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Topic: What's in a name?

From: Paul Dixon
Location: UK
Date: 08/01/2006

I'm a big fan of your work - for me, few novels I've read have evoked such a sense of wonder (and underlying dread) as did Eon.

I'm a writer myself and recently, after re-reading Forge of God, I noticed a character named Rotterjack. It's a name I'd given one of my own characters, thinking at the time I'd simply made it up (a warning I guess that one should be wary of names 'popping into one's head!).

At the risk of asking a stupid question, how did this name come to you? It does sound invented, but one can never be sure when it comes to names.

Re: What's in a name?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/02/2006

Hello, Paul! I have no idea where that name came from--but you're welcome to it. (Though it does have a bit of a dark hint to it, no?)

Re: What's in a name?

From: Eon Matthews
Location:
Date: 12/21/2006

I was also going to ask where you got the name EON from as it is my christian name and i am in the process of researching why people are using it

Re: What's in a name?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/21/2006

Terrific name! Eon refers to a long period of time, typically thought of as a billion years. It's also similar to Eos (goddess of dawn) and Ion, as in Ion Perdicaris (look him up in Wikipedia). John Milius changed Mr. Perdicaris into a woman and set her loose against... ah, but that's another story!

Re: What's in a name?

From: Paul T.
Location: Howard CC
Date: 04/22/2008

I have been assigned to read Darwin's Radio for a college English class. Unlike assigned reading of my younger years, I have very much enjoyed this book and I am hoping to have the chance to read your other titles during the summer. My question is about the character names you have used. I have needed to reasearch and explain for class retroviruses, and I heard a "click" in my mind while reading. Your character Emeliano Luria, a minor character (at least at the point I am at), shares then name with a 1969 Nobel Prize winner for the genetic structure of a virus, Salvador E. Luria. Coincidence? I am putting together a list as I read and have just started searching names but have also found reference to another author, Jean Auel- The Clan Of The Cave Bear. I saw the other posting about Crickson and Temin. Am I on a wild goose chase or are these intentional?

Re: What's in a name?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/22/2008

All intentional, Paul! Good luck with the class.

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