Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Ancestral Machines"

Michael Cobley was born in Leicester, England, and has lived in Glasgow, Scotland, for most of his life. He has studied engineering, been a DJ and has an abiding interest in democratic politics.

His books include the Shadowkings dark fantasy trilogy, and Iron Mosaic, a short story collection. Seeds of Earth and The Orphaned Worlds, books one and two of the Humanity’s Fire sequence, are his first full-length foray into space opera.

Cobley applied the Page 69 Test to Ancestral Machines, the latest Humanity's Fire novel, and reported the following:
Interestingly, page 69 of Ancestral Machines is part of a short chapter involving Lt Samantha Brock and the Construct drone Rensik Estemil, as they pore over survey data from a destroyed world. It provides some context for the incursion of the Warcage system, and looks a little into Brock's own background. Her parents came from Tygra, a hidden Human colony world from the earlier Humanity's Fire trilogy, just a slight connection to that story, just as Rensik Estemil played a part in the trilogy under the name Reski Emantes. It's not at all necessary for readers to have read the preceding trilogy - these connections are just minor skeins stitched in for my own amusement, and as a little side-wink for those readers who really get into the detail of it all.

Does page 69 represent the rest of the book? It's not a fast-paced, energetic moment, while there is much of that throughout the book, but it provides some reflection, some necessary information, hints and nuances which reading further on will definitely expand upon.
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--Marshal Zeringue