What a long strange trip its been
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 […]
A Mike Cobley Reddit AMA, As I Live & Breathe!
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 […]
Loncon 3: World SF Con, London, August 14-18th – My Schedule!
Yes, here it is, my very own schedule of event and happenings: Tolkien Society Presents: Hobbits! Rabbits! Thursday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL) How do children, young adults and adults experience The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as books and as movies? Do people of different age groups experience them in […]
The Shadowkings – they’re baaaaack!
Waaay back at the start of the century, ho ho, my first novel, Shadowkings, was published by Simon & Schuster’s SFF imprint, Earthlight, itself a labour of love by its editor, John Jarrold, who was the one who decided to take me on as a new author. Sadly, various corporate shenanigans led to John bowing out […]
Welcome To The Machine
Steampunk, eh? It’s a funny old subgenre – although the roots of its modern iteration seem to take in Blaylock and Powers (by long, diversionary way of Verne and Wells), its proliferation across internet cultures is producing some unforseen irruptions, like bizarre hothouse hybrids unfurling in humid shadowy corners. Most obvious is the whole cosplay […]
Music Reviews Update
Some of you may recall that I have in the past posted up music/gig reviews from an old callcentre buddy of mine, former drummer with Chasar, Mr Graeme Fleming. We`ll be doing a few more of those in the months ahead, and in the meantime, here’s a word or two from the man hisself; Hi […]
The Gibberings Of A Frenzied Ego
No, friends and neighbours, I’m not talking about me but about someone whose verbal attacks on a writer colleague have reached such an irrational crescendo that I feel that a stand has to be taken. The writer in question is Lavie Tidhar, who I’ve met a few times (we have the same agents) and with […]
Arrogance & Pigheadedness: The Slings And Arrows Of Amazon Comments
Yes, I did it. I made the mistake a few months ago of actually responding to reader comments to a couple of my books on Amazon. I suppose I felt so appalled at being doled out a 1-star review that I let my natural combativeness get the better of me and…off I went, bringing to bear […]
Olympus 2012 Eastercon Update
Just a leetle update on my activities at the Olympus eastercon; in addition to the 2 panels mentioned below I`ll also be taking part in Andrew J Wilson’s Last Man In Space extravaganza at 9.30pm, also on the Friday. And there is every chance that I shall be reading an excerpt from The Ascendant Stars, the […]
SFX Weekender, Prestatyn – Gewgaws & Freebies?
Just an addendum to the previous, tipping the wink to those who take notice of what I actually scribble on this here blog, that I shall have a handful or two of exclusive Humanity’s Fire-associated items to dispose of, limited edition trinkets to be presented to those who do bring me books to sign. That […]
So To Prestatyn – The SFX Weekender 2012
Some of you reading this may well have been to one of the previous SFX Weekender jamborees, but this will be my first. Catching the train on the morning of Friday February 3rd down to Prestatyn on the north Wales coast (not so very far southwest of Liverpool), and to the Pontins holiday resort there […]