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Forrest J Ackerman

Ackerman at the Ackermansion
Born November 24, 1916 (1916-11-24) (age 91)
Los Angeles, California

Forrest J Ackerman (born November 24, 1916) is an American science fiction fan and collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia. Ackerman, known as "Forry" or "4e" or "4SJ", was influential not only in the origination, organization, and spread of science fiction fandom, but was also a key figure in the wider cultural acceptance of science fiction as a literary, art and film genre. Ackerman is also known as the editor-writer of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an occasional author, actor, producer (Vampirella), and literary agent. is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Famous Monsters of Filmland #14, October 1961 issue. ... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... This article is about Vampirella. ...



Ackerman (no period on the middle initial, although his middle name is actually James) or, "Mr. Science Fiction," saw his first "imagi-movie" in 1922 (One Glorious Day), purchased his first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1926, created The Boys' Scientifiction Club in 1930 ("girl-fans were as rare as unicorn's horns in those days"), contributed to what some regard as the first science fiction fanzine, The Time Traveller, in 1932, and by 1933 had 127 correspondents around the world. He attended the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, where he wore the first "futuristicostume" (designed and created by Myrtle R. Douglas) and sparked fan costuming. He has attended every Worldcon but two thereafter. Ackerman invited Ray Bradbury to attend the now legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria Science Fiction Club, where Ray met the writers Robert A. Heinlein, Emil Petaja, Fredric Brown, Henry Kuttner, Leigh Brackett, and Jack Williamson. And with $90 from Forrest, Bradbury launched a fanzine, Futuria Fantasia, in 1939. Oct. ... First issue of Amazing Stories, art by Frank R. Paul Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, was first published in April 1926 in New York City, thereby becoming the first magazine devoted exclusively to publishing stories in the genre presently known as science fiction (SF). ... A science fiction fanzine is an amateur or semi-professional magazine published by members of science fiction fandom, from the 1930s to the present day. ... The Time Traveller was one of the earliest science fiction fanzines, started in 1932. ... During the first Worldcon, fans took the opportunity to visit Coney Island: Front: Mark Reinsberg, Jack Agnew, Ross Rocklynne Top: V. Kidwell, Robert A. Madle, Erle Korshak, Ray Bradbury The First World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was held in the Caravan Hall in New York 2-4 July, 1939, in... It has been suggested that World Science Fiction Society be merged into this article or section. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Emil Petaja (1915 - 2000) was a Finnish-American science fiction writer. ... Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906, Cincinnati – March 11, 1972) was a science fiction and mystery writer. ... Henry Kuttner (April 7, 1915 - February 4, 1958) was a science fiction author born in Los Angeles, California. ... Leigh Brackett (December 7, 1915, in Los Angeles, California – March 18, 1978) was a writer of science fiction, mystery novels and — best known to the general public — Hollywood screenplays, most notably The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). ... John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer considered by many the Dean of Science Fiction. [1] // Williamson spent his early childhood in western Texas. ...

Ackerman helped found the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, a prominent regional organization in science fiction fandom, as well as the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). He also provided publishing assistance in the early days of the Daughters of Bilitis, and (as the author of several lesbian novels under the name "Laurajean Ermayne") was dubbed an "honorary lesbian." He is (or was) personally acquainted with many twentieth-century writers of science fiction. He is noted for having amassed an extremely large and complete collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror film memorabilia, which was, until 2002, maintained in a remarkable home/museum known as the 18-room "Ackermansion" in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, filled with 300,000 books and pieces of movie memorabilia. He has entertained approximately 50,000 fans at open houses since 1951, including 186 fans and pros in one memorable night, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Ackerman is a board member of the Seattle Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, where many items of his own collection are displayed. Ackerman received a unique 1953 Hugo Award for "#1 Fan Personality" which some might say is the equivalent of the present-day Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society or LASFS is a private club in North Hollywood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. ... The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) is one of the worlds oldest fandom organizations. ... The Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was formed in San Francisco, California in 1955 by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon along with six other women. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Contemporary view of L.A. from behind the Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz. ... Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Sc. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Sculpture near the entrance of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame bills itself as the worlds premier science fiction museum. ... Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. ...

