The Sagan Diary Cover Art

Here it is:

The art is done by Bob Eggleton, who did the artwork for “Questions for a Soldier” as well, making him the house illustrator of OMW universe short fiction. Bob’s also sent in some interior artwork as well, and of that let me just say that if you’ve ever wondered what Jane Sagan actually looks like, this will be your chance to find out.

Speaking of The Sagan Diary, a couple of folks have asked me whether the version of that’s for sale on Amazon will be the one where you can have your name added in as a member of Company D (as noted here). The answer is no: To become part of the Old Man’s War universe continuity, you need to order the Limited Edition from the Subterranean Press site (here’s the link). Amazon is selling the limited edition as well, but ordering it from there will not allow Subterranean to get your name down for inclusion in the book. So if you want your name in, hit Subterranean’s site.

And yes, there is still time to get in your name (or the name of someone you want included in your stead). But not too much longer: It’s going to be out in February, which means it’s to the printer sometime in January. I’ll post a final call when it gets to be closing time, of course.

16 Comments on “The Sagan Diary Cover Art”

  1. Ooh! Shiny!

    So, have you gotten enough preorders of the limited edition to fill up Delta Company yet?

    And, just idle curiosity, how’s the name listing going to work? Will you just list all the names, or will you construct an imaginary T.O. for the company and, say, make the first person to preorder the book the company C.O., the next one his deputy, then the next bunch platoon lieutenants and platoon sergeants, then on down through sections and squads, giving everyone ranks appropriate to the billets you’re filling? Because that would be kinda cool. Unnecessary, but cool. But doing it with just the names would be fine too.

  2. There is another big reason to order from Subterranean directly rather than Amaaon- Amazon insists on a 55% discount off list price from small publishers.

    Yeah, getting a book a ranking in the top 20,000 is nice, but we small presses have bills to pay!

  3. Erbo:

    “Will you just list all the names, or will you construct an imaginary T.O. for the company and, say, make the first person to preorder the book the company C.O., the next one his deputy, then the next bunch platoon lieutenants and platoon sergeants, then on down through sections and squads, giving everyone ranks appropriate to the billets you’re filling?”

    Actually, the best ranking goes to who ever pays me the most. Personally. And makes me a coffee cake. And gets me a pony!

  4. So the rank assignments are going to be made in an authentic military tradition?

    Just kidding.You vet types don’t flame me. I never served and certainly have no basis to make such a joke. I would be willing to join after I retire if someone will give me a new body.I’d even do it for just a new back.

    But I’d never kiss up to a Distinguished Author just to have my name in a book.How smarmy.

    Oh,yes John.Almost forgot.What’s your Paypal account again?

  5. I could maybe do the coffee cake. No way on the pony! I’m deathly afraid of them. And Clowns. And puppies. And Vegemite. And twigs. And 25 watt lightbulbs. And single-ply toilet paper. And Brainz. And purple lint.

    I’ll just do the coffee cake.

    -CWO Nathan

  6. In the sympathy bid, I will point out that it’s not my name going in the book, but my father’s, who did serve, was a crack shot, and became a Scalzi fan when I pressed Old Man’s War into his hands.

  7. Just ordered the “Sagan Diaries”. I will enjoy the hidden corners that you mentined, as Sagan knew where the bodies are buried…even from her previous life… just as all the retired military know and keep it to themselves. Great Artwork, it paints the picture from your book.

    hope the dumb ..er…Thumb heals alright, but worring about Christmas presents this early should NOT be a “nail biter”.

  8. “Actually, the best ranking goes to who ever pays me the most. Personally. And makes me a coffee cake. And gets me a pony!”

    Hmm… Well, I didn’t need to get my car fixed anyway. And my wife has a coffee cake around here somewhere.

    Can’t help you on the pony. I had one when I was four, and it died in an accident. I’m still traumatized.

  9. The pony died. Complications, I am told, of eating coffee cake that had been contaminated by someone handling said coffee cake with an infected thumb.

    You cruel bastard! If it had been an infected toe, as advertised, none of this would’ve happened. I never would’ve sent you a pony if I’d known you had an injured thumb dripping with lehtal infective agents. Now you have a dead pony to figure out what to do with… before The Child gets home from school. You’re just shattering illusions left and right, Mr. Scalzi.

    Dr. Phil

    (okay, so maybe the timeline chart on this bit of nonsense doesn’t work — it’s supposed to be nonsense)

  10. Just because it’s near the subject. As a fresh-faced officer neophyte I was given the best advice of my life. A tech sergeant I worked with said that whenever you get a new assignment first report in to the commander. Then find out who your sergeant is and what they like to drink/eat and go buy them a case of it. Then present it to said sergeant and ask them nicely to explain just what the hell your job is supposed to be and how to get it done.

    Coffee cake, no problem. You need a pony? I’ll see what we can do about that.

  11. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to ponies and I can’t make a decent coffee cake. But I do have a recipe for chocolate peppermint cookies that are to die for.

    And a bottle of stuff to make you stop biting your nails…

  12. Damn! I was in Ohio earlier, and I could have gotten you some great coffee cake!

    Pvt. Price reporting for duty, sir!

  13. Oh, thank you so much for posting the artwork…I have ordered a Limited Edition as a Christmas gift. Of course, with a February release date, I have to just give a card saying what the gift will be. I can make a kick-ass genuine card with the artwork. This is my favorite gift I’m giving this year, by the way.

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