HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS ACQUIRES NOVEL BY MICHAEL CRICHTON
New York, NY (July 28, 2016) – HarperCollins Publishers has acquired World English rights to DRAGON TEETH by bestselling author Michael Crichton. Harper Publisher Jonathan Burnham and Executive Editor Jennifer Barth negotiated the deal with CrichtonSun’s Sherri Crichton through Sloan Harris and Jennifer Joel of ICM Partners and Michael S. Sherman of Reed Smith LLP. The book will be published in May 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Michael Crichton’s DRAGON TEETH follows the notorious rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during a time of intense fossil speculation and discovery in the American West in 1878. The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined. Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes’ heated competition during the ‘Bone Wars,’ the golden age of American fossil hunting, as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West.
Sherri Crichton has been working to honor her late husband by creating the Michael Crichton Archives through her company CrichtonSun. “When I came across the DRAGON TEETH manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated. It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.” She traced its genesis back to correspondence between Crichton and Professor Edwin H. Colbert, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. “DRAGON TEETH was clearly a very important book for Michael. I’m so pleased to continue the long relationship that he shared with HarperCollins with its publication.”
Jonathan Burnham, publisher of Harper, said, “Harper is thrilled to announce the publication of DRAGON TEETH. This is pure Crichton, the work of an exuberant imagination operating at full blast, taking readers on a ride into a world of wild adventure, with a plot full of exciting twists and turns, and a host of memorable characters. It harkens back to some of the great historical novels that Michael wrote – such as The Great Train Robbery – but it also looks forward to Crichton fiction that explored more futuristic scenarios. Crichton’s many admirers and fans are going to be very happy.”
About Michael Crichton:
Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author and creator of Jurassic Park and ER. The Andromeda Strain (1969) was his first bestseller; following the success of the book, Michael decided to quit medicine and to pursue writing full-time. In addition to ground-breaking best-selling novels such as The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear and Next, Michael also wrote non-fiction books (Electronic Life, Jasper Johns), and directed several films (Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, Coma), and earned an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 1995 for his pioneering use of computer programs for film.
Crichton’s groundbreaking, fast-paced narrative combined with meticulous scientific research made him one of the most popular writers in the world. His novels and non-fiction books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 38 languages, and 13 have been made into films. Crichton remains the only person to have a number one book, film, and television series in the same year.
About CrichtonSun LLC:
CrichtonSun is the home of the Michael Crichton Archives as well as the executive producing team of Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau. Michael Crichton re-defined science-fiction into science-fact. Michael left behind a gigantic legacy of novels, non-fiction work, speeches, films and TV series. The vast Michael Crichton library will continue to be explored, with many works that have yet to be seen.
About Harper Collins Publishers:
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.