The Sagan Diary is Shipping

On the Subterranean Press site I read that “The Sagan Diary” is now out — w00t! — and Bill Schafer tells me that preorders are heading into the mail Monday or Tuesday. So those of you who ordered early, your wait is almost over.

If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can pick it up at Subterranean and at Amazon, and I’m sure that it will be presently available from your favorite book sellers as well — just ask them for it. I should note that if you’re interested in the signed, limited edition you can’t get it through Amazon; Amazon has it listed, but that’s apparently an error (you can get the standard trade edition, however).

I’ll also note to you that next week we’re going to have something very special to celebrate the release of “The Sagan Diary” — I can’t tell you yet what it is, but I can tell you I’m so excited about it I think I may just pop. And I think you’re going to like it a lot too. Just you wait.

28 Comments on “The Sagan Diary is Shipping”

  1. “I can’t tell you yet what it is, but I can tell you I’m so excited about it I think I may just pop.”

    I think I just did.

    Oh, wait, am I sharing too much? :)

    Congrats, John. And also a big shout out to Subterranean for being the zaffo cool froods they are about this whole project.

  2. So I’ve read The Old Man’s War and the am currenlty working on The Ghost Brigades. Is this the next in the series that I should read? I’m confuuuuuuuused…………… Where does The Last Colony fit in all this?

  3. I gots my “QFAS” today along with “Missile Gap” by Charles “Who’d Luv a nice Whiskey, then?” Stross. Got it as part of the Saveing Sam Sale!

    And the timing is perfect as the movers and packers packed up my guilt stack and the stuff I as currently working on! Woot! Timing! Woot!

  4. Brent:

    This fits in between Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony. It’s a novelette as opposed to a novel, and if you go from TGB to TLC without reading this, you’ll be fine. If you do read this before reading TLC, however. you’ll probably notice some resonances which might otherwise go unnoted.

  5. can’t wait to get it! i managed to order my limited edition just in time. of course i still need to read ghost brigades first…

    just finished TAD yesterday john, it was brilliant. you are indeed one of the masters!

  6. “I can’t tell you yet what it is, but I can tell you I’m so excited about it I think I may just pop.”

    Will there be cookies?


  7. Jason Erik Lundberg – Singapore – Author, editor, anthologist, sushi lover: Strange Mammals, Red Dot Irreal, BNSSS, Fish Eats Lion, Bo Bo and Cha Cha, etc. Founding Editor of LONTAR.
    Jason Erik Lundberg

    Hi John. Over at my blog, I’m currently holding a giveaway for the review ARC I received of The Sagan Diary for any prospective reviewers. If any of your readers is interested, please head on over and tell me why I should send it to you. Cheers.

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    Jeff B

    Yowza! Can’t wait to give the two deluxe copies I ordered to my sons, and show them how they will die!

  9. > I can’t tell you yet what it is.

    Ok, time to start guessing everyone!

    The Weinsteins are making it into a movie, starring Scarlett Johansson!

    //Mmmm… Scarlett Johansson
    ///Mmmm… Scarlett Johansson with green skin!

  10. John,

    Any possibility you might could twist a few arms over at Subterranean and convince them to sell The Sagan Diaries as a .pdf?

    For that matter, any word on ebooks from your publisher?

  11. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, father of pangolins

    By the by, I got my wife to read OMW and she loved it. I went out of my way – i.e. used her cell phone – to order TGB for her. Now she says that our moving is a higher priority than getting the book.


  12. stainlesssteeldroppingsonceuponatime – Founder and Proprietor of Stainless Steel Droppings:
    Carl V.

    Hot damn! I can’t wait!

  13. Dan, now if you would have said “Scarlet Johansson with green skin and cookies in Vienna with sausages and doughnuts” I could get behind that. But, pastry? That just ruined it for me.

  14. “Next week we are going to have something very special…”

    We being the readers of Whatever I hope? I don’t need to look elsewhere for my popping good news?

  15. I just finished Old Man’s War this morning, and in fact I woke up early before work in order to finish it. It’s by far one of the most fascinating books I have had the pleasure to read in the last few years. It’s very rare that a book so captivates me as this book did. I found that, if I were allowed the time, I couldn’t even put it down. Since I’m in college there was a point where I couldn’t read for about four days and almost went insane because I so desperately wanted to read it.
    I will be acquiring your other books soon, and writing a review on my blog at some point in the future. Not that I’m as qualified as professional critics, but whatever.
    Anyway, thanks for the read!

  16. I tried looking at, but they just told me that it was not available, but on I could preoder it.

    I just checked again and with both editions they say:
    “We are currently unable to offer this title. It may be out of stock with the publisher or out of print. If you would like to purchase this title, we recommend that you occasionally check this page to see if it has become available.”

    Nothing for us Europeans? *sulk*

  17. Nikitta:
    “I tried looking at, but they just told me that it was not available, but on I could preoder it.” claims the book is available. It is 38.00 EUR which is quite expensive but it is available.

  18. Man. I just checked the US price at USD 13.60. EUR 38,00 is almost USD 50.00. I am…rather…confused.
    I can buy the book in the US and have the wife mail it to me for cheaper that this.
    Oh. Thats what I do anyways. :D

    Carry on folks!

  19. Randy Johnson – Retired from a disability. Been a voracious reader for most of my life. Like rock music, blues, and old country.

    Congrats. I’m looking forward to TSD. I ordered the limited edition and can’t wait. I’ve also got Questions For A Soldier ordered.

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