Category — Sci-Fi
June 11, 2009 1 Comment
Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” has died. He was 92.
Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman’s estate.
Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles.
“He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror,” Burns said Friday.
Every Saturday morning that he was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to view his treasures. He sold some pieces and gave others away when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, but he continued to let people visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted.
From the AP via CBS News.
Sad news indeed. I wish I had known that he welcomed interaction with the public . It would have been a real thrill to meet him. Godspeed Mr. Ackerman, Godspeed…
December 17, 2008 4 Comments
November 19, 2007 2 Comments
My friend Linoge turned me on to a quiz that tells you which Sci-Fi crew you would best fit in with.
I was a bit surprised at my outcome, but given that I just finished watching the entire Firefly series on DVD (while taking a break from watching all seasons of Deep Space 9 on DVD), I guess it makes sense. Did I also mention that I’ve seen every episode of Farscape (in order) at least twice?
The only rating I take exception with is that Battlestar Galactica is listed so low – the quiz-meisters must mean the old show and not the new one. Adama is much more of a rogue now than in the original series.
Anyway, I’ve let my geek hang out in public quite enough for one post.
|You scored as Serenity (Firefly), You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.
July 8, 2007 3 Comments