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After Paris: The importance of names

November 17, 2015

Category: Non Fiction

After Paris, there is now an endless debate now over whether ISIS are "really" Muslims or whether Muslims are somehow covert supporters of ISIS, and whether a strict reading of the Koran actually supports their insanity. So why not just call them what they really are, and that is fascists: fascists hate anything that is not them, basically, and want to exterminate anyone who doesn't adhere to their own strict narrow ideology. That ideology can come from Christianity, Islam, or even a warped misunderstanding of science and philosophy, as in Nazi Germany. There is no easy cure for it, because it preys on all sorts of human weaknesses -- fear of the other, hatred, tribalism and insecurity about who you are and where you fit in. You stamp out personal insecurity with mass hatred, and back it up with appalling acts of violence to bind you to your fellow believers. Europeans indulged in it by the millions 70 years ago, Americans have flirted with it, and it has landed in all sorts of other places, from Latin America to Cambodia. ISIS is only its latest manifestation, and for sure won't be its last


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Did Madness Make Us Masters of the Universe?

May 14, 2015

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  “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” Moshe Dayan, Israeli Defence Minister     It often feels like the world has gone mad: this month, so many Texans believed that a routine army drill in their state was a bid by President Obama to occupy them that the governor had to alert the National Guard; in the Middle East, Isis has reintroduced...
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The ultimate Grand Theft Auto: jihadists, drugs cartels, US Marines and ex-cons

February 11, 2015

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  Syria, or what's left of it, has become a kind of psychopath's playground under Islamic State. The latest figures US intelligence figures this week show that 20,000 young men have flocked there, either looking for some meaning to their lives, or the chance to play jihadist superhero or paradise-bound martyr. There, they can indulge in a kind of Grand Theft Auto style murder and rape...
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Special offer this week: Cronix just 99 cents!!

February 02, 2015

Category: Fiction

....so get to Amazon quick and buy yourself a copy of this indecently underpriced science fiction epic! after all, what can you even buy for less than a buck these days? A vital question dealt with in the book itself by a the protagonist Glenn Rose, freezing to death after getting his fingers trapped in a vending machine at a closed gas station on the western plains:   The snow was...
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Zooicide

January 30, 2015

Category: Fiction

    A few months back, a 65-year-old Thai lady went to a crocodile farm near Bangkok. The Samut Prakarn zoo claims to have a staggering 100,000 crocodiles and is popular with tourists. But instead of taking snaps with the sightseers, she gave them something to really photograph (and, of course, they did): she threw herself into a pit that contained hundreds of crocs and was ripped...
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the Bible as science fiction: suggested upgrades for the Ten Plagues of Egypt

December 02, 2014

Category: Fiction

      Two thousand years from now, when most of the world's denizens are devout Scientologists, some reckless agnostic may have the temerity to wander in to the Great Temple of L Ron Hubbard in San Francisco with a copy of one of the Prophet's banned pre-Dianetics works – take, for example Indigestible Titan – and say, “Hey, did any of you know the sage was...
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George Michael and the Robot Jihadists

November 08, 2014

Category: Fiction

Having previously written a book about holy war, there were obviously a lot of religious influences in Cronix -- Buddhism and reincarnation, the Bible and its temperamental, genocidal god (not one genocide, but two -- go God!!) suicide cults and of course the Mexican cult of Santa Muerte, whose followers revere a skeletal version of the Virgin Mary in a bridal gown who is believed to bring good...
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Virtual Gods: from war reporting to science fiction

November 07, 2014

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In 2004, I was an embedded reporter with the US Marines as they fought their way into Fallujah. The town had fallen under control of a violent coalition of tribal insurgents, criminals and Al Qaeda jihadists, and the fighting was the most intense the Marines had faced since Hue in Vietnam, back in 1968.   On my first day there, I visited a field hospital at the Marines base. I came...
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Cronix out now on Amazon!

October 30, 2014

Category: Fiction

As of tonight, Cronix is on sale at Amazon! Woo hoo! Buy it now, read it and review it and I'll be a happy man. And it's only $2.99, or £1.92. How could you not?here is the link to the US page:  in the UK: and even in France (sorry, it's not actually in French yet. Bientot, j'espere)http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00P1OHT2C?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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Cronix: out this week on Amazon

October 28, 2014

Category: Fiction

As a taster for the new book, here is the Prologue:The restaurant was ugly, just rough cement walls painted the dark burgundy of a Victorian whorehouse. No ornaments or decorations adorned the pockmarked masonry. Despite the utter disregard for aesthetic appeal, the joint was heaving, the clamor of drunken voices and the blare of rock music thickening the air of anticipation.“Okay,...
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