And Now, the Taiwanese Cover to Old Man’s War

Because didn’t you want to see it? Even if you didn’t know it existed? Sure you you did.

If you happen to live in Taiwan, you’ll be able to get this on the 30th. That’s soon!

28 Comments on “And Now, the Taiwanese Cover to Old Man’s War”

  1. I love the type design. The kanji look like they’ve been hammered up as a temporary measure to keep looters out. Evocative of the general environment in the colonies the hero and his comrades are sent to protect.

  2. Rachel Creager Ireland – The Flint Hills, Kansas – Author, Flight of Unknown Birds: Poems about the Wildness and the Weirdness Within, and Post Rock Limestone Caryatids; mom, wife, massage therapist, human. In perpetual state of decluttering.

    Beautiful cover.

  3. I really like that cover. A bit gritty perhaps, and not as great as the John Harris ones for the US versions, but still pretty darn neat.

    The big question for those Scalzi fans in Taiwan, is if Old Man’s War is just now being published there, how long will they have to wait for Redshirts or heck, The Ghost Brigades?

  4. I think it’s pretty badass. Love it.

    I believe the literal translation of the title is “Twilight War”… or something like that. Online translators aren’t exactly reliable.

  5. 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

    That is a badass cover!

  6. Whenever I reread the series now I always see Colin Ferguson from Syfy’s Eureka as John Perry. He has that same “wise-ass” attitude.

  7. Wow, I have to say, that is a really awesome cover design. It’s my favorite among the book covers I’ve seen for your books. High on the grittiness factor, which I usually like.

  8. The title means both “the twilight/dusk/sunset war” and “old age’s war”. Yes, the apostrophe is left out, maybe for artistic reasons.

    If OMW sells good and is popular enough (especially when the movie comes out), they would probably willing to buy more Scalzi books. science fiction market is still weak here, so far it’s very difficult to convince editors to invest in the SF genre.

    — Alan (translator and SF reader)

  9. It looks a little like the cover of Matter, by Iain Banks. Not that the stories have anything to do with each other, but if your book is going to sort of remind people of another book, that’s not a bad one to choose.

  10. I don’t generally read translations when I can get it in English, but I might make an exception for this one. (For the curious, I’m bilingual but read MUCH faster in English.)

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