Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Mr. Science Fiction

Forrest J. Ackerman was noted as Mr. Sci-fi and not only wrote, edited, and was a big historian of science fiction.  He was also one of the biggest fans of SF, horror, and fantasy.  He founded the magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland for other like-minded fans.  Many people cite The Time Traveller, a mimeographed newsletter published in 1932 by future comic book editors Mort Weisinger and Julius Schwartz as the first s-f "fanzine." That first issue featured an article by a teenage Forrest J Ackerman.  Fanzines were magazines made for fans on certain subjects, click the link for an idea.  He supposedly coined the nickname, Sci-Fi, which a lot of aficionados of SF do not like.

Below is a tour of his Ackermansion.  I would have loved to have toured it and let Forry be my tour guide when it was up and running.  At one point his idea was to sell off his collection to someone with deep pockets to start up a SF museum, but it never came to fruition.  He got sick many years ago, and also ran into some law suits, and eventually had to sell off his collection, which is a shame.  He's no long with us having passed in 2008.



At 9:35 AM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

Ackerman certainly lived his passion. Too bad the movie Vampirella was such an awful adaptation of his campy comic book character. I hadn’t thought about the origin of the word sci-fi, but patterning it on hi-fi was a natural. The earliest known definition of science fiction is from 1851: “Science-Fiction, in which the revealed truths of Science may be given interwoven with a pleasing story which may itself be poetical and true." An anthropologist friend of mine uses the word Plei-fi for prehistoric fiction.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

Yeah, Vampirella never really did really appeal to me either. I went over to archive.org and downloaded a few just to see what I was missing. Here's a link if interested: https://archive.org/details/warren-vampirella Evidently they've put out some new hardcover volumes collecting the comics too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKL8kIC2U4 I'll admit there are a lot of good artist that have worked on the book, though I haven't read a story yet.

You're right about the hi-fi, sci-fi connection. Some people go nuts if you say Sci-fi. I think really, that bothers you? Ok... Never heard of Plei-fi, funny, Richard.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

I'd never heard of Vampirella the movie.


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