I’ve just got the copy edited manuscript for Blood and Iron from Macmillan and I’m busy working through it. It always amazes me the inconsistencies the copy editor picks up. The MS must have been read by at least six people by now, including me, and none of us noticed that I used the same word eight times on one page, or that one character knows another’s name even though they’ve never met before.
The copy editor also queried the fact that I said the Stone Age came after the Iron Age. In fact everyone so far has pointed out this is the wrong way round. They’re right of course, but I state here, for the record, before the reviews come in, that on Penrose the robots learned to handle iron long before they learned to handle stone. In fact, for robots, the Iron Age means the time of the birth of the robots.
Okay, I make it me 1, copy editor 552 and counting.