#SciFiMonth Friday Face-Off: Robot
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.”
~ a cover featuring a ROBOT
It’s Sci-Fi November! To celebrate, I’ll be featuring science fiction titles on Friday Face-Off for the full month. Up next, we’re shining the spotlight on C. Robert Cargill’s Sea of Rust, a post-apocalyptic adventure starring a robot named Brittle. Thirty years have passed since machines rose up and took over the world, and every last human is dead. Super computers now control everything, demanding that all artificial intelligences join with them in one unified network. However, not all robots are willing to give up their individuality to be part of the collection. Those like Brittle who wish to retain control of their own programming are forced to go into hiding, scavenging whatever spare parts they can find in the wasteland to replace their broken and aging components.
Let’s take a look at the covers:
From left to right:
Gollancz (2017) – Subterranean Press (2018) – French Edition (2020)
I thought this week would be a simple head-to-head but at the last moment I came across the French cover slated to come out in early 2020. But ultimately, the choice still came down to the other two. It’s always tempting to go with a Subterranean edition since they do such a wonderful job on all their covers, but this time I really do think I have to go with the original Gollancz. I mean, that color combination! And the striking image of the robotic arm reaching out silhouetted against the sunset? Gorgeous.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?