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Nightshadebooks
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 03:55 pm:   

Beginning in October of this year, we're launching a new anthology series,
edited by Jonathan Strahan. Non-themed, all original stories of fantasy and
science fiction. A yearly book, along the lines of the old Orbit, Universe,
and New Dimensions anthologies. What we don't have is a title. So if you
have a great idea for a title, send us an email, and the winner will
received $200 worth of Night Shade books, of the winner's choice. We need a
title pretty soon, so please feel free to bombard us. You're welcome to
submit as many titles as happen to come to mind.
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 10:08 am:   

Atropa

(Atropine is the alkaloid found in deadly nightshade)

Belladonna

(again, play on the nightshade thing)

Shadeworks

I'll keep thinking ...
M
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Jeff VanderMeer
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 01:52 pm:   

Marshmellow Coffins

Clockwork Bungy Chord

Hairy Globes of Fire

Chaos Theory

Burbles from the Singularity

Singularity Squared

Psi Alpha Darling

Mandible Star Reacher



That's it. I'm outta ideas.

JeffV
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 04:23 pm:   

Jesus, Jeff ... if I'd known they wanted the *good* ideas I would have thought harder. ;-)

M
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 04:24 pm:   

P.S. I particularly like "Hairy Globes of Fire."
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 05:53 pm:   

Wasn't Clockwork Bungy Cord the title for the second Album Zutique?
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justin headrick
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 11:05 pm:   

hmmm...

Vines

crud had a few others, but lost them...
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 12:30 am:   

Dr. Shlazer's Magic Machine

A Grown-up's Book of Alpha and Beta

Blue Babies and Savage Boys

Hot Tales for Cold Stars

Xyloid Pages

Brain Fusion
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des lewis
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 07:59 am:   

Abutting the If
Confront
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 08:35 am:   

Catalyst (yawn.)

(Hmm ... hows about playing with the "spec" in "spec fiction", e.g.,) ...

Spectacle

or

Specific (spec ... if ... fic ... geddit? A "specific" refers to an old-fashioned cure. And you're on the Pacific which makes it almost an anagram. Ok, maybe I'm reaching a bit.)

How about Serial Number? (Followed by a 6 digit volume number; 000001, 00002, etc. That's hi-tech!)

Too much fun, too early in the morning.

M
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 12:06 pm:   

Post-Its From Beyond

Uncertain Footholds

Random Access Mummery
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 12:25 pm:   

The Good Realities Are All Taken
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Jeff VanderMeer
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 01:04 pm:   

I thought by clearing out the bad ideas, it would open up the way for good ones. I was wrong!

JV
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 01:12 pm:   

If This is Tuesday, This Must Be Bedlam
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 02:20 pm:   

Bad ideas? I thought the creative juices were flowing nicely....

A Queer Thing Happened on the Way to Planet X-59

Der Scheik von Mars' Bedtime Book

Under the Shade of the Exploding Sun
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des lewis
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 02:29 pm:   

Variations on the Theme of Dream
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 07:17 pm:   

I think the shorter and less arcane the title, the better, if you're talking about an ongoing anthology. If you want to reference SF, maybe:

OUTPOST
DOWNLINK (a message sent from a spaceship)
GRAVITY
SIDEREAL TIME (refers to time relative to other stars)
SHEPHERD MOONS
VELOCITY

I always thought mythical beasts were evocative, too:

MANTICORE
THE GOBLIN MARKET (from Christina Rosetti, of course)
REDCAP
CERBERUS
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 07:29 pm:   

'Shepard Moons'?

Must be a different anthology. :0)
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 08:08 pm:   

Whoa -- Enya got there first! In real life, they're moons with rings. I don't know what the hell they are to Enya. Scratch that one! :-)
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 10:13 pm:   

If you want to catch that all-important young demographic, I'd suggest Weird Sh*t.

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 11:27 pm:   

or Plasmaweird
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 06:02 am:   

Playdates With the Damned

Totally F***ed
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 08:52 am:   

Tomorrowlands
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 09:43 am:   

Sorry, I didn't realize how Disney that sounded.

With apologies to Nick Cave:

Sordid Interruptions of Normality*

*based on Cave's definition of rock and roll
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Michael J. Walsh
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 12:48 pm:   

How about: "Odyssey". I'm sure Homer wouldn't mind.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 01:19 pm:   

In the spirit of Nova, Orbit, Continuum, Stellar and New Dimensions, I suggest Constellations, Quasar, Parsec and Australis.

Hairy Globes of Fire does a certain ring to it...
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Maura McHugh
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 04:40 pm:   

A suggestion: Liminal States.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:05 am:   

Penumbra
Lacunae
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:08 am:   

Last Exit Before Sagitarius A
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:18 am:   

Mothmen, Maenads and Magi
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Jeff VanderMeer
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:30 pm:   

By now, Jonathan has to be horrified...

