Forrest J Ackerman

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Name: Forrest James Ackerman
Alias(es): Forry, Dr. Acula, 4E
Fandoms: Horror, Science Fiction
Other: collector, historian, literary agent
URL: - 4e's Foyer - (official website) (offline, archived)
Forry Ackerman and Morojo at WorldCon, 1939, wearing the first known hall costumes.
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Ackerman in 1939, wearing a futuricostume.

Forrest J Ackerman (November 24, 1916 - December 4, 2008) was an early science fiction fan who remained active in fandom for many decades. He also wrote sf, but is better known as a fan who promoted science fiction and as a literary agent for science fiction authors. He was extremely well connected. He coined the term sci fi and is credited as an early costuming pioneer by wearing a hall costume created by Morojo at the first Worldcon in 1939. He was the founder of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine and a member of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association.

Together with Hugo Gernsback, Ackerman founded the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).

"Forry Ackerman & baby Vampirella", Lora Trimble", a photo printed in the 1976 Equicon program book.
from the Phantasmicon program book (1978)

Ackerman was the owner of the world’s largest collection of sf/horror memorabilia and movie props. The legendary collection was on display in his Los Angeles home known as Ackermansion where he also gave public tours. Following Ackerman's death in 2008, his collection was sold in 2009.[1]

Forry Award

In 1966, the LASFS established the annual Forry Award and named it after Forrest J Ackerman. The award is presented for lifetime achievement in the field of science fiction. The first recipient was Ray Bradbury and in 2002, Ackerman himself received the award.[2]

Hugo Awards

Ackerman was presented a total of three Hugo Awards, the first one in 1953 and two posthumously in 2014 and 2016.

Meta and Further Reading

Image:phantasimconackerman.jpg|from the 1978 program book for Phantasmicon, where Ackerman was a guest of honor|thumb]]

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