November 24th in Science Fiction
Forrest J. Ackerman
Science fiction fan, collector, magazine editor, and author Forrest J. Ackerman (November 24, 1916 — December 4, 2008) was a key figure in the establishment of early science fiction fandom. Known variously as Forry, 4e, and 4SJ, Ackerman coined the term”sci-fi.” He is known as the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland and for over 210 cameo appearances in monster and science fiction films. His 18-room home, the “Ackermansion,” was home to one of the premier collections of science fiction and movie memorabilia.
Italian children’s book author Carlo Lorenzini (November 24, 1826 — October 26, 1890), better known as Carlo Collodi, wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Science fiction author Spider Robinson (November 24, 1948 — ) is known for his “Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon” series, for the Stardance trilogy co-authored with his late wife Jeanne, and for developing a 1955 novel outline by Robert Heinlein into the posthumous collaboration Variable Star.
Other Genre Events
- Denise Crosby, actress who played Tasha Yar and her daughter Sela in the Star Trek franchise, born November 24, 1957
- John Kovalic, cartoonist for the Munchkin games, Dork Tower, and others, born November 24, 1962
- Dwight Schultz, known as “Howling Mad” Murdoch from The A-Team and as Reginald Barclay in the Star Trek franchise, born November 24, 1947