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Mack Reynolds

Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds (November 11, 1917 - January 30, 1983) was an American science fiction writer. His pen names included Clark Collins, Mark Mallory, Guy McCord, Dallas Ross and Maxine Reynolds. Many of his stories were published in Galaxy Magazine and Worlds of If Magazine. He was quite popular in the 1960s, but most of his work subsequently went out of print.

He was an active supporter of the Socialist Labor Party. Consequently,many of his stories use SLP jargon like 'Industrial Feudalism' and most deal with economic issues in some way

Most of Reynolds' stories took place in Utopian societies, many of which fulfilled L. L. Zamenhof's dream of Esperanto used worldwide as a universal second language. His novels predicted many things which have come to pass, including pocket computers and a world-wide computer network with information available at one's fingertips.

Many of his novels were written within the context of a highly mobile society in which few people maintained a fixed residence, leading to "mobile voting" laws which allowed someone living out of the equivalent of a motor home to vote when and where they chose.


Mack Reynolds was born in Corcoran, California. Early in his life, Reynolds worked in the newspaper and shipbuilding business. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, Reynolds became a professional mystery writer. He married Helen Jeanette Wooley in September 1947. Two years later, the family moved to Taos, New Mexico, where Fredric Brown, his frequent collaborator, convinced Reynolds to try his hand at writing science fiction, which resulted in a sale of 17 stories in 1950 alone. Reynolds made his home primarily in Mexico from the early 1950s to his death in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In the 1950s, he worked as the travel editor for Rogue magazine and traveled all over the world.

Several of his last books are credited as co-authored with Dean Ing. When Reynolds knew he had a brief time to live, he tried to write enough to provide an income for his wife after his passing. To this end, he wrote as many novel outlines as he could, with the arrangement that Ing would finish them.

Reynolds was the first author to write an original novel based upon the 1966-1969 NBC television series Star Trek. The book, Mission to Horatius (1968), was aimed at young readers. In 1972, he used the name 'Maxine Reynolds' on two romantic suspense novels, House in the Kasbah and Home of the Inquisitor.



  • The Case of the Little Green Men, 1951
  • Mercenary From Tomorrow, 1962 (first book of the "Joe Mauser" series)
  • The Earth War, 1963 (second book of the "Joe Mauser" series)
  • Sweet Dreams, Sweet Princes; also known as Time Gladiator, 1964 (third book of the "Joe Mauser" series)
  • Space Pioneer, 1965
  • Planetary Agent X, 1965 (first book of the "United Planets" series)
  • Dawnman Planet, 1966 (second book of the "United Planets" series)
  • Of Godlike Power, 1966
  • The Rival Rigelians and Planetary Agent X, 1967 (third book of the "United Planets" series)
  • After Some Tomorrow, 1967
  • Earth Unaware, 1968
  • Code Duello, 1968 (fourth book of the "United Planets" series)
  • The Cosmic Eye, 1969
  • Computer War, 1969
  • The Space Barbarians, 1969
  • The Five Way Secret Agent, 1969
  • Computer World, 1970
  • Once Departed, 1970
  • Black Man's Burden, 1972 (first book of the "North Africa" series)
  • Border, Breed, Nor Birth, 1972 (second book of the "North Africa" series)
  • Looking Backward from the Year 2000, 1973 (first book of the "Julian West" series)
  • Depression or Bust and Dawnman Planet, 1974 (Parts were published previously titled "Depression. . .or Bust, "Expediter", and "Fad" in Analog magazine and titled "The Expert" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.)('Dawnman Planet' is a reprint of the second "United Planets - Section G" book)
  • Commune 2000 A.D., 1974 (first book of the "Bat Hardin" series)
  • The Towers of Utopia, 1975 (second book of the "Bat Hardin" series)
  • Satellite City, 1975
  • Amazon Planet, 1975 (fifth book of the "United Planets" series)
  • The Cosmic Eye, 1975
  • Towers of Utopia, 1975
  • Ability Quotient, 1975
  • Tomorrow Might Be Different, 1975
  • Day After Tomorrow, 1976 (originally in Analog titled: "Status Quo")
  • Section G: United Planets, 1976 (sixth book of the "United Planets" series)
  • Rolltown, 1976 (third book of the "Bat Hardin" series)
  • Galactic Medal of Honor, 1976
  • After Utopia, 1977
  • Perchance to Dream, 1977
  • Space Visitor, 1977
  • Police Patrol: 2000 A.D., 1977
  • Equality in the Year 2000, 1977 (second book of the "Julian West" series)
  • Trample an Empire Down, 1978
  • The Best Ye Breed, 1978 (third book of the "North Africa" series)
  • Brain World, 1978 (seventh book of the "United Planets" series)
  • The Fracas Factor, 1978 (fourth book of the "Joe Mauser" series)
  • Earth Unaware, 1979
  • Lagrange Five, 1979 (first book of the "L-5 Community" series)
  • The Lagrangists, 1983 (the second book of the "L-5 Community" series)
  • Chaos in Lagrangia, 1984 (the third book of the "L-5 Community" series)
  • Eternity (1984) (with Dean Ing)
  • Home, Sweet Home 2010 A. D., 1984 (with Dean Ing)
  • The Other Time, 1984 (with Dean Ing)
  • Space Search, 1984
  • Trojan Orbit, 1985 (with Dean Ing)
  • Deathwish World, 1986 (with Dean Ing)


