POINTS OF IMPACT is out and doing well. As always, some oopsies made it through the entire editorial process past a dozen sets of eyeballs. And as always, I started getting Tweets and emails about continuity bloopers not 24 hours after the book hit the virtual shelves. Thanks to all to took the time to write and point them out. I shall now address them so they’re all in one spot for easy future reference.
MINOR SPOILERS FOR “POINTS OF IMPACT” FOLLOW:
—Ottawa’s hull number is BCV-60. (One mention of her hull number has the letters transposed and incorrectly says she’s CVB-60.)
–When he’s on leave, Andrew takes the maglev from Boston to the west, not the east, of course. Because if he takes it east, he’ll be getting wet feet in very short order.
–Andrew’s personal sidearm gets confiscated by the master-at-arms and ends up on the shelf in the CO’s office, yet he retrieves it from his locker again prior to the final battle. That continuity error snuck in because I inserted the dressing-down scene during the developmental edits and forgot to remove the later mention of the pistol. If you want, we can pretend that his sympathetic CO arranged to return the gun on the quiet because of its sentimental value (and/or because she thinks he made a fair point in his defense.)
–At one point early in the opening chapters, Andrew is addressed as “Lieutenant” once when his actual rank is Captain. Again, I made a change in the middle of the book and bumped him up in rank to match the proper rank of someone in his assignment as STO, and when I retroactively corrected his rank throughout the manuscript, one mention of the old rank slipped through. Mea culpa.
Some people asked about the definitive physical size of the Lankies. The answer is a firm “it depends”. When we meet them on Willoughby in TERMS OF ENLISTMENT, they are a hundred feet tall (30 meters), but the size of individuals varies just like with humans. The average size (mentioned in later books) is about 25 meters. The scientific estimates in the beginning of the second book have them pegged at a thousand metric tons, but that was before they had battlefield samples of intact dead ones, and it turns out that they’re not nearly as heavy as that estimate, more like a few hundred tons. But their size and weight can vary quite considerably, from 20-30m in height depending on local conditions. On the same note, the Lanky seed ships can have a corresponding 30% size variance as well.
–The orange-and-white paint scheme of the new ships is for visual recognition with high-powered optical gear to minimize active radiation output. As Ottawa is pressed into combat service earlier than expected, the tactics of the close-air support wings haven’t been updated to the new doctrine yet (remember, it was a shakedown and training cruise, to give the crews time to get to know the ship and have the combat aviation wings train with their new birds.)
Hope that clears a few things up, and feel free to email me if you have further items to add to the list.