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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 109

Crichton is noted for rapid pacing and a considerable amount of scientific fact in his works. Using the pseudonym Jeffrey Hudson, Crichton wrote A Case of Need (1968), which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the year’s best mystery novel. Using the pseudonym John Lange, he wrote several novels, including Drug of Choice (1970) and Binary, which was made into a movie for television. Crichton also wrote The Terminal Man (1972) and Eaters of the Dead (1976), a retelling of the Beowulf story. He ventured into another creative field in 1973, writing the script for and directing the film Westworld. He also directed Robin Cook’s Coma in 1978.

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