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?


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 p.m.  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

You could have called him Adam, Adam...

February 05, 2008 6:14 p.m.  

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