Why not tweet the author or ask him on reddit on the 25th (he's doing an AMA)? It's probably an editorial decision or a mistake that his editors didn't catch. Speaking of, I mentioned this earlier, but since I am rereading TRK, I think it needs to be mentioned again: Cameron needed better editors. Ones who had access to at least a rough map of Alba. Because he fucks up the relationship between Lissen Carak and Albinkirk a LOT. Like, at least a half dozen times and I've got more than a third left to read.