Mark Cantrell, Author

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Blog: Matrix Rebooted? Try Something Dark and Gritty

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Citizen Zero: The Matrix & Me


Rumour has it there’s a reboot of The Matrix on the way. Well, Inspired Quill’s already got it covered, writes Mark Cantrell

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BLOG: The Year of Citizen Zero

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 The time has come to set a date

 Mark Cantrell explains why he's decided to take his novel out of a perennial near future and root it in hard time...


WHEN ...

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SitRep: The State Of Things

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Citizen Zero Subject To Delay

Classified under the provisions of the Official Secrets Act: This document is not for public disclosure for a period of a minimum of 75 years



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BLOG: Time's Running Out To Avoid Dystopia

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Frankie Boyle and the sell-by date dystopia

The point of dystopia is to challenge the now, writes MarkCantrell, but after years waiting for his novel Citizen Zero's now-time to arrive, along comes this...

THIS was quite a startling hea...

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MEDIA: Inspired Quill Signs Up To A 2015 Paperback Debut

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Citizen Zero will rise again

STOKE-ON-TRENT, 27 September 2014: AN exciting new edition of CITIZEN ZERO is on the way – including its paperback debut – following Inspired Q...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Stripped Of Their Human Rights

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Zero status for benefits claimants effectively denied citizenship

So, with that headline above, and the associated news item listed below, we encapsulate one of the major themes of my dystopian science fiction thriller,

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CITIZEN ZERO: Manufacturing The Future

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Be prepared for real austerity


With the Coalition austerity programme and welfare reforms effectively making enforced destitution a matter of Government policy, it might be argued that ministers are actively manufacturing the underclass known as zeros that feature so prominently within Citizen Zero. Many of the links below relate to this with, with stories about how social exclusion and hardship is actively promoted…

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CITIZEN ZERO: More On The Prequel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

You must be mad to question authority

Welcome to another batch of links culled from the media and various websites. As before, these represent what might be called the backstory to Citizen Zero. Taken together, and they present a chilling insight into the world of the novel…

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CITIZEN ZERO: Setting The Scene

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Behind the scenes of a dystopian reality

HERE'S another selection of links to stories and articles from around the web that add up to a little scene-setting for the dystopian novel, Citizen Zero. Read 'em and weep, and ...

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COMMENT: Stasi In Their Eyes

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Smile, Iain Duncan Smith is watching you

You might not be signing on today; you might be getting ready to go to work, but the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions has got his eye on you all the same, writes Mark Cantrell

 In the tail end ye...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Reliving The History

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Living the origins

A million stories feed into the world created for CITIZEN ZERO, trickling into this dystopian fantasy future like tears of woe.



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CITIZEN ZERO: A Taste Of The Living Prequel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Into the world of Citizen Zero

Snapshots of a dystopian novel's real life 'prequel'

Today's age of austerity has all the hallmarks of the backstory I had in my head when writing

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