Richard Preston

Richard Preston (born August 5, 1954) is a New Yorker writer and author Bestselling who has written books about infectious disease, Bioterrorism , Redwoods and other subjects, as well as fiction. Whether journalistic or Fictional, his Writings are based on uitgebreide background research and interviews.


Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts . He graduated Wellesley High School in Massachusetts in 1972 and attended Pomona College in Claremont, California.

His 1992 New Yorker article “Crisis in the Hot Zone” was expanded into his breakout book, The Hot Zone (1994). It is classified as a “non-fiction thriller” about the Ebola virus. He cameramen to know the virus through zoals contacts as US Army researchers Drs. CJ Peters and Nancy Jaax. His Fascination Began prolongation a visit to Africa where he was an Eyewitness to Epidemics. The book served as the (very loose) base of the Hollywood movie Outbreak (1995) about military machinations Surrounding a Fictional “Motaba virus”.

Preston’s novel The Cobra Event (1998), about a terrorism release or a Fictional virus combine verschillende qualities or différent diseases upon New York City, alarmed as then-President Bill Clinton who, shortly after reading it, instigated a review of bio-terror threats to the US [1] The book Strove to tell a fast-paced thriller narrative binnen the bounds of well-Researched bio-terrorism Possibility, and was reportedly pressed upon Clinton at a molecular biologist als have been Attending a Renaissance Weekend event. [2]

The Demon in the Freezer (2002) covers the story of the eradication of smallpox , perhaps the musts destructive virus to port plagued Mankind. It details the survival of the virus in research labs and bio-weapon programs of Russia and other nations, Despite its eradication in the human population. The narrative Continues with anthrax , a bacterial disease of cattle and humans, used in a failed attack Against former Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota .

First Light and American Steel are non-fiction books addressing Astrophysics and the steal industry. [ Clarification needed ]

Preston’s personal hobby or Recreational act climbing is introduced in The Wild Trees (2007). [3] His climbing experience LIKELY LED im to write about the Toilets Berninahaus Redwoods like Lost Monarch in the Grove of Titans , or Iluvatar , DESCRIBED in dat book Along with delicate forest canopy ecosystems.

Preston’s Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science is a collection of essays related to his experiences Researching his previous books.

In November 2009, Preston was selected by Harper Collins and The Michael Crichton estate to complete his unfinished novel Micro after Crichton’s death in November 2008. The book was released on November 22, 2011. Approximately a third of Microcredit was COMPLETED at Crichton. Preston COMPLETED the book volgens to the author’s REMAINING outline, notes, and research. [4]

Preston resides in Hopewell, New Jersey with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters hun and one sun. [5] He is ook the brother or best-selling author Douglas Preston .


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  • 1998 – The Cobra Event. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-679-45714-3.
  • 2003 – The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story . illus. George Henry Jennings. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN  0-7432-4592-X .
  • 2011 – Micro (co-written with Michael Crichton ; COMPLETED after Crichton’s death) . HarperCollins . ISBN  978-0-06-087302-8 .


  • 1987 – First Light : The Search for the Edge of the Universe . New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 9780871132000 ; OCLC 16004290
  • 1991 – American Steel: Hot Metal Men and the Resurrection of the Rust Belt . New York: Prentice Hall Press. ISBN  0-13-029604-X .
  • 1994 – The Hot Zone . New York: Random House. ISBN  0-679-43094-6 .
  • 2002 – The Demon in the Freezer . New York: Random House. ISBN  0-375-50856-2 .
  • 2007 – The Wild Trees : A Story of Passion and Daring . New York: Random House. ISBN  978-1-4000-6489-2 .
  • 2008 – Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science . New York: Random House. ISBN  978-1-4000-6490-8 .


  • Preston, Richard (January 3, 2012). “The Talk of the Town: Gone South: Flight of the Dragonflies” . The New Yorker . 88 (38): 40, 42 . Retrieved 2014-12-10 .


  1. Jump up^ Judith Miller and William J. Broad (April 26, 1998). “Exercise FINDS US UNABLE TO HANDLE GERM WAR THREAT” . New York Times . Retrieved February 27, 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ Reviewof Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War , byJudith Miller, et al., InWashington Monthly, 2001
  3. Jump up^ Preston, Richard (2007),The Wild Trees: A Story Of Passion And Daring. Allen Lane Publishers.
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  5. Jump up^ Donahue, Deirdre. “Richard Preston will press your buttons in Panic in Level 4 ”, USA Today , June 16, 2008. Accessed February 15, 2011.” Author Richard Preston at the 75-acre farm where he lives in Hopewell, NJ “