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Donald Keith was a pseudonym for authors Donald (1888–1972) and Keith Monroe (1915–2003). They are best known for their series of stories in the Time Machine series, which were originally published in Boys' Life magazine between 1959 and 1989. Some of the stories were combined into two books, Mutiny in the Time Machine (1963) and Time Machine to the Rescue (1967).

A few stories later in the series were written by Keith Monroe alone. The works of Donald Keith were often Keith Monroe's earlier attempts, to which his father, Donald Monroe, helped him. As a result, both men amalgamated their forenames into the pen name "Donald Keith" in order to credit both.[1]

Donald Keith also contributed stories to Galaxy Science Fiction and Blue Book.

List of Time Machine Stories in Boys' Life

In the following table, "DK" indicates that the story's author is given as Donald Keith, while "KM" means Keith Monroe.

Month Year Title Byline Serial dates
DEC 1959 The Day We Explored the Future DK
FEB 1960 The Time Machine Files Backwards DK
JUN 1960 How We Got the Mind-Reading Pills DK
JUL 1960 Our Time Machine at the Jamboree DK
OCT 1961 Marco Polo and Our Time Machine DK
FEB 1962 The Time Machine Slips a Cog DK
DEC 1962 Mutiny in the Time Machine DK Dec 1962 to Mar 1963 (4-part serial)
JUN 1964 The Time Machine Cracks a Safe DK
OCT 1964 Time Machine to the Rescue DK
FEB 1965 The Time Machine Gets Stuck DK Feb 1965 to Apr 1965 (3-part serial)
APR 1967 The Time Machine Hunts a Treasure DK Apr 1967 to Jun 1967 (3-part serial)
DEC 1968 The Dog from the Time Machine DK
SEP 1970 The Time Machine and the Generation Gap DK
AUG 1971 The King and the Time Machine DK
FEB 1973 The Time Machine Cleans Up DK
AUG 1973 The Time Machine Twins the Jamboree KM
DEC 1973 Santa Claus and the Time Machine DK
NOV 1974 The Time Machine Fights Earthquakes KM
APR 1975 The Time Machine Saves a Patriot KM
JUL 1976 The Time Machine Kidnaps a Parade KM
SEP 1988 Target Timbuktu KM
FEB 1989 Why We Kidnapped Our Scoutmaster KM
SEP 1989 A Pirate Took Our Time Machine! KM


  • Donald Keith (1963). Mutiny in the Time Machine. Random House.
  • Donald Keith (1967). Time Machine to the Rescue. illustrated by Albert Orbaan. Putnam.


  1. ^ Boys' Life September 1989, "Pedro the Mail Burro"

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