Jerome Bixby was a celebrated science fiction writer for years. After his death in 1998, it appeared that his contribution to the world was over. However, a new screenplay that was finished right before his death has resurfaced into a film that was screened at this year’s Comic-Con.

The film, titled “The Man From Earth” was dictated by Bixby to his son, Emerson who is also a screenwriter. After his death, Emerson sold the script for $200,000. Anchor Bay Entertainment acquired the movie for distribution on DVD in the fall, and it is already receiving flattering reviews. Bixby started out as a short story writer in the 1950s. One of his pieces, titled “It’s a Good Life,” was voted into The Science Fiction hall of Fame and was later used in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” He wrote several episodes of “The Twilight Zone” as well as “Fantastic Voyage” and the original “Star Trek.” He also wrote It! The Terror from Beyond Space about a monster who sneaks onboard a return flight to Mars. This was the main inspiration for the movie Alien, though A.E. van Vogt sued for screen credit based on his story “Black Destroyer.” He went on to write Curse of the Faceless Man, a story about a mummy set in Italy that mirrors the people buried in the ashes at Pompeii.

Bixby went on to write episodes for two unsuccessful series. His name last appeared on screen in 1996 with the film Fantastic Voyage. His name will once again return on screen thanks to the Comic-Con screening which like all deceased writers, feel like Bixby is speaking from beyond the grave.

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