Mark Cantrell, Author

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BLOG: Brexit Blame Game Grips Sinking Britain

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Now it’s all over bar the screaming

Brexit has revealed what sort of country we are – and it isn’t pretty – but we only have ourselves to blame. We were too relaxed about rampant inequality, writes...

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ESSAY: "That Sounds Like Science Fiction"

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"My God, Dave, it's full of literary stars…"


Mark Cantrell is an avid reader of science fiction. When it comes to being a writer he's not so sure he's earned his place among the genre's stargazers, but in pondering his 'credentials' he does at least get to wax lyrical

 

OVER the years...

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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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ESSAY: Destitution By Design Is Surely A Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for

We've all got a stake in social security, so when it comes to the privations of welfare reform, maybe it's time we got work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to take the point to hear...

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ESSAY: Truth Be Told

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Programming the soul of truth

We live in an age of carefully crafted untruths - but it's not just newspapers that seek to 'recalibrate' our perceptions

By Mark Cantrell

TRUTH might be objective but that doesn't mean that it stands aloof and unbiased - truth takes sides. But here's the thing: truth - the real truth - is bitterly contested territory.


There's a very good...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Living The Prequel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The future is what we make it

Every novel has a 'backstory', an idea of what came before the opening page; the dystopian science fiction thriller Citizen Zero is no different, only we appear to be living through its history right now. That's ...

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ESSAY: Technology Or Bust

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Is silence digital in the

ghost-written revolution?

By Mark Cantrell

AS authors, indeed as readers, we are in our own ways informal custodians of a literary culture that stretche...

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ARTICLE: Floodgates Of Indie Publishing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Let the wordsmiths flow

As the nascent Indie publishing scene develops, its greatest challenge is not just to win the battle for respectability, writes Mark Cantrell - but also to avoid becoming a pale imitation of the big publishing corporates

YEARS ago, I wrote that the "floodgates should be opened to a deluge of talent" and now it appears to be happening, but not in the way that I ever envisaged. It's kind of scary, but exciting t...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Fortifying The Social Divide

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 11, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We are all enemies

of the State now

In a society fractured by a gulf between rich and poor, the preservation of the ruling elites' profits, powers and privileges can no longer rely on the conventional democratic mechanis...

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