Forrest J. Ackerman on Great, Early SF Movies


Legendary science fiction fan and scholar Forrest J. Ackerman lectures on great SF films from 1900 to 1970. Excerpted from an interview with KU Professor and novelist James Gunn. Full interview is on the Literature of SF DVD available at It’s brought to you by AboutSF and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. For more info, visit

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Forrey was an incredible SCI-FI man!!!!

@BUDDY6414724297 Forry , in an article he wriote back in the 80s, stated he didnt like the movie--(well, much asI like Bruce Dern, I didn't care for the movie , either). My very favorite SF movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Forry--a hero of mine--didn't like the movie at all. Oh well...

What about Silent Running?

Forrrest Ackerman's writing in Famous Monsters of Filmland was a real inspiration to me when I was 10 years old, back in 1964. When I came to Los Angeles in 1981 I made it a point to visit his home, the 'Ackermansion', where he showed me around his collection of movie memorabilia. What a great guy.


I visited the Ackermansion many years ago. Forry was the most generous soul who ever lived. He let me try on Bela Lugosi's silk cape. Such a funny, sweet person. RIP

Andrew Kieswetter

RIP Forry. I remember well the thrill of reading Famous Monsters of Filmland back in the 70s when I was a kid.