Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was an American author in addition to being a film/television producer, director and screenwriter. He is best known for writing Jurassic Park, Congo, The Andromeda Strain and several other novels. His books fell into the techno-thriller, science fiction and action-adventure genres. His film credits include writing and producing Twister, writing Jurassic Park (based on his book), writing and directing The First Great Train Robbery (based on his book) and much more. He also created the hit television show ER.

Crichton started his career in 1966 when he started writing as John Lange. He also used the pseudonyms John Lange, Jeffery Hudson and Michael Douglas. Following Crichton’s passing in 2008, Pirates Latitudes was published and Micro (which was a third of the way completed) was finished and published.

Below is a list of Michael Crichton’s novels in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Andromeda Books

The Andromeda Strain (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Andromeda Evolution (With: Daniel H. Wilson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Jurassic Park Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Odds On (As: John Lange) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scratch One (As: John Lange) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Case of Need (As: Jeffery Hudson) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Easy Go / The Last Tomb (As: John Lange) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zero Cool (As: John Lange) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Venom Business (As: John Lange) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Drug of Choice (As: John Lange) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty Brick Lost Bag Blues (As: Michael Douglas) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Grave Descend (As: John Lange) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Binary (As: John Lange) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Terminal Man (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Great Train Robbery (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Eaters of the Dead / The 13th Warrior (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Congo (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sphere (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rising Sun (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Disclosure (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Airframe (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Timeline (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Prey (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
State of Fear (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Next (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pirate Latitudes (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Micro (With: Richard Preston) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Teeth (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Eruption (With: James Patterson) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Publication Order of Scripts Books

Notes: Odds On, Scratch One, Easy Go, Zero Cool, The Venom Business, Drug of Choice, Grave Descend and Binary were published under the pen name John Lange.

A Case of Need was published under the pen name Jeffery Hudson.

Dealing was co-authored by brother Douglas Crichton under the pen name Michael Douglas.

Easy Go was also published under the title The Last Tomb.

Micro was finished by author Richard Preston.

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5 Responses to “Order of Michael Crichton Books”

  1. Disgruntled52: 7 years ago

    I came across a book entitled “Travels” originally published in 1988. I’ve not read it yet but from a quick scan, it appears to be non-fiction, although the disclaimer at the front says it is “a work of fiction”.


    • Graeme: 7 years ago

      Thanks – added it. I’ll have to check the book out myself but looks like its an autobiography.


    • Jean Hopkins: 7 years ago

      After years of reading Crichton – this weird little catch-all book turned out to be my favorite. I reread it every year or so. It covers a lot of, hmmmm, let me say, UNUSUAL ground. I hope you like it!


  2. stellaDella: 8 years ago

    I’d like to get the entire collection in paperback, even if used.


  3. stellaDella: 8 years ago



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