Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




Review Avalanche!

Posted on April 12th 2010 | 4 Comments so far

Yup, the last week or more has witnessed the appearance of a whole bunch of reviews of ma books. First up is a review of The Orphaned Worlds at Mark Chitty’s Walker of Worlds website:


Then there’s another review of TOW by Eric Brown at the Guardian Online:


Keith Brooke reviewed volume 1, Seeds Of Earth, also in the Guardian but for some reason they deigned to put it up online. However, courtesy of Mr B here is the text of his review:

“For an author who started publishing short fiction over twenty years ago, Michael Cobley has not been anywhere near as productive as his many admirers would have liked. The fact that his first three novels were buried away in the commercial fantasy shelves has made his work even easier to overlook for those outside the genre boundaries. With Seeds of Earth Cobley tackles more genre staples; this time there are merciless alien invaders, lost human colonies, mysterious secrets of the ancients… all the ingredients for a gripping science-fiction adventure that combines the traditions of the field with a deft contemporary touch. The novel opens with the invasion of the solar system by fearful alien invaders in what becomes known as the Swarm War; humankind’s response is to build three ships to send out to colonise the stars so that at least some will survive. A hundred and fifty years later, when contact is renewed between the colony world Darien and the rest of humankind, not to mention a host of well-drawn aliens, the scene is set for a tale of political scheming with just a hint of Indiana Jones. What’s not to like?”

And least but not least, a review in the British Fantasy Society’s Prism mag, by Ian Hunter. I only have a scan of the relevant page I’ll manually reproduce a couple of excerpts here for you;

“Not to be confused with Robert Silverberg’s The Seeds Of Earth, this is a totally different, and better book, so hold onto your jetpacks because here come the invaders. Yep, we are fleetingly in Starship Troopers/Aliens territory standing up against the alien invaders, and losing, so its off to the stars, as the only way to save humanity is to send three colony ships heading off in different directions. And is it me? But I was really interested in finding out more about how we got into this dire position: and more about the valiant stand against the invaders. And maybe even more about what happened in the 150 years that passed in the turning of a page or two…

“…in the meantime there is a distinct change of pace as we leisurely learn the fate of one of the ships, the Hyperion (get it?) as it has reached the planet Darien, and the colonists – a bunch of Scots and Scandinavians – I kid you not, have befriended the indigenous race, the Uvovo…Now is the time for revelations as a cruiser ship from Earth arrives to take the colonists back in the loving bosom of the old planet…Seeds Of Earth is a good, solid space opera with convincing world-building, multiple characters to drive the story along, a smattering of humour, info-dumping to skip over as quickly as possible, and intrigue, shenanigans and derring-do.”

Aw gee, thanks Ian, Mark, Eric and Keith. Youze are the guyz!

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