From Publishers Weekly
Larry and Andy Wachowski scored big in 1999 with The Matrix, a science-fiction film in which cyber-rebels discover the world is an artificial computer-generated construct. Beneath the film's airborne martial arts were philosophical underpinnings, and the thriller's huge success prompted piles of merchandise, animated shorts, magazines, Web sites and books. Now a new wave begins, timed to coincide with the May 15 release of The Matrix Reloaded, the second feature in the series. This anthology covers the film's concepts and themes. Haber, a veteran sci-fi and fantasy editor, assembles an array of original essays by 17 science-fiction authors and digital artists, including Alan Dean Foster, Joe Haldeman, Bruce Sterling and Ian Watson. John Shirley (Black Butterflies), insightfully explores what he defines as a new cinema movement of "films questioning reality" as he compares The Matrix with American Beauty, Fight Club and the enigmas embedded in Mulholland Drive. Shirley sees allegories amid adolescent imagery, while nanotech novelist Kathleen Ann Goonan finds the Zen within. David Brin traces fiction's "suspicion of authority"; writer-illustrator Dean Motter tours The Matrix's kinetic architecture; and Kevin J. Anderson examines the Columbine connection. Philip K. Dick and cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson both get many mentions throughout this compelling collection, yet Gibson is regrettably absent as a contributor. Displaying 20 imaginative b&w illustrations by Robert Zohrab and Darrel Anderson, these potent pages conclude with a six-page section of author profiles.
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About the Author
Karen Haber is the author of eight novels, including Star Trek: Voyager - Bless the Beasts; coauthor of Science of the X-Men; and editor of the Hugo-nominated essay anthology celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien, Mediations on Middle-earth. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many anthologies. She reviews art books for Locus magazine and profiles artists for various publications, including Realms of Fantasy. Haber lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Robert Silverberg.
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Robert Zohrab is an Australian digital artist and designer whose work appears on book covers and in corporate brochures. His clients include the Manta recording company, for which he has designed album covers and promotional material, and ibooks, inc., for which he has supplied cover image for new trade editions of Brian Aldiss's landmark Helliconia triology, among others.
Darrel Anderson, a digital-art pioneer, emerged from the underground comix scene to create one of the earliest and longest-running art Web sites, braid.com. With members of the BRAID collective and PCA Graphics, he created the animated CGI climax of the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic. The Science Fiction Channel Web site features forty-eight of his images, and he is profiled in Fantasy Art of the New Millennium II by Dick Jude. His artwork has received top honors in numerous international awards, including Pixar's call for images and MacWorld's Macintosh Masters competition. Anderson actually works either side of the screen, as both programmer and artist. One of his latest developments, GroBoto, is an interactive art tool intended to allow children to explore their creativity, and artists to further theirs. Anderson's work can be seen and sampled at braid.com