Posted on December 22, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 25 Comments
Just arrived at the Scalzi Compound:
From the left: The Portuguese edition of Old Man’s War, the physical copy of The God Engines, and the Tor trade paperback edition of Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. The first of these is out already; the latter two are imminent — TGE is shipping by the end of the year, and Hate Mail is scheduled for January 5th (which means a few might have already leaked to stores). They all look great. I love the new Hate Mail cover (not that I didn’t like the one with me as a devil on it, it’s just that this one is probably better for a mass market), and The God Engines is simply the coolest-looking book I’ve had so far, thanks to Vincent Chong’s awesome cover and interior art (some of which you can see on the SubPress order page for the book). Really, it’s like Christmas came early around here. By, uh, three days or something.
As a TGE addendum, it’s gotten another positive review, this time by the Sacramento Book Review:
Scalzi somehow manages in a mere 136 pages to create believable, like-able characters who exist in a world that, while fantastic…is both wonderful and convincing.
Short but potent. I’ll take that.
I seriously love The God Engines cover, too :). It makes me want to impulse buy it. Was this your plan all along??
“Was this your plan all along??”
Why, yes. Yes it was.
OK, so I forget why I’ve been following your blog for over a year now, but it strikes me that I’ve never read a single Scalzi book. I’ll have to go correct that now, what with all these Barnes and Noble coupons burning holes in my email.
So feel free to add “1” to what I have no doubt is an intricately formulated blog ROI algorithm.
I cannot wait for The God Engines! It’s the first book I’ve ordered for Sub Press. I had to pre-order it!
“War is for the Old,” eh? Is that a Portuguese or a Brazilian edition?
Just to clarify, yes I see that you’ve called it “the Portuguese edition,” but I wasn’t sure if that referred to the language or the country…I’ve some relatives in Brazil who might enjoy Old Man’s War if that is indeed where this comes from.
It’s from Portugal.
Which version of God Engines is that? The website doesn’t make it very clear which cover art goes with which edition, so I haven’t yet ordered. Thanks! Beautiful!
It’s the trade edition. The limited edition has the same cover painting but with a different treatment.
Wow. Now I’m REALLY looking forward to my limited edition of The God Engines!
You must have an awful lot of OMW’s, in many languages, by now. Any idea how many?
It’s been translated into fifteen languages, but I don’t have copies of every edition.
I Love that cover for Hate Mail.
136 pages? I thought publishers frowned on anything less than 250? Or is it ok because you’re an author who sells well?
“I thought publishers frowned on anything less than 250?”
Not this particular publisher.
We’ve been pretty clear all along this is a novella, not a novel.
@13: Seconding the love-Hate relationship. Reminds me of the Helvetica-cover edition of The Elements of Style I had for most of my life.
That OMW cover Rocks! Whoever did the cover art is amazing!
Any chance God Engines will be available for Kindle some time soon?
@ Scalzi 15
Ahhhh, I see that Subterranean is the publisher. That explains it. Good for you, Scalzi. :)
Sweet, can’t wait to get my hands on TGE. I adore well-written novellas. Few and far between these days. Hmm, you know what. I’m going to order The God Engines and Panverse 1 in the next few weeks. Kick back and compare the six novellas. What do you think of that, Whateverellas?
I think if I had something published in 15 languages I would need a copy of each. How can you resist not having them all? Especially if the cover art is different.
“How can you resist not having them all?”
Because I’m too lazy to track them down. The publishers are contractually obliged to send me author copies; they will get to me sooner or later.
I can’t seem to find the Klingon and Na’vi translation of OMW. They must be out of print.
Ditto what Adam @#18 said…KINDLE?
I’m reading that (very good by the way) portuguese translation of Old Man’s War and I’m loving it. Can’t wait for the next ones!
A big hello form Portugal!