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How much is true?

A reader asks, "I've just finished Silver Bullet and I have to ask -- how much is true?"

A lot! Let's start with the characters -- all of the major characters are fictional, but many of the others are real people. Tesla is real, of course, but so is columnist Walter Winchell. So is William Pelley. The story of Tesla's stay in Colorado Springs, including the story of electrifying the butterflies, is all real. Pelley's Silver Legion is entirely real, as is his newspaper. The articles Mitch reads are taken from three different issues, but their content is real, including the interpretation of Nostradamus' prophecy that the "next great crisis in World Affairs" would take place late in 1939. Lest anyone think Pelley somehow knew a secret plan, it's important to remember that this article was written before Hitler came to power!

All of the places, with the exception of the Silver Bullet Mine, are real. The Harvard Club is real (Melissa is a member). The airfields are real. The American Legion post in Hollywood is real. And of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art is real. The Silver Bullet Mine is based on several real abandoned mines in Colorado, especially the Mendota Mine in Silver Plume, off I70 west of Denver. For the sake of the story, we've moved it further south near Colorado Springs. (And yes, dear Stargate fans, this does put it near Cheyenne Mountain and the SGC!)

The Ptolemaic medallion is fictional, but it's based on very similar contemporary ones. As for the location of the Soma it illustrates, astute readers will note that's where the Soma is in Hand of Isis. They may also note that's where the recent archaeological dig that thinks maybe they've found the Soma is. Needless to say, this was written two years before that dig's findings were announced.

Anything in particular you're wondering about? Anything that particularly struck you as interesting?

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kickstand75
Jun. 25th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's not a particular question, but this is part of what I love about this book series - the fiction is so completely interwoven with existing history that it's almost seamless. While reading, you forget that your fictional characters don't really exist. Which is, in my opinion, the mark of a very good historical fiction series. :)

Speaking of the discovery of the Soma, was it here you posted the article link? I'd love to show my girlies. I think they would find it fascinating.
jo_graham
Jun. 25th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! We've worked really hard to make the fictional characters plausible. I think people very like them did exist.

Here's the link to the article: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/egypt-archaeologist-could-have-discovered-the-tomb-of-alexander-the-great/ I hope the Wraith Princesses like it!
m_nivalis
Jun. 25th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it seems as if that report was fake. I can't find the archaeoforum where I first read the refutal, and googling only gets me this from the Cairo post. (It would have been an awesome find, though)
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