Tuesday, 21 April 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
First contact was not supposed to be like this. The first intelligent species to encounter Mankind attacked without warning and swarmed locust-like through the solar system. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the savage invasion, Earth's last, desperate roll of the dice was to send out three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. Earth may perish but the human race would live on ...somewhere. 150 years later, the human colony on the planet Darien has established a new world for Humanity and forged a peaceful relationship with the planet's indigenous race, the scholarly, enigmatic Uvovo. But there are secrets buried beneath the surface of Darien's forest moon. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient forerunner races at the dawn of galactic civilisation...
Renowned for his Shadowkings trilogy, its with a completely different tale that he now returns to the fold with this strange blend of sci-fi along with space opera with a touch of star wars built in. Mankind faces extermination from an alien species whose insectoid tendancies focus with their hive mind on the single goal. Interesting in concept, creative in scale however I was left feeling that it didn’t quite deliver on the promise of the cover along with allowing me to feel that theres a lot more development that could have gone into the tale. That said, the sheer scope is not only ambitious but will allow the author to continue the tale in such a way that the tale could take any direction which hopefully the author will exploit along with the continual development of characters, I await the second novel with interest but its not going to be top of my reading pile.