Monday, October 9, 2023

"James Patterson and the late Michael Crichton are teaming on a novel"

The hook sounds dull. I think I'd prefer a short story about James Patterson communing with a LLM trained on Crichton novels to create something new.

The novel is based on a partially finished manuscript by Crichton, who died in 2008. It was given to Patterson by Sherri Crichton, the author’s wife and CEO of CrichtonSun, the publishing/production company of Crichton’s estate. The subject: A once-in-a-century volcano eruption of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano threatens a secret cache of chemical weapons that can destroy not only the island but the world.


The Crichton/Patterson deal was the first deal signed after CrichtonSun signed with Shane Salerno and The Story Factory. 


“It’s the publishing world’s version of when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg came together to create Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Salerno said of the Crichton and Patterson tandem. 

Amazon listing for the book.

*Previously: "James Patterson mostly doesn’t write his books. And his new readers mostly don’t read — yet"