New Collection – EVERYTHING YOU NEED #sasp

VERSION 2 OF BLOG Welcome to my second attempt at writing this blog. I wrote something yesterday and, while it’s technically okay, it just seemed a bit stiff (I’ve appended it at the end, so you can make your own judgement). Writing’s like that, as you doubtless know. Sometimes you’re able to say what you mean, but at others the words dutifully plod out onto the page instead, conveying information rather than sense, sturdily doing …

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Taking arms against a sea of assholes

Twenty years ago I wrote a short story called MORE TOMORROW, about a man who discovers something very not-good happening on the Internet, and is horrified by – amongst other things – other web-users’ reactions to it. I’ve had many conversations about this story down the years with my father, an academic who has taken an interest in way in which people appear unable to acknowledge the reality of distant others. (If you’re interested, the …

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Exciting GIST and EVERYTHING YOU NEED giveaway crossover thingy

Excited as I am to have two Michael Marshall Smith projects coming out this year, I’m-a going to do this: The next ten people to buy a copy of THE GIST will be entered into a draw for a free, personalised copy of my collection EVERYTHING YOU NEED when it comes out in September… Have you ever seen a better offer? No, seriously? I thought not. Well then.

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Cooking the Books

Terrible title, I know, but flush with having scored an invaluable list of cool bookstores to check out as a result of a previous post, here’s another chance for us to pool our brains. I’m reading Rebecca Solnit’s new book at the moment, THE FARAWAY NEARBY. In it she mentions an abiding affection for cooking, noting that “it sometimes seems so pleasurable because it is the opposite of writing; it engages all the senses; it’s …

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Announcing THE GIST winner… and thanks!

Well, the random winner of THE GIST competition has been randomly selected, by a process so very random that randomness itself is feeling disconcerted by all the uncertainty, and is wandering around town in a daze, looking haunted. If you haven’t received an email saying it’s you, then I’m afraid it’s not. But a huge thanks to everyone for contributing to the list of bookstores. Please keep the suggestions coming on this page, and I’ll think …

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