457Re: [Clive Cussler fan club] White Death--Technical Discrepancy
- Jun 22, 2003Yes, the byline credits Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, with Dr.
Cussler having the top billing. I believe that in reality, these are
written primarily by Paul Kemprecos. As my creative writing teacher
once told me, if you write historical fiction, make sure you have the
period artifacts accurately portrayed. I also would ask Penguin books
what happened to their editors and fact checkers. The device may be
accurately portrayed, I just want to know.
It is not really a big thing, just a pet peeve of mine. In
avocational (non-professional) maritime history and culture, we are
willing to tolerate a bit too much error. I was involved in the
review of a book on California shipwrecks by a self styled
historian. His text was so riddled with easily checked facts to be
worthless as a reference. The maritime museum that wanted to carry
the book basically argued that facts may be in error, but the book
contained a lot of cool period photographs that were previously
unpublished. We stood our ground and got the author to revise the
Dr. Cussler is a wonderful story teller. He is also at the forefront
of avocational marine archaeology the way it should be done. His
contributions are remarkable. More than that, outstanding. Which is
why when I see something in a historic context, I have to ask the
question, "is there something new I have not heard about."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Silkwind"
> Is "White Death" co-authored??
> Nancy Silk, Mini Long Dachshunds
> I remember as a grade school kid reading an illustrated story about
> Columbus that had him looking through a spy-glass for landfall. I
> recall the teacher pointing out that this was inaccurate, since the
> telescope would not be invented for another century.
> So imagine my concern when on page 3 of the newly released "White
> Death" when I read "Pulse quickening, Aquirrez raised the brass
> spyglass that hung by a cord around his neck, snapped the sections
> their full length and squinted through the eyepiece."invention
> If the information I have is correct, it could not have happended.
> While there is arguements over who actually invented the telescope,
> it was long after the date of 1515 that opens the chapter. Even
> then, the collapsible telescope would follow long after the
> of the telescope.Dr.
> Yes, it is a minor point, especially for adventure fiction. But,
> Cussler's books are usually well researched and accurate.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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