David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook

  • Mood:

Oops ...

Today was planned to be a Lazy Day, true enough, so I figured that stirring from bed at around 11:30am was about right. Alas, I quickly found my way back to bed with Glasshouse (by Charlie Stross) in hand (and a bit of chocolate to keep me going), and only emerged again at 3pm, book finished. Apparently it's a good read, then.
One little thing bugged me, though - at the start of the book, there's a Note, explaining that time is simply measured in seconds (kilo, mega, giga-seconds as required) and relating those to "Archaic" earth time. Then, about half the time a period of time is mentioned, it gets explained in the "old style" anyway. It seems a little unneccessary, assuming that the reader didn't pay any attention to the Note and can't make the effort to turn back if confused. Examples :
'... Only been out for a meg, to tell the truth.' (A bit over ten planetary days, a million seconds.) (page 2)
Gigaseconds? Thirty planetary years each. (page 3)
'... where it will live alongside roughly a hundred other volunteers for thirty to a hundred megaseconds.' Roughly one to three old-style years. (page 19)

I wonder if it was an authorial or editorial choice ? (I have the Orbit 2006 edition, in case that helps)

  • Books read in 2017 ...

    Angel of Storms - Trudi Canavan The Rhesus Chart - Charles Stross Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire The Annihilation Score - Charles Stross An…

  • DW and LJ

    In case anyone is looking for me on Dreamwidth, same username as on LJ (since, ummm ... 2009 !) Original post on Dreamwidth - there are…

  • Movies in 2015 ...

    Well, I'm cheating a bit, because I only saw one at the cinema, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but I want to note down a few thoughts I had on it ...…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.