Ian Macauley Passes Away

Fifties faned Ian Macauley died on June 3 in Las Vegas. The news was announced by Harlan Ellison on his Forum, though without all the details Ellison had wanted:

This is my second attempt. I lost the first one, with all the pertinent data about who Ian was, and what he meant to sf and especially 6th Fandom, and Arthur C. Clarke, and to so many of us. Marnie called and asked that I be the one who would implore you to remember his sweetness, his kindness, his class and good works. I did that, at length, and then clouded up, pressed a wrong thing, and that was that.

Macauley wrote numerous articles and locs for fanzines in the early 1950s. His own zine Cosmag, a product of the Atlanta Science Fiction Organization, first appeared in March 1951. Cosmag, like Ellison’s own fanzine and many others, became a member of “Fanvariety Enterprises” –

an affiliation of fan publishers put together by Max Keasler and Bill Venable. It included such publications as Max Keasler’s Opus, Bill Venable’s The Pendulum, Norman Browne’s Vanations, Harlan Ellison’s Science Fantasy Bulletin, Dave English’s Fantasias, Bob Farnham and Nan Gerding‘s The Chigger Patch of Fandom, Norbert Hirschhorn’s Tyrann, Joel Nydahl’s Vega, and Starlanes by Nan Gerding and Orma McCormick.

Ellison’s reference to Sixth Fandom presumably relates to the theory of numbered fandoms Ted White discussed in an article for Science Fiction Five-Yearly #4 which tangentially mentions Macauley:

Silverberg felt that [Quandry’s] death would signal the demise of Sixth Fandom, and a group of younger fans, triumphantly led by Harlan Ellison, eagerly awaited that death to announce their formation of Seventh Fandom.

For many fans of that period, the “Seventh Fandom Group” made up of such fen as Ian McCauley [sic], John Magnus, Jack Harness, Joel Nydahl, Charles Watkins, Ellison and, while he wasn’t looking, Dean Grennell, were a lot of noise and not much else.

Yet they made enough noise that, 60 years later, we are still talking about them…

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  1. Ian Macauley was the first fan I ever met. (OK, brother Jim was, but we were sharing a womb.)

    I want to an ASFO meeting after reading of fanzines in IMAGINATION and finding Ian in the phone book. Ian gave me copies of COSMAG and other fmz, I met Jerry Page and a pivotal figure in Southern fandom for more than half a century, Hank Reinhardt. A great first meeting!–and a few weeks later we moved to Germany, where my father commanded a field artillery battalion, and Jim & I began publishing VOID, inspired by Ian. Sigh.

    He came up to me to my vast surprise at the Reno worldcon. We made plans to meet again when I was in Vegas.

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