Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mars 01 Cover Reveal

If you're anywhere in the Birmingham-Metro Area this weekend, and you like anything remotely nerdy, you should totally come to the Alabama Phoenix Festival, a sci-fi fantasy convention.

Matter Deep is sure going to be there! We'll have some new books up for sale including advance review copies of Mars 01, Kyle Strickland's new novel. Phoenix Festival is going to be the only place to grab a copy of Mars 01 for a while!


When Mars 01 is bombarded by panicked transmissions from Jupiter, the United Terran Nations begin to prepare for war.  The enemy should be months away by the fastest known means of interplanetary travel, but should and known don't apply when these strange creatures don't appear on video feeds and can survive unarmored in the void of space.
The challenge for the brave men and women of Mars 01 is to get the nations of the UTN to stop posturing and bickering long enough to save the human race from an impending invasion. As Captain Sara Moore fights to defend her crew from annihilation, it becomes increasingly clear that the people of Mars are just a pawn in a much bigger game.
In order to be true to the genre and vision we had of the book, we commissioned Larbesta for an illustration for the cover. We were tickled pink with the result.

"This is the most awesome thing I've ever seen in my life."
-actual quote from author seeing illustration for the first time.

I had the pleasure of laying out the type for this beautiful illustration.

Larbesta's Devient Art

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