Legendary science fiction fan Forrest J Ackerman died Dec. 4 of heart failure at the age of 92.
Best known for editing the hugely influential Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Mr. Ackerman was also a literary agent for Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard among others.
Although he is best known for Famous Monsters magazine and coining the term “sci-fi,” Ackerman was also fluent in Esperanto, a collector of science fiction and horror memorabilia, a friend of Anton LaVey’s, an atheist, and an honorary lesbian.
Though this NYT obituary doesn’t cover all of this, a simple web search should find more information.
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