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|oldshack||Posted on May 11 2010, 02:14 AM|
|one of the errors in The Silent Sea is about Plutonium. The power supply for a satellite would use Pu 238 with some sort of heat to electrical conversion. Pu 238 can not be used as a nuclear weapon. The weapons stuff is Pu 239 which because of its very long halflife gives off so little heat it would be useless as a heat source to make electricity and would never be put in a satellite for that purpose. Argentina might like to get Pu 238 but not to make nuclear weapons out of it. I used to work at DOE with this stuff!|
|pink little birdie||Posted on May 10 2010, 12:57 PM|
| I liked the book and didn't pick up on any of the errors. but then I was reading when I was really tired and I suck at geography. I sort of guess the locations of US states even...
I wanted to know what the log they found in the tin was.
|Antipodean Andy||Posted on May 6 2010, 12:58 PM|
Ah, but CC doesn't write the Oregon Files, the NUMA Files, the Fargos etc so he's not responsible for all of the research errors. Fair enough he stuffed up Montreal...
|Lat||Posted on Apr 28 2010, 04:58 PM|
| Most probably, I didn't remember the other Malvinas. On another forum one published author also said how many times he and the editing team read his one book, and no-one picked up that he accidentally changed a main character's name.
I just haven't quite forgiven Jack for calling the Namib the Kalahari.... (all tongue in the cheek).
Maybe while writing so much about a cold place you would really want to go scuba diving in the Maldives.
|Nick Kismet||Posted on Apr 28 2010, 03:47 PM|
| Lat, I'm reading Silent Sea right now, and while I'm not up to chapter 22 yet, I have encountered one instance where the correct name "Islas Malvinas" was used. That tells me this wasn't a research error, but either simply a typo (and you can never, ever root out all the typos) or more likely some kind of auto-correct error.
You'd be surprised how often the computer decides you were trying to write something else and "fixes" it for you.
|Joe Hopasagabus||Posted on Apr 27 2010, 05:42 PM|
|OK, if you say so. Seems odd to me an author of CC's standing doesn't do better research since there have been many errors about so many things. Wasn't there something about the location of Montreal in the first Issac Bell book ? Surely, he must have known where Montreal is.|
|Nick Kismet||Posted on Apr 27 2010, 02:28 PM|
| Well, I'm not a bestselling author (yet) but I do know this:
You research the things you're not sure about. If you know something to be true, you usually don't check yourself. And if you happen to be wrong about it....
|Joe Hopasagabus||Posted on Apr 27 2010, 02:08 PM|
|Why doesn't a best selling author like CC have a crackerjack research team? I read articles that quote CC as saying he does meticulous research, yet there are so many errors.|
|Lat||Posted on Apr 27 2010, 06:08 AM|
|Yip, I also remembered the Malvinas from the Falklands war. Plus every local scuba diver goes to the Maldives, so I knew it ain't close to Argentina.|
|Nick Kismet||Posted on Apr 27 2010, 03:31 AM|
|It was Malvinas, not Maldives. I remember that from the Falkland Islands War. There is also another island group called the Malvinas, which led to some confusion back then, and perhaps that's the source of confusion this time out as well.|
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