“Mechanical Failure is the perfect tonic for those missing the writing of the comedy sci-fi greats. It is as good as Harrison, Grant, and even Adams—highly amusing, clever fiction." (―SFBook Reviews)
“A funny story about a funny man in a funny universe." (―Amazing Stories)
“Mechanical Failure often plays like a sci-fi riff on the 1961 satire Catch-22. It’s nice to be reminded that sci-fi can be supersilly and supersmart about it, and because sarcastic homicidal robots rule.” (―B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog)
The two hundred years’ (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn’t been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That’s the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.
But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesn’t seem so bad—the military was a perpetual tiki party anyway—but when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers—actual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn’t exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense—even if it means doing actual work.
With an experienced ear for military double-speak, Zieja has created a remarkable and sarcastic adventure.