From the very first “Official Website”, Michael Crichton hand-picked these passages from Jurassic Park:
From Jurassic Park:
Broadly speaking, the ability of the park to control the spread of life-forms. Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.” Malcolm shook his head. “I don’t mean to be philosophical, but there it is.”
From Jurassic Park:
To the south, rising above the palm trees, Grant saw a single trunk with no leaves at all, just a big curving stump. Then the stump moved and twisted around to face the new arrivals. Grant realized that he was not seing a tree at all.
He was looking at the graceful, curving neck of an enormous creature, rising fifty feet into the air.
He was looking at a dinosaur.
From Jurassic Park:
“And Hammond’s project,” Malcolm said, “is another apparently simple system – animals within a zoo environment – that will eventually show unpredictable behavior.”
You know this because of …”
Theory,” Malcolm said.
But hadn’t you better see the island to see what he’s actually done?”
“No. That is quite unncessary. The details don’t matter. Theory tells me that the island will quickly proceed to behave in unpredictable fashion.”
And you’re confident of your theory.”
“Oh, yes,” Malcolm said. “Totally confident.” He sat back in the chair. “There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen.”
I first started writing the book in 1981, and I put the project aside because at that time, there seemed to be an enormous mania about dinosaurs in America, and I did not want to book to appear to ride a current fashion. But the fashion never went away. Finally I realized that the fascination with dinosaurs was permanent. It is always there.
I suspect children have always been fascinated by dinosaurs. To go to a museum and see a young child, barely able to walk and talk, shrieking “stegosaurus” and “tyrannosaurus” as they see the creatures, is a very striking thing. Why does it happen? What is going on in that child’s mind, shouting out those complex Latin names? I have thought about it a great deal and I conclude I have no idea why it occurs. But dinosaurs seem to excite the imagination of both adults and children everywhere in the world.
During the last few years, I have entertained many theories about why this is so. For a while I thought it might be a particular fascination in countries where skeletons have been found—a kind of nationalistic interest. But dinosaurs are popular everywhere. For example, they are a source of great fascination in Japan, although no remains have been found there.
For a while, I thought it was primarily a childish interest. But in museums, you notice that adults are equally fascinated. (I often think the children are only an excuse for adults to go visit the dinosaurs.)
For a while, I thought it was an interest that children passed on to each other, in a proof of juvenile subculture. But my own daughter showed a marked interest in dinosaurs before she ever went to pre-school, before she was even very verbal.
For a while, I thought it was a function of the great size of these creatures. But the smaller dinosaurs excite just as much interest. Baby dinosaurs are very appealing. And in any case, the dinosaur toys are all small…
For a while, I thought the interest was something to do with the fact that the dinosaurs had become extinct. But children are not clear about this. When my daughter was two years old, she asked to see the dinosaurs at the zoo. (She had been to the zoo several times, and apparently thought the dinosaurs were caged in some section we hadn’t visited yet. She greeted the news that she could not see dinosaurs at the zoo with a resigned shrug—parents never do what you want them to do!)
So in the end, I decided I just don’t understand it. And I don’t believe anybody does. In the end, it is a mystery.
Photos from the set of Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park Photo credits: Universal Pictures
Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park
From left to right: Michael Crichton, Kathleen Kenedy, King Kong actress Faye Wray, Stan Winston and Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park