Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




In The Offing

Just a little update on my summer and a gander at the weeks that lie ahead. Must admit that finishing The Ascendant Stars (and working on the outline for the next book, more on that anon) really sapped my gumption and other inner resources. Luckily, I did have to hand a couple of games by which I was able to relax those vital backbrain engines and build up the fuel that will be required. The games? – Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which was a wonderful reestablishment of the original game’s mechanics, narrative and pace, updated and augmented with excellent graphics – and a satisfyingly long play-time), and Dead Island (the zombie-apocalypse shooter to end em all! – great combat mechanics and a great melee weapon modification system, and another long game with plenty to interest and intrigue).

Of course, as you`d expect, there are other games on the horizon which will be mine (bwah hah hah), Bioshock Infinity and Skyrim spring to mind, but I may have to put them on hold for a year or so. Because, y`see, I am about dive brain-first into the first draft of a new book! – yes indeedy, another space opera set in the Humanity’s Fire universe and featuring a macro-engineered object that readers wont have seen before (unless I get scooped by some bright spark). Its a biggie, and should be an attention-grabber.

In the short-term, though, y`all can look forward to the publication of The Ascendant Stars in trade paperback edition on November 3rd, and it may well be that I shall be in London signing stock at a couple of book stores – this is not the same as a public signing, I should point out, rather I get to sign the bookstore’s stock of the new book (and possibly of the other ones as well), and a little sticker gets put on the cover of them.

But I suppose if anyone catches me on the way in or out and requests an autograph, how could I in all honesty refuse?

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  1. Jason Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Good luck with the publication of Ascendant Stars Michael. Ive been monitoring your blog and waiting patiently!

    Glad to hear theres more to come as well.

    All the best.

  2. rockitboy Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Many thanks, Jason – yes, such is the breadth of the Humanitys Fire universe that I can see myself writing a few more stories set there in the years ahead!

  3. Niall Says:

    October 20th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    2 weeks to go! Can’t wait…even though have a pile of books to read-blames ipad2- I will read Ascendant Stars first…

    Many thanks Michael for a great trilogy and great news that your vision will continue…


  4. rockitboy Says:

    October 20th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I know, I know, and it so happens that as the author I get an advance copy before publication day … and I gotta say that TAS in trade paperback is a thing of beauty. Oh, and with any luck I hope to post a special treat for Humanity’s Fire fans, a vignette from the point of view of one of the main characters set between the end of bk2 and the start of bk3. I had hoped to get a couple or three of these done, but unfortunately I’ve been clobbered by a devilish bout of sinusitis which basically turns the inside of my head into goo. Nuff said.

  5. 2theD Says:

    October 30th, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Ahh, I loved the Deus Ex game on my PC years ago (really loved that sniper rifle). I didn’t know they came out with a new one. I’m also looking forward to the release of Ascendant Stars… whenever the bookstore cares to order for me.


  6. Will Says:

    October 31st, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Cant wait for the book! Will the audio book be released on Nov 3 as well?

    And I very much look forward to seeing another book set in the Humanities Fire universe!

  7. rockitboy Says:

    October 31st, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Will, thanks for the kind words – I was told that Audible intends to release the audiobook of book 3 simultaneously with the trade paperback version. Shall be keeping an eye on developments.

  8. sprOOnz Says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 pm


    I have the first two in paperback edition, but in a smaller edition (Height: 178 mm). This one is 234 mm high. Is the third one also going to be published in the smaller format?



  9. rockitboy Says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Yes, just like the first two. The initial publication will be the trade paperback size, also known as format C; the mass-market paperback edition, AKA format A, will be out next year, perhaps in early summer.

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