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News and Updates!

So, I thought I’d not take up much of your time and let you know about some cool stuff I’ve found. 🙂 I’m sure many bloggers have this news, too, but there’s no harm in spreading it!

First off, here’s something that sounds a bit strange, but on reflection may not be a bad idea -it’s news regarding who has been chosen to script the games (PC, Console, Other, etc) that Red Eagle Entertainment will be doing for the Wheel of Time:

“the studio (Red Eagle) announced it has signed Hollywood scribe Chris Morgan as story director on the project.
Morgan is perhaps best known for his (arguably ignominious) reputation as the writer behind a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including such heavily panned box-office successes as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Wanted.”

Okay, I’m just a bit scared, but I will say this: I’ll be optimistic until the game(s) for me to change my opinion. What do you all think? Good idea, bad idea?

Also, here’s some concept art:


Have no idea what it depicts, but it looks cool. 🙂 Check out the full post here! And also, check out this link to wet your appetites a bit more!

Next up, Michael Cobley has released two excerpts (so far) from the sequel (and book 2 in his trilogy, Humanity’s Fire) to Seeds of Earth, The Orphaned Worlds! 🙂 Check out the first excerpt here, and the second excerpt here. Mike has also graciously let slip that there’ll be a third excerpt coming! 🙂 Btw, these are excerpts from the first draft, so they may not be the same when in the finished book!

And third, but definitely not least, this is my last reminder for the giveaway running at the moment for Chris Evans’ The Light of Burning Shadows – get your entries in!! I’ll be closing the giveaway in a couple of hours, so if you haven’t yet entered, get to it! 🙂 I’ll be announcing the winners tomorrow, so check your inbox – I’ll be needing your addresses! 🙂

Wednesday or Thursday next week I’ll be posting my review of Chris’ debut, A Darkness Forged in Fire, so keep an eye out for that. 🙂

Until tomorrow,



Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Announcements


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An Interview with Michael Cobley

Hey guys and girls, David here! I have a real treat for you!

Michael Cobley

Michael Cobley

As you know I did a review for Micheal Colbey’s Seeds of Earth a few weeks ago, and soon after that i got in touch with Mike himself. He graciously agreed to do an interview with me and, well here it is.

Hope you enjoy it!

For those fans of the Shadowking Trilogy and undoubtedly the new Humanity’s Fire series, what have you been up to during the last few years leading up to where you are now?


Hmm, just dipping my head in the infostream of the world I guess. Well, to be more accurate, after the 3rd Shadowkings book, Shadowmasque, came out from Simon & Schuster, I was working on various outlines. The main one involved some storylines and concepts which will actually form the next Humanitys Fire epic. The trilogy commencing Seeds Of Earth actually came after those other ideas. Other things I was doing – being involved with the Liberal Democrat party, campaigning in Glasgow and surrounding areas, and even standing in a couple of local elections (didnt win).

(The obvious question) Where did Seeds of Earth come form? Did inspiration bludgeon you over the head one morning or was it something you had been mulling over in your head for some time.

As you see from above, SOE came about after some other groundwork had been done. Various ideas came together for it, though – SF space opera has a long and rich history and therefore has built up a fabulous store of imagery and concepts and notions which are just there for the taking! I love space opera and the sheer scale of it, across time and space and mind, and after the heroic fantasy I was ready for a total change.

Some of the reviews I have read, including my own one, for the Seeds of Earth novel talks about familiarities in some aspects of the story. Let’s clear this up, were there actually some main influences in your design of the story? Such as? Or where you just following your own train of thought and it just happened that these familiarities popped up.

Well, in terms of tone and flavour, I had David Brin’s Uplift War and Banks’ Culture books at the back of my mind – I admire them so much, but when those influences are filtered through my own experiences and technical abilities they are bound to become something else. Luckily, its become something that people are enjoying reading. As for the main story, well I suppose the idea of the rediscovered lost colony has been done before, but did those writers treat it the way I have, with the political aspects and the deep galactic background and the levels of hyperspace? Hmm, probably not! That’s the key, you see, when brainstorming ideas for writing, coming up with concepts that move you and which have not been done before either in certain ways or in combination with other ideas.

Even though you are currently involved with this sci-fi/space opera, do you think you will be doing another fantasy novel somewhere in the future?



I do have a few ideas for what could be another Shadowkings novel, or mebbe just a unique, stand alone fantasy novel. Just have to wait and see how that would pan out, set against all the other book and story ideas I want to grapple with.

Just for interests sake, what book are you reading currently, or is your time fully occupied with your own writings?

