Update Dec 11, 2016
Finished the new version quicker than expected, you can download it below! Happy holidays everyone :)
Here’s a quick FAQ from the questions I’ve seen in the comments.
1. Can I translate the story to X language?
Yes, of course! If you want to send me a link, I can add it to the list of other translations on the site. Sending me an email (cosmos @ cadet-nine.org) is faster than leaving a comment.
2. What will you work on next/Will you translate X novel?
Currently I’m working with two other people on editing a translation of The Tatami Galaxy, but we’ve decided not to make it public until the whole thing is done. There’s no ETA–we’re working pretty steadily on it, but don’t have a deadline. I’m not currently looking to translate any other novels.
3. Can I post the files to another site?
There is always a (however slim) chance that I’ll be told to take down the translation because of rights violations or something, so I would like to have some control of where the files are (also easier to make sure people always get the most recent version). All I can say is that I would prefer that they weren’t uploaded to some other sharing site.
4. Can I donate?
I’m really flattered by all the offers I’ve gotten, but I never expected to get any form of payment for this. If you’d like, donate the money to a good cause :) This is a list of reputable organizations.
As always, thanks for reading!
The book is now finished and is available in a number of formats (thanks to many kind readers who took the time to make them). There are undoubtedly still typos and mistranslations, so keep commenting when you find them and I’ll continue to edit the PDFs a couple times a year.
Please, please, do not upload these files anywhere else for people to download. This is in case I ever get told I’m violating copyright or whatever and I have to take down the files or the entire site.
Differences between the PDFs and the site entries:
Thanks to Cris!
This is the complete novel with text copied from the site, endnotes and some in-text notes. It doesn’t include my edits for Part VI.
Thanks to Jan!
This is the complete novel with text scraped directly from the site and footnotes from Parts I-IV. It also does not include edits for Part VI.
Thanks to dwanex!
Thanks to RW!
These were reformatted with new HTML, CSS, Table of Contents and metainfo for those who have encountered problems reading on a Kindle
If the download links stop working, send me an email (cosmos [at] cadet-nine.org) or leave a comment. And if you spot any errors I didn’t catch, please let me know and I’ll fix them in the next round of edits. As always, thank you for reading (:
Also, here’s a raw scan of the novel someone uploaded. It appears to be the omnibus version, so the page numbers won’t match up with the ones I use.