Ancestral Machines (Paperback)
Orbit, 9780316221184, 496pp.
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
No world is safe.
The Warcage: two hundred worlds harnessed to an articial sun in a feat of unprecedented stellar engineering. Built to travel through space as a monument to peace between alien species, now its voracious rulers have turned it into a nightmarish wasteland, capturing new planets for slaves and resources, then discarding the old.
Now, when a verdant agri-world is pulled out of its orbit, the captain of a smuggler ship must journey into the Warcage to rescue his crew.
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Praise For Ancestral Machines…
"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera ... a worthy addition to the genre."
-Iain M. Banks on Seeds of Earth
"The invention is endless."
-SFX on Seeds of Earth
"A well-constructed space opera...a thick and satisfying 10-course meal of starchy pageantry, meaty characters, bitter losses, and sweet romance."
-Publishers Weekly on Seeds of Earth
"Seeds of Earth has everything: well-realised extraterrestrials, scheming artificial intelligences, set-piece space battles and bizarre technology from the dawn of the galaxy."
-The Guardian (UK) on Seeds of Earth
"Space opera has never been in more capable hands."
-The Guardian (UK) on The Orphaned Worlds
"Michael Cobley has added a fine piece of work to a grand tradition."
-SF Crow's Nest on The Ascendant Stars