— Words that should not be italicized (by zombies or anyone else): names of comets or planets or stars, names of scientific research organizations or laboratories…
— OCD is not the same as being a “neat freak”; in fact, it is quite possible to have OCD and be completely indifferent concerning the tidiness of one’s surroundings. The C stands for compulsive, not cleaning.
— Autism is not genius, nor is it an indicator of low IQ; autism has nothing to do with intelligence one way or another (which is why some people with autism are really smart and some are average and some are quite below average — just like non-autistic people). Nor does having autism make a person innately “good with computers” or obsessed with math and numbers. Yes, some mildly autistic individuals are good with computers. However, not all individuals who are good with computers are autistic, and not all autistic individuals are good with computers. Ditto for any other stereotype about autism (such as the ever-popular ‘autistic people cannot understand metaphor’ bullshit — I’m gonna throw a heavily armored cyber-dinychthys at the head of the next person I catch spouting that… or, more likely, just blog angrily again).
— Seriously, are there still writers — people who ought to know better — who think the narrow channel down the center of a blade is called a blood groove? *shakes head* I was really enjoying a story until I ran into that particular bit of Complete and Utter Lack of Basic Research. (It’s actually called a fuller’s groove, if you care; it’s used both to reduce the weight of the blade and to make it stronger by changing the cross-section.)