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Naming Names: A writer's exegesis of his character names. The SSA's baby name rankings really are an excellent tool. My noir story takes place around 2015, and I used it to work backwards towards probable names, with the satisfying result of exobiologists and bureaucrats named Cody and Madison and Amber.

Speaking of names: Reading these old computer-history books it occured to me that it's been a while since people named computers with big acronyms ending in -AC. You used to see this in science fiction as well (Multivac, EPICAC) but again, not so much these days. I think it's time for this naming technique to make a comebac. Apple could call its next computer the UNIMAC or something.


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