A Mike Cobley Reddit AMA, As I Live & Breathe!
Yes, indeedy, yr humble scribe shall be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) on the all-encompassing Reddit website/hub/core/fountofallcomment – at 5pm GMT! The actual url for this happening is – https://www.reddit.com/r/sciencefiction Although you`ll probably need to have a reddit account in order to post questions to me. I`m looking forward to it, and to the […]Read More
Blogpost at the Scottish Book Trust website on the Moniack Mhor SF/Fantasy Writing Course
(An introductory essay about the writing course being tutored by Ken MacLeod and myself.) The question ‘what is science fiction?’ has remained constant ever since the cultural mainstream started taking notice of the genre back in the mid-1960s, with the arrival of the New Wave writers (like Robert Silverberg, JG Ballard, Ursula LeGuin, Mike Moorcock, John […]Read More
Thoughts On The Scottish Independence Referendum
Anyway who follows my maunderings on Facebook will know that I have quite definite views on politics, coming from a centre-left position (laced with some critical rationalist radicalisms). And of course, the Scottish independence referendum has exercised me considerably and increasingly over the last few weeks, such that here we are on the eve of […]Read More
Eastercon 8-Squared Con, Bradford
Would have posted comments on this years Eastercon (main GOH Walter Jon Williams) before now but have been somewhat under the weather (trans – poleaxed by another bout of recurring viral loathsomeness). But here at last is my take on it. Travelled down by train, with just the one change at Preston, arriving mid-afternoon at Bradford Interchange station. […]Read More
The Gibberings Of A Frenzied Ego
No, friends and neighbours, I’m not talking about me but about someone whose verbal attacks on a writer colleague have reached such an irrational crescendo that I feel that a stand has to be taken. The writer in question is Lavie Tidhar, who I’ve met a few times (we have the same agents) and with […]Read More
Arrogance & Pigheadedness: The Slings And Arrows Of Amazon Comments
Yes, I did it. I made the mistake a few months ago of actually responding to reader comments to a couple of my books on Amazon. I suppose I felt so appalled at being doled out a 1-star review that I let my natural combativeness get the better of me and…off I went, bringing to bear […]Read More
My Short Story Collection, Iron Mosaic, Now Out As An Ebook
And here you see the cover, as created by Gary Gibson, for my collection, Iron Mosaic, now appearing under the Brain In A Jar imprimatur, available from AmazonUK. And LO! for here is the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Mosaic-ebook/dp/B006UMLPGA/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1#_Read More
The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear An Industrial Welding Helmet
Some of my colleagues in the sci-fi writin’ n’ readin’ demographic are keen as buttons on all and any breakthroughs and shiny new apps, what I call naive technoboosterism. Well, here’s a development that should give many of us pause for thought. Now corporations and governments are using cutting-edge software to generate believable online personas, complete […]Read More
Son Of Heaven by David Wingrove – Review
Okay, first off, I’ve known Dave Wingrove for over 25 years, from back in ’86 when I was manically assembling my 1-page Shark Tactics fanzine and mailing it free to anyone in the SF field whose address I could get hold of. So I was there when vol 1 of the original Chung Kuo saga, […]Read More
Essence of Cockroach & Tincture of Locust – What A Combination!
Pretty excellent science story – seems that the ground-up brain and nerve tissue of the American cockroach and common locusts are highly effective against MRSA (the antibiotic-resistant staph infection) and e-coli. Check out the link – http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/63286/title/Cockroach_brains,_coming_to_a_pharmacy_near_youRead More
Orbit Announces Ma Grooveh New Site, + Eastercon Moviette!
Bit of a languishing in the silences, my friends, but as you can guess I have been working on/scribbling/struggling/engaged in single-unarmed combat with….bk 3, The Ascendant Stars. And its turning out to be demanding in ways I hadnt expected. Been a bit of a downer this past month – my aunt passed away, as did […]Read More