Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley
(Humanity's Fire)

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Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable.

The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. 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.
150 years later, the planet Darien hosts a thriving human settlement, which enjoys a peaceful relationship with an indigenous race, the scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien's forest moon. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient races at the dawn of galactic civilization. Unknown to its colonists, Darien is about to become the focus of an intergalactic power struggle where the true stakes are beyond their comprehension. And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed and the skies grow dark with the enemy?

About Michael Cobley

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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 previous 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. Find out more about Michael Cobley at
Published September 25, 2012 by Orbit. 630 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Humankind's first contact with an alien intelligence proved a tragedy: the Swarm was a bellicose alien hive mind intent on wiping out the human race.

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Publishers Weekly

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Cobley’s debut, first published in the U.K. in 2009, is a well-constructed space opera with a sense of vast scope, populated with an array of beautifully differentiated intelligences both organic and

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The Bookbag

Think C3PO & R2D2…or Huey, Dewey & Louie…or even Hiro & Ando…(or get Shakespearean and think Pistol & Flewellyn)…these two are the light relief.

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Book Geeks

Michael Cobley’s new space opera hits the launchpad, and I must confess that intitially I was seriously worried it was going to crash and burn: the Prologue, a brief taster of the Swarm War that nearly caused the extinction of the human race, is overblown and rather hackneyed, with a strong echo ...

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Hamilton, March 24This is the second book in the Void trilogy by Peter Hamilton, where a man with begins to dream of a fantastic world, one where humans possessed psychic powers within this microverse.

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