Michael Crichton was featured on the cover of Time magazine in the September 25, 1995 issue. In the article, titled “Mr. Wizard” writer Gregory Jaynes says:
“Crichton built his success out of his understanding of and passion for science, technology, art, entertainment and commerce. He is one of those high-end, abstract-thinking machines, keen on contemporary social issues but able to make his interests drive book and ticket sales. That pejorative expression that has so much currency—“obviously written with a movie in mind”—requires qualification when applied to Crichton. “I think of Michael as the high priest of high concept,” says Spielberg. All right, concept: Island. Theme Park. Dinosaurs. Adults swallowed whole. Kids in peril. Easy. But who said the author had to give us the history of computers along with it? And chaos theory? Fractal vs. Euclidean geometry? And the workings of a Stegosaurus gizzard? So much DNA it’s a wonder Crichton hasn’t been called as an expert witness in the O.J. trial.
“He’s the only writer I know who has footnotes in his fiction,” says Frank Marshall, who directed Congo. Raves Spielberg: “He has maybe the richest imagination of anybody I know. And he grounds his fantasy in such contemporary technical reality that he can make the reader swallow just about anything.”
I thought the cover was great, and I thought Greg Jaynes wrote a really nice article. I was very impressed. And also sort of amazed. You know, I personally think the cover of Time is a very big deal. It means a lot more to me than all sorts of other stuff. So it’s pretty amazing that I’m on it. I really appreciated it, not only because when I read it, it seemed like somebody I know. And often, you know, those stories just feel really alien. You think, “how could they think that about me?” This one I thought was pretty much right.