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Pseudonym of US author Walter Doty Reynolds (1860-1933), whose sf novel, Mr Jonnemacher's Machine: The Port to Which We Drifted (1898), is a Future History told from twenty-first century perspective, in which is described how Automation – represented by a Machine capable of performing all the functions of a textile mill without human intervention – threatens the ruin of industrial America, though in the end a socialist government takes over, establishing a benign welfare state. Mr Jonnemacher himself is a not entirely unfriendly portrait of the department store magnate, John Wanamaker (1838-1922). [JC]

Walter Doty Reynolds

born Colon, Michigan: 16 September 1860

died Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: 18 April 1933



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