As you now know, Richard Matheson passed away on Sunday. It was a vicious blow to the world of fiction (entertainment in general, really), as Matheson crafted some of the finest tales published over the last six-plus decades. His accomplishments however haven’t gone unnoticed. The man had a remarkable career, and he’s been honored time and again. Well, he’ll once more be recognized for his unbelievable accomplishments, this time at the 2013 Saturn Awards.
Matheson had been scheduled to receive the Visionary Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Films during tomorrow’s ceremony. The award will be presented posthumously during the Academy’s annual awards ceremony.
“We are heartbroken to lose a writer of towering talent, unlimited imagination and unparalleled inspiration,” stated Academy President Robert Holguin. “Richard was a genius whose visions helped bring legitimacy and critical acclaim to science fiction and fantasy. He was also a longtime supporter of the Academy, and everyone associated with The Saturn Awards feels emptier today to learn of this enormous loss. Richard’s accomplishments will live on forever in the imaginations of everyone who read or saw his inspired and inimitable work.”
The 39th Annual Saturn Awards – which, again, unfolds tomorrow, June 26th – will also be dedicated to Matheson’s memory.