I won’t have the privilege of naming a baby again but that doesn’t stop me speculating about the names I could have chosen. What if my Patrick had been a ‘Pralix’ or my Edward an ‘Eldrad’? Would their lives have been different?
Expectant parents who also class themselves as nerds/ science-geeks/ sci-fi fans will be thrilled to get their hands on Sci-Fi Baby Names by Robert Schnakenberg. As Schnakenberg notes in his introduction “…set your phasers to stun and boldly go where no expectant parent has gone before. In a future age, when Jar-Jar is as common a name as Jacob is today, your genetic heirs will thank you.”
A twist on the standard baby names book, Sci-Fi Baby Names lists five hundred distinctive names from sci-fi books, movies and TV shows and includes lots of useful categories such as traditional names, power names, intellectual names and exotic names. Each name listing includes origin (century and planet), source (so that you can sort your Star Trek from your Dr.Who), a little about your namesake’s character (for example “A feckless, flustered, somewhat dim-witted human…”), quotes and more. The descriptions might not exactly sell you on a name (the example above is taken from the entry for ‘Arthur’) but it’s probably good to know if you are about to name your baby after a good or an evil alien.
If you are tossing up between two names, for example ‘Luke’ and ‘Zardoz’, I always think it’s a good idea to test it out loud. So, head to your local playground and yell out “Zardoz! Time to go home!”. Don’t be upset if other people are looking around for your dog… Just saying…