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So To Prestatyn – The SFX Weekender 2012

Some of you reading this may well have been to one of the previous SFX Weekender jamborees, but this will be my first. Catching the train on the morning of Friday February 3rd down to Prestatyn on the north Wales coast (not so very far southwest of Liverpool), and to the Pontins holiday resort there […]

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News & Stuff

Realise that I have been negligent of late, so here’s a little bundle of updates. The Ascendant Stars continues on its trajectory towards the supreme paperyness of transcendant bookhood! – ie, I just completed my side of the copy-edit stage, after which comes the reading of the proofs, which will come in the form of […]

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And So To Eastercon Once More…

Yes, Eastercon – the annual British SF convention – AKA Illustrious, will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole near the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), from April 22-25th. And yr humble scribe will most certainly be there with stuff to give away! And I shall be taking part in a few panels and what-not. Here […]

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SOE Competition Winners!

Well, wasn’t that fun and indeed revealing? Just to remind you, the question was – “Bearing in mind the SETTING  of Seeds Of Earth, what is the connection between the book and the poet, John Keats?” I believe I also dropped clangorous hints as the use of Google by which an answer might be procured. […]

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Seeds Of Earth Review @ NextRead – And Other Matters

Slightly after the fact, having just picked up on it via my agents’ website, Zeno, this review at the NextRead site, saying some nice things – http://nextread.co.uk/2010/01/16/green-review-seeds-of-earth-by-michael-cobley-orbit/ Also, just to remind all of you good people that the competition to win a copy of the paperback of Seeds Of Earth will end tomorrow night at […]

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Seeds Of Earth Paperback Competition Closing Date Revised

I said I might do this, and yes, I am going to extend the compo till a week on Sunday, namely February 7th, to whit midnight GMT. So get yer cogitating caps on and think about the question and its wording!

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Bioshock Novel: Ken Levine Salts The Fries

Just found a July interview with Ken Levine, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking game, Bioshock, in which he mentions that the Bioshock novel is being written by non other than…John Shirley! Yes, indeedy, that John Shirley, author of City Come A-Walkin, the Eclipse Trilogy, and loads of great short stories. For more info on Levine […]

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Eastercon 2009 Bradford: The Magical Bus Tour Con

Okay, now that some of the dust has settled I can set down some of my impressions about LX2009, the Bradford Eastercon (and the 60th Eastercon held in these fair isles). The convention itself, held at the Cedar Court Hotel, was quite neatly laid out, with all the main rooms, all easily and quickly accessible, […]

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Bioshock – Thoughts On The Storyline

Many of the plaudits for Bioshock included praise for its involving storyline, in-depth narrative and rich background. But when you read what Ken Levine (the eminence gris behind the Bioshock concepts) has to say about the game story you start to realise some interesting home truths about game narratives. Levine said that the Bioshock story […]

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Eastercon Panels: A Writer’s Gotta Do What A Writer’s Gotta Do – Updated

As some of you might know, Eastercon is the UK national SF convention held yearly over the Easter weekend at a hotel/convention centre somewhere in Britain. Last year it was held at the Radisson hotel at Heathrow (dont get me started), but this year it is being held in Bradford, slap bang in the Midlands, […]

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Seeds Of Earth competition – Winners!

Yes, indeedy, the time has come to reveal the lucky members of the Human race (UK) who will be receiving a copy of my new book, Seeds Of Earth. And they are – Darren Harmon, North Shields Martin Barlow, Manchester Maggie Mackenzie, Uckfield Tim Goodson, Abingdon S. French, Leeds. As you see, there are in […]

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First Person Shooters: An Addict Speaks

Well, of course, since I`m workin’ like a DOG on book 2 of the Humanity’s Fire trilogy (The Orphaned Worlds) it is completely and utterly and utterly completely verboten for me to be playing any computer games which, for me, means FPS or First Person Shooters. Which is why I’m writing this post as a kind […]

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