Unpublished, fossil-hunting Michael Crichton novel Dragon Teeth set for release in 2017

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Aug 2, 2016, 11:32 AM EDT (Updated)

Despite his tragic death in 2008, the man behind such sci-fi classics as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain has left behind (at least) one more manuscript: Dragon Teeth.

The novel was left behind by author Michael Crichton, and Deadline reports it will focus on the notorious rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during a time of “intense fossil speculation and discovery in the American West in 1878.” The story will follow fictional creation William Johnson, who is apprenticed to both men and makes a discovery of historic proportion.

HarperCollins says the novel got its start via correspondence between Crichton and Prof. Edwin H. Colbert, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. It was apparently a passion project for the author before his death, and though it took a while, it should hopefully be a treat for fans to finally get a chance to read it.

The deal was brokered between the publisher and Crichton’s wife Sherri, who has been overseeing Michael’s legacy. 

The novel is set to hit shelves in May 2017.

(Via Deadline)

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