If you've requested a source from them and they haven't supplied it, it's probably - intentionally or unintentionally - incorrect.
If you've also looked through the book and been unable to find any reference to the information, then it's definitely incorrect.
Just delete it already!
(I don't know why I'm here. I just got bored.)
We've already waited almost two years for this Sherlock - will a few days/weeks(?) make any difference? Oh, of course they will. I couldn't live knowing a Sherlock had been out for 24 hours and I hadn't seen it. Luckily, it will only be half an hour for me; I'm seeing it in a cinema.
Thank you! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas too.
Have you seen the Doctor Who Christmas Special?
Ha! I always think of Snoopy when the Beagles are mentioned. I'm not sure if that's better or worse.
Sorry, but as I understand it, Datum Earth is an Earth, 'Earth West Blablabla' is an Earth, etc. So the collective for them is 'The Long Earth'. Otherwise wouldn't the book be called 'The Long Earths'?
On page 8 (at least in LittleJollyBoat's copy) of The Long Earth, I found the following narration about Joshua:
This wasn't Joshua's world. None of it was his world. In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn't have a world; he had all of them.
All of the Long Earth.
Here, and on many other occaisions throughout the series, the authors (in narration or through character dialogue) imply that one Earth is called an 'Earth', and the whole chain of them is known as 'the Long Earth'.
Earths, untold Earths. More Earths than could be counted, some said.
This excerpt, from the same page, confirms for me that one Earth is an 'Earth', not a 'Long Earth'. And if it didn't, this next passage certainly does.
"Even the language we use to describe it is probably no more correct than the pack-of-cards analogy that most people feel at home with: the Long Earth as a large pack of three-dimensional sheets, stacked up in a higher-dimensional space, each card an Earth entire unto itself."
That's a quote from Professor Wotan Ulm, by the way. Of course, he could be wrong, but even Baxter and Pratchett wouldn't be trolly enough to feed us that much wrong information so early in the book.
So, according to those passages, as well as many others throughout the series I haven't had the time to quote, one Earth (such as Datum Earth) is called an 'Earth' - not a 'Long Earth'. Additionally, the name for the entire chain of Earths is called 'The Long Earth' - not 'The Long Earths'.
You're probably right regarding the blurb, by the way. I just have trust issues.
According to Amazon, it's supposed to come out on June 14, 2016.
Nooo! That's too far away! Someone get me a time machine!
It could be a hint, but I'd almost be willing to bet that someone just got it wrong. Who writes the blurbs anyway? Probably someone who hasn't even read the book.
Then again, it would totally make sense if the book was about multiple Long Earths - with every book, the 'universe' of the story has expanded.
In The Long Earth, we explored the Long Earth, and The Long War explored it even further. The Long Mars then introduced us to the Long Mars, and The Long Utopia probably goes somewhere the series has never been before but I don't know because I haven't read it. Haha.
Multiple Long Earths would be the next logical step, I think, since by the end of The Long Utopia I expect there won't be much left to explore or discover, which is what the series is all about.
So, (just checking if I got this right) if one in the Long Earth Series Universe was to travel to Mars (from Earth), one would see a different Earth (part of a different chain of Earths) from the one they left when they reach their destination?
And, if that person travelled to that Earth, would they, when they got there, see a different Long Mars?
And then, if you were to go to that Mars, would you see another completely different Earth?
If so, then travelling between planets is moving between different Long Earths. So, when Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, did he look back and see a different Earth? Or does the Moon not count because it's a moon?
Anyway, good spotting! I really want to read this now to find out! Is there a Release Date yet?