Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(1962- ) US author who began publishing sf with "All the Time in the World" for Asimov's in May 1982, a tale which he expanded with other material into his first novel and the first volume of the projected Tales of the Great Wheel of Existence series, The Armageddon Blues: A Tale of the Great Wheel of Existence (fixup 1988) (no further volumes have appeared). The story begins in an unremarkable Ruined Earth America featuring a not unusual mutant barbarian female who hunts for a living; but, on her discovery of a Time Machine left by Aliens, the plot soon begins to move in complicated leaps through time and space, engaging both the protagonist, and an entropy-reversing long-lived Superman (whom she discovers in 1968), in a long arduous campaign to prevent the end of civilization. A second series, Tales of the Continuing Time was projected in the 1980s to extend to thirty-three volumes, although only three have appeared to date: Emerald Eyes (1988), The Long Run (1989) and The Last Dancer (1993). They feature the campaign – which again might be described as long and arduous – of a group of Genetically Engineered telepaths (see Telepathy) to maintain their Pariah Elite existence in a world of hostile normals. Increasingly through the three published volumes Moran develops a sophisticated modeling of the interactions between worldwide Computer-dominated information webs and individual humans; in the third volume, human participants in the vast plot forge Avatars to handle their interactions with the Virtual Realities that have begun to proliferate; these avatars are known technically as "image codes", but present as projected entities, and were clearly destined to play an ever-larger role in the ongoing epic.
A singleton, The Ring (1988), connected to an unmade film version of Wagner's Ring cycle, places its Gods (rationalized as Genetically Engineered superbeings) in a Space-Opera venue. Moran displays very considerable energy and some humour, shows a fine van Vogt-style recklessness with superman plots; he may have been a direct influence on writers like David Marusek and John C Wright. Moran early on demonstrated a copious ambition that has unfortunately gone unrecognized in today's market. It is understood that several further novels remain unpublished in book form, though portions of some are available through his site [see links below]. [JC]
Daniel Keys Moran
born Los Angeles, California: 30 November 1962
Tales of the Great Wheel of Existence
- The Armageddon Blues: A Tale of the Great Wheel of Existence (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1988) [fixup: Tales of the Great Wheel of Existence: pb/Jim Burns]
Tales of the Continuing Time
- Emerald Eyes (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1988) [Tales of the Continuing Time: pb/Paul Youll and Stephen Youll]
- The Long Run (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1989) [Tales of the Continuing Time: pb/Jim Burns]
- Emerald Eyes/The Star/The Long Run (Sherman Oaks, California: Queen of Angels, 1998) [omni of the above two plus one previously unpublished story: hb/]
- The Last Dancer (New York: Bantam Spectra, 1993) [Tales of the Continuing Time: pb/Sanjulian]
- The Ring (New York: Doubleday Foundation, 1988) [hb/Shusei]
- Terminal Freedom (Sherman Oaks, California: Queen of Angels, 1997) with Jodi Moran [hb/Daniel Keys Moran]
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