EQUINOX Blends Science Fiction And Amateur Radio

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  1. KJ7WT

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    I absolutely agree - the very first page was very disappointing to read, with missing punctuation (particularly commas) and odd spacing (I'm hoping that these may be a result of the conversion to Kindle format, but I doubt it, as I have not seen this particular problem in other books). I also agree that the writing is (sad to say) fairly typical of a lot of the sci-fi books recently published by Amazon. The dialogue is often awkward and somewhat stilted - as you read it, it almost seems as if the author has not really listened to how people actually speak.
    I do believe that authors SHOULD pay attention to the critics, particularly when specific issues/errors are listed. There is a difference between, "I didn't like this book, and the author is an idiot!", and, "The book has numerous grammatical, spelling, and factual errors (and one would list some examples here) but has potential if the writing can be cleaned up and edited better."
    I plan to read further than what I have so far, but I really wish that more effort had been put into editing. Good luck to the author!
  2. W1YW

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    How The HECK does a work of FICTION have FACTUAL errors>>??

    You wanna pick at STAR WARS... ?? "Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs"... Go 'chewie' on that.

    BTW old fossil ops, like myself --were -- called 'sparkers'. Its a way of saying you are an old fart.

    Jeez! If you wanna dis 'for free', then heaven help us if you PAID for it!

    'Snot happenin'!!
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  3. KN4KP

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    Well Folks, having read SciFi for some 60 years my report is, I liked it. Dennis is not a Robert Heinlein nor Isaac Asimov, but it was a very enjoyable read. Being a Floridian who is transplanted from TN, I liked his accuracy of TN cities etc. The plot was a little different from the plethora of Doomsday books that seem to dominate the SciFi lineup these days.
    All in all, it was an enjoyable book. BTW, my kindle reader on my ipad had all the run together words and missing punctuation but I am used to it.
    Keep up the good work Dennis.
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  4. K3RLD

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    There is a difference between fiction and fantasy, you know. The movie "Red Dawn" is fiction, but it wouldn't have been even half as popular if the Cubans and Russians invaded with Mustangs and Corsairs....
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  5. N4ECW

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  6. W1YW

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    Heheh! :)
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  7. N9AXL

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    I read this last night. I thought the book was fine. I would take issue with the plot point where the President simply dissolves Congress. Our system was deliberately set up from the beginning so that the president couldn't do this -- as opposed to the British system where the chief executive could (and did) dissolve Parliament when it suited their ends. But, again, that's a nitpicky point.

    My other observation is that early in the book they have someone using a Hallicrafters on "battery" power. If an EMP took everything out -- which seems to be the implication -- wouldn't the inverter have been fried? And if it wasn't -- say the guy put that in a Faraday cage -- wouldn't he sensibly have stashed an FT-817 or similar rig in the cage also? My assumption is that the Florida operator was using something like a Hallicrafters SR-150 which did have the PS-150-12 mobile power supply -- but that had transistors in it which, presumably were also fried. Not a big deal but being a boatanchor guy it caught my attention.
  8. N4ECW

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    Your comments are appreciated.

    Regarding the book:

    N9AXL said, "I thought the book was fine." An author, especially a science fiction novelist, hears beautiful music when a reader makes that statement! It was truly appreciated.

    Regarding the constitutional comments:

    pages 8, 9 say, "In September 2020, SETI astronomers picked up a signal in the 1400 MHz band . . . The alien message was an ultimatum. The earth must prepare for their arrival and governance. Any resistance would result in annihilation."

    From the context of pages 10 thru 50 if appears that the President, Attorney General, Congress, and the Supreme Court regarded the alien ultimatum as a demand for complete, possibly unconditional, surrender. The six months temporary suspension of Congress was apparently by consensus.

    page 48 says, "All agreed that in times of national emergency the powers of the president expand greatly."

    Question: What happened to the government of the Confederacy when the Civil War ended? It was dissolved / suspended. Where would our Constitution stand in the midst of a surrender to an overwhelming enemy force. It's like the guy who wouldn't veer into another lane when approached by a tractor trailer. His epitaph on his tombstone read, "I had the right-of way."

    Regarding the EMP comments:

    page 13 says, "a blast that has shorted the grid and done extensive damage." I think we all assume that there was an EMP; however, it does not refer to an EMP but sounds more like a conventional blast that damaged the power grid and did property damage.

    page 14 speaks about amateur radio transmissions from "across the state." Again, less of an indication of an EMP and more of a conventional type blast rather than something nuclear or EMP weapon.

    page 34 remarks "The ham signals seem to be more sporadic and are originating farther and farther from the Melbourne epicenter." Again a huge nuclear blast or a EMP weapon does not seem to be in play.

    Therefore, your observation about the inverter is correct IF there was an EMP or nuclear device involved.

    Hope this helps!


    Dennis / N4ECW
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  9. N9AXL

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    I just hope there's a sequel.
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  10. KE5ES

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    I saw the spark gap reference but in that situation I don't think I would not worry about the FCC.
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