The "What's a good name for this?" thread:

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1801 kassyopeia30th Nov 2012 03:22:30 AM from terrae nullius

4[up] "Sprite" has the right etymology as well as the right "sound to it", to my ear.

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I find myself uncertain about what the best name is for my sci-fi novel's protagonist. I am debating between several first name options and am completely at sea where last names are concerned; I should be eager to hear your suggestions. The character in question is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiesty temper and penchant for debate. Loyalty, persistence, and argumentativeness are perhaps her key personality traits. I usually visualize her as being rather tall, with straight blonde hair of moderate length and blue eyes, though physical traits are uncertain and negotiable. It is to be noted that she lives in Ohio in 1994 (at least at first....)

At present, I'm calling her Britney Andersen, but I'd like to change the last name in particular to avoid association with "The Matrix" (it was only really ever a placeholder, at that).

I've been considering are Megan, Nicole, Liza, and Sandra for a first name. As for last names, I'd rather like to use something generally similar to Andersen in syllables and general "feeling," but I'm open to any suggestions!

edited 30th Nov '12 1:21:18 PM by BrotherMycroft

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1803 SeptimusHeap30th Nov 2012 01:18:32 PM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
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What is the novel about? How is the protagonist?
Dapper Gentleman
[up]Sorry about that; I hit send by mistake before finishing my query. As to the novel's plot, it revolves, in the essential, around the protagonist discovering that her hometown is actually part of an advanced historical simulation run by a future society. It's not 1994, it's hundreds of years later, and there's a whole new world out there to explore...
"And every life is a special story of its own." —The Stargazer, Mass Effect 3
1805 Olivetree30th Nov 2012 01:53:02 PM from A silly little Island off the coast of an island , Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
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First name, you could go with Sophie or some variation thereof.

Considering it means wisdom, associated with Philosophy which is just one huge debate and logic follows suit. It's a common name too, so it's quite likely.

Second name I'm unsure, maybe Hare, that has another philosophical link but then it might be a little overboard.
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1806 kassyopeia30th Nov 2012 02:50:16 PM from terrae nullius

[up] I like that approach. In particular, anything overtly or covertly alluding to Plato's Cave would be a perfect fit - I have no specific suggestions though, at least for the time being, I'm afraid.

Soon the Cold One took flight, yielded Goddess and field to the victor: The Lord of the Light.
Dapper Gentleman
[up]I find myself agreeing with you entirely—a Plato's Cave allusion would be optimal, but darned if I know how to work it into a name. If I can't manage it, I will still contrive a way for the allusion to appear in the narrative elsewhere.

[up][up]Sophie is a good name indeed; onto my list of possibilities it goes! If anything, I'm uncertain whether it sounds assertive enough for my character, but perhaps I can use finding-and-replacing to "test-drive" it with my existing manuscript and see whether it feels right. And where last names are concerned, I agree that a double Meaningful Name might be a bit overboard. I'd prefer her last name to just sound normal and plausible. (Particularly since one of my other characters' last names is a Lord of the Rings reference; I think I've already met my Significant Last Name quota.)

edited 30th Nov '12 3:12:47 PM by BrotherMycroft

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1808 YamiiDenryuu1st Dec 2012 02:51:52 PM from You know, that place , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
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I need help naming a poisonous metallic porcupine species. Any suggestions?
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1809 kassyopeia1st Dec 2012 03:05:17 PM from terrae nullius

"Pig", familiar mainly from the compound "pig iron", is the name for "a mass of metal, such as iron, copper, or lead, cast into a simple shape for ease of storing or transportation". And the words "porcupine" and "hedgehog" also relate to pigs, in the more usual sense. If you were to combine the two somehow and stick a "venomous" in front, that'd cover all the bases.

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1810 m8e1st Dec 2012 03:23:03 PM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
I need a general term for a "brain extension device".

The problem is that there is(or really was(The End of the World as We Know It)) a lot of different models ranging from cheap and simple calculators to wireless Brain–computer interfaces and supercomputers with artificial intelligence that sometimes make people schizophrenic.

There might also be examples where somebody have the hardware of a supercomputer capable of human level AI but lack the software(or even the other way around resulting in a human level AI but in slow motion). There will also be a special case where a custom made(≈prototype) model can move on its own and take over peopleand animals somewhat like a Puppeteer Parasite. This special case will be part of the mystery in the plot as there isn't really possible to see what different models really does.

One of the protagonists will have to hack/trick the resulting symbiote to know that it really does, but in the end they will learn that they can't really change anything about it as the symbiote can kill hundreds or even of even thousands of people without even pushing a button and the people (≈2-3 generations) have already learned to live with it and how to sacrifice stuff to it so they don't really see the problem, it's just a "god" to them.

edited 1st Dec '12 3:39:54 PM by m8e

1811 YamiiDenryuu1st Dec 2012 03:34:50 PM from You know, that place , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
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[up][up]Ooh, hadn't thought of that.
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1812 kassyopeia1st Dec 2012 03:50:23 PM from terrae nullius

[up] Yes, well, spotting the connection is one thing, but actually making it is another. I still don't have any bright ideas how to implement my suggestion, I'm afraid.

