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RIP: Forrest J. Ackerman

More sad news today…

Science fiction’s ultimate fan, Forrest J. Ackerman, died yesterday of heart failure, December 4, 2008, at the age of 92. (Forry fell ill last month.) Forry is credited with coining the abbreviation “sci-fi” in the 1950s but is perhaps best known for his never-ending love and enthusiasm for sf and horror, paving the way for fans.

As I wrote previously, my first encounter with Forry was through the pages of Perry Rhodan, which he helped bring over to the U.S. Of the several of those I read, I really enjoyed his introductions and afterwords — his love for all things genre dripped off the pages and helped renew my own interest. And for that, I thank him.

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[via Locus Online]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on RIP: Forrest J. Ackerman

  1. He will certainly be missed.  I’m not certain when I first became aware of Sci-Fi’s number one fan, but his World of Science Fiction has been one of my favorite books for years several now.

  2. You might want to examine the first sentence of your second paragraph…as I have mentioned previously…

  3. Thanks…yet again…fixed.

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