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I am legend [Richard Matheson]

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Polly Potter

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Richard Matheson "I am legend" Cureño Mora, Paola
R-002 29-nov-2012 Biography http://cosasquehemosvisto.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/soy-leyenda-de-richard-matheson/ (born February 20, 1926 in Allendale, New Jersey) American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Richard Burton Matheson Thanks! The End Plot In 1943 spent World
War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he graduated as a journalist. http://b-cramps.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/TheTwilightZonetitle.jpg Biography He moved to California in 1951 and married Ruth Ann Woodson. They have four children, three of whom are writers of fiction and screenplays. His first short story "Born of Man and Woman" appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. He was a member of The Southern California Writing Group in the 1950s-1960s, Some of his works:

-The Shrinking Man (1956)
-Hell House (1971)
-What Dreams May Come
-Bid Time Return (1975)
-A Stir of Echoes (1958)
-I Am Legend (1954)
-also wrote several The Twilight Zone television show episodes All of which
have been
adapted as major
motion pictures, the
last at least three
times Biography http://www.williams-wanderings.com/2009-09-19-Science-Fiction-Hall-of-Fame.jpg http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/10/70/06/2326937/7/628x471.jpg In 1973 Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He received a World Fantasy Award in
1984 for Lifetime Achievement. In 2010 Matheson was inducted into
the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His work has influenced Stephen King and Anne Rice (writers), and George A. Romero (filmmaker) has said that the novel "I am legend" inspired the zombie "ghouls" he envisioned in "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). Background Biography http://www.renaud-bray.com/ImagesEditeurs/PG/1185/1185278-gf.jpg http://rodscuriosityshop.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/matheson-10866.jpg http://www.fanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/mag-of-fant-scifi.jpg Plot http://www.historywiz.com/images/coldwar/atomicblast.jpg http://www.talkandroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/cold-war.gif?3995d3 Plot Plot Setting Characters I am legend 1954 Horror-fiction novel. It was influential in the development of the zombie genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Main Character Minor Characters Incidental Characters Robert Neville. 36 years-old man, the last "normal" human in the world, who fights against the vampires to survive and against his own loneliness and madness. Ben Cotrman Ruth Dog Vampire, former co-worker of Neville, who always try to convince him to exit of his house and kill him. New type of vampire, who is sent to spy Neville but in the end try to save him. A stray dog which Neville tries to domesticate. Virginia Neville Katy Neville Dead vampires Still-alive vampires Wife, dead for the disease and then revived. Daughter, dead and burned. Dead bodies, back to life because a virus Sick people, that turns into vampires because the
virus. In the end try to form a new society. Cold War (1945-1991) After World War II, began the Cold War, a military, geopolitical and ideological conflict between USA and the USSR. Civil population became paranoid and terrified about a potential atomic war, and
the use of bacteriological
weapons. The scientific and
technological development
became so fast and gave
science fiction (sci-fi) genre
popularity. http://www.psi.edu/hartmann/pic-cat/images/562.jpg January, 1976 March, 1976 June, 1978 January, 1979 Neville is captured, and is taken to the seat of the new society of vampires, to be executed, as the last member of his race, becoming into a legend. Neville has a few months in loneliness and spent almost all of his time in the day repairing his house and hunting inactive vampires and during the night he drinks a lot and feels angry and desperate. His long period of loneliness force him to remember the last days of the pandemic and his lost, driving him to the edge of madness. One day he found a stray dog, but it dies, sick and hurtful, days later. He begins a research about the vampires origin, finding it's a virus and how it acts in its guest, even in dead bodies. Suddenly he found a woman walking alone at sunlight and he takes her to his house, thinking if she is an infected one or someone like him. She runs away when he discovers that she has the virus. "I am legend" is a science fiction and horror novel, which is settled in and alternative Los Angeles in the year of 1976, when a bacteriological and atomic war has unexpected consequences, that outcomes into a pandemic situation that finish with human race. Only one man (Robert Neville) seems to be immune to the illness and he has
to survive through his loneliness
and the new race of "vampires"
that the illness has created.
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