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Author Topic: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"  (Read 4140 times)

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #15 on: 31 December, 2016, 04:47:09 pm »
Hmm... Just spotted this thread!

The error (or "continuity stinker" -- thanks, A. Cow!) was the result of a minor screw-up by me and minor mix-up in the Nerve Centre: I wrote "The Grindstone Cowboys" many months before I started working on "Reclamation" and, to be frank, I'd forgotten that I'd already shown Joyce and Giant working together (Giant wasn't in my original plan for that scene in "The Grindstone Cowboys": I added him later because I wanted to foreshadow his appearance in "Reclamation").

I spotted the mistake shortly after I delivered "Reclamation" and informed The Mighty One, then sent him the corrected version. Unfortunately, the revised version of the script was mislaid or something and the incorrect one was used instead.

The good news is that we've managed to patch over the mistake by tweaking the dialogue in the collected edition (Every Empire Falls, due to be published in early February), and it should be absolutely seamless and unnoticeable to new readers (or established readers who are a tad less pedantic observant) as long as those who DO know it's there don't go "helpfully" pointing it out to everyone...

Cheers,
Mike

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #16 on: 31 December, 2016, 05:12:06 pm »
Yeah, Yeah. 

Next you'll be telling us you left it in a pub and had to rewrite the whole thing in an evening!  ;)

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #17 on: 31 December, 2016, 11:40:37 pm »
Tony Blair came back to life with no explanation after dying in Maniac 5, and I don't see everyone moaning about that.

Why moan about a fictional Blair while the real one's still on the loose?
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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #18 on: 01 January, 2017, 05:48:27 pm »
Tony Blair came back to life with no explanation after dying in Maniac 5, and I don't see everyone moaning about that.

Why moan about a fictional Blair while the real one's still on the loose?

Pretty much every military and political leader in Maniac 5 commits suicide after making a morally difficult decision. As if any of them give half a fuck about killing in reality.
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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #19 on: 02 January, 2017, 12:04:13 am »
(or established readers who are a tad less pedantic observant) as long as those who DO know it's there don't go "helpfully" pointing it out to everyone...

Cheers,
Mike

I like that, observant.  As in - "I believe in continuity, but I'm not observant.  I don't read the (story) bible or anything, just observe on special occassions".

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #20 on: 02 January, 2017, 12:22:33 pm »
Just a minor thing,thats a bit funny,in prog #1976,Aquila encounters the three-headed dog CEREBUS:)

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #21 on: 02 January, 2017, 12:47:12 pm »
Just a minor thing,thats a bit funny,in prog #1976,Aquila encounters the three-headed dog CEREBUS:)


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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #22 on: 02 January, 2017, 12:54:45 pm »
Just a minor thing,thats a bit funny,in prog #1976,Aquila encounters the three-headed dog CEREBUS:)


That was my first thought too.It also happens in the next prog.

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #23 on: 02 January, 2017, 03:00:29 pm »
Yup. I mentioned it at the time. It seems to be one of the most common mistakes when folk are referencing mythological beasties.

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #24 on: 02 January, 2017, 04:52:56 pm »
Its how the old aardvark got his name in the first place as I recall.

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #25 on: 02 January, 2017, 06:41:01 pm »
Its how the old aardvark got his name in the first place as I recall.
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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #26 on: 03 January, 2017, 09:03:15 pm »
Tony Blair didn't die in Maniac 5. He nuked London, but no-one said he was in London at the time.

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #27 on: 04 January, 2017, 09:21:51 pm »
You almost got away with it Mike- if not for those meddling kids!

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #28 on: 05 January, 2017, 01:38:04 pm »
Hmm... Just spotted this thread!

The error (or "continuity stinker" -- thanks, A. Cow!) was the result of a minor screw-up by me and minor mix-up in the Nerve Centre: I wrote "The Grindstone Cowboys" many months before I started working on "Reclamation" and, to be frank, I'd forgotten that I'd already shown Joyce and Giant working together (Giant wasn't in my original plan for that scene in "The Grindstone Cowboys": I added him later because I wanted to foreshadow his appearance in "Reclamation").

I spotted the mistake shortly after I delivered "Reclamation" and informed The Mighty One, then sent him the corrected version. Unfortunately, the revised version of the script was mislaid or something and the incorrect one was used instead.

The good news is that we've managed to patch over the mistake by tweaking the dialogue in the collected edition (Every Empire Falls, due to be published in early February), and it should be absolutely seamless and unnoticeable to new readers (or established readers who are a tad less pedantic observant) as long as those who DO know it's there don't go "helpfully" pointing it out to everyone...

Cheers,
Mike

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Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« Reply #29 on: 06 January, 2017, 08:28:54 pm »
'Pedant alarm bleats'

....Where did the horse come from?