Mark Cantrell, Author

For an eclectic mix of science fiction, fantasy and a touch of horror...


"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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News: Big Issue Founder Applauds Money House Expansion

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 17, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Teaching fledgling tenants to manage their nest egg

Big Issue founder John Bird has backed a scheme to help tackle homelessness by teaching vulnerable young Londoners to better manage their money

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News: In Revelation Space Nobody Can Hear You Dream

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Science fiction authors take literary festival to Mars and beyond

Best-selling authors Philip Reeve and Alastair Reynolds are headline guests at the Literary Leicester festival later this month, writes

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Technology: Do Not Let The Web Bugs Bite

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 31, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cyber crooks know where you live…

The Internet of Things is bringing the digital revolution home thanks to an array of ‘smart’ creature comforts that are changing the way we live, bu...

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Blog: Citizen Zero Origins

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 22, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to where it all began

Mark Cantrell offers some reminiscences on the birth of his novel, Citizen Zero, released back in August by Inspired Quill. One journey ends, anothe...

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Society: Will Government race audit spark a bonfire of injustices?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Making a dash for a more equal society

The Government’s new ‘dashboard’ for monitoring race disparity in Britain isn’t much of a challenge to society unless ministers act...

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Book Review: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 4, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Eviction has become a way of life in America’s private rented housing market

It's easy to blame the poor for their plight, writes Mark Cantrell

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Blog: Trapped In A Glass Box With No Dial Tone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 18, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

BT phones home

When Mark Cantrell learned that BT is planning to scrap half of its national network of p...

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News: British Library Investigates Virtual Future

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 9, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Towards a single public library in cyberspace

IMAGINE a future where Britain's physical libraries are a thing of the past, writes Mark Cantrell.

No, this isn't a dystopian foretelling of a post-austerity a...

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Blog: UK Indie Lit Fest Proved A Real Treat For Bradford Book Lovers

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 3, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

So let’s hear it for the #indiearmy 

In a marketplace dominated by big publishers, indie authors and small presses often struggle to be heard, writes Mark Cantrell

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Society: Poor Men In Their 40s More Likely To Live Alone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 19, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Poverty makes for poor bedfellows

Life on low incomes is proving a singularly poor existence in more ways than one for men in their early 40s, claims a new study from the Institute of Fiscal Studies...

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News: Battle of the Five Towns In Bid To Win Culture Prize

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game of towns

Author Mark Cantrell might find himself living in a City of Culture, if his adopted home town of Stoke-on-Trent manages to seize the crown....

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Media: Indie Lit Fest Launch For Citizen Zero

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Novel question: Is this the future we made? 

All hell breaks loose in August 2017 when a plot to unseat the British Prime Minister will throw the country into chaos – fictionally speaking, of cour...

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