In the novel Bowl of Heaven by Larry Niven and Gregory Benford, the editing is sloppy and there are many, many continuity errors. It's quite awful.
22% of reviewers on Amazon gave the book 1 star out of 5, so I'm not alone in having this opinion.
Have Niven or Benford ever commented on the editing or production of this book?
Some examples of editing and continuity problems:
- A character is trapped on one side of a diamond wall, and then on the next page is suddenly through the wall. Problem solved. No explanation. A clear continuity error.
- There are two different descriptions of the treatment of one person's serious injury, treated by two different people. Not a clever literary device, just a mistake, or two draft versions accidentally left in.
- At one point the captain leaves the bridge and a page or less later leaves the bridge again.
- Near the end of one chapter a comment is made that communications from Earth stopped 100 years ago. But a few chapters later we are treated to a page of discussion of the latest communication from Earth as if it were a routine event.
- It was previously established that ship has been traveling for approximately 80 years. How then can they have lost contact 100 years ago?
There are plenty of other editing problems, like repetitions, redundant sentences, and things like that.