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Forrest J. Ackerman

Forrest J. Ackerman (also Forrest J Ackerman) (November 24, 1916 - ), often called "Forry" and sometimes "4e" or "4SJ," legendary, wealthy science fiction fan, minor author, actor, producer (Vampirella) and literary agent of many of the science fiction greats.

He helped found and was a life-long activist in the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society a prominent regional organization in science fiction fandom. He was personally acquainted with many mid-twentieth-centrury writers of science-fiction. He is most noted, however, for his extremely large and complete collection of science-fiction and memorabilia, which is maintained in a remarkable mansion known as the "Ackermansion."

Ackerman is also notable for having coined the term sci-fi by analogy with hi-fi. Although most serious science fiction fans hated the phrase, considering it gimmicky and disrespectful, it quickly gained widespread usage.


  • A Reference Guide to American Science Fiction Films
  • Forrest J Ackerman's World of Science Fiction
  • Famous Forrie Fotos: Over 70 Years of Ackermemories


  • Rainbow Fantasia: 35 Spectrumatic Tales of Wonder
  • Science Fiction Worlds of Forrest J. Ackerman
  • Best Science Fiction for 1973
  • Gernsback Awards 1926
  • The Gernsback Awards Vol. 1, 1926
  • Gosh! Wow! (Sense of Wonder) Science Fiction
  • Gosh! Wow!
  • Reel Future
  • I, Vampire: Interviews with the Undead
  • Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts
  • Ackermanthology: Millennium Edition: 65 Astonishing Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts
  • Film Futures

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  • Micro Man
  • Tarzan and the Golden Loin
  • Dhactwhu!-Remember?
  • A Martian Oddity
  • The Mute Question
  • Atoms and Stars
  • The Lady Takes a Powder
  • Sabina
  • What an Idea!
  • Death Rides the Spaceways
  • Dwellers in the Dust
  • Burn Witch, Burn
  • 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

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