I’m Studiously Avoiding Any Puns Involving the Word “Czech”

That said, please enjoy this shot of the first three Old Man’s War books, now published in Czech. The cover art for the first two is familiar; the third one is new to me. But hey, still looks snazzy. I’ve said it before and will say it again: Hey, I like it when my books are published in languages I can’t read.

39 Comments on “I’m Studiously Avoiding Any Puns Involving the Word “Czech””

  1. Excellent to see. With all the extra cash that must bring in, you could pick up the czech next time you have a business lunch.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

  2. If i may bounce off the languages question on a slight tangent… here in Abu Dhabi, there doesn’t seem to be a large market in SF in Arabic, nor in general fiction for that matter. Have there ever been enquiries for translations in Arabic for your work?

  3. I’m reading Zoë’s Tale right now. I bet it’s the hardest one to translate while maintaining the tone of the original. The point of view is what makes it unique, and you’d have to find a translator with a real feel for teen communication in both languages to make it work.

  4. Ouch, that hurts. Congratulations, you were published by the publisher that is well known country-wide for their unbelievably crappiness. Insanely bad translations (you see, they’re cheapstakes and only hire the cheapest translators they can get), poor typography, no proof-reading (and so, typos all over every page). You didn’t deserve that :(

    For future reference, you want to be published by Laser-books, Talpress, Triton, Argo, BB art or Polaris – these are established quality SF publishing houses. But Classic?! Stay the hell as far from they as you can.

  5. Vaclav:

    Gee, thanks very much for telling me how shitty you assume these translations are. Come back around on my birthday and tell me how much closer I am to death, too.

  6. Ever think about using a foreign translation of one of your own books to help learn a foreign language?

  7. what’s that sucker on the cover of last colony supposed to be? an Obin? I’ve been drawing sketches of those punks for a couple days from the old “mind’s eye”, i’d be interested in what others saw. do you have any artwork of Obin anywhere, Señor Scalzi?

  8. I know you are fond of dogs and cats, and Athena likes horses, but perhaps the royalties from these publications could encourage you to buy a bird or two. You know, move your taste in pets in a Moravian direction.

  9. Now I know what to have my kid bring me next year when he comes to California for the summer. He’s already en route for this year, so too late to have him run down to the knihkupectví for me. I’ve been trying to learn Czech since he moved there for school four years ago, but it’s really, really hard. It’s a really, really difficult language. It’s a lot more regular than English, but the words have so many, many, many forms. There are words that have three plurals (two is the standard).(somebody will make a play on that, probably. I’m too traumatized)

    I’ve been giving your books to my brother for Christmas each year, very successfully.

  10. I don’t know how a Czech pun thread became pan-Slavic. I’m Russian out of here before it’s too late!

  11. hugh57@7: That post makes me want a Google +1 button for individual comments in this blog. Now I have to–*gasp*–type out complete sentences. Well played.

  12. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    The puns are falling in here like a Prague of locusts!

  13. But John, how could he resist. Like all of us, he’s a Slav to his baser instincts. Though, some of us do try and Polish our jokes a bit before we present them.


  14. Bleys @27: Now I have to–*gasp*–type out complete sentences.

    Just be sure that you spell-czech your sentences before posting them. ;-)

  15. And only one cover with a laser-firing space ship. If I were a czech (Chekov? Don´t know what they call themselves) I´d totally go for these books!
    So, congratulations for opening up a new market! I hope your books sell well, so we may enjoy many many more!

  16. It’s nice to have something to Croat.

  17. Look, I didn’t know where to put this so I stuck it here. Hope you’re not anal retentive about stuff like that.

    I’m in this book club (yeah, I know) and someone suggested “Old Man’s War.” My taste in science fiction usually runs to dystopias, but since I’m an old man, I thought hey whatever. Read it and really liked it. Kinda of a futuristic techno-do-over that all old people dream about. Youth is wasted on the young, etc.

    I know I’m late to the party since the book came out in 2005, and I’m not going all JD Salinger on you. It didn’t change my life, but it was a very pleasant week reading (hey, I have a job).

    Anyway, sorry if this is in the wrong place, but I just wanted to say thanks.

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