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Next Weekend Is Ytterbium AKA Eastercon – Here’s What I’m Up To

  I will be at the Ytterbium Eastercon, held next weekend at the Park Inn hotel, Heathrow. As show above, I`m doing a reading on the Friday evening, 7pm, alongside two other authors – I`ll be reading from my most recent novel, Splintered Suns, then an excerpt from a short story due to appear in […]

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My Eastercon Schedule – Manucunicon 2016

So come the end of next week I shall be hying myself hence to fabled Manchester, in search of enlightenment and shantih in the company of wise souls and skilled sensei of the SF Way….which probably will come down sharing drinks with Jim Burns, John Jarrold, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Sales, amongst many, luminaries each and […]

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Just Got Back From The Windy City….

Well, from Bradford, host to this years Eastercon, and in fact outside the con hotel Bradford was indeed beset by icy winds, in drastic contrast to the near-saharan temperatures with which hotels bombard their guests these days. This is just a quick HOORAH for Ian Sales who won the BSFA Award for best short fiction […]

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In The Offing

Just a little update on my summer and a gander at the weeks that lie ahead. Must admit that finishing The Ascendant Stars (and working on the outline for the next book, more on that anon) really sapped my gumption and other inner resources. Luckily, I did have to hand a couple of games by […]

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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, […]

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Guardian Gadget-Fiend Recommendation for Seeds Of Earth!

Super-Wow! – just found out that Seeds Of Earth earned a recommendation by the Guardian newspaper here in the UK, in the Guardian Weekend section of November 28th, on a page titled Gadget Fiends! My book came in at – cough – no 5, baby! Orbit have archived a piccy of it – go hence […]

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Opponents of US version of the NHS are seriously demented

I could have added ‘corrupt’, or ‘bought and paid for by private health corps’, but that practically goes without saying in American politics today. The latest bolus of batshit craziness comes from that paragon of lowbrow gruntertainment, Sarah Palin. This excerpt came from a CNN report: “”And who will suffer the most when they ration care?” she […]

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Seeds Of Earth Review: Dave Brendon’s Fantasy & Scifi Weblog

Dave Brendon was actually one of the outwith-the-UK winners of the SOE compo a few weeks ago, and was the recipient of a poster and a bookmark, being the small baubles that my finances stretch to. I later learned that Dave has his own review blog, as titled above, and he was generous enough to […]

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Seeds Of Earth Review: Peri Urban

Mr Urban is a longtime associate/colleague/drinking-music-scifi buddy of mine so I guess that a review from his glittering keyboard might be a wee bit partial. Hahey, so it goes! Read it here – http://brainpilot.blogspot.com/2008/12/seeds-of-earth-book-one-of-humanitys.html

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Interview at Walker Of Worlds

Mark Chitty over at Walker Of Worlds has posted his interview with me, along with my verbose reponses. Take a trip over there, read and wonder! http://walkerofworlds.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-michael-cobley.html

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Gaza: The Power Of Names

Small post this one, spurred by a sudden mini-epiphany – why is it that we know what Hamas’ rockets are called yet we don’t know what Israeli rockets and missiles are called? Most will know of the Qassam rocket (those Guy Fawkes night whizzbangs), and some may know of the Grad rockets, but what of […]

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