see the action, but surviving.

Why?


message 5: by Hojaplateada (new)

Hojaplateada y "Entre caníbales" ? xD


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Cute, I like it. So many of his books left to read for me, have enjoyed the ones I've read so far.


message 7: by La_mariane (new)

La_mariane I just realised I've read NONE of these books! I must pick one up soon, and "Timeline" looks really interesting (maybe because I have actualy read a few books in 14th century French, so I might get some use out of it...).


message 8: by Melody (new)

Melody Bird I feel confident that I could survive Sphere, and the Jurassic Park series. I'm not sure about Congo as I hate rainforest Africa in general so I would never go there.


message 9: by Mercedes (new)

Mercedes Love Jurassic Park, read it before the movie long ago. I'm sure I'd get eaten.


message 10: by Beth (new)

Beth I might get eaten by a dinosaur, but I wouldn't underestimate their intelligence!


Ertica*~She'sABookBirdy~*Castley I felt that i confidently could survive the airframe and sphere. If i know how to save myself from the difficulities and challenges in life XD


message 12: by Paul (new)

Paul E. Morph I'd survive by wearing my Spielberg disguise (available at all good corner stores!) and assuring everybody and everything around me that they're DEFINITELY going to be in the movie.


message 13: by ThePotatoKING (new)

ThePotatoKING What could kill you:
Murderer
Likely fate:
Murderer is in front of pizza shop and you are hungry
Chance of survival:
None


message 14: by Becky (new)

Becky "Maybe because you only saw the movie?" LOL!


message 15: by Denise (last edited Oct 25, 2015 07:19PM) (new)

Denise State of Fear was really, really good, a few too many bad words. I prefer to not read books with bad language but I couldn't put it down...


message 16: by John (new)

John MC is one of the best authors ever. His personal story is even better. He is in his last year of medical residency when he walks away and the rest is history. ER is just one of his masterpieces. RIP Michael you a
Greatly missed. God bless you and yours.


message 17: by Leonide (new)

Leonide Martin I love being terrorized by Michael's super-scary stories, and the plausible science in which he frames them. One of the best thriller authors ever!


message 18: by Shane (new)

Shane McClane After running from a t-rex and dodging velociraptors i'd end up sitting on some poisonous plant and drop dead D-:


message 19: by Robin (new)

Robin I haven't read Airframe or Prey yet. I would survive Airframe and the Sphere. With my luck and allergies, I'd be in the hospital for a while with Prey. The rest of them I would be dead.


message 20: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn I hope I get taken out fast and furious by a raptor. Can't argue with that... don't even have time to think.


message 21: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I think I've read everything Crichton wrote and even his non-thriller fiction is thrilling in my opinion because he writes so "now" and with such knowledge. You feel like it could really happen. Or already has.


message 22: by Kitithat (new)

Kitithat Sa lovely


message 23: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Alexandre Growing up in the 90s, I heard about Jurassic Park after having the movie as my favorite one! (Seriously, I could say all the lines.) They just don't make any original adventure movies like these anymore.

I only got the chance to read Crichton when I was 12, as my last gift for Kid's Day on October 12th. And boy, it was good. It closed my childhood with a golden key.


message 24: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Too funny! I've seen most of these movies, just haven't gotten around to the books. Being an extremely unlucky person, my chance of survival would probably be very low for all scenarios.


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