Friday, December 27, 2013

Alien Creatures ...


Got a note from a fan, regarding the alien (Predator) language my daughter and I created for the AvP novelization we did a few years back. There was a Yautja word he wanted to know about, connected to a character in a video PS2 game, had we come up with a particular term … ?

No, I said, we didn't do a realized language, no dictionary, only a few terms to make the story flow, and I don't remember creating that word, sorry. Maybe somebody after us addressed it in a book or game, but we didn't.

Yes, yes, he understood that, but, well, um, maybe I could, you know, check out the book and see if it was in there, because he didn't have a copy of the book? Or if it wasn't, I could maybe make a word up for him?

No, I said, Fox is particular about such things and while they probably wouldn't give me any grief over one word, there were contracts and rights and like that, and I'd rather not go there.

He understood, he understood, but was there any way I could help him?

Not really, no. I answered your question, it just wasn't the answer you wanted.

Got a resend on the email today. Could I help him?

Actually, come to think of it, yes, yes, I can. Here, some advice: 

Look, I'm sorry, kid, but do your own research. Get the book, read it, see if it is there. I'm pretty sure it isn't, and told you that. Goest thou and find it thine ownself. 

I want to be polite to fans, but this is not in my job description ...

4 comments:

Jim said...

You were (and are) polite. He's crossed the line into asshole.

Anonymous said...

I'd reply by asking them if they were feeling ok. "Having trouble breathing? Are you feeling any droopiness in your shoulders? Do you need me to call a Dr for you?"

Ed said...

Steve Perry Help Desk -
(all answer's spoken or written in Predator language)Alien hisses will cost extra! Push any button to continue....keep pushing if nothing happens.

Ed said...

Steve Perry Help Desk -

All answer's spoken or written in Predator language - Alien hisses will cost extra! Push any button to continue....keep pushing if nothing happens.