What Goes Around… #INTRUDERS

I am heading to the UK today, via the medium of a heavier-than-air flying machine. I’ll be there for a couple of weeks, and so will narrowly miss the US premiere of INTRUDERS on August 23rd (BBC America, 10/9C). I’ll then be in the US when the UK premiere takes place, in — last I heard — October. Life, eh? But I’m fortunate to have already seen the first three episodes, and the trek from idea to screen has …

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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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