By 1969, Wells was telling the Futuros that their efforts had taken on a new form. The Deus, in the person of a PDP-8 minicomputer, had instructed its followers to “breed” a perfect mother, allowing the machine god to be born a perfect fusion of organic and technology. What followed was a nightmarish period in which Wells wantonly took advantage of his female followers, locking those who resisted in an outbuilding and subjecting them to repeated beatings. It’s not clear how many children Wells sired during this period, but sources account for at least a dozen.

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