We made a new cover for The Morning Which Breaks! This is the beta version, still with some clean-up needed on the figures, but we thought we’d put it out for comment. You may fire when ready! ;-)

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12 comments on “‘Morning’ Beta Cover Reloaded

  1. Richard

    Loved the first book ! When is this going to be published ?

    1. Owen R. O'Neill Post author

      Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed Alecto!

      They say the last mile is the longest, and we are certainly finding that out. We’re not quite ready to set a date yet, since we made ourselves look foolish last time we tried. (Life has way to tripping us when we get hasty about things.) But we are making progress and we’ll keep people posted here.

      Thanks again!

  2. Tarun Elankath

    Thanks for re-designing a much better cover! However, I do hope that spacesuits of the future are less bulkier than what is illustrated:)

    1. Owen R. O'Neill Post author

      We thought about that (the less bulky issue). There is a tendency to go with something close to skintight in Sci-Fi, but on reflection, we didn’t think that made good engineering sense since these are not strictly speaking spacesuits, but marine reentry suits (as described in Part 2 of the story). As such, it seemed they would be bulkier, so we went with something more like a current design. (The design will be tweaked some in the final version.)

      1. Edward

        Might I suggest a more ‘Plate mail’ look. You have already said that flight suits probably have adaptive fabric that serves as armour if needed. Loose the baggy joints that look like they are from a NASA pressure suit, and replace them with rapid shape changing fabric, and adaptive low profile O-rings, that serve as full mobility articulation.

        1. Owen R. O'Neill Post author

          We did take a standard pressure suit design for our reference and will be cleaning it up some in the final version, with something more rigid looking.

  3. Nick

    I rather like this one. I like the ship and her in the background.

    What is the field around the people? If that’s reentry I would hope they’d have their arms back or something. Is it a shield maybe? Those suits don’t look like they are very aerodynamic.

    I’m not sure why but the rounded corners on the picture drives me nuts… Maybe it reminds me of those old overheads from school or something. This might just be me. I’m not sure a sharp corner would be better. Maybe it will grow on me.

    Will you be posting any more snippets? I need my fix!

    1. Owen R. O'Neill

      Thanks Nick. I’m afraid you’re stuck with the rounded corners–Jordan is a fan. ;-) I recall those overheads, but I thought they went out with the dinosaurs.

      Regarding posting more chapters, I’ll email you if that is OK.

      1. Nick

        Sure, of course . You guys should have my email from before.

        Do you guys make the covers yourself or do you have someone who does them for you? Do you build it up from photos or do you draw from scratch?

        1. Owen R. O'Neill Post author

          Thanks! We’ll be in touch.

          Jordan works with a concept artist on the covers. We use a combination of stock images (along with some photos we take ourselves) for reference and then she paints the final cover.

  4. Edward

    I’d perhaps turn back the clock slightly, on the sun that is, and move a tiny bit deeper into atmo, a refracted red glowing ember, noctiluminescent clouds, perhaps even a green rim/flash.

    1. Owen R. O'Neill Post author

      Thanks Edward. Passing those thoughts along. I kind of like the green flash idea, but have to see about that. We did have an ‘earlier’ (thus darker) concept but Jordan pretty strongly preferred this one. This one also followed the format of the Alecto cover and we thought that might be a good idea.