State of Fear isn´t really about science anyway. Crichton writes in his endnotes that even if global warming is real, we shouldn't do anything about it, because our response will probably only create more problems. In fact, he--or, excuse me, one of the tough, beautiful characters in his novel--theorizes that global warming might bring a net economic benefit. Maybe he's right. What I don´t understand is why he has to impugn so many scientists, suggesting that they're driven by politics or greed, to make his point. If, as he claims, he truly has no agenda, then he would have presented a more reasonable debate. Instead, what Crichton insists is an honest, disinterested assessment of global warming is just 567 pages of biased, one-sided claptrap. And the story stinks too.