Ackerman is credited with nurturing and even inspiring the careers of several early contemporaries[1] like Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Charles Beaumont, Marion Zimmer Bradley and L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame. He was Ed Wood's "illiterary" agent[2] and represents 200 authors of science fiction and fantasy. Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Ray Harryhausen, with creations from Clash of the Titans. ... Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929 – February 21, 1967) was a prolific U.S. author of speculative fiction and horror short stories, beginning in 1951. ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook. ... Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was the founder of the Church of Scientology, as well as the author of Dianetics and the body of works comprising Scientology doctrine. ... Doctrine Practices Concepts People Public outreach Organization Controversy Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by American pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ...

Ackerman has had 50 stories published, including collaborations with A. E. van Vogt, Francis Flagg, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Donald Wolheim and Catherine Moore and the world's shortest — one letter of the alphabet. His stories have been translated into six languages. Ackerman named the sexy comic-book character Vampirella and wrote the origin story for the comic. Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author who was one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers of the mid-twentieth century Golden Age of the genre. ... This article is about Vampirella. ...

Ackerman is fluent in the international language, Esperanto, and claims to have walked down Hollywood boulevard arm-in-arm with Leo G. Carroll singing La Espero, the hymn of Esperanto.[3] An international auxiliary language (sometimes abbreviated as IAL or auxlang) is a language used (or to be used in the future) for communication between people from different nations who do not share a common native language. ... This article is about the language. ... Leo G. Carroll (October 25, 1892–October 16, 1972) was an British character actor, best known for his roles in several Hitchcock films and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He was born in Weedon, Buckinghamshire to a wealthy Catholic family, who named him after the reigning pope... La Espero (The Hope) is a poem written by L. L. Zamenhof (1859-1917), the initiator of the Esperanto language. ...

Through his magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958-1983), Forrest J Ackerman introduced the history of the science fiction, fantasy and horror film genres to a generation of young readers. At a time when most movie-related publications glorified the stars in front of the camera, "Uncle Forry", as he's referred to by many of his fans, promoted the behind-the-scenes artists involved in the magic of movies. In this way Ackerman provided inspiration to many who would later become successful artists, including Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Stephen King, Penn & Teller, Billy Bob Thornton, Gene Simmons (of the band Kiss), Rick Baker, George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Frank Darabont, John Landis and countless other writers, directors, artists and craftsmen. Famous Monsters of Filmland #14, October 1961 issue. ... For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark atmosphere in his high-profile films. ... For other persons named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... Penn & Teller at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penn & Teller are Las Vegas headliners whose act is an amalgam of illusion and comedy. ... Billy Bob Thornton[1] (born August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... Chaim Witz (חיים וויץ), (born August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... Richard A. Rick Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Frank Darabont (born January 28, 1959) is a three-time Academy Award nominated[1]American film director, screenwriter and producer. ... John David Landis (born August 3, 1950) is an American movie actor, director, writer, and producer. ...

In the 1960s, Ackerman organized the publication of an English translation in the U.S. of the German science fiction series Perry Rhodan, the longest science fiction series in history. These were published by Ace Books from 1969 through 1977. Ackerman's German-speaking wife Wendayne ("Wendy") did most of the translation. The American books were issued with varying frequency from one to as many as four per month. Ackerman also used the paperback series to promote science fiction short stories, including his own on occasion. These "magabooks" or "bookazines" also included a film review section, known as "Scientifilm World", and letters from readers. The American series came to an end when the management of Ace changed and the new management decided that the series was too juvenile for their taste. The last Ace issue was #118, which corresponded to German issue #126 as some of the Ace editions contained two of the German issues, and three of the German issues had been skipped. Forry later published translations of German issues #127 through #145 on his own under the Master Publications imprint. The original German series continues today and passed issue #2400 in 2007. Perry Rhodan is the worlds most prolific science fiction (SF) series, published since 1961 in Germany. ...

