Sunday, October 11, 2009

Research for new book

I wrote the first draft of my new novel following some guidelines from Cory Doctorow, which included not stopping for research, but instead typing TK and then coming back to it later.

Anyway, I recently finished my TKs, and I thought it might be of interest to post them here.

You can get an idea of what kind of book it is, as well as stuff I previously didn't know!

Passenger ferry: http://www.lake-express.com/about/specs.aspx

Luxury yacht layout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxury_yacht#Design_and_Layout

Joint strike fighter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Strike_Fighter

The lake the city is on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_michigan

His gun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_3032_Tomcat

Ammo .32 ACP

Her gun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_500

His ex-wife: Michelle

His son: deceased: Alex

Underground: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_%27L%27

Remington 870 pump action: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_870 Ammo: 

Assault rifle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_carbine

M4 Ammo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.56x45mm_NATO

Wegener’s dad: Antony

Chicago Police Dept: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Police_Department

US army standard issue assault rifle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle#M16A2 Ammo: 5.56mm

His dad’s unit in Vietnam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25th_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

MP5: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP5 Ammo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.40_S%26W

Illinois breweries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Illinois_breweries

When did it start: 9am

Where they were parked: Golem Parade

US army sniper rifle: M24 http://usmilitary.about.com/od/armyweapons/l/aainfantry1.htm Ammo: .300 Winchester Magnum

US army sniper school: Camp Robinson Arkansas http://usmilitary.about.com/od/armyweapons/l/aainfantry1.htm

Toyota Hiace: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Hiace

SWAT armoured car: http://www.armoredcars.com/details.php?id=81&cml=88&cmk=27 Engine: http://www.commtruck.ford.com/vehicles/chassis_cabs/powertrain_engine_64L_turbo.html

Air-to-surface missile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-154_JSOW

Sears Tower: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_tower Location: S Wacker Drive http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=233%20S.%20Wacker%20Drive&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

World Trade Centre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center

Sky lobby in Wills Tower 33/34 and 65/66: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_lobby

US tank: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank#Twenty-first_century M1 Abrams

Giant honey bees shimmer in waves http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080909204550.htm

Antennas of top of Sears Tower: http://www.flickr.com/photos/perspectivephotography/3933234940/

Black Hawk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UH-60_Black_Hawk

M60 machine gun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M60_machine_gun Ammo: .308 calibre

Anti-tank missiles: Javelin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FGM-148_Javelin

USMC weapons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_of_the_United_States_Marine_Corps#Rifles_.26_Carbines

M41A carbine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_carbine#M4A1 with underslung grenade launcher: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M203_grenade_launcher

Daisy Cutter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLU-82

James Montgomery, SEAL Team Six

Pancho: Michaels’ offsider

North Avenue Bridge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Avenue_Bridge 50-ft drop


2 comments:

Darryl Mason said...

A fascinating list. And an interesting way to promote a book, too. No summary, no plot hint, just the research links. Consider me intrigued.

Gary Kemble said...

Hah! A bit early for promotion but I'm glad you're intrigued.