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‘SPLINTERED SUNS’ Cover reveal – complete with senses-shattering soundtrack!

The monthly SciFiNow were very kind enough to help out with the reveal for my forthcoming book, SPLINTERED SUNS, by showing it on their website. Here’s the link to it, which includes a teaser summary of what readers might encounter within its vibrant pages! . https://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/splintered-suns-by-michael-cobley-cover-reveal/ . And now, just for a bit of fun, […]

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My Eastercon Schedule – Manucunicon 2016

So come the end of next week I shall be hying myself hence to fabled Manchester, in search of enlightenment and shantih in the company of wise souls and skilled sensei of the SF Way….which probably will come down sharing drinks with Jim Burns, John Jarrold, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Sales, amongst many, luminaries each and […]

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Blogpost at the Scottish Book Trust website on the Moniack Mhor SF/Fantasy Writing Course

(An introductory essay about the writing course being tutored by Ken MacLeod and myself.) The question ‘what is science fiction?’ has remained constant ever since the cultural mainstream started taking notice of the genre back in the mid-1960s, with the arrival of the New Wave writers (like Robert Silverberg, JG Ballard, Ursula LeGuin, Mike Moorcock, John […]

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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 […]

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from Glasgow to Stockholm and back again

Yes, tis now the week after my significant trip to Sweden, to be one of the guests at Swecon-Fantastika 2013. I had a tremendous time, and was absolutely knocked out by the courtesy and kindness of Swedish fans (and those who came from Finland, Norway and surrounding regions). I shall blog some more about this […]

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Humanity’s Fire Book Movie (late arrival)

Cannot believe that I somehow forgot to post the link here to the movie-trailer for The Ascendant Stars – it was on the list of posts and reachouts to fulfill but….ach, must have had a senior moment of some kind. Darn, another coupla million braincells gone west. But anyway, now, here it is! The Battle […]

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Live Review: Black Crowes, Glasgow O2 Academy, March 27th

Another in a continuing series, a concert review from the Progmeister General! CROWES SOAR OVER GLASGOW…….. AT LAST! (RATING – 5 CROWS NESTS; ATTENDANCE 4000 APPROX (SOLD OUT); TOTAL PLAYING TIME 2 HRS 15 MINS) So almost ten years since they last roosted in the famous Barrowlands ballroom (although the LIONS tour was not a triumph). The BLACK […]

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Eastercon 8-Squared Con, Bradford

Would have posted comments on this years Eastercon (main GOH Walter Jon Williams) before now but have been somewhat under the weather (trans – poleaxed by another bout of recurring viral loathsomeness). But here at last is my take on it. Travelled down by train, with just the one change at Preston, arriving mid-afternoon at Bradford Interchange station. […]

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Progmeister Reviews: Little Feat, Glasgow O2 ABC, Feb 3rd, 2013

  Hello Fans First sorry about no content in last month , but I am afraid I was very ill with a virus. So without further ado here is my review of a truly great night with the Dixie Chickens (aka Little Feat). “OH GLASGOW” – BAND ON STAGE 20.20 OFFSTAGE (AS PER CURFEW GRRR!!!!) […]

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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 […]

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SF-Signal Mindmeld – On Iain Banks’ Culture Books

Nick Sharp at SF Signal was kind enough to invite me to contribute on the matter of the Culture, and what made a great Culture novel. The link will sweep you off to the Mindmeld page! http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2012/11/mind-meld-the-secret-to-the-success-of-iain-m-banks-culture-novels/#more-66525

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Orbit Signing, London Forbidden Planet – Debrief

Ah, well, a fine time was had by all, actually. FP treated us kindly, and had us four Orbit writers set up on generous tables down in the book department, and soon after 6pm a river of readers coursed through the place. As one might expect, there were a few more along to get books […]

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