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Cover Reveal: Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

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Saga has released over two dozen books in 2015 — pretty darn good for a brand spanking new imprint — and their 2016 line up promises to be even more stellar, with titles from Kat Howard, A. Lee Martinez, Genevieve Valentine, and Black Gate author Frederic S. Durbin. Last week we gave you a peek at Mike Brooks’ debut novel Dark Run, a space opera SFFWorld calls “a Firefly-like tale.”

This week we take a look at Zor Zieja’s Mechanical Failure, the tale of a smooth-talking ex-sergeant and smuggler forced back into military service just as rumors of war begin to escalate, on sale from Saga Press June 7, 2016.

Here’s the book description:

The Great Galactic War resulted in the Two Hundred Years’ (and Counting) peace, a time of tranquility that hasn’t been seen since… well, never. It seemed as if mankind had finally conquered war. That’s the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.

But when Rogers breakthrough deal literally blows up, things go from bad to worse as he’s forced back into military service, as an ensign, and is thrust onto the command ship of the fleet as rumors of war begin to escalate. Surprisingly Rogers finds that his backdoor and criminal experience is just what the fleet needs, and somehow, he finds himself getting to work.

With an experienced ear for military double-speak, Zieja has created a remarkable and sarcastic adventure.

Click on the image above for a bigger version. Here’s author Joe Zieja with his take on the cover art:

What I love about the cover for Mechanical Failure that it’s so different. Since it was designed by a movie concept artist, it has a huge, cinematic feel. The inspiration came from a US Navy poster that simply has this gigantic aircraft carrier sailing toward the viewer with the word “Navy” in the bottom right. It was an advertisement that didn’t really need an explanation; it just said “BIG GIANT BOAT. NAVY. COME BLOW STUFF UP.” (For the record, never call it a boat in front of a sailor unless you want to make them angry.)

We kind of wanted that same feel with this cover, like it didn’t need to much explanation. The first draft of the cover needed a little something more, since the book really isn’t your typical military SF in space sort of novel. So we added this really quirky tagline, “Please restart your warship,” which, in and of itself, is a ridiculous statement that establishes contrast between the bad-ass-iness of the ship itself and the content of the novel you’re about to read. It establishes two promises — first, that there’s probably going to be a big giant space ship that may occasionally blow something up, and second, that it’s not reeeaallly going to be about a big giant space ship that may occasionally blow something up.

Our previous Saga Press coverage includes:

Give a Warm Welcome to Saga Press, Launching This Spring
Loosed upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction edited by John Joseph Adams
The Sea of Trolls Trilogy by Nancy Farmer
The Miriam Black Series by Chuck Wendig
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Cover Reveal: Dark Run by Mike Brooks

Mechanical Failure will be published by Saga Press on June 7, 2016. It is 320 pages, priced at $14.99 in trade paperback and $11.99 for the digital edition.

See Saga Press’ complete catalog here, and our coverage of all the best in upcoming fantasy here.

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