Although born in Leicester, science fiction and fantasy author Michael Cobley has lived most of his life 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.