Forrest J. Ackerman

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Anglofan n. 1941 F. J. Ackerman in FAPA #18 (title) Open Letter to Anglofans.
Bonestellian adj. 1953 F. J. Ackerman Scientifilm Previews in Nebula Science Fiction (#3) Summer 114/2 As these Wellsian words are being spoken, we fans get a visual bonus by way of a series of Bonestellian models and painting montages, virtually an advance sampling of Pal’s next production, THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, as we are transported by the consummate artistry of Mr. B. to the distant, frozen wastes of Pluto, the scintillant rings of Saturn, the molten surface of Mercury, and the red and dying planet Mars itself, with its thin, cold winds keening over the symmetrical canals.
fanne n. 1942 F. J. Ackerman Rigorous Mortification in Voice of the Imagination (#23) 2 TRUDY KUSLAN: ... One [of] the few actifannes. That I should be disliked by such an attractifanne; ah, the Pity of It All!
fantasy n. 1 1932 F. J. Ackerman Letter in Astounding Stories Nov. 282/2 All lovers of the diverse forms of fantasy are invited. (This goes for you Strange Tales readers, too!)
fantasy n. 2 1933 F. J. Ackerman Science Fiction Digest Feb. (#6) 21/1 (advt.) I have sold practically all my extra fantasies by my SFD ad, and now have only a few stf tales, some new ones offered, to list: [...]
Heinleinian adj. 1956 F. J. Ackerman Scientifilm Previews in Nebula Dec. 106/1 Monster…starts taking over key humans à la the heinleinian Puppet Masters by birthing bat-like telepathically controlled messengers that attack people on the back of their necks and turn them into zombies.
ish n. 1937 ‘Erdstelulov’ Onward Esperanto in Imagination! (vol. 1, iss. 2, whole no. 2) Nov. 13 Esperanto th language of ATLANTIS! What phantasy this? Only last ish U read, U say, this yr is 50th Anniversry of Esp—then how could it’v been th common tongue of th ancient legendary isle?
robotrix n. 1933 F. J. Ackerman The Scientifilms in Science Fiction Digest (#7) Mar. 16/1 For this, he created a robotrix, a mechanical woman, and, by kidnapping Mary, and with the use of amazing machinery, made of the steel girl a perfect double for the maid of the lower levels.
science fantasy n. 2 1932 F. J. Ackerman Letter in Astounding Stories Nov. 282/2 Announcement Science Fictional: the Fantasy Fans Fraternity! Science-fantasy differs from the usual run of book and magazine fiction in many ways but primarily in the unflagging loyalty and alert interest of its many followers. No other class of readers can compare in these respects with genuine Science Fiction fans. It is for them that the Fantasy Fans Fraternity is being launched. There are no restrictions; no recommendations are needed. Girls, boys,men, women, may join freely. All lovers of the diverse forms of fantasy are invited. (This goes for you Strange Tales readers, too!) There are no dues or fees of any kind, except for a very nominal charge (only a trifle more than a new copy of the magazine you are now reading) for a membership card. This card allows the Fraternizers special privileges and derives them much benefit.
science fictional adj. 1932 F. J. Ackerman Letter in Astounding Stories Nov. 282/2 Announcement Science Fictional: the Fantasy Fans Fraternity! Science-fantasy differs from the usual run of book and magazine fiction in many ways but primarily in the unflagging loyalty and alert interest of its many followers. No other class of readers can compare in these respects with genuine Science Fiction fans. It is for them that the Fantasy Fans Fraternity is being launched. There are no restrictions; no recommendations are needed. Girls, boys, men, women, may join freely. All lovers of the diverse forms of fantasy are invited. (This goes for you Strange Tales readers, too!)There are no dues or fees of any kind, except for a very nominal charge (only a trifle more than a new copy of the magazine you are now reading) for a membership card. This card allows the Fraternizers special privileges and derives them much benefit.
scientifilm n. 1932 F. J. Ackerman in Astounding Stories Nov. 280/2 There are stf. puzzles with prizes; biographies and autobiographies of famous writers; the latest news on scientifilms; [etc.].
skinsuit n. 1957 F. J. Ackerman Scientifilm Marquee in Imaginative Tales July 122/2 A sci-fi fan, teenage variety, will be portrayed on the screen in American-International’s filmization of ‘The Cosmic Frame’ by Paul W. Fairman. This is the second scientifilm sale for Fairman, whose ‘Deadly City’ was filmed as Target—Earth! A Hitchcock-type suspense melodrama will be developed from ‘The Cosmic Frame’, to be released under the marquee title of Attack of the Saucer Men. As Saucerians are small, and green, there is some possibility of Tam Otteson’s Newyorcon hit tune, ‘The Little Green Men’ being incorporated into the film. Sam Merwin, Jr., has submitted a cinemadaptation of the story. The beanie-aged egghead in the script will be known as J. Forester Eckman (courtesy of his creators, Bob Silverberg & Randy Garrett), and any resemblance he may bear to the columnist behind Scientifilm Marquee, living or dead or zombic, will be less than coincidental. Sci-fi artist Paul Blaisdell, who incidentally can be seen as himself in The Undead (he’s the corpse in the coffin), will create the skinsuits for the Saucerians.
stf n. 1931 F. J. Ackerman Letter in Wonder Stories May 1483/1 All those stars of science fiction (or stf., the abbreviation for science fiction adopted by the Boys' Scientifiction Club) in the same issue.
weird n. 1936 ‘Forrest J’ Whither Ackermankind? in Novae Terrae (vol. 1, no. 9) (Dec. 1936 –Jan. 1937) 4 Even today, when I make a weird fan’s acquaintance, same seems apt inevitably to mention ‘my pal’ Lovecraft and wink knowingly—as tho I should like to put poison in HP’s potatoes.