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Steel: And Other Stories Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Praise for Richard Matheson:
"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."
"His stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart."
Praise for Richard Matheson:
His stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart.
The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.--Stephen King
About the Author
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.
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the first story - Steel - was used as the basis for the Hugh Jackman movie Steel about the father and son building a robot (and by based, I mean loosely - it follows a character who has an old robot for a robot fight - so same world, diff plot).
Once I read the first story, I kept reading all the other stories quickly. There is huge variety in plots/stories. Nothing too long. Short, easy reading.
I read this after "a fall of moon dust" and feel they are similar.
This is the story, among others in this collection, that sparked the screenplay for Real Steel - but it is so not the same story! From my perspective, this is a better story for reading than the plot of the movie would be. The drive to excel, refusal to quit, willingness to suffer in pursuit of one's dreams - these are human qualities; and in Matheson's story, they belong to the human fighter.
The other stories in this collection serve to remind us why Matheson's ideas have given us so many movies, like Duel, I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, A Stir of Echoes and The Incredible Shrinking Man.