Sunday, February 03, 2008

Space Cowboy

One of the muscians covered by Tony Russell’s most excellent Country Music Originals, The Legends and the Lost, is a cowboy singer with the splendid name of Jules Verne Allen. He was born in 1883, so it’s quite possible that his parents were fans of Verne; the novels for which Verne is remembered today were all published before 1880. For the life of me, I can’t think of anyone else named after a writer of science fiction or scientific romance; after characters, yes (there must be plenty of forty-year-olds whose hippy parents named them Bilbo or Gandalf), but writers?

2 Comments:

Blogger Adam Roberts said...

Well, my wife just gave birth to our son, but resolutely vetoed the choice of 'Stanislaw Lem Roberts' as a name. So I blame the mothers.

February 05, 2008 3:55 PM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

You could have called him Adam, Adam...

February 05, 2008 6:14 PM  

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