When we have shuffled off this mortal coil/ Must give us pause

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come/

The late, great Richard Matheson, author of I am Legend, Hell House, and the writer responsible for some of the greatest episodes of The Twilight Zone ever, wrote his powerfully affecting vision of the afterlife, What Dreams May Come, in 1978. This was the same year the show Mork and Mindy, starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, debuted on ABC and became an instant hit. 20 years later Robin Williams would star in the film adaptation of Matheson's novel, a wonderful, life-affirming movie which would go on to win Best Visual Effects at the 1998 Academy Awards.