Jurassic Park

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

It all seemed so simple and innocuous in the beginning. Utilize the latest biogenetic technology to extract the DNA from fossil remains and replicate creatures long extinct. Then build a containment facility on an isolated island, add a hotel, and open the most original theme park in the world. Moreover, since dinosaurs are a “hot item” in terms of interest among those who might demand to visit such a location, why not clone dinosaurs? This is the premise of Michael Crichton’s latest attempt to induce nightmares among his vast reading public.

Needless to say, matters go seriously awry. The cloning process is successful in producing several species of dinosaurs, but they unexpectedly begin to reproduce. Moreover, human greed creates a situation in which the creatures from the past escape confinement and attack their creators. In fact, the world itself is placed in peril.

As in the case of his first work, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Crichton here combines state-of-the-art know-how with freewheeling speculation. In JURASSIC PARK, however, in contrast to THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, he also presents an exhaustive and persuasive indictment of modern science for its lack of an ethical foundation. Crichton does not compose simply to amaze and terrify his readers, but also to alert them to the possibilities inherent in scientific research and technological advancement. JURASSIC PARK demonstrates he is still capable of achieving his objective.