::Forrest J Ackerman


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Forrest J Ackerman<ref name=guardian/> (born Forrest James Ackerman; November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008) was an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and a science fiction fan. He was, for over seven decades, one of science fiction's staunchest spokesmen and promoters.

Ackerman was a Los Angeles, California-based magazine editor, science fiction writer and literary agent, a founder of science fiction fandom, a leading expert on science fiction and fantasy films,<ref>Robert Bloch. "Another Part of the Forrest" in Bloch's Out of My Head. Cambridge MA: NESFA Press, 198, 191-93</ref> and possibly the world's most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia.<ref name=time/> He was the editor and principal writer of the American magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an actor, from the 1950s into the 21st Century, and appears in at least two documentaries related to this period in popular culture: Director Michael R. MacDonald,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and writer, Ian Johnston's<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> which premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in March, 2009, during the Forrest J Ackerman Tribute, writer and filmmaker Jason V Brock's The Ackermonster Chronicles!,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> (a 2012 documentary about Ackerman<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>) and Charles Beaumont: The Life of Twilight Zones Magic Man,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> about the late author Charles Beaumont, a former client of The Ackerman Agency.<ref>French, Lawrence "Richard Matheson remembers his good friend Charles Beaumont",, March 24, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2012.</ref>

Also called "Forry," "The Ackermonster," "4e" and "4SJ," Ackerman was central to the formation, organization, and spread of science fiction fandom, and a key figure in the wider cultural perception of science fiction as a literary, art and film genre. Famous for his word play and neologisms, he coined the genre nickname "sci-fi".<ref name=CBGXtra>"Today’s Comics Guide: November 24, 2011: Today’s Birthdays". CBGXtra. November 24, 2011</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 1953, he was voted "#1 Fan Personality" by the members of the World Science Fiction Society, a unique Hugo Award never granted to anyone else.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

He was also among the first and most outspoken advocates of Esperanto in the science fiction community.<ref name=time/><ref name="">[1] Archived July 21, 2007 at the Wayback Machine</ref>

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