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Old 12-06-2008, 10:50 AM
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Default Rest in Peace, Forry J. Ackerman

4E Ackerman, long time editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, discoverer and one time agent of Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and many other early science fiction greats, has passed away. He was 92.

Ackerman, known to most science fiction fans as the man who coined the term "sci-fi" and who was the first known fan to go to a convention in a futuristic costume, collected science fiction artifacts with such fervor that it eventually took over his house. Among other things, he owned the last surviving war machine from "War of the Worlds" (1953) several of Bela Lugosi's capes, and a full scale replica of the Maria robot from "Metropolis." At last count, his home was filled with 50,000 books, magazines and comics, dating back to the pulp era.

He'll be missed by an entire generation of science fiction and monster film fans who grew up with his pun filled magazine which celebrated the genres of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:22 PM
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4E Ackerman, long time editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, discoverer and one time agent of Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and many other early science fiction greats, has passed away. He was 92.

Ackerman, known to most science fiction fans as the man who coined the term "sci-fi" and who was the first known fan to go to a convention in a futuristic costume, collected science fiction artifacts with such fervor that it eventually took over his house. Among other things, he owned the last surviving war machine from "War of the Worlds" (1953) several of Bela Lugosi's capes, and a full scale replica of the Maria robot from "Metropolis." At last count, his home was filled with 50,000 books, magazines and comics, dating back to the pulp era.

He'll be missed by an entire generation of science fiction and monster film fans who grew up with his pun filled magazine which celebrated the genres of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.
The loss of yet another great influential dreamer and wonderer about what could be. A pity as always. May he rest in peace.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:27 AM
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Sad for us, but Forry's now in great company with friends, idols and admirers he outlived. Enjoy your homecoming and thanks for all the fun while you were here.
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