#SciFiMonth Friday Face-Off: Modern Sci-Fi

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:

~ a MODERN SCI-FI cover

Mogsy’s Pick:

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

A crew of a compromised ship wake up to confusion and murder, with no memory of what came before. Six Wakes begins on the Dormire, a generation starship carrying a cargo hold full of sleeping humans to the unspoiled paradise planet of Artemis. On the four-hundred-year journey it would take to travel to their destination, their lives would be safeguarded by IAN, the onboard AI. Six clones also make up the ship’s crew, all of them reformed criminals who are hoping to scrub their pasts clean and start their lives anew on Artemis. The opening scene is one of blood and terror when the six of them suddenly find themselves waking up in their cloning vats, with their minds downloaded into their new bodies—something that only happens if a clone’s previous incarnation has died.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Orbit (2017) – Kindle Edition (2018) – Russian Edition (2018)

Vietnamese Edition (2019) – German Edition (2018) – Turkish Edition (2019) – Italian Edition (2019)

Hungarian Edition (2018) – Chinese Edition (2018) – Korean Edition (2019)


Modern? Check. Action? Doubt check. For sheer dynamism and adrenalin-fueled imagery, I have to go with the German edition this week!

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

12 Comments on “#SciFiMonth Friday Face-Off: Modern Sci-Fi”

  1. Yeah, I’m torn between yours and the Orbit version, which are similar with the figure falling, I think on balance your choice is probably more dramatic in that the figure really looks like he’s in trouble as oppose to the Orbit cover where the figure looks more chilled out!
    Lynn 😀


  2. I didn’t realize there were so many covers for this book. I’m going to stick with the original Orbit book as my favorite, although there are some really good covers here!


  3. I like your choice for its dynamic action, but I’m going with the Chinese edition. It has an interesting combination of elements I like, though I’ve not yet read the story so I don’t know how well it fits.


  4. What an excellent choice – and what a fabulous choice of covers, Mogsy! I like the German one very much, but I’m also drawn to the Italian one – that lovely saturated purple tunnel immediately drew my attention; and the Chinese one – classy use of monochrome and the glowing figure in the middle is again an eye-catching combination… But I think the German one just edges the other two for sheer drama. It’s a book I haven’t read – and now I know that I must!


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