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? http://mybookthemovie.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/michael-cobleys-ancestral-machines.html Here we are, from left to right – Lt Samantha Brock (Zoe Saldana), Captain Brannan Pyke (Colin O’Donoghue) and Dervla (Mallory Jansen)Read More
Sherlock, BBC 1, Jan 5th
It is my sad and painful duty to inform you that last night, between 8.30 and 10pm, the TV show Sherlock jumped the shark. Its like this – in the first two series, a certain whimsy and fluff were employed as a charming counterpoint to the intellectual sharpness and deductive intensity of Holmes himself, as […]Read More
Humanity’s Fire Book Movie (late arrival)
Cannot believe that I somehow forgot to post the link here to the movie-trailer for The Ascendant Stars – it was on the list of posts and reachouts to fulfill but….ach, must have had a senior moment of some kind. Darn, another coupla million braincells gone west. But anyway, now, here it is! The Battle […]Read More
So To Prestatyn – The SFX Weekender 2012
Some of you reading this may well have been to one of the previous SFX Weekender jamborees, but this will be my first. Catching the train on the morning of Friday February 3rd down to Prestatyn on the north Wales coast (not so very far southwest of Liverpool), and to the Pontins holiday resort there […]Read More
Rush, Glasgow SECC, May 14th – And Season 1 of The Wire
While I’m being so utterly garrulous (in a gibbertastic, fuelled only by orangaid way) I can tell you that I was off to see Rush at the SECC last night (in the company of Paisley’s Prince of Prog, Graeme Fleming). They came on stage at 7.30, played for about an hour and a quarter, went […]Read More
Changing Rooms: Hmm, a new study!
Yes, we’ve been doing a little bit of room swapping here at Cobley Towers, and I now have a real, propah study all to my ownsome. And yet, somehow, all the stuff that was crammed into a small space expands to fill the larger space. Its just too weird. Anyhoo, the revisions to Ascendant Stars proceed […]Read More
Cinema Futura: Essays On SF Movies (and 1 by me)
Author Mark Morris took on the mighty challenge of getting a bunch of us skiffy writers and critics and editors to come up with interesting, perceptive essays about certain key SF films. Your truly bagged Twelve Monkeys, and I came up with quite a decent stab at it, I thought. All these assembled outpourings of […]Read More
Needed A Brainwave & Two Came Along At Once – Brilliant
Yeah, writing one of the new book’s space battle chapters; went into it with my usual scrappy string of notes which led me into a mild, force 6 narrative corner from which I bounded free on the back of a coupla geniustications. Love it when a plan comes together. And it turns out to be […]Read More
Orbit Announces Ma Grooveh New Site, + Eastercon Moviette!
Bit of a languishing in the silences, my friends, but as you can guess I have been working on/scribbling/struggling/engaged in single-unarmed combat with….bk 3, The Ascendant Stars. And its turning out to be demanding in ways I hadnt expected. Been a bit of a downer this past month – my aunt passed away, as did […]Read More
Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism’ Movie Disappears From Cineworld & Odeon Listings
Yes, for it came to pass that the chief gatekeepers of the movies that we the public are allowed to see – Odeon, Cineworld and Showcase – have essentially banned the new Michael Moore movie from appearing nationwide. Why am I not surprised? You can still see it at smaller, local and art-house movie theatres. […]Read More
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!Read More
Phantom Menace: A Concise Demolition
Been rewatching the TV series SPACED on DVD again. I love its wonderful, quickfire asides referencing other SF, fantasy and horror films etc. I especially loved the episode where Simon Pegg’s character Tim reveals his intense dislike for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. And I have now found a video critique (or rather series of vids) about […]Read More