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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

Britney Shephards
Britney Shephards

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6 Comments
  1. glasscitadel12

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

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

  2. Michael Yerkes

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

    @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…

  3. tyler smith

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

    What about Silent Running?

  4. MrDominex

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

    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.

  5. kraftymomma1979

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

    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

  6. Andrew Kieswetter

    April 21, 2017 5:58 pm

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

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