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Did Arthur C Clarke make a boo boo?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ken Jeavus, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Ken Jeavus

    Ken Jeavus Scout

    Mar 12, 2013
    Midwest US
    I'm rereading Rendezvous with Rama. At the end of chapter 5 First EVA the main character turns a wheel with his own hands (in an EVA suit of course). Then Clarke writes this sentence: "Half a meter away, the curving wall of the pillbox started to move..." If I'm not mistaken, half a meter would be about 19 inches. But 19 inches isn't exactly "away". It'd be literally right next to them. Maybe he meant to say half a kilometer?

    Obviously this doesn't take away one jot from the book, but just it was an odd little mistake. Thoughts?
  2. Mirelly

    Mirelly Mouthy Cow

    Mar 12, 2013
    meh ... I don't see that as a problem. I can bump into things that are 6 inches away ... to me, "away" (in narrative) just means: "over there" ... I rely on context to tell me how far away over there is. All the same, it's been more than two decades since I read Rendezvous With Rama ... :rolleyes:
  3. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    My thinking is that if you're in an EVA suit then you have a bit of sensory deprivation going on so something that is only 19" away physically may seem to be a greater obstacle than it really is.

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