Today I learned that Hans Ruedi Giger has died. He was 74, which these days is not considered particularly old, and he was still an active guy. He died after falling down the stairs at his family home.

For those of you who don't know who he is or why I am blogging about his death it's easy to explain.

H. R. Giger gave us this:

He designed aliens that gave generations a whole new set of nightmares and set the benchmark in creature design. He has been copied dozens of times over but never equalled or bettered. 'Giger's Alien' is no longer Alien, it is one of the most recognisable images in cinematic history and is still being used as the basis for a continuing series of films very much influenced by his character designs.

This is all I have to say in this blog as those of you who knew of him already know what an outstanding contribution he made to cinema, science fiction and horror. Those who were unaware of him now know better.

He will be missed.

R.I.P.    H.R.G.

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