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First person to correctly identify the commonality gets an unpublished short story direct to their inbox.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.

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9 Responses

  1. Mike F

    There’s a Penn station near Madison Square park. At least on the map I could find. Is Lenox one of the names too? I’m thinking they are stops on the subway. I’m totally guessing though…

      1. Mary Robinette Kowal

        We’ll call that a team effort.

        Yes, all of the names came from NYC subway stops. For the record, I have a drafts in which Cody was called Myrtle and Delancey. Neither worked.

        I write on the subway and was passing through Penn station when I named him. The rest I named that way for sheer fun.

        1. Mike F

          Hmmm. “Come, Myrtle!” “Come, Delancy!” Yeah, those don’t work too well. 🙂

          To be honest, when I first read the story, Penn, of Penn and Teller, came to my mind.

          Thanks for letting us play!