Daniel Keys Moran

Daniel Keys Moran (born November 30, 1962), also known by his initials DKM, is an American computer programmer and science fiction writer.

Daniel Keys Moran
BornDaniel Keys Moran
(1962-11-30) November 30, 1962 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFiction writer, computer programmer
Period1983–present (as writer)
GenreScience fiction


Moran was born in Los Angeles to Richard Joseph Moran and Marilynn Joyce Moran. He has three sisters, Kari Lynn Moran, Jodi Anne Moran and Kathleen Moran.[1]

A native of Southern California, he formerly lived (with his former wife Holly Thomas Moran) in North Hollywood.[1] DKM, his third wife Amy Stout-Moran, and their sons Richard Moran and Connor Moran, along with Amy's two daughters and one son later lived in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.[2]

In early 2005 Keys Moran lost vision in one eye due to wet macular degeneration.[2]

Moran currently maintains an active blog, and has in the past maintained two web sites. Queen Of Angels (1999–2004) was his official web site, and Lakers Talk (2002–2006) was a fansite for the Los Angeles Lakers. Much of his work is available for sanctioned free download at the Daniel Keys Moran Mirror.


Moran had ambitious plans for a 33 volume series, The Tales of the Continuing Time, three novels of which (Emerald Eyes, The Long Run, The Last Dancer) were published in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A fourth novel, "The A.I. War, Book One: The Big Boost," the first volume of a projected trilogy, was published on March 28, 2011. Moran has also authored several short stories and essays that were featured on National Public Radio.

The Great Wheel of ExistenceEdit

The multi-verse in which most of DKM’s work is set.

Human/Praxcelis UnionEdit

  1. “All the Time in the World” — Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Vol. 6 No. 5 (whole no. 52) May 1982. Story art: Laura Buscemi/Artifact.
  2. The Armageddon Blues (expansion of "All the Time in the World") — Bantam Spectra paperback (April 1988). ISBN 0-553-27115-6. Cover art: Jim Burns.
    Quiet Vision hardcover ISBN 978-1-57646-576-9[3] (April 2001), tradepaper ISBN 1-57646-637-X (June 2002). Cover design: DKM.
  3. “Realtime” with Gladys PrebehallaIsaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Vol. 8 No. 8 (whole no. 81) August 1984. Cover art: Hisaki Yasuda. Story art: Ron Lindahn.
  4. The Ring — Bantom Doubleday hardcover (October 1988). ISBN 0-385-24816-4. Jacket art: Shusei. Jacket design: Jamie S. Warren.
    based in part on a screenplay by William Stewart and Joanne Nelson.

The Continuing TimeEdit

  1. Emerald Eyes — Bantam Spectra paperback (June 1988). ISBN 0-553-27347-7. Cover art: Paul and Stephen Youll.
    Quiet Vision hardcover ISBN 1-57646-577-2 (June 2001), tradepaper ISBN 1-57646-638-8 (June 2002). Cover art and design: DKM.
  2. The Long Run — Bantam Spectra paperback (September 1989). ISBN 0-553-28144-5. Cover art Jim Burns.
    Quiet Vision hardcover ISBN 1-57646-578-0 (August 2001), tradepaper ISBN 1-57646-639-6 (April 2002). Cover design: DKM.
    • Emerald Eyes • “The Star” • The Long Run — Queen Of Angels limited edition[4] hardcover omnibus (August 1998). Jacket art and design: DKM.
      “The Star” is a new short story set between the two novels, and is also included in the Quiet Vision printings of Emerald Eyes.
  3. The Last Dancer — Bantam Spectra paperback (November 1993). ISBN 0-553-56249-5. Cover art: Sanjulián.
    Quiet Vision hardcover ISBN 1-57646-579-9 (March 2002). Jacket art and design: DKM.
  4. The A.I. War, Book One: The Big Boost — ebook from fs& in multiple formats (March 2011). Cover art: Angel Greenwood.[5]
  5. The A.I. War, Book Two: Live Fast and Never Die (serialized at Moran's Patreon page since 2019).
  6. Lord November: The Man-Spacething War (unpublished — first two chapters available on-line at the semi-official DKM fan site).
  7. Tales of the Continuing Time and Other Stories — a self-published collection incorporating material previously available online as well as new stories from the Continuing Time setting and otherwise (December 2018).
  8. Time Wars, Book One: The Emerald Throne (serialized at Moran's Patreon page since 2019).
  9. Trinity, Book One: Kozmic Blues — with Steve Perry (serialized at Moran's Patreon page since 2019).

The Sunset StripEdit

  1. Terminal Freedom — with Jodi Moran. Queen Of Angels hardcover (March 1997). Jacket design: DKM.
    Quiet Vision tradepaper ISBN 1-57646-643-4 (February 2002). Cover design: DKM.
  2. In Cool Blood — with Jodi Moran (unpublished).

