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Book Meme: Nearest Book

Caught this from Mark Chitty’s Walker of Worlds, couldn`t resist it. And this is how it goes: * Grab the nearest book. * Open it to page 56. * Find the fifth sentence. * Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. * Don’t dig for your favorite book, the […]

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Panoramic Viewer in Flash – jawdropping!

This is a brilliant demonstration of the new Flash panoramic viewer, a german site showing a 360 degree view of the night sky constellations. Go see, now! http://www.360bilder.de/html/flash_sternenhimmel.htm

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Seeds Of Earth book cover – whole shebang-full monty!

Yes, here it is, as moved through the wonder of internet data transfer from Orbit’s machines of wizardry to your eyes! – the full jacket cover to my forthcoming tome, SEEDS OF EARTH, by Steve Stone. Look upon his work in wonder. To see it in greater detail, right click and select open in new […]

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HYPERION by Dan Simmons: Space Opera Deluxe

I`ve been reading space opera since I was practically able to read, and before I hit puberty I was already mainlining on stuff like Tom Swift, Doc Smith and Perry Rhodan. All the furniture of it, the extravagant, powertrip technology, the drama and melodrama, the scale and sheer wild proliferation of life, science and worlds […]

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IRA DEL BACCANO – Italian Psychedelic Spacey Stoners Give Away Great Album!

Chance, just pure chance can lead you to fantastic wee niches on the net, thus a brief meander past some online metal/rock blogs led me to – IRA DEL BACCANO, about whom little info seems to be available, but they are giving away, free, gratis, a 56 minute album of instrumental, psychedelic spacy stonery rock […]

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and a new word is born: GRUNTERTAINMENT

Following on from reports that the ethically-challenged Jeremy Kyle is going to be roped in to help the British government, the Department of Work and Pensions, help to get the longterm unemployed back into work (ie sludging away at some degrading job akin to indentured servitude), the press is turning the spotlight on Kyle`s own particularly […]

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TV/DVD Recommendation – DAMAGES

I`ve become less and less of a TV watcher over the last few years, as TeeVee has devolved into a medium for the furtherance of marketing and other varieties of pandering. But through the swamp-torrents of audiovisual slime like Big Brother and Pop Idol there occasionally can be found, like diamonds prospected from the mud, […]

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Quote Of The Day

“. . . For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the […]

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Wordle: Story into Picture

Me old mate Gary Gibson posted a link to a website which turns blocks of text into this:   Well, at least I hope this comes out as a picturised representation of word frequency in my short story, `The Intrigue Of The Battered Box`, which appeared in the Scottish anthology, Nova Scotia, which appeared in […]

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The Rattle of Pneumatic Drills

(Mood: teeth gritted. Music: the Jam – In The City. Drink: coffee) Wherever I`ve lived, here in Glasgow over the last 20-odd years, roadworks have sooner or later arrived and set up camp. We live in the west end, on one side of a bridge which crosses the river Kelvin, and the bridge it seems is […]

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Into The Lion’s Den

Nothing to do with dodgy Apprentice-style TV progs designed to make baby capitalists look cool, but….tonight, I venture forth to the regular meeting of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle wherein I shall lay down upon the altar and bare my chest to the authorial druids….okay, okay, I`m dramatising here, yet its a fairly daunting thing […]

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This week I have mostly been reading….

Well, over the last few weeks, its been Christopher Brookmyre, a Glasgow crime/suspense/humour novelist who has written some astonishingly Glasgowicious stories! Quite Ugly One Morning has one of the most memorable beginnings I have ever read (I mean, ALL the senses are assaulted in that one); Boiling A Frog was a fascinating look at religion, […]

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