Forrest J Ackerman was a legendary aficionado of science fiction. Known as "Forry" or "4SJ" he knew virtually everybody who was anybody in the sci-fi world, "sci-fi" being a contraction he first coined. His home in
is known as the "Ackermansion" and contains a massive science fiction
museum crammed with books, magazines, videos, DVD's, artwork and sci-fi
memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century, when the genre first emerged.
It's also a meeting-place and tourist destination for sci-fi fans from all over
the world. He died on Hollywood,
California USA December the 4th
2008 at the age of ninety-two after a long illness. He passed away
at home after spending a lot of time receiving visits from family and friends
and many get-well messages from fans. He was a life-long atheist and Skeptic
and always denied any belief in the Afterlife, whatever form it might take.
Therefore what happened next was a bit of a surprise.
One of Ackerman's oldest and closest friends was the film director Paul Davids, a well-known name in the UFO community because he wrote the screenplay for the movie
, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40ib9nOfIGE.
A few days after reading a eulogy at Ackerman's funeral he was at home printing
off a list of his business appointments for work; he threw the sheet of paper
down onto his bed and went off to the toilet. When he came back just a couple
of minutes later he was surprised to find an ink blot on the paper that had not
been there when it was first printed. The blot obscured a specific piece of
text, as if it had been done purposefully, not like a natural random smudge or
toner leak. He had the ink analyzed in a chemistry laboratory and the scientist
who did the analysis was confused as to how the ink got there; it hadn't come
from Davids' printer, nor had it dripped from the ceiling or another location. What
made it even weirder was that the words obliterated by the ink blot were
particular ones that Davids recognized as being part of a word-game that
Forrest J Ackerman loved to play. Other events happened after that which
convinced Davids that his dearly departed friend was trying to communicate with
him. What's more other people who knew Ackerman were having similar
experiences. This saga eventually led to Davids making a new film, The Life after Death Project, see: http://www.lifeafterdeathproject.com/.
This feature-length documentary addresses one of the oldest and most
commonly-asked questions in history: "What will happen to me when I
die?" It stars many leading scientists, philosophers and writers on the
subject, like Prof. Gary Schwartz, Danion Brinkley, Whitley Strieber and
Richard Matheson; and the arch-Skeptic Michael Shermer is included, so nobody
can say it's unbalanced. The film is centred on the possible intrusion into the
living world of Forrest J Ackerman. Roswell