Contest: What do these things have in common?
Heh. I’d totally forgotten that I’d done this. In my new short at Apex all of the names, ((Just to clarify Martian soil and Zeta Epsilon longgrass are not names.)) except Cody, ((Cody is named after a real dog. I did try to use the same naming convention with her, but Cody was a better name)) have something in common.
First person to correctly identify the commonality gets an unpublished short story direct to their inbox.
Edited to add: Through a joint effort, Mike F and Nathaniel Payne correctly identified the names as coming from subway stops. I often write on the train. I’ve sent them both a copy of “Home Safety” which is a spin on Hansel and Gretel.