Writing Glitch #403

Today’s glitch:

DO NOT use semicolons and colons interchangeably. Change the semicolon after choices to a colon. (A semicolon has only two uses, neither of which is to introduce a list.)

The comma after slaves isn’t absolutely essential, but it does aid a lot with clarity.

The double quotation marks around benevolent are used correctly, indicating that these are so-called benevolent aliens but aren’t, y’know, actually benevolent. You could also get rid of the double quotes and add a word such as supposedly in front of benevolent.

Just when Earth is about to be destroyed by a huge catastrophe, a fleet of “benevolent” aliens shows up. They give every human two choices: either serve them as soldiers and slaves, or stay on Earth and perish.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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