I mean in addition, of course, to being a Blackwater reference. The Expanse series is highly referential (they even named a ship the Mark Watney and claim to be part of that timeline) and based on the age of Daniel Abraham, it's not at all unlikely he was influenced as a young person by Daniel Pinkwater's work. Just wondering if there is any reported info on this.

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    They even have an Ayn Rand reference, I don't see why a noble don shouldn't reference another work in his book. Also, I've added both tags for The Expanse, feel free to delete whichever one you feel is not relevant (TV/books). Apr 10, 2017 at 18:58
  • The Snarkout Boys and The Avocado Of Death by Pinkwater is a classic!
    – zeta-band
    Apr 10, 2017 at 20:16

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Because they were doing private security, I assumed it was a mash-up of Pinkerton and Blackwater, but I suppose your explanation is also reasonable.

  • Nice take! (I hadn't considered this angle, although Blackwater could definitely have been regarded as "Pinkerton on steroids":)
    – DukeZhou
    Apr 18, 2017 at 18:24

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