FORGOTTEN HISTORY copyedits done
I just e-mailed the copyedits for Star Trek DTI: Forgotten History off to my editor. For all my loyalty to WordPerfect, I have to say, MS Word’s Track Changes and Compare features really streamline the copyediting process.
However, I wish the copyeditors of the world would catch onto two things:
- There’s nothing wrong with using “which” instead of “that” in a defining relative clause (e.g. “the planets which they visited” instead of “the planets that they visited”). It may be a little old-fashioned or formal, but just because one guy wrote a book a while back proposing that “which” shouldn’t be used interchangeably with “that,” that doesn’t mean it’s actually ungrammatical. And sometimes it flows better or fits a character’s voice better than using “that.”
- The word “spacetime” is not hyphenated. Dictionaries of lay usage may hyphenate it, but in scientific usage (such as the dialogue of scientist characters in fiction), it’s a single unhyphenated word.