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by Michael Crichton as John Lange

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Michael Crichton as John Lange
Thrillers & Suspense
Knopf; 1st edition (1972)
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Binary Hardcover – 1972. by Michael (writing as John Lange) Crichton (Author). This is a very early Michael Crichton which I think was written while he was still practicing medicine and writing as a sideline.

Binary Hardcover – 1972. There are several books in the genre that he wrote prior to Andromeda Strain and they are all worth a read.

John Michael Crichton (/ˈkraɪtən/; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director and producer. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films

John Michael Crichton (/ˈkraɪtən/; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director and producer. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films. His literary works are usually within the science fiction, techno-thriller, and medical fiction genres, and heavily feature technology.

Michael Crichton wrote fast paced, often cautionary books. The book contains black and white and color pictures of Johns's work. Crichton knew Johns and collected some of his art, which is why he agreed to write the catalog. Find a list of all his books, including his early work written under the pseudonym John Lange.

Binary A Novel Michael Crichton writing as John Lange For JASPER JOHNS whose preoccupations provided solutions Contents Epigraph Prologue: Beta Scenario Lo. Michael Crichton writing as John Lange. whose preoccupations.

Binary is a techno-thriller novel written by Michael Crichton in 1972 under the pen-name John Lange. Crichton also directed Pursuit, a television film version. The story of both the book and the film revolve around a deadly nerve agent composed by combining two different chemicals. Hard Case Crime republished the novel under Crichton's name in 2013

Long before Jurassic Park, Twister, and ER, Michael Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School - and writing paperback suspense novels on the side, under the pen name John Lange.

Long before Jurassic Park, Twister, and ER, Michael Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School - and writing paperback suspense novels on the side, under the pen name John Lange. Now Hard Case Crime is proud to bring all of John Lange's work back into print for the first time in decades - and under Crichton's real name. Country of Publication.

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Michael Crichton, John Lange Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his . Popular throughout the world, he has sold more than 200 million books.

Michael Crichton, John Lange. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels.

Author inscribed (to his parents) and signed. This copy from the estate of Michael Crichton's mother. Clean tight and unmarked first edition in price intact jacket.
  • Hurus
Binary is a taut political suspense thriller which follows State Department intelligence analyst John Graves hot on the trail of a suspected terrorist. He has twelve hours to figure out when, where, and how an attack might come on the 1972 Republican National Convention. (Through a rather bizarre twist of fate, the book is set in San Diego, where the convention was supposed to have taken place. In real life the convention was moved to Florida in the midst of an apparent Nixon bribery scandal. Also, in real life, that convention is famous for having been crashed by Vietnam protesters, not terrorists.)

The plot is fast-paced but manages to stay just inside the bounds of believability. In today’s post-9/11 world, it may be even more believable than in 1972. The description of how to hack into a Department of Defense mainframe is laughably outdated, of course, but to be fair it also seems to be accurate to how such a feat might have been accomplished back then. The title refers primarily to the ultimate nature of the attack, in which the villain attempts to combine two inert gases, harmless by themselves but deadly when used in tandem. It is also a clever play on the cat-and-mouse games between the two central characters. There is a small dose of mathematics theory in the opening chapters, which reminded me how Crichton later used chaos theory to predict and explain the events within Jurassic Park.

This is the last novel Michael Crichton published under a pseudonym. It is arguably the most polished of the John Lange books, but it was not as well-known or well-received as A Case of Need, which was written under the pen name Jeffrey Hudson. Crichton himself wrote and directed the 1972 TV movie Pursuit based on this novel.

Oddly enough, despite better craftsmanship, I didn’t think this book was as much fun as some of the other Lange novels. It lacks the campy adventure and over-the-top feel of Zero Cool or Drug of Choice. I thought the story was comparable to something a young David Baldacci or Tom Clancy might have written. It reminded me on several occasions of Thomas Harris’ Black Sunday.
  • Mitars Riders
In the scheme of things, "Binary" was Michael Crichton's 11th book (8th under the Lange pen-name) and yet it has the feel of being much less developed, not just in plot and characterization, but in execution as well. Perhaps the author felt a bit ill at ease in writing a purely political/spy thriller, or having to rely on a unbelievable politically conservative lunatic for a villain, or countering the villain with the fiction of a competent civil servant. Or maybe he just couldn't work up any enthusiasm about saving Republicans.

The book is set in San Diego, in 1972, when the Republican National Convention was supposed to have been held in San Diego. The RNC eventually abandoned San Diego for reasons sillier than the ones that led it to choose the town in the first place--the residents themselves were mostly apathetic about the whole thing, but for decades after it was possible to buy all sorts of souvenirs commemorating the "convention that never happened" at a thrift store in nearby Otay; at the beginning of the book, the author mentions that he "preferred not to follow the convention to Miami Beach," perhaps another indication that he only wrote the book to use a binary chemical as a plot device, since all he would have had to do was change the name of the town--his depiction of San Diego was flawed with inaccuracies and mistakes.

And yet for all the problems experienced by "Binary," it is still well written, with flashes of brilliance. It is tightly plotted, and the idea at the center of the novel, that it would be comparatively easy to steal chemical weapons from the government, is strong enough to carry the weight of a novel. The action is a bit forced at times, but the suspense is well maintained, slipping only when Crichton is preoccupied with lampooning government bureaucracy. all in all, "Binary" is a diverting novel, but probably not one that will have any great endurance.
  • Risteacor
John Lange was one of the early pen names of Michael Crichton, best known for The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. While enrolled at Harvard Medical School, Crichton began publishing a number of novels. This is one of a number of Crichton's early novels that have recently been re-released by Hard Case Crime. The others are Scratch One, Zero Cool, Easy Go, The Venom Business, Odds On, Grave Descend, and Dealing. I have read a number of these already and, while not perfect, they are fun, light, fast reading that I have found worthwhile. I haven't read any of Crichton's more famous works, but I will note that these early novels compare favorably to many of the bookstand pulp/adventure/crime novels that could be found in the late sixties and early seventies and these books should be read in that context.
The title of Binary refers to the fact that the evil genius in the book (Wright) has stolen two one-ton tanks of chemicals that, when combined, produce a devastating nerve gas. The plot involves Wright arranging the theft of the nerve gas from the US Army and his counterpart in the US Intelligence field (Graves) tracking him down to San Diego, where the Republican Convention is underway and the President is about to speak. The book is filled with plotting and counter-manuevers between these two geniuses, Wright and Graves, and how Graves uncovers the plot and deals with the fact that within an hour a million people including the President could perish from nerve gas. It is fast-reading and compelling plot-wise, but it is all too obviously an early work by Crichton and the characters are a bit on the cardboard side. Often, it is difficult to really distinguish one character from another. The story in places feels stiff. All in all, however, if one keeps in mind, that it is an early work by Crichton, it is not bad reading.