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16 August 2009 @ 08:48 pm
Adding Rex Stout  
to the list of authors who Make Shit Up. Still, he writes a good story (yes, Archie Goodwin is racist, and Nero Wolfe probably is, too, but more subtly. I take the era in which the books were written into account), so I will continue reading him.

In Some Buried Caesar, he has both a bull and a human die from being injected with anthrax cultured from another bull. Which would be fine, except that they die within minutes of being injected.
 
 
Kats: Billy the Kidwildrider on August 17th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Authors take license when writing fiction for a variety of reasons, whether it's simple lack of knowledge through incomplete research or a desire to heighten dramatic effect. And yeah, I get irritated at authors who DON'T do their research (especially something simple), but on the whole, if a writer of thrillers finds it more thrilling to have anthrax kill instantly (even knowing his audience will not suspend disbelief in that case), that's his call. Maybe he'll come to regret it, or maybe he'll just have a rapid sect of readers/followers who believe what he writes instead of the actual facts.

I'm getting to the point where I find I can't say anything -- they're published, after all, and I cannot reach that state myself, even though my fantastic fantasy is researched to a correct fare-thee-well. Maybe they know something I don't.