Although John Hammond is the instigator of the action of the novel, he is not by any means its only protagonist. Most of the action centers on the people who arrive on the island by his invitation for an inspection tour — like an audience for the advance showing of a film that still needs some editing before its general release to theaters. This group consists of Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Saltier, both flown in from the site of a dinosaur dig in the Montana badlands, as well as Donald Gennaro, corporate lawyer for InGen's investors, and Ian Malcolm, a consulting mathematician hired by Gennaro's firm to predict the feasibility of success in a project with so many unknowns. The last person in the group is not part of the inspection at all, but someone who joined them for the last leg of the journey to Isla Nubian Dennis Nedry, computer whiz who set up the control system for the park, which enables it to be run with a minimum of staff. Nedry is on site to work out the last of the "bugs" in the control system, but he also there as a kind of "agent of chaos," the character who sets the park on its course of final destruction.
A second contingent of characters arrive just after the experts. Tim and Lex (short for "Alexis") Murphy are John Hammond's grandchildren. Eleven-year-old Tim is a budding paleontologist, a real "dinosaur nut" and his younger sister, Lex, is a tomboy seldom far from her baseball glove and ball. Together with the experts, they form...
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