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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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BOOKS: It's Never Too Hot To Read

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 15, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

You don't need golden chocolate balls for this kind of embassy

The Publishers Association wants to recruit 10,000 Reading Ambassadors to promote the joy of literature, so Mark Cantrell shares a few thoughts on this doubl...

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BLOG: Writers That Don't Read Are Unnatural

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 11, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A good book makes its own time

By Mark Cantrell

 

STRANGE but true: some people don't read books.

 

Well, each to their own, but some of these non-readers evidently feel they're too busy to settle down to re...

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BLOG: In The Eye Of The Beholder

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 Behold the 'Xyclops': What you see is what you get

 

Image isn’t everything, there’s the story too, but if it catches your attention then it’s also caught the moment so here’s a little something about a photography ...

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BLOG: Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

First Contact made in the Nine Worlds of Geekdom

Mark Cantrell ruminates on his first venture into the weird and wonderful world of the science fiction and fantasy convention

 

THE phone rang. Sara asked me to get it,...

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BLOG: Nine Worlds And Counting

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

When the going gets weird...

THIS is a first for this author. 

 

Barring any last minute hitches, in a few days I'll be joining the Inspired Quill crew at the Nine...

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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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BLOG: Saved By The #VEDay70

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Without VE Day, I might not be here

My father, Peter Cantrell, was in the army when VE Day – Victory in Europe – took place.

 

That was 70 years ago, and with the country currently celebrating the anniversary, I thoug...

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BLOG: Don't Tell Porkies, It's National Honesty Day

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Would I lie to you?

APPARENTLY it's National Honesty Day – no, I've never heard of it either – so I guess it was in the spirit of truthfulness that a PR firm sent me their top ten list of porkies high street es...

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BLOG: Yes, I Dabbled

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 28, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Silas makes his Mark

Mark Cantrell Interviewed on The Dabbler


"When that first rush of inspiration gives me the idea for a new story has got to be the best part of it all. It really is a rush when...

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BLOG: Manchester Uncanny

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Working in the Shadow of the Uncanny Valley

By Mark Cantrell

 

ONE thing that often strikes me about Manchester as I walk through the city centre is its almost 'London borough' vibe – and I don't mean that in a good way.

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Blog: Ticket Inspectors From Mars

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 14, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In space nobody can hear you change track

By Mark Cantrell

TAKE the historic occasion of the first manned landing on Mars, throw in two science geeks working on ...

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