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I’ve been lucky enough to design five original hardcovers for Michael Crichton, and this is by far my favorite. But, first a little back-story: Michael’s previous book was entitled, State of Fear and it was my nightmare project. By the time that we had an approved cover, I had designed nearly 250 different covers for it! So, I approached this cover for Next with some slight apprehension. Thankfully, I think I earned some karma points from the last title, and when Michael came into the office to review the covers- I presented him six covers, he pointed at this one, and said, “That’s the one.” We chatted a bit more, and I left the conference room with a mile-wide grin. Sometimes things just work.