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Next Weekend Is Ytterbium AKA Eastercon – Here’s What I’m Up To

Posted on April 14th 2019 | Leave a comment
 

Ytterbium Eastercon - my reading slot on Friday 19th

 

I will be at the Ytterbium Eastercon, held next weekend at the Park Inn hotel, Heathrow. As show above, I`m doing a reading on the Friday evening, 7pm, alongside two other authors – I`ll be reading from my most recent novel, Splintered Suns, then an excerpt from a short story due to appear in an anthology from Newcon Press, and an excerpt from something completely new. And as usual, I’ll be bringing along some bookmarks and posters freebies for eager followers

 

 

 
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Here is the 2nd webad for Splintered Suns, with a quote from American SF writer, Paul Di Filippo

Posted on November 26th 2018 | Leave a comment
 

Paul Di Filippo holds forth!

 
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Yes, there’s a new book on the horizon!

Posted on November 26th 2018 | Leave a comment
 

splintered suns webad

 
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‘SPLINTERED SUNS’ Cover reveal – complete with senses-shattering soundtrack!

Posted on July 7th 2018 | Leave a comment
 

Steve Stone artwork for Splintered Suns

The monthly SciFiNow were very kind enough to help out with the reveal for my forthcoming book, SPLINTERED SUNS, by showing it on their website. Here’s the link to it, which includes a teaser summary of what readers might encounter within its vibrant pages!
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https://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/splintered-suns-by-michael-cobley-cover-reveal/
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And now, just for a bit of fun, I put together a sequence of tunes, each under a title suggesting certain aspects of the book and the various imbroglios and debacles into which my scarcely fortunate characters were thrust!
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1) Into The Warrens  (‘Boot Killer’ by Alan Davey) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVzoJvhjUbk
2) Zeit-Heist (‘Prisoner Of  His Mind’ by Yello) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O60q6qKErwg
3) Down The Rabbithole (‘Traummaschine’ – by Cut.Rate.Box) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-PTP4IvNCU
4) Masks In The Desert (‘Rat Eyes’ by The Blackwater Fever) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oaJZPWguWI
5) Forest Queen (‘Efflorescence’ by Androcell) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiF1cR4MCs8
6) Hunting Raven (‘Acid Rain’ by Liquid Tension Experiment) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA079BM0MuM
7) Subterfugue (‘Karn Evil 9 Pt 1′ by ELP) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y019L45P45Y
8 ) Tempus Mutantur (‘Sleepwalkers’ by Van Der Graaf Generator) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Y_xrARM0I
9) Mirror Dance (‘Temple Of The Insects’ by Deathstars) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1NcAojd7QY
10) Disintegration (‘Forge Of Vulcan’ by Hawkwind) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihdK402cgj0
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So there ya go – I`m going to look into how to get all these lined up into a single youtube playlist, which would be a lot more useful I guess, but I wanted to get this v special musical mood bubble over to you quickly (and if there are any mistakes just drop me a line via my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mike.cobley.scifi)
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And stay tuned to this blog and to my facebook page – there will be more goodies unleashed in the runup to the books publication in December.
 
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What a long strange trip its been

Posted on April 16th 2018 | Leave a comment
 

Incredible (and probably shameful) that I’ve allowed my blog to languish this long. Several unfortunate events (like sciatica!) stymied me from the end of 2016 till well into 2017, causing a large amount of slippage on the delivery of my next novel, Splintered Suns. But I can report that it is finished, lodged with my editors at Orbit, and has already gone through the first round of revisions. After which comes copyediting and proofreading, with a provisional publication date in early December. For those of a curious mind, I am planning the next book, also starring Capt Pyke and his crew of scallywags, provisionally entitled ‘Servants of Eternity’. And after that, I can assure you that the well is very far from running dry!

 
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Some favourite images

Posted on May 29th 2016 | Leave a comment
 

george grie - last harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky Puffers - by McQue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Techno Temple – Bib993
 
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My Eastercon Schedule – Manucunicon 2016

Posted on March 17th 2016 | Leave a comment
 

So come the end of next week I shall be hying myself hence to fabled Manchester, in search of enlightenment and shantih in the company of wise souls and skilled sensei of the SF Way….which probably will come down sharing drinks with Jim Burns, John Jarrold, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Sales, amongst many, luminaries each and every one! But otherwise I shall be engaged in panel moderating, once on the Saturday and once on the Sunday:

The Stars Are Your Canvas

Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate)

Space opera is arguably the most unconstrained of SF subgenres, encompassing everything from the realism of McAuley’s Quiet War to the exuberance of Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy. How do writers find their own personal sweet spot between spectacle and science, and develop their own language for describing the biggest storytelling canvas of all?

Michael Cobley (M) Ian Sales, Alison Sinclair, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner, Jo Zebedee

Third Rock and Roll from the Sun

Sunday 20:30 – 21:30, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate)

From Sun Ra and Bowie to Janelle Monae and even Coldplay, SF has cropped up across the spectrum of popular music. What – and who – makes good SF music, at the level of the lyric, the song, the album, or the opera? What do we get from SF music that we can’t get from other forms of SF?

Michael Cobley (M), Gary Couzens, Ruth EJ Booth, Phil Nanson, Dave Tamlyn

Should be a blast!

 
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So, Who To Cast In My Imaginary Movie Of ‘Ancestral Machines’?

Posted on January 18th 2016 | Leave a comment
 

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)

 
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A Mike Cobley Reddit AMA, As I Live & Breathe!

Posted on January 11th 2016 | Leave a comment
 

Yes, indeedy, yr humble scribe shall be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) on the all-encompassing Reddit website/hub/core/fountofallcomment – at 5pm GMT! The actual url for this happening is -

https://www.reddit.com/r/sciencefiction

Although you`ll probably need to have a reddit account in order to post questions to me. I`m looking forward to it, and to the legions flocking to pore over my every word with eagle eyes….possibly.

(NB note updated URL for the AMA)

 
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The Page 69 Test for ‘Ancestral Machines’

Posted on January 10th 2016 | Leave a comment
 

I was asked by Marshal Zeringue if I`d like to contribute to his ‘The Page 69 Test’ with regard to Ancestral Machines, where the idea is to open the book at page 69 and see how it relates to the rest of the book, whether its a reliable guide to the rest of the story. That particular page was part of a brief chapter involving a couple of characters who play something of an observer role in the early part of the story, thus this was one of those exposition moments in drag, so to speak.

Here’s the link -

http://page69test.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/ancestral-machines.html

And as you might know, Ancestral Machines is due for publication as ebook on January 12th and as hard and paperback on January 14th. And I`ll be hosting a Reddit AMA on the Monday evening, GMT-time, yes, yer actual Ask Me Anything, so my life in an open book. Apart from the bits that aren’t ;-)

 
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