So we’ve lost yet another prolific Hollywood contributor and author. Michael Crichton died yesterday at the age of 66 from a prolonged battle with cancer.

Michael brought us some of the most well-known Sci-Fi stories in both books and film. He wrote and directed Westworld and Coma, and he wrote novels that ended up on the big screen as well as screenplays. Many of his novels were MUCH better than the movies they were turned into.

Here’s a list of very familiar books (and movies based on his books): Jurassic Park, Twister, The 13th Warrior, The Andromeda Strain, Timeline, The Lost World, Sphere, Rising Sun, Disclosure, Airframe, Prey, State of Fear, and his final book Next. He was also the creator of the TV series ER.

He had a gift for writing stories that seemed to be just on the edge of what is currently possible, and they often had a message of warning us not to be too quick to rush into tampering with nature via science.

His family said in a statement:

“Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand,”

He will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s family.

For more details head over to CBSNews.com.