Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




My Short Story Collection, Iron Mosaic, Now Out As An Ebook

Posted on February 15th 2012 | Leave a comment

And here you see the cover, as created by Gary Gibson, for my collection, Iron Mosaic, now appearing under the Brain In A Jar imprimatur, available from AmazonUK. And LO! for here is the link:



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Got Them Ol` Magazine Rejection Blues

Posted on July 22nd 2008 | 1 Comment so far

I know, I know, how can I possibly expect any respect if I come on here and whine about short story rejections? Yeah, well its my blog and I`ll gripe if I want to!

Background – finished and revised a story, Black Fragmentaria, kinda Ballardian/steampunk condensed novel with a somewhat downer ending; didn’t really think that any of the mainstream US mags – Analog/Asimov’s/F&SF would go for it, seeing as how it employs a nonstandard structure and doesn’t have a character with which yer average American scifi fan can identify - but felt that maybe I stood a better chance with Fantasy & Science Fiction. Sadly, the familiar rejectoslip came winging back today. And I`m getting those spectral, chilly flashbacks to the late 80s/early 90s when I sent short stories to everyone, everywhere, and anyone who`s gone that route will know that there is a certain turnaround time by which responses come back and they can vary enormously. I mean, you could spend years just trying to find a publishing home for a single story (and I certainly have). So….at this stage in my writing game I`m not writing that many short stories, although I love writing them, and I find myself vaguely reluctant to start playing Magazine Roulette again. I will, of course, send it to Interzone….well, probably. Maybe. Or Asimovs, just for the masochistic pleasure of getting an Asimovian rejectoslip with this years date on it.

Or the Outer Hebrides Crofters’ Gazette. We`ll see.

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Into The Lion's Den

Posted on June 17th 2008 | Leave a comment

Nothing to do with dodgy Apprentice-style TV progs designed to make baby capitalists look cool, but….tonight, I venture forth to the regular meeting of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle wherein I shall lay down upon the altar and bare my chest to the authorial druids….okay, okay, I`m dramatising here, yet its a fairly daunting thing to offer up a story for studious and critical examination, and heck I`ve been going along to the GSFWC since about 1988 (though to be accurate my attendance in the last couple of years has been a bit minimal). `Black Fragmentaria` is the name of me tale, and hey, I’m gonna be nonchalant and indeed sanguine as hell about it. Mebbe.

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