Moonfall by Jack McDevitt
|"COMPOSER RESCUES CHILD IN LONG ISLAND FIRE
Karen Baker Won Emmy For 'I Left My Heart On The LTA'"
|"We couldn't get even get back up to it before the comet hits."
|"Then, at precisely at 1:02 P.M., she applied thrust, and the space plane, carrying 136 passengers, lifted out of orbit and started for home."
|"His wife was twenty years dead ... he owned a spacious brick home in Point Judith, with a lovely view of the sea. He had wide lawns and a paved driveway and plenty of room for his grandchildren... He'd come to the ocean when he lost his wife, bought the property for $110,000. Now it was worth three-quarters of a million..."
|The spacious, oceanfront home was purchased in 2004 for a ridiculously low price given property values in 2002. A minor mistake if this book was written in 1950, but it was written in 1998.
|161 + 259
|"His wife was twenty years dead ... He'd come to the ocean when he lost his wife, bought the property..." 98 pages later "He and Ann had spent numberless evenings out here in the early years of their marriage. It was easy to imagine her spirit still hovering over the place..."
|Well, zero would be numberless for the evenings in question. Did he come to the ocean when he lost his wife or when they were first married?
|"My last flight lifts off tonight at seven thirty-fve."
|"She realized she was glad to be leaving, not only for the obvious reason that the comet was coming, but because Moonbase suddenly seemed alien, unquiet."
Here the author is describing the newly abandoned Moonbase public areas and immediately prior in the paragraph stated "Her fellow passengers were subdued." The setting is not of an unquiet atmosphere.
|"Claire eased the truck under a line of elms and parked outside a restored turn-of-the-century country home."
|The year is 2024, hardly sufficient time to need to "restore" a home built less than 24 years ago. Certainly the author means to point toward the turning of the 20th Century.
|"The government's just a pack of bureaucrats and politicians getting theirs while they can..."
stet, thanks to codeman 38
|"That number made it the third most watched telecast ever, behind Super Bowls LXX and LXXII."
|Future Super Bowls must be played more than once a year. Recall that the present date is 2024. The first Super Bowl was played in 1967. Super Bowl LXX will be played in 2037 and LXXII will be played in 2039. Perhaps the author has difficulty with Roman numerals.
|"Captain Bolling  been advised to put at least a hundred twenty feet of water under his keel."
|"A fleet of space planes will blast off from Atlanta tomorrow morning in an effort to head off the Possum a large of chunk of moonrock which scientists expect to fall in Kansas Tuesday morning."
|Usually we only comment on proof reading erros and "typos." We make an execption with this book primarily because at one point the author includes the following character description. [p. 110] "Although she enjoyed her job, and liked reading historical novels, she could not appreciate the subtleties of GrantQuasar titles in the same way as those she might casually pick up in a bookstore. She was too caught up in detail for that, ensuring that eye colors and speech patterns stayed consistent, assembling time lines, running down anachronisms. What she did was more technical than literary. She knew that, of course. But she did her job well, and she'd saved more than one high-priced writer from a red face. Although noboby seemed to appreciate her efforts." Readers of Moonfall would have.