Crichton had a really weird obsession with history-themed amusement parks. It worked for Westworld and Jurassic Park, but it was such a ridiculous plot device for Timeline that it made me want to throw the book into a bonfire.
Evil Industrialist: Gentlemen: though our company is facing major financial shortfalls, I am pleased to announce that we have secretly perfected a number of exclusive next-generation technologies including miniaturized language translators, quantum computing, teleportation and even time travel. Now it's time to finally cash in!
Board Member: You mean sell the translators to revolutionize international business and tourism? Dominate the computing and transportation industries? Use our knowledge of the future to make trillions on the stock market?
Evil Industrialist: No! We will use our knowledge of the past to build historically accurate theme parks! Tourists love history-themed amusement parks!
Board Member: But we're a tech company with no experience building theme parks. Did we even do any market research on this? I think Disney lost a ton of money on a failed attempt to build a history-themed amusement park back in the '90s.
Evil Industrialist: [Presses button to teleport board member into cretaceous-era volcano.]