Legendary author of science fiction and horror Richard Matheson died today. He was 87 years-old. Matheson leaves behind an incredible legacy of short stories and novels, many of which became the basis of television programs of movies. I am Legend, What Dreams May Come, The Shrinking Man, Hell House and A Stir of Echoes are just a handful of movies that were based on Matheson’s work. Matheson wrote for many television programs, including Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories and Night Gallery among many others. Stephen King, Anne Rice and George A. Romero all cite Matheson as an influence on their own work.
Matheson is survived by four children, three of whom are writers of fiction and screenplays, and his wife Ruth Ann.Read More
Astronaut Neil Armstrong has died today, the result of complications from a cardiac procedure. He was 82 years-old. Although I was born years after the historic moon landing, my childhood was lived in the great man’s shadow. Neil Armstrong’s name was was synonymous with bravery, a man who took a risk that most of us would find inconceivable. Science fiction’s greatest minds dreamed of the stars, but Armstrong reached out and touched them.Read More
Our friends at IO9 just broke the very sad news that science fiction legend Ray Bradbury has died.
Bradbury, the author of many short stories and novels, among them the American classics Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Martian Chronicles, died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old.
If you’ve got an ebook reader then I’ve got a great suggestion for you: Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series. These eight books explore the adventures and philosophical quandaries faced by regular men and women chosen to personify divine powers: Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, Evil, Good and Night. Three of these volumes, On a [...]Read More
Robert Heinlein’s TUNNEL IN THE SKY. Robin McKinley’s THE BLUE SWORD.
Anne McCaffrey’s DRAGONSONG.
Those are the first three books I specifically remember reading as science fiction and fantasy. They weren’t; I’d been reading SF&F in the guise of children’s books for many years, but they’re the first I recall as genre-specific. I loved them all, but [...]