He also contributed to film magazines from all around the world, including Spanish speaking La Cosa - Cine Fantástico magazine, from Argentina, where he had a monthly column for over four years.

Ackerman says, "I aim at hitting 100 and becoming the George Burns of science fiction". George Burns[1], born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor. ...

Ackerman currently lives in the new "Acker-mini-mansion" in Hollywood where he continues to entertain and inspire fans weekly with his amazing collection of memorabilia and priceless stories of the golden age of art, filmmaking, literature and all things fantastical.

Ackerman and "sci-fi"

Ackerman is credited with having coined the term "sci-fi" in 1954, by analogy with "hi-fi" (a word that was current at the time). (The abbreviation had been used by Robert A. Heinlein in a private letter to his agent some years before.) Although many serious science fiction fans hate the phrase, considering it gimmicky and disrespectful, it gained widespread usage by the early 1960s. Harlan Ellison has derided it as a "hideous neologism" that "sounds like crickets fucking," a comment to which Ackerman fans responded by producing buttons bearing the slogan, "I love copulating crickets." Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... High Fidelity is also the title of a book by Nick Hornby and a film directed by Stephen Frears, based upon Hornbys book. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism. ...

Although Ackerman proudly continued to use the term "sci-fi", many fans of science fiction and literary critics prefer to identify this genre as "SF" (or "S.F.") rather than "sci-fi", and the term "sci-fi" has increasingly become a shibboleth, useful for identifying outsiders who seldom read science fiction yet who refer to the genre familiarly as "sci-fi" to create the impression that they are knowledgeable about it. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

There is now a widespread tendency to use "sci-fi" and "S.F." as two separate terms, identifying two subdivisions of the genre. "Sci-fi" identifies those science-fiction works (usually films or TV shows) which emphasize special effects, gadgetry and grotesque monsters or weird aliens, and/or violate known laws of science; "SF" or "S.F." identifies science-fiction works (usually literary) which emphasize ideas and cultural encounters, and attempt to keep to the known laws of science.

Appearances in film, TV and music

Ackerman himself appears as a character in Dead Alive, The Vampire Affair by David McDaniel (a novel in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. series), and Philip José Farmer's novel Blown. A character based on Ackerman, and his "Ackermansion", appears in the Niven/Pournelle collaboration Fallen Angels. Possibly the goriest movie ever, Braindead (1992) is a cheerfully extreme zombie horror-comedy directed by Peter Jackson. ... David Edward McDaniel (1944(?)-November 1, 1977) was a US science fiction author. ... The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an American television series that ran on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968, for 105 episodes (see 1964 in television and 1968 in television). ... Philip José Farmer (born January 26, 1918) is an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerry Eugene Pournelle, Ph. ...

A life-long fan of science fiction "B-movies", Ackerman has had cameos in over 210 films, including bit parts in many monster movies (The Howling, Innocent Blood, Return of the Living Dead Part II), more traditional "imagi-movies" (The Power, The Time Travelers), spoofs (Amazon Women on the Moon, Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold), and at least one major music video (Michael Jackson's Thriller). Thus, his Bacon number is 2. The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... The Howling is a 1981 horror film directed by Joe Dante. ... Innocent Blood (aka A French Vampire in America) is a 1992 film. ... Return of the Living Dead is a series of films that was produced between 1985-2005. ... The article is about the 1968 film. ... The Time Travelers is a 1964 science fiction film by B-movie director Ib Melchior that inspired the 1966 TV series The Time Tunnel. ... Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 film written by comedy duo Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. ... Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold is a 1995 science fiction film starring J.J North, Ted Monte, Tammy Parks, Raelyn Saalman, Nikki Fritz, John Lazar, Michelle Bauer, Tim Abelland Jay Richardson. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Michael Jacksons Thriller is a 14-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis. ... The Bacon number of an actor or actress is the number of degrees of separation (see Six degrees of separation) they have from actor Kevin Bacon, as defined by the game known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. ...

Ackerman appears extensively on-screen discussing his life and the history of science fiction fandom in the 2006 documentary film Finding the Future.[4] Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ...

