Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- The International Fleet now has a Tumblr account! They’re posting some fantastic propaganda images from the upcoming Ender’s Game movie.
- Speaking of Ender’s Game, they’re headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Lots of great stuff planned if you’re going to be in attendance.
- Buffy fans: Blastr recently shared 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage behind the scenes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt posted the footage, for which we thank him!
- The Wheel of Time in LEGO. Enough said.
- The Sword & Laser podcast recently did an interview with genre legend Gene Wolfe. Definitely worth a listen.
- If you missed the news, we’re sad to report that Richard Matheson has died.
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Goodreads Giveaway: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Ends 6/30)
- Summer Grab Bag Sweepstakes (Ends 6/30)
- Goodreads First Reads: Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn (Ends 7/1)
- eBook Sale: The Affinity Bridge, by George Mann, is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 7/5)
- Goodreads First Reads: Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova (Ends 7/17)
- Goodreads First Reads: Approaching the Speed of Light by Victoria Lustbader (Ends 7/18)
- Goodreads First Reads: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson (Ends 7/19)
- Goodreads First Reads: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (Ends 7/23)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Lost Prince by Edward Lazellari (Ends 7/24)
- eBook Sale: The Grays, by Whitley Strieber, is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 8/9)
- eBook Sale: Royal Street, by Suzanne Johnson, is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 8/9)
Legendary author Richard Matheson has sadly passed away at the age of 87.
From his longtime editor Greg Cox: “For over sixty years, Richard Matheson’s imagination enriched our lives and contributed vastly to the literature and entertainment of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a true gentlemen who was never less than a pleasure to work with. We’re all lucky to have known him and his work.”
“One of the most important writers of the twentieth century.” —Ray Bradbury
“I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me.” —Stephen King
Richard Matheson, born February 20, 1926, was an American author and screenwriter. His vast career included critically acclaimed works across a variety of genres—best known for horror, fantasy, and science fiction, he also penned a number of striking westerns and literary fiction. His stellar works include I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time, Hell House, The Shrinking Man, and many others. Matheson won countless awards, including the World Fantasy Convention’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo, the Golden Spur, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.
Many of Matheson’s novels and short stories have been made into films and television shows. I Am Legend (2007), the blockbuster film starring Will Smith, was the third film version of Matheson’s bestselling science fiction novel, which was previously filmed as The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price in 1964 and again as The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston in 1971. Other Hollywood adaptations include Real Steel (2011), The Box (2009), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1956), What Dreams May Come (1998), and Stir of Echoes (1999). As a screenwriter, Matheson often adapted his own work to the screen as in the case of such films as Duel (1971), The Legend of Hell House (1973), and Somewhere in Time (1980).
Matheson’s many noteworthy television scripts include “Button, Button,” which inspired a memorable episode of the Twilight Zone television series, which had previously aired many other unforgettable episodes by Matheson, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “The Invaders,” and “Little Girl Lost.” He also wrote episodes for such series as Star Trek, Night Gallery, and Have Gun, Will Travel.
Matheson was recently thrilled to see the staging of a musical adaptation of Somewhere in Time, based on his book and screenplay, which had its world premiere at Portland Center Stage in May 2013.
Departing from the genre, Matheson also penned The Beardless Warriors, an autobiographical novel about teenager American soldiers in World War II, and later wrote such acclaimed western novels as Journal of the Gun Years, The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok, and Shadow on the Sun.
A New York Times bestselling author and great American writer, Matheson will continue to capture the imagination of millions. He resided in California with his wife and had four children, including the writer Richard Christian Matheson.
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About Steel: Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots. And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . .
Richard Matheson’s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white-knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman. But “Steel,” which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never appeared in any previous Matheson collection. Also featured is a bizarre satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source,” that was turned into an episode of The Family Guy.
Richard Matheson was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Steel demonstrates once again the full range of his legendary imagination.
(Ends October 19)
Watch the trailer for Real Steel – in theaters October 7: