Besides being a renown literary agent and publisher, Forrest Ackerman was also an avid collector of science fiction, fantasy, and horror memorabilia. His Los Feliz home acted as a private museum for his collection, but now his neighbors are fighting to keep his last home from being torn down.
In 1961, a teenage Stephen King submitted his short story "The Killer" to Spacemen magazine. The young author's story wasn't accepted, but the editor of Spacemen, Forrest Ackerman, would publish it in a 1994 issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The best place in the United States to sit and feel the ghostly presence of early 20th century science fiction is probably Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles, which was the epicentre of 1930s pulp scifi.
Author Robert Heinlein took great pride in his military service, having graduated from Annapolis and served in the Navy. In a letter to fandom leader Forrest J. Ackerman, Heinlein condemns science fiction fans who didn't participate in WWII efforts.
Forrest Ackerman, creator of Famous Monsters magazine and Ray Bradbury's former literary agent, has died at age 91. The L.A. Times has a great article about touring his Ackermansion and seeing his amazing collection of memorabilia — the fate of which is unclear — and hearing how he first fell in love with science…