We’re saddened to report that motion picture screenwriter, director and actor Dan O’Bannon has passed away at the age of 63. The man wrote Blue Thunder, Alien, Aliens, two segments of Heavy Metal, Return of the Living Dead, Screamers, helped adapt Total Recall for the big screen, and worked on the visual effects for the original Star Wars. He also wrote, starred, and did the special effects for John Carpenter’s original student film which became Dark Star. Without him there would be no Ripley, no Blue Thunder (thus no Airwolf), far fewer “Living Dead” movies, and no three-breasted hookers on Mars. For all that and more, Mr. O’Bannon, we thank you and sadly bid you adieu.