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Famed Sci-Fi Writer Richard Matheson Dies

by Kenny Hoeschen
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Writer Richard Matheson, who gave us such terrific science fiction writing as I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come has passed away at age 87 at his home in California. Matheson also wrote one of the most memorable episodes of the television series, The Twilight Zone, the episode with William Shatner playing a paranoid and frightened airline passenger, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. The scene was also included on film with John Lithgow playing the airline passenger part in Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Matheson’s daughter, Ali, posted this lovely message on Facebook on his passing, “My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there….”

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