Author Archives: Chaz Brenchley

About Chaz Brenchley

Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since the age of eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers and several fantasy series, under the names of Daniel Fox and Ben Macallan as well as his own. Chaz has recently married and moved from Newcastle to California, with two squabbling cats and a famous teddy bear. You can find his work in the BVC Ebookstore.

Muffins: the English response

Don’t expect rational clarity from me. The whole muffin thing is a Gordian knot, and if you try slicing through it all you end up with is crumbs. When I was a kid, there were muffins and there were crumpets … Continue reading

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Oh, Jolly Hockey Sticks! On Mars!

Chaz Brenchley

One of the joys of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is that NASA Ames is just over there, and SETI HQ is even closer. We live among the cool kids – and the cool kids like to share. … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 4/8/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I fell sick sometime back in – was it January? I think it was. Not bad-sick, just lie-on-the-sofa-with-cats sick. What I needed, obviously, was hot … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 9-17-2014

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I just finished Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. David Lean’s classic movie … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 3-19-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 8-21-2013

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I’m not the only one around who’s been rereading their way through my old mate Iain Banks’ oeuvre. Sudden death has a way of doing … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Kitchen, 04: “Cheese, Gromit!”

Macaroni cheese (“macaroni and cheese”, in these climes; or just mac-and-cheese) was one of the great dishes of my childhood. I’m hardly unique in that, on either side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless: my mother’s version is not my version, and … Continue reading

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Rotten Row: the origin story

I know I’ve told this story before; I may have told it here, or hereabouts. If so, bear with me. Or just scroll on. I am at that time of life; I am in my anecdotage. So a few years … Continue reading

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Liveblogging Launch Pad

So I came out of the shower (at five-thirty this morning: apparently this hour is not after all a fiction in the mind of clockmakers) to find myself weltered in gore, as the cut on my nose opened up again. … Continue reading

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Liveblogging Launch Pad

Conspicuous virtue would be the phrase, I think. We were in the pub last night, and nevertheless: the regular three were in place in the student union at seven o’clock this morning, laptops up and words aflow. One of us … Continue reading

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