On Monday, actor Idris Elba will make his way to Westminster to address Parliament regarding the egregious lack of diversity on British television.
Science fiction changed music. And music saved science fiction. Most of our favorite flights of fancy and epic adventures are bound up in our minds with amazing musical scores, or epic theme songs. But some of the greatest pieces of music ever created were also inspired by science fiction and fantasy.
Few musicians have been as science fictional, for as long, as William "Bootsy" Collins. He's been the cartoon character at the heart of George Clinton's UFO-inspired Mothership. He's helped Buckethead construct a giant robot. He's kept it weird for decades.
Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) was known for its science fiction storylines and spacey music. One of the crucial ingredients in the P-Funk stew was musical genius Junie Morrison. He also jazzed up the early Ohio Players albums (which featured this alien-looking bald woman as their cover model.) And his own solo albums…