David Brin On Michael Crichton In The Context Of Enlightement, Modernism And Current Anti-Science Mood.
David Brin (http://davidbrin.blogspot.com) is in the process of writing a long and very thought-provoking series of posts about Modernism and Enlightement, and the current anti-Modernism and anti-Science mood, including Chrichton as one of the case-studies. Well worth reading. I'll have to go back and read more closely and, in a few months, remember to nominate for Koufax Best Series Award.
The Real Culture War
(and related article: http://www.davidbrin.com/realculturewar1.html)
The Issue is Modernity
The Radical Notion Of Modernism
Modernism Part 2.
Modernism Part 3: the Era of Can-Do
4: The Second Phase Of Modernism
Part 5: MODERNISM TAKES A TUMBLE
6: Modernism Overcomes Setbacks
Modernism Part 7: Post WWII Caution/Confidence
Modernism Part 8: The Price of Hubris
Part 9: MODERNISM AT ITS NADIR
10. How Liberalism has Betrayed Modernity
An aside about this dichotomy of mine...
Back to Modernism (part 11): Under Assault from All Sides
Modernism Part 12: ILLUSTRATING THIS DIVIDE WITHIN THE ARTS:MODERNITY VS ROMANTICISM IN FICTION
Modernism Part 13: Michael Crichton vs Science
Modernism Part 14: more on Crichton vs science
Modernism Part 15: Modernism & Science are assaulted from all sides...
Modernism Part 16: It goes beyond the arts...
Aside: How the US saved the world by buying vast amounts of stuff...