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: 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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Blog: A Month Or More Of Mondays

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't give up on the day job...

Mark Cantrell muses on the ironies of life and work. Back in June, he wasn't expecting to share something in common with the protagonist of his latest...

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Science: Old Bones And Tangled Roots Put T-Rex In His Place

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dinosaur family tree is just plain wrong, say scientists

We think we know dinosaurs, right? Well think again, writes Mark Cantrell. According to scientists a...

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Long Read: Poverty Is Creating Another Kind Of Banking Crisis

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 11, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A symbol of a fractured and failing society

Food banks are emergency lifelines for a growing number of people and they have no place in a supposedly civilised society, writes

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Society: Evidence Shows UK Needs More Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 30, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Breaking the tenure of last resort

By now it ought to be obvious that we need to build many more social homes if we’re to make a start on fixing the broken housing market. The evidence continues to m...

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News: Artists Take To The Skyline

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 26, 2017 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Athena is rising over Leeds

A landmark building in Leeds has become the canvas for a pair of street artists who are painting the UK's tallest mural on its façade, writes Mark Cantrell. The installation won't just jazz u...

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Science: Manufacturing Brain And Muscle Tissue From Stem Cells Just Got Faster

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 20, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The cells that Man made

We many not be able to grow custom-made humans in vats just yet, writes Mark Cantrell, but scientists have cracked a clunky proble...

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Blog: Fear And Loathing As Polls Draw To A Close

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 8, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Apprehension reigns as we wait to learn our fate

With just under an hour to go until the polling booths close, Mark Cantrell shares some quickfire thoughts on the diver...

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Science: Students Plan To Be Wright Brothers In Space

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 5, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Forget blast off, spread your wings and fly 

A bunch of students – that's right students – from the University of Manchester are aiming to become the Wright Brothers of space with the w...

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Blog: My Fridge Really Doesn't Need Internet, You Know

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Snake oil is as much a lubricant for tech sales as any other branch of business

THE next big thing in tech is the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), which largely seems to consist of connecting up...

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News: Research Reveals Supermarkets Can Remote Control Our Walking Speed

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 29, 2017 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Consumerbots rising: try not to be a drone

New research claims supermarkets can control our walking speed when shopping, writes Mark Cantrell, so where does that...

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