I’m always reading something, usually for about a hour before lights out at night. Went through a phase of madly reading every progressive politics book I could lay hands on, anything by Chomsky, or Greg Palast, Mike Davis, Naomi Klein, or Mark Curtis. Recently I reread the Orcs books by Stan Nichols, several David Gemmell books, and am reading Ian McDonald collection, Cyberabad Days. Waiting to be read I have Richard Morgan’s Black Man, Steve Erickson’s House Of Chains, and Jack Vance’s Galactic Effectuator.

Lastly, how about something to tickle the taste buds of our readers, and mine. Is there anything you can give-away about the follow-up to Seeds of Earth, something to make us sit on the edge of our seats with anticipation? Personally I can’t wait to see happens with the other 2 colonies, the enhanced and Robert’s whole journey.

Well, the title of book 2 is The Orphaned Worlds so basically it takes a closer look at what happened to the other two lost colonies, on Tygra and Pyre, what happened to the colonists there and how they dealt with their situations. Some dreadful truths will be revealed and certain realignments will take place. The Enhanced’s role becomes clearer and Corazon Talavera makes a reappearance. Robert Horst’s voyage through the bizarre levels of hyperspace takes him to the very brink of mortal danger, and then later comes into contact with the Achorga, known as the Swarm, the hiver species which almost destroyed Earth a century and a half ago.

Well there you go, hope you found it as interesting and revealing as i did. If you have not yet checked out the review I did you can find it here; there you will find links to order the book.

Once again i just want to say thanks to Mike for the doing it interview and all the best for the rest of your endeavors.

To get more info about Mike and his work, follow this link to his site, and also, check out this interview Mike did with Mark Chitty over at Walker of Worlds. 🙂



Posted by on April 27, 2009 in Interviews


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Review – Seeds of Earth – Michael Cobley

Posted by David:

The second book i have to tell everyone about is Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley, the first book in the Humanity’s Fire series.


When I say Michael Cobley, you might remember a heroic fantasy series form a few years ago, the Shadowking Trilogy. Yes it’s the same Michael Cobley but he has made a leap form heroic fantasy to a big space opera.

Ok so this story basically runs something like this:

Earth is faced with an alien invasion at the hands of The Swarm, and in a last desperate attempt to survive they launched three colony ships.

150 years later the decedents of the colony ship Hyperion made a new home for themselves on the world Darien, alongside their new and enigmatic allies the Uvovo, denizens of the planet’s forest moon.

Suddenly the colonists lives are turned up-side down when they receive a message form an Earthshpere vessel on its way to Darien, along with their strange allies the Sendruka Hegemony, who seem to posses their own devious agenda.

An ancient device is found on Darien possessing unimaginable power; a mechanical leviathan awakens across the galaxy with dark intent; the other colony ships will be found and the Darien colony must hide a dark and powerful secret; will the galaxy be drawn into a new interstellar war?

What can I say, I loved this book and I cant wait for the next one The Orphaned Worlds.

Ok, first of all the simple things in life; the chapters are short and each one is titled with the name of the character you will be following in that chapter. This makes it easy to follow the several lead characters in the story and helps avoid you getting lost or confused.

The world created by Michael is vast and I do mean vast, containing multiple alien species, alliances, histories, cultures, shapes and sizes. The aliens are distinctly alien and the words are unpronounceable.

There are several elements that are very familiar and takes me back to things like the Zerg from Starcraft as the Swarm, the colony ships as a last desperate attempt to save humanity and so forth. This might rob the sense of uniqueness but personally I found no problem with it.

On the opposite side there are many aspects that are very creative as well, such as the theory of hyperspace and its multi-layers, the warpwell ( not telling you what that is) and the uvovo themselves.

The plot is very well laid out with lots of twists and turns as the story proceeds. Even though there are multiple characters each with their oven storyline, Michael keeps them well apart, and when they meet up it’s perfectly done.

The characters are well formed and relatable, and easy to fall in love with; my personal favorite was Chel the uvovo, and Kao Chih, a colonist form one of the other colony ships on a desperate and dangerous mission to reach Darien. Each character has just enough mystery, drama, action or suspense tied to them to make you come back time and time again.

Now the biggest complaint I had was the complexity of the story at times; like I said Michael creates a big world with layer upon layer of detail which can become a little overwhelming at times. But the breaks I took between reading sessions grew shorter and shorter the deeper I plunged into the story.

All in all this was a rich, well laid out read that was definitely not a disappointment.

Sure it has it’s flaws but then again it also has some amazing space battles, later on in the book, and intriguing mysteries, to ensure you stay reading right from the start of the book.

Well done Michael!

I give it a well deserved 8/10

You can check out an interview with Michael Cobley here.

Not sure if the book is out here in SA yet, guys and girls, but it should be out sometime this month at your closest Exclusive books.

Also, if you want to find out more about Michael, visit his blog by clicking this link, and go ahead and order yourself a copy! 🙂


Posted by on April 13, 2009 in Reviews


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