Mack Reynolds

(1917 – 1983)

Dallas McCord “Mack”" Reynolds was an American SF author who usually wrote as Mack Reynolds.

He also used several pseudonyms, including Dallas Ross, Mark Mallory, Clark Collins, Dallas Rose, Guy McCord, Maxine Reynolds, Bob Belmont, and Todd Harding. His work is noteworthy for its focus on socioeconomic topics.

Reynolds was the first author to write an original novel based upon the 1966-1969 NBC TV series Star Trek. The book, Mission to Horatius (1968), was aimed at young readers.

Reynolds was born in Corcoran, California, the second of four children. When the family moved to Baltimore in 1918, his father joined the Socialist Labor Party, so that from an early age Reynolds was raised to accept the tenets of socialism. In 1935, while still in high school in New York, Reynolds joined the SLP and became an active advocate of the party’s goals.

After graduating from high school, Reynolds worked as a reporter for the Catskill Morning Star from 1937-38 and as editor of the weekly Oneonta News from 1939-40. In 1937, he married his first wife, Evelyn Sandell, with whom he had three children. From 1940 to 1943 Reynolds worked for IBM at the San Pedro, California Shipyards. After attending the U.S. Army Marine Officer’s Cadet School and the U.S. Marine Officer’s School, he joined the U. S. Army Transportation Corps and was stationed in the Philippines as a ship's navigator until 1945.

He was a popular author from the 1950s to the 1970s, especially with readers of SF and fantasy magazines. He and fellow SF author Fredric Brown were good friends.

By the end of the 1970s, Reynolds was having trouble getting his manuscripts published. One month before his death in 1983, as he was recuperating from cancer surgery, his new agent negotiated a contract with Tor Books. By 1986, eleven of his books had been published posthumously, five of them revised and co-authored by Dean Ing, and two more by Michael A. Banks.

After his death, NESFA, which had invited Reynolds to be its Guest of Honor at Boskone XX, had the collection Compounded Interests published in his memory.

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See also http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/reynolds_mack

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