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Political and Social Commentary Found in the Works of Michae

             Science fiction has long been a medium for political and social commentary. Michael Crichton’s work is no different. Many of his books depict nature fighting back against man’s influence. Crichton points out that technology has great potential, but the way we are currently using it is detrimental to our long-term health. .
             Michael Crichton was born on October 23, 1942 in Chicago. He was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and other well renowned schools. Crichton graduated as a medical doctor, but he gave up that profession for writing. Crichton was quoted saying “I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.” as an explanation for his career change. This background in medicine and science gives Crichton’s novels an eerie realism made all the more frightening by the modern-day perspective he uses. Crichton has won numerous awards for his writing, both fiction and non-fiction. .
             Science has provided for many advancements in our society. It has made life cleaner, safer, and more convenient. But it has also been accompanied by many harmful side effects. Some of the chemicals used in day to day activities are devastating to the environment. Chlorine, for example, has made it possible to have a supply of safe drinking water, but other compounds that contain this chemical degrade the ozone layer that protects the earth from harmful ultra violet radiation. There are also cases of birth defects and other abnormalities in wild life that have been linked to chlorine based chemicals. And as the author notes, “There are thousands upon thousands of other chemicals now in daily use, and we’ve only tested the health affects of a small percentage of them.” (Sherwood). Aside from chlorine, there are thousands of other chemicals used in industrial processes. Studies have linked high occurrences of cancer to several of these compounds.