Still from "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Twilight Zone, 1963

Still from “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” Twilight Zone, 1963

by Susan L. Fox

One of the legends of the Science Fiction field has left us today.  Richard Burton Matheson, February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013. Mr. Matheson was supposed to be at this week’s 39th Annual Saturn Awards, to receive the Academy’s VISIONARY AWARD;  it will be presented posthumously and the ceremony will be dedicated to him.

If you ever enjoyed any of the following, he touched your life:

  • The Twilight Zone – including Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, Little Girl Lost, The Invaders, Steel and Night Call
  • Star Trek, The Enemy Within
  • Night Gallery, The Funeral
  • THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, teleplay for the television mini-series
  • I AM LEGEND, filmed as The Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend
  • THE SHRINKING MAN, filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • BID TIME RETURN, filmed as Somewhere In Time
  • Movies, Die! Die! My Darling!, Duel, Hell House, The Comedy of Terrors and many more
  • Classic short stories such as Born of Man and Woman, Third From The Sun

He leaves behind his wive and four children, including writer and collaborator Richard Christian Matheson, and millions of happily scared children of all ages worldwide.  May all your dreams be pleasant ones.

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