Although born in Leicester, science fiction and fantasy author Michael Cobley has lived most of his live in and around Glasgow. He attended Clydebank High School, and studied for a time at the University of Strathclyde. He was a DJ at the University's student union for a number of years, and later stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for several council elections.
His first published work was a short story, Waltz in Flexitime, which appeared in a 1988 science fiction anthology. Although known for SF, his first fantasy novel, Shadowkings, was published in 2000, followed by two others in 2003 and 2005. In 2009 he turned away from fantasy with a new space opera trilogy called Humanity's Fire; the first book in the series is Seeds of Earth, which was followed by The Orphaned Worlds in 2010.
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Battle-ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective. The goal is control over this newly-discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart. Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien's inhabitants will fight for their future.
Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict.
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The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. With little hope of halting the invasion, Earth's last roll of the dice was to dispatch three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. The human race would live on somewhere.
A harsh winter is settling in and the Shadowkings' deepest, darkest plans are hatching. Far to the north the Shadowking Byrnak broods on his towertop. He knows he must utterly crush the imperial remnants and their allies despite the powers of the goddess Earthmother.
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'Shadowmasque' completes the epic tale, begun in 'Shadowkings' and 'Shadowgod', of resolve and sacrifice, and a world teetering on the brink of an endless, terrible night.