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Ward, Julian

(?   -    ) UK author whose We Died in Bond Street (1952) describes a Near Future London terrorized by the neo-fascist New England Party, which is attempting to take over the government. The city is put to the torch. [JC]

Animatrix, The

Cycle of nine short Anime films (2003) by a variety of hands and studios under the Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow production umbrella, expanding the world of The Matrix (1999) as a novel experiment in Shared-World cinema. Two films, Kid and Final Flight of the Osiris, serve as direct prequels to The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and were released theatrically as supporting features to other Warner Brothers films; the full cycle was released on DVD to synchronize with the film sequel's release. The ...

O'Keefe, Megan E

(1985-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Another Range of Mountains" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 30 (anth 2014) edited by Dave Wolverton, and who initially focused on fantasy, in particular the Scorched Continent sequence beginning with Steal the Sky (2016), set in a Steampunk-inflected world with Airships and Doppelgangers and much usable gear. O'Keefe is of sf interest for her second series, the Protectorate ...

Moore, Isabel

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future tale, The Day the Communists Took Over America (1961), depicts in Cold War terms what comes close to a full outbreak of World War Three: the Soviets have blockaded America, sink her shipping, block her from Communications with other nations, and introduce a deadly Pandemic; the novel also describes in some detail the life Americans would face under Soviet rule. [JC]


This article deals with music as it is portrayed and speculated about in sf. For discussion of actual music with sf themes, see SF Music. / Of the Arts, music is the one most commonly featured in sf – albeit not quite to the extent that Fantasy is pervaded by it. Several sf writers studied it, notably including Lloyd Biggle Jr (PhD in musicology), Langdon Jones and Edgar Pangborn, or were for a time professionally or semiprofessionally involved in music: Philip K Dick purveyed ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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