Forrest J. Ackerman

The Clubhouse; Fanzine Reviews: “breaking people off at the ankles”

Fanzines reviewed: SHANGRI-L’AFFAIRES “SHAGGY” #39 Shaggy (#39) Nov 1958 (Note: If the following doesn’t convince you the clubzine SHAGGY was a group effort by a staggering array of now legendary fans in the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, there’s no hope for you.) Faneds: Djinn Faine & Charles Burbee “Editor in charge of growling, running […]

Monsters

Monsters have been with us in our imaginations from the dawn of time, but why is it that the most vulnerable of us love monsters the most?

Do you Like Monsters?

That’s right, FAMOUS MONSTERS, Forrest. J. Ackerman’s beloved magazine that sported covers featuring wonderful portraits of famous monsters, most of which were painted by artist Basil Gogos.

A Fan’s History, Part 1

I’m going to assume that you are a science fiction reader of some kind, since you’re here at Amazing Stories magazine’s website. Are you a science fiction fan? (I’m going to abbreviate it “SF” to save time, and if not specifically mentioned, I include fantasy in that abbreviation.) What do I mean by “fan”? For […]

Amazing News, Thursday, March 28th 2013

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, articles linked to here are sourced from SF Signal and File 770. One of my all-time heroes gets a “non-action” figure all to himself.  Forrest J. Ackerman, Science Fiction’s #1 Fan, Dr. Akula, the Amazing 4E, author, editor, agent and (unfortunate) creator of the SciFi acronym, Mr. SciFi himself now has […]

The Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

Wherefore fandom? Fandom does not equal “the science fiction market.” To be a fan it’s not enough just to be a consumer of science fiction. To be part of fandom you have to participate in fandom as a community. You have to interact with other fans. You have to do fannish things. You cannot be […]

Jack Speer

The Clubhouse: Common language

I said last time that I wasn’t going to debate the definition of “fan” here. But one of the most important defining characteristics of fandom is our shared language. From founding fan Forrest J Ackerman on, fen have delighted in neologisms, and, of course, language helps to define a culture. We all use a great […]

I Dreamed I Saw the Silver Spaceships


When people think about science fiction the first thing they usually visualize are spaceships (or green skinned women in shiny bikinis, but that may just be me). The spaceship has been a ubiquitous part of SF since the beginning and depicting such a thing has been a challenge that many artists have tackled with varying […]