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So, Who To Cast In My Imaginary Movie Of ‘Ancestral Machines’?

Here’s a little bit o’ devil may care speculation on which actors I like in the movie of my book. And, yknow, who can tell what’s gonna happen? Here we are, from left to right – Lt Samantha Brock (Zoe Saldana), Captain Brannan Pyke (Colin O’Donoghue) and Dervla (Mallory Jansen)

A Mike Cobley Reddit AMA, As I Live & Breathe!

Yes, indeedy, yr humble scribe shall be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) on the all-encompassing Reddit website/hub/core/fountofallcomment – at 5pm GMT! The actual url for this happening is – Although you`ll probably need to have a reddit account in order to post questions to me. I`m looking forward to it, and to the […]

Blogpost at the Scottish Book Trust website on the Moniack Mhor SF/Fantasy Writing Course

(An introductory essay about the writing course being tutored by Ken MacLeod and myself.) The question ‘what is science fiction?’ has remained constant ever since the cultural mainstream started taking notice of the genre back in the mid-1960s, with the arrival of the New Wave writers (like Robert Silverberg, JG Ballard, Ursula LeGuin, Mike Moorcock, John […]

Welcome To The Machine

Steampunk, eh? It’s a funny old subgenre – although the roots of its modern iteration seem to take in Blaylock and Powers (by long, diversionary way of Verne and Wells), its proliferation across internet cultures is producing some unforseen irruptions, like bizarre hothouse hybrids unfurling in humid shadowy corners. Most obvious is the whole cosplay […]

SF Encyclopedia Online – Now I’m Here!

The SF Encyclopedia Online is a colossal project, and has been available now in kinda post-beta for a year or more. And at last yr humble scribe 😉 has his own, his very own entry therein. Point yir wee moosies at the link:

One Man’s Middle-East Solution: Genocide

This blog isn’t generally meant to concern itself with too much politics – I tend to do a fair bit of posting on other blogs dealing with such matters. But this came to my notice today, and I was so stunned by it that I could not let it pass without comment. The Weatherhead Center […]

Pining For That Ol’ Time Nostalgia!

Rambling on about the rock and metal of my formative years has prompted a hankering for knowledge, specifically info and data on some figures and characters out of the mists of mine own past. This could be a risky avenue to tread but I send up this flag in the hope that someone out there in […]

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 […]

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!

Edward Woodward RIP

Sad to relate, Edward Woodward has died, aged 79. Like most of my peers (born in the 50s, like) I first encountered him in the series, Callan, where he played the eponymous, hard-bitten intelligence agent. For me, though, his most outstanding role was that of Jim Kyle, dissident journalist in the BBC series, 1990, which depicted […]

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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 […]

The Case Of The Dying Bomber: Megrahi and Lockerbie

There has been a lot of sturm und drang about the Scottish government’s decision to release on compassionate grounds Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the man convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, which resulted in 270 fatalities. Cries of outrage have been heard on both sides of the Atlantic, although most vociferously […]

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