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AYE WRITE – the Glasgow Book Festival (I`ll be there!)

Thought I’d send up a flare on this, giving those of you in the vicinity a heads-up about the Aye Write festival. I’ll be taking part in an SF panel entitled ‘The Early Days Of A Better Future’, scheduled for Sunday March 7th, taking place at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, between 8pm and 9.30pm. […]

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The Blue Oyster Cult – A Lifelong Fascination With High Weirdness

Ah, the 70’s – they were a magical time, you know. No kidding. Between 1969 and about 1976ish, almost every month produced a seminal piece of rock wonderment, sometime more than one or two, songs and albums which, nearly 40 years on, have stood the  test of taste and creativity. I mean, musical experiments which […]

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Conflicts Anthology Now Available + Plus Interview Link

Newcon Press, run by the redoubtable Ian Whates, has  released their Conflicts Anthology, in which your humble scribe has a story, to whit, The Maker’s Mark, as do such other luminaries as Keith Brooke, Neal Asher, Andy Remic, Eric Brown and others equally worthy. Edited by Ian Whates, Conflicts is available in hardback and paperback. […]

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Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ Gets UK Release Date

Yes, finally, months after its USA release, ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ will hit British cinemas on February 26th.  I don’t know if its going to be full countrywide screenings but I know that its on in Glasgow Cineworld. Gonna be there on opening night!

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Keith Olbermann for President!

For those not in the know, Keith Olbermann is a news and political commentator on MSNBC channel in the States, with his own show, Countdown. Olbermann has in the past come out with some astonishing, straight-from-the-shoulder critiques of, first, the Bush administration and more recently the actions of the Obama administration. Well, about a day […]

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Related Categories: Michael Cobley Posts, philosophy, Politics

Michael Moore Throws Down The Gauntlet

Michael Moore, documentary-maker and progressive, has thrown down the gauntlet to ANY Democrat in the US congress who votes against the Public Option for healthcare reform in America. As some may know, he has a new film coming out, Capitalism: A Love Story, which opens in American theatres this coming weekend. From advance reviews and […]

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Related Categories: Michael Cobley Posts, philosophy, Politics

Bioshock Novel: Ken Levine Salts The Fries

Just found a July interview with Ken Levine, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking game, Bioshock, in which he mentions that the Bioshock novel is being written by non other than…John Shirley! Yes, indeedy, that John Shirley, author of City Come A-Walkin, the Eclipse Trilogy, and loads of great short stories. For more info on Levine […]

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Republicans? Aaah, Souls!

Seems that the man hired by Obama as his White House advisor on green jobs and economy has resigned. Van Jones, co-founder of Colour For Change, has suffered relentlessly rabid attacks from the drooling right, most saliently at the behest of Glenn Beck, weepy-eyed presenter on Fox cable channel in the States. Colour Of Change […]

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Analysing A Virtual Earth – For Fun And Profit

Frederik Pohl produced some of the most enduring and relevant SF ever written. Pohl had worked for quite some time in advertising from which he gained a lifelong aversion to it blandishments and outright propaganda. This showed up in such short stories as ‘The Tunnel Under The World’, ‘The Midas Plague’, and ‘Happy Birthday, Dear […]

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Battlestar Galactica’s Last Half-Hour: An Epic Failure Of Storytelling

You have got to be kidding me. No way, not now, not never, not ever would a true story end in that way. Okay, so let’s recap – after years of flight and struggle and death and despair and pain and loss and grief, after a climactic battle where the Human survivors and the rebel […]

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Battlestar Galactica: Interim Reflections

Yes, am watching the entire saga from start to finish on DVD, and we`re at about the midpoint of Season 3, just finished watching the ‘Rapture’ episode. And….although I am still enjoying the drama and the acting and the general forward paced plotting, there are some story elements that I’m uneasy about. Seems to me that […]

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Battlestar Galactica: In A Story, Events Have Meaning

Firstly, I should admit that I was never a fan of the original TV series – which actually scarcely impinged on my consciousness, as far as  I can recall. But Ron Moore’s re-imagining of it….ah, now this is a cat of an entirely different colour. Myself and SuperSusan came to it originally on the back […]

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