Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Forrest J Ackerman Compiled First Known List of Scientifilms in 1932

Ailing science fiction fan, collector, anthologist, and literary agent Forrest J Ackerman, who recently suffered a heart attack, compiled the first known list of "scientifilms (imagi-movies)" back in 1932. Here’s the list, which first appeared in the Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 1932), issue of The Time Traveller fanzine and was reprinted in Martianthology (2003), an anthology compiled by "Uncle Forry" and edited by Anne Hardin:

The Golem
Monsieur X
The Monster
The Penalty
High Treason
Just Imagine
The Third Eye
The Green Arm
The Lost World
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A Trip to Mars
Mystery of Life
The Hidden Hand
Without Warning
The Mystery Ship
Hello Television!
The Unknown Purple
Our Heavenly Bodies
A Voyage to the Moon
Great Radium Mystery
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
A Messenger from Mars
The Last Man on Earth
By Rocket to the Moon
The Mysterious Island
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Somewhat related to Ackerman’s list and equally interesting is “In The Silents No One Can Hear You Scream: SF From The Days When Spaceships Didn't Make Any Noise,” a recent essay by Mark Cole at The Internet Review of Science Fiction.

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