Other storiesEdit

  • “Given the Game” — Aboriginal Science Fiction. Nov.–Dec. 1990 (No. 24). Cover and story art: Charles Lang.
  • Hard Time” — Story, with Lynn Barker. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 4×19. (April 15, 1996).
  • “On Sequoia Time” — Asimov’s Science Fiction. Vol. 20 No. 9 (whole no. 249) September 1996. Story art: Steve Cavallo.
  • “Roughing it During the Martian Invasion” — with Jodi Moran. War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches anthology, edited by Kevin Anderson — Bantam Spectra paperback (May 1997). ISBN 0-553-10353-9.
  • A series of commentaries for NPR Sirius’ The Way In, airing in 2001:
    • “The Road Goes Everywhere”
    • “A Freeway in My Back Yard”
    • “The Vast and Endless Sea”
    • “It’s Great to Be Me”
  • As of early 2006, Moran was working on a couple of books (Symphony in Black & The Hotel California) in the vein of Travis McGee.
  • A Freeway In My Back Yard — a collection of essays, stories, nonfiction, and scripts (April 2011).
  • “Uncle Jack” — A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet. Anthology with annotations by Aaron Parrett — Sword & Planet trade-paperback (April 2012). ISBN 978-0985425708.

Star WarsEdit

Three short stories published in Bantam Spectra paperback anthologies, edited by Kevin J. Anderson, with cover art by Stephen Youll.

Published under the pseudonym J.D. Montgomery, after creative differences with Lucasfilm prevented him from writing the outline he envisioned.[6]

Concepts in the Continuing TimeEdit

Daniel Keys Moran’s Continuing Time stories cover an abnormally large number of standard SF/F themes and story devices. There are multiple universes, time travel, cyberpunk, alien invasions, martial arts, dance, paganism, the politics of world government, an interesting twist on non-violent protest, and any number of everyday technologies that were unheard of in 1985 but are surprisingly common today.

The Crystal WindEdit

This fanciful name for the virtual space created by a global network of interconnected computers is Moran’s extrapolation of what the Internet would become. Aside from its everyday uses in his stories it also provides another environment in which good and evil can do battle. Surprisingly, the most significant battle in the series is a fight against excessive governmental control of this fundamental quasi-public space.

As part of Moran’s description of how a ubiquitously available Internet would affect society (The Long Run, 1989), he introduced the concept of Internet addiction disorder, which he called “data-starve”.


Characters who have a significant presence in the Crystal Wind are called Players, one such is ‘Trent the Uncatchable’ in The Long Run. But when Players ‘Dance’ in the Crystal Wind they can easily incur the wrath of the authorities, corporate entities, or other denizens of the Crystal Wind. All competent Players carefully craft an Image that they use to interact with the virtual world. This Image is a set of customized code that the Player slowly builds and improves over time. Its primary tasks are to filter the overwhelming amount of available data into understandable information, and to put into effect (through complex technical means) the wishes of the Player. In this way, the Player automates as much of the slow human search, analysis, actions and reactions that are much faster using suitably advanced Image algorithms and hardware, while concealing his true identity from the authorities. In effect, the Player creates a computer version of themselves that requires only occasional input from the slower but more complex human.

Prior to the beginning of the stories, the aforementioned Trent character spent some years developing an Image called ‘Ralf the Wise and Powerful’. The juvenile nature of the name reflects Trent's youth as he was not yet a teenager at the time. As the events in the stories unfold, it is a seemingly minor point when an eleven-year-old Trent is forced by circumstance to abandon his Image code in the net. Trent's impressive capabilities are confirmed by the fact that his Image was sophisticated enough to make the leap (with some assistance) to becoming a full sentient AI. As Trent’s Image it was an online representation of his skills, outlook, ethics and morals. As an independent being Ralf closely adheres to his origins, and acts to support Trent in his efforts to serve the greater good according to his pacifistic moral code. The Trent character is portrayed as an exceptional Player, perhaps the best ever. After leaving 'Ralf the Wise and Powerful', Trent created (and later semi-merged with) 'Johnny Johnny'.

The Living FlameEdit

A force of life which can be "brought down" into the mundane world by gifted individuals, mostly through dancing. As of the most recent stories it is unknown what effects the flame has apart from giving the witnesses a deep feeling of spirituality. Denice Castanaveras is, as of the end of "The Last Dancer" the only person alive who knows how to invoke the flame.

The Great Wheel of ExistenceEdit

The foundation of reality, it holds the different timelines together. In the middle of the wheel, there is an entity known as "the chained one" which works as the wheel's source of power.


Neither of Moran’s co-authors has published independently, and there is little public information about them. The information below was posted by Moran on his website.

Jodi Anne Moran
DKM's younger sister, born March 9, 1964. She is the author of an unpublished novel, Devlin’s Razor.
Gladys Prebehalla
A woman approximately the same age as DKM's mother whom he met in a writing class when he was about 20 years old. They collaborated on a story, “Maggie Archer”, about an older woman forced to have a computer in her house


  1. ^ a b "Author Biographies & Dedications". Emerald Eyes & The Long Run. Bantam Books.
  2. ^ a b "Daniel Key Moran". BlogSpot.com.
  3. ^ The hardcover printing of The Armageddon Blues only lists an ISBN of 972-1-57646-576-5.
  4. ^ While the book itself says it is a limited printing of 1000 copies, only 500 were printed before DKM decided to publish through Quiet Vision Publishing.Limited Edition FAQ
  5. ^ "AI War: The Big Boost". fs&. March 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30.
  6. ^ "Daniel Keys Moran (Author)". Star Wars Interviews. July 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.

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