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Feb 25 2010 9:23am

Six Degrees of Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock and J.G. Ballard at a signing for Empire of the Sun (presumably in 1984) at Forbidden Planet. (photo courtesy Michael Moorcock).Michael Moorcock knows everybody. Well, not quite, but after a spending any amount of time studying his diverse creative life as a writer, musician, and editor and it quickly becomes apparent that he has crossed paths with most of the entertainment world. We’re not just talking about those he’s worked just directly, though that list impresses: legendary writer J. G. Ballard, Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison, Motörhead founder Lemmy, artist Michael Whelan, Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts, punk icons The Sex Pistols, and countless others. Much like the similar Kevin Bacon exercise, a “Six Degrees of Michael Moorcock” game is possible. But unlike Bacon, Moorcock’s work intersects the entire strata of entertainment media.


A few examples:

 

  • Kevin Bacon in four

Bacon(1) starred in a Few Good Men with Tom Cruise(2). Cruise starred in War of the Worlds. WotW director Steven Spielberg(3) also directed Empire of the Sun, which is based on the novel by J. G. Ballard(4). Ballard contributed regularly to the Moorcock-edited New Worlds.

 

  • H. P. Lovecraft in five

Lovecraft(1)’s agent was Julius Schwartz(2). Schwartz also represented Ray Bradbury(3). Bradbury served as the best man at Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett(4)’s wedding. For the infamous Last Dangerous Visions anthology, Harlan Ellison(5) purchased a story by the duo as was a Moorcock tale.

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