I don’t usually go for C&W but….came across this embedded song from James McMurtry, called ‘We Cant Make It Here Anymore’ and it really got my attention. Click the link below and read the lyrics!
New issue of Sci Fi Now magazine (#25) is out on the shelves right this very instant, and their reviewer has given Seeds Of Earth it a spiffing 4 out of 5 star, thumbs up review. Splendid!
There’s no online version of the mag, so I’ll hand-craft a small quote for you:
“In this first installment of the Humanity’s Fire saga, Michael Cobley has really nailed his colours to the mast. The story is huge, complex and moves between its varied cast with assured purpose…a tightly plotted, action packed epic that leaves you wanting more.”
Aye, I know this is shameless trumpet autotootling, but moments like these don’t come round the pike every day, ye ken!
Gosh wowee – after the shameless self-promotionising of the last post, can the cozmoz stand another frabjous bout of autopuntery? Why, yes it can!
News just in – Borders have let it be known that Seeds Of Earth will be their Lead Scifi Title for the month of March, doncha know. All power to the Lords of Borders, natch, and their undeniably good taste ;-)
And I have just had an advance preview of a review of Seeds Of Earth due to appear in the next ish of Interzone, suffice to say that some pretty neat things are said and perceptions made.
Next up – the SFX review. Of course, I’m not in the slightest bit anxious, nervous or twitchy. Oh yeah, and black is white, up is down, and bankers are reliable, upstanding people of integrity.
Landmarks are important. I began writing with serious intent back in 1986, and my first story acceptance was Writing For A Dying, a Barkeristic horror story which appeared in a UK small press zine called Cassandra Anthology that same year. My first professional sale was Waltz In Flexitime, a nifty, quickfooted little time-travel story which appeared in Other Edens 2, a paperback anthology edited by Robert Holdstock and Chris Evans (although Roger Robinson will tell you that my first professional acceptance was a drabble entitled Concrete Fire, a 100-word vignette, all cyberpunk moodyness, which appeared in the 1st Beccon Drabble collection, The Drabble Project). Then I sold my cyberpunk meisterwerk, Corrosion, to Interzone in 1992.
Ah, landmarks we have loved.
And then came my first short story collection, Iron Mosaic, published by the grace of Storm C, by Immanion Press a few years ago (with a terrific intro from Ian McDonald) and since reprinted in glossy paperback. And that, ladies and gentlebeings, is a landmark of an entirely different stature of ego.
So as we trundle smoothly down the slope of weeks towards the publication of Seeds Of Earth, think upon the little narrative wordlets that I’ve explored on the way to engaging in such large constructions as the new book (and indeed the Shadowkings books that went before). You would also discover my passion for SF and cyberpunk, as well as a range of other fantastical tales. Iron Mosaic can still be had from Immanion Press, at a very reasonable £10.99. Just follow the link below –
The honourable and upstanding Simon Appleby over at BookGeeks has posted a rather spiffing review of Seeds Of Earth at the BookGeeks website –
Influence-spotting aside (hey, coulda been a subtle homage, doncha know!)(well, okay, the unconscious wins again), Simon delivers an uplifting positive review. Just makes a body feel good while the snaw is blanketing the fields of Ayrshire outside me window….
And a tip of the hat to Darren T (the artist formerly known as Ariel), for the Orbitastic new header – thanx laddie!
Oh yes, indeedy – Concept Sci Fi’s new issue is now out, containing an interview with yours truly, and including an extract from the new book, Seeds Of Earth (a link to which you can now see to the right of this here section)
Gary Reynolds is doing a fabulous job with Concept Sci Fi, and I urge you to head right on over there – http://www.conceptscifi.com/ – and pick up/d-load his newest edition, in either pdf or mobipocket format.