Tumblr Thread: Literary Coincidences Get Authors In Hot Water
It's pretty wild to imagine yourself in a scenario where you're literally being interrogated by the authorities because of a purely fictional spy story that you wrote that just so happened to come way too close to a real life spy situation. How were you supposed to know that making highly educated guesses about ships could be a threat to national security? Honestly it's kind of on the government for making a tool of war that's so easy to just make up in your head. Maybe Tom Clancy should have gone the other way with it, made it really obviously fictional and wrote garbage like "and then General Supercommander Smith climbed through the colorful ball pit, took the slide down to maintenance, and then took one of those single-chair wall-mounted-escalators-they-make-for-old-people up to the president of the boat's office." That would have gotten everyone off his back.