Michael Crichton's dubious awards -- The odd honors bestowed on ''Congo,'' ''Jurassic Park,'' and two others

By Scott Brown
February 17, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Last week, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists presented its annual journalism award to novelist Michael Crichton. Why would an oil group give a journalism award to a fiction writer? Because his latest, State of Fear, trashes global warming. This made us wonder which of his other books have taken home ”awards” over the years.

THE BOOK Eaters of the Dead PRESENTED BY Beowulf, Mythical Medieval Warrior THE REASON ”As a fictional character, I’ve got to say, this reimagining of my fictional deeds hits me where I never lived.”

THE BOOK Congo PRESENTED BY The Association of Sign-Language-Using Gorillas THE REASON KOKO LOVE CRICHTON. BIG HUG.

THE BOOK Jurassic Park PRESENTED BY Dinosaurs THE REASON [Roar] ”He knows us so well! [Disembowel] Meeting adjourned!”