He has also appeared on the intro track of Ohio horrorpunk music group, Manimals' 1999 album, Horrorcore.


Known pseudonyms

(This is not a complete list)

Weaver Wright, Spencer Strong, Walter Chinwell, Allis Villette, Alus Kerlay, Laurajean Ermayne, Alden Lorraine, J. Forrester Eckman, Fisher Trentworth, SF Balboa, Hubert G. Wells, Jacues De Forest Erman, Jone Lee Heard, Sgt. Ack-Ack, and Dr. Acula. In collaboration with others: Jacques de Forrest Erman (with Wilfred Owen Morley), Geoffrey Giles (with Walter Gillings);[5]


  • A Reference Guide to American Science Fiction Films
  • The Frankenscience Monster, 1969, paperback, Ace Books #25130
  • Forrest J Ackerman's Worlds of Science Fiction
  • Famous Forrie Fotos: Over 70 Years of Ackermemories, 117pp, trade paperback, 2001, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
  • Mr. Monster's Movie Gold, A Treasure-Trove Of Imagi-Movies
  • Worlds of Tomorrow: the Amazing Universe of Science Fiction Art w/Brad Linaweaver. ISBN 188805493X. 178pp. 2004 Collectors Press
  • Lon of 1000 Faces
  • Famous Monster of Filmland #1: An encyclopedia of the first 50 issues
  • Famous Monster of Filmland #2: An encyclopedia of issue 50-100
  • Metropolis by Thea von Harbou - intro and "stillustration" by FJ Ackerman


  • Rainbow Fantasia: 35 Spectrumatic Tales of Wonder, 559pp., 2001, hardbound and trade paperback, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
  • Science Fiction Worlds of Forrest J. Ackerman
  • Best Science Fiction for 1973
  • The Gernsback Awards Vol. 1, 1926
  • Gosh! Wow! (Sense of Wonder) Science Fiction'"
  • Reel futures
  • I, Vampire: Interviews with the Undead
  • Ackermanthology: Millennium Edition: 65 Astonishing Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers)
  • Womanthology, (w/Pam Keesey) 352pp, hardbound and trade paperback, 2003, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
  • Martianthology (ed.by Anne Hardin), 266pp, hardbound and trade paperback, 2003, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
  • Film Futures
  • Expanded Science Fiction Worlds of Forrest J Ackerman and Friends, PLUS, 205pp, hardbound and trade paperback, 2002, Sense of Wonder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers
  • Dr. Acula's Thrilling Tales of the Uncanny, xiv+267pp. Trade Paper, Sense of Woder Press, James A. Rock & Co., Publishers.

Short stories

  • Nyusa, Nymph of Darkness
  • The Shortest Story Ever Told
  • A Martian Oddity
  • Earth's Lucky Day
  • The Record
  • Micro Man
  • Tarzan and the Golden Loin
  • Dhactwhu!-Remember?
  • Kiki
  • The Mute Question
  • Atoms and Stars
  • The Lady Takes a Powder
  • Sabina of the White Cylinder
  • What an Idea!
  • Death Rides the Spaceways
  • Dwellers in the Dust
  • Burn Witch, Burn
  • Yvala
  • The Girl Who Wasn't There
  • Count Down to Doom
  • Time to Change
  • And Then the Cover Was Bare
  • The Atomic Monument
  • Letter to an Angel
  • The Man Who Was Thirsty
  • The Radclyffe Effect
  • Cosmic Report Card: Earth
  • Great Gog's Grave
  • The Naughty Venuzian


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  1. ^ Robinson, Peter (2006). Interview with Forrest J Ackerman. Geekson.com. Retrieved August 18, 2006.
  2. ^ Dragon*Con biography
  3. ^ Ackerman's personal page about Esperanto.
  4. ^ http://www.findingthefuture.com
  5. ^ Who Goes There: Pseudonym Dictionary/Bibliography by James A. Rock, 1979

External links

For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is a database of bibliographic information on science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction. ...



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