Having read every one of his novels (with the admission that I've not yet read State of Fear), I can tell you that even a disappointing book from Crichton was still packed with enough science and spectacle to keep you glued to it. He will be greatly missed in the medical, entertainment and publishing community.
I do hope they save his DNA.
“We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.”
- Michael Crichton
Favorite Crichton Book: Sphere
Favorite Crichton Movie: Jurassic Park
Least Favorite Crichton Book: Next
Least Favorite Crichton Movie: Timeline