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Topic: Quantico

From: Al Curtis
Location: Atlanta, Georgia area
Date: 09/03/2007

Loved the book. Best Greg Bear book for me since EON.

I tend to subconsiously look for errors as I read (this helps me slow down enough to really enjoy the book rather than skim). I have not found many errors in your books. However, on page 140 of the Hardback edition, Rebecca Rose refers to the "Challenger" tumbling out of orbit in 2003 and the ant colony surviving. Shouldn't that have been the shuttle "Discovery"?

Keep up the good work. Each time I begin to read a Greg Bear book I know that I have several hours of enjoyment ahead of me.

Regards

Re: Quantico

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/04/2007

Arggh! Excellent catch, Al. How did this one slip by all of us? I blame a chaotic publishing process... and editors who were younger when Challenger went down, as was I.

Re: Quantico

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 09/04/2007

I wondered on this one....of course, only past references are given to things, nothing current, and we don't even know the ages of anyone in the front, so we're not even sure when this is. I assumed this was intentional. Nice one, Greg.

Re: Quantico

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/04/2007

Not at all intentional--Rebecca mentions the date! Just a goof. I'm trying to get it corrected in the paperback edition. If anyone else has found goofs, let me know in the next week or so.

Re: Quantico

From: Al Curtis
Location: Atlanta, Georgia area
Date: 09/04/2007

The shuttle Challenger explosion is one of those "do you remember what you were doing when" moments for me. I was a Junior majoring in Physics and had just walked back to the dorm after a long night and early morning of studying. Perhaps that is why it seemed to stand out on the page.

I really do enjoy your work and wish I had just a fraction of the creativity it takes to write like you do.

Al



Re: Quantico

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/04/2007

Well, I could certainly use a little of your discerning focus, Al! Thanks again.

Re: Quantico

From: Joseph
Location:
Date: 09/04/2007


I have just rediscovered your work, I read some early pieces and now I am immersed in Quantico. This is one nifty book and I too look for silly errors, I don't mind them at all if they are not crucial to the plot.

Being one of those crazy gun nuts I did notice that your FBI students have revolvers at the top of page 34 and then they pull out Glocks and Sigs during the exercise. I am sure you know the difference since the revolver has a cylinder that contains 5 or 6 bullets while the pistols have a much larger capacity in magazines.

A few of the time lines are a bit off and I wonder if this had been a work in process for a number of years. Anyway this is a top notch tale and I don't tend to second guess the actions of the characters, they are all a lot of fun. Thank you Greg Bear for such entertaining readable work.

Re: Quantico

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/05/2007

Check--revolvers will be replaced with pistols. Thanks, Joseph!

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