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Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Richard Matheson Dead At 87 57

Posted by timothy
from the long-and-storied-career dept.
New submitter no bloody nickname writes "The BBC reports that well-known U.S. author Richard Matheson has passed away. He was 87 years old. Mathesons prolific career lasted for more than 60 years and his works include the novels Hell House, The Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, and I am legend. Matheson also wrote for television and cinema. Among the screenplays he wrote were the Spielberg movie Duel as well as multiple episodes of The Twilight Zone. Several of his novels have also been adapted into movies. In the case of I Am Legend this was done not just once but three times. Matheson continued to write books until recently and his most recently published book Generations was released in 2012." Adds reader Dave Knott: "Richard Matheson was a recipient of lifetime achievement recognition in both fantasy (World Fantasy Awards, 1984) and horror (Bram Stoker Awards, 1991), and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. Matheson passed away on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles."
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Richard Matheson Dead At 87

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  • For what it's worth (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mmcxii (1707574) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @10:39AM (#44100421)
    I think that I Am Legend is pretty weak from the science fiction aspect. Omega Man and I Am Legend (the movie) did a better version of the story. The idea that Neville coming up with a cure for the plague without any prior education is a bit far fetched.

    But over all his short stories are a good read and he did write my favorite Twilight Zone episode (Night Call). I've never read the story that was to be made into Night Call, if one exists. Does anyone know?
  • Re:Why so unknown? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by seven of five (578993) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @10:43AM (#44100471) Homepage
    Unlike Stephen King, whose name is attached to everything, i.e. "Stephen King's The Tommyknockers" etc. Matheson was more low key. On the other hand, I am Legend must've set some record for the number of movie versions.
  • by Anonymous Codger (96717) on Tuesday June 25, 2013 @10:51AM (#44100549)

    I beg to differ on I Am Legend. I read the book many years ago and found it suspenseful, engrossing, moving, and, to one willing to suspend disbelief, reasonably plausible.

    None of the movies lived up to the original. They went more for thrills and chills at the expense of the humanity of the story.

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