  • The Best of Mack Reynolds, 1976
  • Compounded Interests, 1983

Series contributed to

Anthologies edited

Anthologies containing stories by Mack Reynolds

  • New Worlds for Old, 1953
  • Science Fiction Carnival, 1953
  • Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales, 1963
  • Venture Science Fiction 9, 1964
  • The Unfriendly Future, 1965
  • The Weird Ones, 1965
  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 190, 1967
  • The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural, 1967
  • Science Fiction Horizons No. 1, 1968
  • The War Book, 1969
  • 14 Great Tales of ESP, 1969
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction 2, 1969
  • The John W Campbell Memorial Anthology, 1973
  • Nova 3, 1973
  • Science Fiction of the Fifties, 1979
  • 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories, 1984
  • Mercenaries of Tomorrow, 1985
  • Terrorists of Tomorrow, 1985
  • Supernatural Sleuths, 1996
  • Time Machines: The Best Time Travel Stories Ever Written, 1997
  • Future War, 1999

Short stories

  • The Martians and the Coys, 1948
  • Isolationist, 1950 (reprinted in Fantastic, Oct. 1969)
  • The Devil Finds Work, 1950
  • Long Beer, Short Horn, Fantastic adventures (Nov. 1950)
  • Six-Legged Svengali (with Frederic Brown), Worlds beyond (Dec. 1950)
  • Dark Interlude, (with Fredric Brown), Galaxy (Jan. 1951)
  • The Joke Cartoonist, 1951 (with Fredric Brown) aka Garrigan's BEMs
  • The Business, as Usual, 1952
  • Me and Flapjack and the Martians, 1952 (with Fredric Brown)
  • Your Soul Comes C.O.D., 1952
  • No Return from Elba, Fantastic (Sept. 1953)
  • The Adventure of the Ball of Nostradamus (with August Derleth), Magazine of fantasy and science fiction (June 1955)
  • Burnt Toast, 1955
  • Compounded Interest, Magazine of fantasy and science fiction (Aug. 1956)
  • Snafu on the New Taos, 1957
  • Obedience Guaranteed, Space science fiction magazine (Spring 1957)
  • Unborn Tomorrow, Astounding (June 1959)
  • The Hunted Ones, Science fiction stories (Nov. 1959)
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1960
  • Russkies Go Home!, 1960
  • Summit, Astounding (Feb. 1960)
  • Revolution, Astounding (May 1960)
  • Adaptation (short novel), Astounding (Aug. 1960)
  • Combat, Analog (Oct. 1960)
  • Gun for hire, Analog (Dec. 1960)
  • Freedom, Analog (Feb. 1961)
  • Ultima Thule (short novel), Analog (Mar. 1961)
  • Farmer, Galaxy (June 1961)
  • Status Quo (short novel), Analog (Aug. 1961) - Hugo (nominee)
  • Black Man's Burden (two part serial), Analog (Dec. 1961-Jan. 1962)
  • Earthlings Go Home, 1962
  • Mercenary, 1962
  • Good Indian, Analog (Sept. 1962)
  • Subversive, Analog (Dec. 1962)
  • Frigid Fracas (two part serial), Analog (Mar.-Apr. 1963)
  • Expediter, Analog (May 1963)
  • Spaceman on a Spree, Worlds of tomorrow (June 1963)
  • Pacifist, 1963 - appeared in the anthology The War Book (edited by James Sallis, 1969).
  • Genus traitor, Analog (Aug. 1964)
  • Sweet Dreams, Sweet Prince (three part serial), Analog (Nov. 1965-Jan. 1965)
  • Fad, Analog (Apr. 1965)
  • The Adventure of the Extraterrestrial, Analog (July 1965) - Nebula (nominee)
  • Of Godlike Powers (two part serial), Worlds of tomorrow (July-Aug. 1965)
  • Space pioneer (three part serial), Analog (Sept.-Nov. 1965)
  • A Leader for Yesterday, If (Oct. 1965) - Nebula (nominee)
  • Last of a Noble Breed, Worlds of tomorrow (Nov. 1965)
  • Time of War, If, (Nov. 1965)
  • The Switcheroo Revisited, Analog (Feb. 1966)
  • Your Soul Comes C.O.D., Fantastic (Mar. 1966)
  • Survivor, Analog (July 1966)
  • Arena, If (Sept. 1966)
  • Amazon Planet (three part serial), Analog (Dec. 1966-Feb. 1967)
  • Relic, Magazine of fantasy and science fiction (Mar. 1967)
  • The Enemy Within, Analog (Apr. 1967)
  • The Throwaway Age, Worlds of tomorrow (May 1967)
  • Computer War (two part serial), Analog (June-July 1967)
  • Depression or Bust, Analog (Aug. 1967)
  • Fiesta Brava (short novel), Analog (Sept. 1967)
  • Psi Assassin, Analog (Dec. 1967)
  • Criminal in Utopia, 1968
  • Extortion, Inc., Analog (Feb. 1969)
  • The Five Way Secret Agent (two part serial), Analog (Apr.-May 1969)
  • Black Sheep Astray, 1973
  • The Cold War...Continued, 1973
  • Hell's Fire, 1980 (with Gary Jennings)
  • Golden Rule, Analog (Mar. 1980)
  • What the Vintners Buy, Analog (Sept. 1980)
  • The Union Forever, Analog (Dec. 1980)


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