Forrest J. Ackerman, sci-fi writer, Dec. 4

Forrest J. Ackerman, the sometime actor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000264" title="Ray Bradbury" href="/topic/arts-culture/literature/authors/ray-bradbury-PEHST000264.topic">Ray Bradbury</a> and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," died on Dec. 4 at 92. Ackerman died of heart failure at his Los Angeles home. Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty/FilmMagic)

Forrest J. Ackerman, the sometime actor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," died on Dec. 4 at 92. Ackerman died of heart failure at his Los Angeles home. Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty/FilmMagic)

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