Ian Macauley

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(April 13, 1935 – June 3, 2012)

Ian Thurston Macauley, a London-born fan, immigrated to New York in 1936, and later lived in Atlanta, where he was active in fandom in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Atlanta Science Fiction Organization, and published the fanzine Cosmag beginning in March of 1951, which became Asfo. He also belonged to "Fanvariety Enterprises." He attended Midwestcon 3.

In 1998, Macauley edited the Arthur C. Clarke essay collection Greetings Carbon-Based Bipeds. Clarke dedicated the novel Islands in the Sky to Macauley and Macauley surprised Clarke by attending his investiture as a CBE at Buckingham Palace in 1989.

He was the first fan Gregory Benford met, and his fanzine, Cosmag (later Asfo), served as inspiration for Benford's first effort, Void, co-edited with his brother Jim Benford.

In mundane life, Macauley spent several years as the London correspondent of Electronic News before going to work for the New York Times for more than 30 years, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His father, Thurston Bancroft Macauley, was also a journalist.

Macauley married Phyllis Sandra Rothblatt on May 13, 1960. They had five children (Jonathan, Juliette, Craig, Aimée and Laura) before divorcing in April 1979. He married Mamie Fertel Winston on April 22, 1979, in Las Vegas (Nevada Rabbi Stephen E. Weisberg of Congregation Ner Tamid performed the ceremony in his home); they had one son, Simon.

7th Fandomites at Midwestcon 4, 1953, from left: Norman G. Browne, Ian T. Macauley, David Ish, Karl Olsen, Jack Harness. Photo by Dean Grennell.

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