Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies [NYTimes]

Syd Mead, a Hollywood designer who contributed to the look of "Blade Runner," "Tron" and "Aliens," died Monday.

Mr. Mead had a reputation for doing thorough research and making educated guesses about what was to come. A good Mead design looked amazing, but it also looked plausible….

[Mead’s spouse, Roger] Servick said that in his final days Mr. Mead wasn’t always coherent or talkative, but that one thing he said did stay with him.

“He felt that he had completed his time here, and that they were coming to take him back,” Mr. Servick said. “That was his last words.”

Mr. Mead, he said, did not specify who “they” were.