Stephen King on Forrest J. Ackerman

As you’ve probably read, Forrest J. Ackerman passed away on Thursday. One of the best things that I’ve heard anyone say about him was Stephen King in the New York Times:

“He was an appreciator, a collector, not a creator,” Mr. King said. “Well, he was a creator in the sense that with the magazine he gave us a window into a world we really wanted to see. He was our Hubble telescope.”
His being “our Hubble telescope” was a great service to SF and the fantastic.  
Read the rest of the Times’ obituary of 4E here, or the Los Angeles Times obit here.  Read more about his life on Wikipedia here.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.