The Terminal Man

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: George Wilson
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: April 2000
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 15 minutes
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Michael Crichton's best-selling thrillers are so fast-paced and delightfully riveting that they inevitably go on to become box office hits. Jurassic Park, The Lost World (RB# 95804), and Eaters of the Dead (RB# 95882) have most recently drawn crowds to the big screen. Although The Terminal Man boasts no dinosaurs or bloody battles, this sci-fi classic does present some disturbing questions about the morality of electronic mind control. Brilliant, neurotic computer specialist Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures. To the members of the Neuropsychiatric Research Unit of a Los Angeles hospital, he is the perfect human guinea pig. They are convinced that computer-controlled electrodes, when implanted in his brain, will soothe his violent impulses. Apparently, the operation is a success-until Benson escapes the hospital and learns to program the implants himself. Suddenly, the perfect patient has become a homicidal time bomb. Based on a bibliography of careful research, this modern Frankenstein story is unsettlingly believable. Let George Wilson stimulate the various excitement centers of your brain with the riveting impulses of his vivid narration.

Reviews (1)

Terminal Man

Written by Holly on February 6th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Being a Michael Crichton fan, I was expecting a little more from this book. It was a good story plot, but I think if Crichton were to write the same story now, it might be quite different. The characters were a little confusing at times and did not seem to have much purpose to the story plot. A bit disappointing.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.