Forrest J Ackerman

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Date of Birth November 24, 1916
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California
Date of Death Dec 4, 2008 (92)
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Forrest J Ackerman

Forrest James Ackerman was an American magazine editor, science fiction writer and literary agent, a founder of science fiction fandom, a leading expert on science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, and acknowledged as the world's most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia. He was based in Los Angeles, California. During his career as a literary agent, Ackerman represented such science fiction authors as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A.E. Van Vogt, Curt Siodmak, and L. Ron Hubbard. For more than seven decades, he was one of science fiction's staunchest spokesmen and promoters. Ackerman 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.

Born: Forrest James Ackerman, November 24, 1916, Los Angeles, California
Died: December 4, 2008, Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Magazine editor, science fiction writer, literary agent, actor
Parent(s): Carroll Cridland, William Schilling Ackerman
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About Forrest J Ackerman

A science fiction fan and sci-fi memorabilia collector, he helped popularize the works of such now-legendary writers as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. He also coined the term 'sci-fi.'

Before Fame

He read his first science fiction story at the age of ten. Later, he briefly studied at the University of California-Berkeley before taking a job as a movie projectionist.


He started a science fiction book club in Los Angeles. A young Ray Bradbury was among the club's first members.

Family Life

He was born in Los Angeles, California. He was married to Wendy Wahrman until her death in 1990.


He encouraged the science fiction writing career of L. Ron Hubbard.

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