[up][up] Are you looking for something technical or for something flowery? Science fiction or Fantasy vocabulary, in other words?

Soon the Cold One took flight, yielded Goddess and field to the victor: The Lord of the Light.
1813 YamiiDenryuu1st Dec 2012 04:03:24 PM from You know, that place , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
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Well, I've figured out a name based on something else, so... thanks anyway?
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1814 Noaqiyeum1st Dec 2012 04:14:31 PM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
[up], [up][up] The next connection that comes to mind is barbed wire. 'Barbed Iron Boar', or something like it, perhaps?
1815 m8e1st Dec 2012 04:24:07 PM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
[up][up][up]I'm looking for a technical(Science fiction) name, one that creates an easy to use acronym.

Or it whould actually be better if the acronym wasn't easy to use and instead have been bastardized over the X generations that the acronym have existed. It whould by that time have become a normal word instead of an acronym.

Instead of being just an acronym for a device it whould be used somewhat like the word god, like the difference between a god and the god or just "god". a xyz would be a general term for these things(or maybe people that use them) while the Xyz is used for the special case that actually can kill hundreds of people with the blink of an eye.

edited 1st Dec '12 5:21:48 PM by m8e

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That second option sounds more natural to me.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
1817 kassyopeia2nd Dec 2012 01:42:24 AM from terrae nullius

[up][up] How about "graft" for common usage? "He just got a new graft" sounds good to me, whereas "the reign of terror of The Graft" might take some getting used to. The "gra-" part could be short for "gray matter", so we'd just have to come up with a synonym for "extension device" that abbreviates to the "-ft" part somehow. "Furthering Technology"?

Soon the Cold One took flight, yielded Goddess and field to the victor: The Lord of the Light.
1818 nrjxll2nd Dec 2012 01:44:55 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
If you want to go the slightly surreal route, why not just use "bed"?
What about calling it an 'Enhanced Reality Interface' or 'Extended Reality Interface'; with E.R.I. as its acronym? Over the years, it could be corrupted to just 'Eri'.

Or... if people no longer read and the term is only verbalised, 'the E.R.I.' (thee-ee-ar-ai) might instead get corrupted to 'Thea Rai'. Adding to that, 'thea' is Greek for 'goddess'; adding to the misconception that the E.R.I. is a deity.
1820 m8e2nd Dec 2012 04:10:56 AM from Sweden , Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
Graft is perfect.

"Graymatter interface Technonogies Ltd." would then be the daughter company of one of the Mega Corps. They sell their products under the trademark "Graift®" or "Graift® model name". Graift will then be used as a generic term for all these devices(like the word Kleenex or Band-Aid). The "i" will at some point disappear from the common usage resulting in simply Graft.

whereas "the reign of terror of The Graft" might take some getting used to.
That's actually a good thing. The people living there will think that it's normal to use "The Graft" for this special case, while the propagonists that comes from the outside have only used the word graft for the devices (and for Medical / horticultural grafting).

edited 2nd Dec '12 4:49:38 AM by m8e

1821 kassyopeia2nd Dec 2012 04:42:37 AM from terrae nullius

Alright then! smile

I'd suggest calling the company not a "Ltd" but an "Inc", that sounds more impressive and can sound appropriately sinister, if that's ever needful.

You might be able to play on the secondary meaning of "graft", "ill-gotten gains", for the special case, which could be said to "corrupt one's mind". But maybe that requires thinking around one corner too many to be usable...

Soon the Cold One took flight, yielded Goddess and field to the victor: The Lord of the Light.
1822 Jaqen2nd Dec 2012 06:04:00 AM from gimbling in the wabe
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I agree. "inc" sounds suitably sinister.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?

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1823 Noaqiyeum2nd Dec 2012 11:21:30 AM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Ltd. is less widely used in fiction already, though... and honestly, Inc. doesn't really sound inherently sinister to me, either.
1824 kassyopeia2nd Dec 2012 11:28:53 AM from terrae nullius

I didn't mean inherently sinister, only that it's insufficiently "dexter" to sound off in a sinister context. Observe:

a) "Corporations have taken over the world." b) "Limited liability companies have taken over the world."

I trust you take my point. tongue

Soon the Cold One took flight, yielded Goddess and field to the victor: The Lord of the Light.
1825 Noaqiyeum2nd Dec 2012 11:47:46 AM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Hee. Kind of, but when you put it that way 'limited liability company' sounds more like 'we dare you to try to hold us legally accountable for our actions'. :P

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