Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




Interim Report

Multiple and abject apologies for the break in activity – I am of course working like a dog on book 3, The Ascendant Stars, which is turning out, mmm, quite spiffing, actually!

A word on the ebooks – thus far, there has been no appearance of them in the usual outlets, and I’ve made enquiries about this strange misstep. As soon as I know anything I`ll post it here (and at my Facebook page).

Also, quite soon I hope to be able to post some excerpts from the work in progress, for your elucidation and entertainment (perhaps along the lines of ‘hmm, that sentence needs a bit tightening up, I`d say!’ – kinda thing.

In the meantime, a brief summary of recent audio delights – been listening to a new acquisition, the 1st CD by a Norwegian group called Major Parkinson, a delightfully manic band with a certain screwball intellectuality which heavily reminds me of the Cardiacs. And there’s a new CD out as well – and all ye need is cash.

Went to see Glenn Hughes with my old mucker, Graeme Fleming – Hughes was  just astonishingly good, and his voice…man, after all the various substances he put through his body in the 70s and 80s, he must feel very lucky to still have such a great voice. Hughes is part of the Black Country Communion supergroup whose new album is out, and I love it to bits. The 70s overtones are certainly there, along with a slick production, but it has the songwriting muscle and verve to nail you to the speakers. Just terrific.

Just discovered a band called the Black Angels, a strongly 60s jangly guitar feel with heavy goth overtones, kinda spooky twangy americana which I like. Also discovered, Moontan by the Dead Flowers, a bit psych/spacy and very listenable. And German band, Black Space Riders, their 1st self-titled album, is heavy on the Hawkwind influence  but harder and sharper. Did rediscover the Cardiacs Live album from 1998, the one recorded at the Paradiso, just magnificent. And as a totally leftfield experience, Casualties of Jazz CD ‘Kind of Black’, which is basically a bunch of Black Sabbath classics done as jazz organ instrumentals. Sounds bizarre and even heretical! – but to listen is to wonder and be captured.

Reading material – reread Planet of Slums by Mike Davis, simply jaw-dropping piece of work; The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy (a necessary account); American Fascists by Chris Hedges (all you want to know about American evangelist fundies and more); and Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (a tremendous reread).

Oh, and I just turned 51. Send no flowers, but jokes will do!

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  1. Jan Harald Says:

    October 19th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Good to finally hear from you again. And VERY good to hear The Ascendant Stars is coming along nicely. Looking forward to reading it.

    Just a question… When you’re done with the trilogy, is it possible you’ll return to the same universe? I mean, there are tons of opportunities for great stories in the other places, you’ve only let us visit briefly… I’m thinking of like standalone-novels… (So I don’t have to wait so long) :)

    Regards from the cold, up north… The Norseman. ;)
    Jan Harald

  2. rockitboy Says:

    October 19th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Jan, good to hear from you! I can exclusively reveal that after The Ascendant Stars it is very likely that the next book I write will be a return to the Humanity’s Fire universe (and I intend to come back for further novels too). This next one I want to be a standalone novel; the central idea for it is something I’ve had for 25 years and has been waiting to reach its full flowering. Its a mega-space opera concept that I’m pretty sure no-one has come up with before, not even Iain Banks! At the moment I’m envisaging 2/maximum 3 main characters with a word length roughly a 3rd as long again as the Seeds of Earth books. Dont have a title yet (well not one I’m gonna commit to) but I really think it’ll knock people’s socks off!

  3. Jan Harald Says:

    October 20th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Oh, now you really have me hooked! Just what I asked for… Can’t complain then… ;)

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