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Monroe, Keith

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1915-2003) US author best known for juvenile sf (and also much nonfiction) aimed at Boy Scouts. In the Time Machine series (1959-1989) – comprising 16 stories as by Donald Keith in collaboration with his father Donald Monroe (1888-1972) and seven by Monroe alone – an abandoned Time Machine enables adventures for the Scout patrol that finds it. As lifelong Scout leaders, the Monroes brought verisimilitude to their Scouting milieu. The luxurious Machine has spatial navigation as well, and features a useful Time Viewer. The workmanlike and light-hearted stories, beginning with "The Day We Explored the Future" (December 1959 Boys' Life), offered many youthful readers their first glimpses of such sf furniture as Time Paradoxes, Antigravity belts, and chocolate-coated Telepathy pills (a handy means for boys to overcome language barriers). Two resulting fixups were Mutiny in the Time Machine (fixup 1963) and Time Machine to the Rescue (fixup 1967). Monroe's Starship Magellan series (1964-1970) – five stories by "Dale Colombo" with an unidentified collaborator, beginning with "Space Tenderfoot" (January 1964 Boys' Life) – featured Scouts born on a Generation Starship en route to Alpha Centauri, culminating in planetary settlement. Further Donald Keith stories in Genre SF magazines were "Butterfly 8" (January 1957 Galaxy) and "Command Performance" (March 1958 Fantastic Universe). [WSH]

Keith Monroe

born Detroit, Michigan: 22 August 1915

died California: 30 August 2003



Time Machine

  • Mutiny in the Time Machine (New York: Random House, 1963) with Donald Monroe, writing together as Donald Keith [fixup: title story first appeared December 1962-March 1963 Boys' Life: Time Machine: illus/hb/Marilyn Miller]
  • Time Machine to the Rescue (New York: G P Putnam's Sons, 1967) with Donald Monroe, writing together as Donald Keith [fixup Time Machine: illus/hb/Albert Orbaan]


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