I suggest

BEYOND THE VOID

JeffV
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Neal Asher
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 04:22 am:   

"In real life, they're moons with rings."

Erm, no they aren't. They're moons that shepherd dust and rock into rings around other objects, like Saturn.

Anyway:

Nightlands
Shadowplay

Mirror Shades (!!!)
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 05:55 am:   

Ah. Thanks for the correction.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 08:21 am:   

Oh come on, Jeff, there's some outstanding work in here!

"When Words Collide"
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 11:09 am:   

Two Humanoids Walk Into a Bar...

Never Give a Hominid An Even Break
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Jeff VanderMeer
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 12:39 pm:   

ABADE AWHILE BABYLON

AVAUNT! THE STARS!

BE YE MEN?

REACH AROUND URANUS

Jeff
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 01:59 pm:   

Sorry, Neal, there already was a MIRRORSHADES with Bruce Sterling, etc.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 02:32 pm:   

PANEGYRIC
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 02:37 pm:   

REVENANT

(Sorry to put so many posts up here, but I post 'em as I think of 'em)
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Nightshadebooks
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 03:46 pm:   

Since our inspiration for doing this is Terry Carr's Universe series, we've decided to call the series....

<drumroll>

Universe.
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jeff hotchkiss
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 05:25 pm:   

ECLIPSE
ABYSS
SAPPHIRIC
BEDLAM
BLACK LANTERN
LAMPLIGHTER
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Curt Phillips
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 06:32 pm:   

It's too bad that I only joined this group tonight and have only now - after you've choosen "Universe" - read your request. Do you *really* want to go with a retread title? Have you forgotten that Silverberg and Haber have already retreaded "Universe" for their short lived original anthology series that launched in 1990?

If you really like the word "Universe" in a title, at least consider dressing it up with something like "Tomorrow's Universe" or "The Universe Next Door"; something like that. ("Hairy Globes of Fire" is looking better all the time, isn't it?)

Hmmm...

How about: CHALLENGER

Roll that one around on your mental palate for a moment. CHALLENGER. "New stories of New Worlds and New Tomorrows - CHALLENGER".

Curt Phillips
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 08:37 pm:   

Howzabout 'Multiverse' and invite a Corum story from Michael Moorcock?
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 09:13 pm:   

I think Universe is a fine title for the series, but is it a good idea to call it that considering Jim Baen's Universe is a currently publishing magazine? People might see your anthology and mistake it for being related to the magazine.

Dunno if that's a big deal, just thought I'd throw that out there.
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Dflewis
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 05:32 am:   

I thought Abutting The If was brilliant ;-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 07:31 am:   

Well, ummm, "Universe" is nice, too, I guess...:-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 08:30 am:   

I think it's a mistake to call a new series Universe --exactly because it's the same title as a classic, well-known anthology series.
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Nightshadebooks
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 09:14 am:   

Well, being that the classic, well-known anthology series stopped being produced 20 years ago (barring the brief attempt at resurrection in the early 90s), I'm not sure it'll be a problem. And since our series is directly inspired by Terry Carr, it seems appropriate. And because we're not calling it Abutting the If or Hairy Globes of Fire or any one of the variations on "Night Shades" since it's not a horror anthology. Because we've received over 200 submissions, and none of them is ringing my bell.

Yes, we considered Multiverse, but being that the book has nothing to do with Moorcock, that seemed like a poor choice.
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Jeff VanderMeer
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:11 am:   

In all seriousness, I agree with Ellen.

JeffV
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:53 am:   

I'm not in love with Universe, either. I'd sooner go with "And Now for Something Completely Different." Which pretty well sums up the kinds of futures we've been getting since I started paying attention.

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:13 pm:   

How about Megacosm or some other name that is simple but tapps the same vibe as Universe without it actually being Universe?

Just a thought...
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Dflewis
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:20 pm:   

Or an anagram - like Sure Vine.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:24 pm:   

Sin Revue!
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:25 pm:   

Sui Verne
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:26 pm:   

Vein User
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 01:27 pm:   

Venus Ire
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 02:06 pm:   

Now, you've got to love this one...

EVE'S RUIN
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S. Hamm
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 07:31 pm:   

PULSAR I
QUBIT I
PARALLAX I
PENUMBRA I
BARYON I
ISOTOPE I
XENOGAMY I
ORBITAL DECAY I
UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE I
WEAK INTERACTION I
SCHRODINGER'S LITTER BOX I
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S. Hamm
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 07:34 pm:   

You could also call it BABYLON I, but you'd have to kill the series after four volumes to avoid the inevitable lawsuit.
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Jerry Sawyer
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 07:44 pm:   

Okay, here's my one and only stab (maybe). How about HYPERBOLE or maybe HYPERBOLIST. Extreme exageration seems to fit with science fiction, doesn't it?
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Dflewis
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 12:24 am:   

Overtow
Sysygy
Precession
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Dflewis
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 08:16 am:   

English spelling mine, perhaps!
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 08:53 am:   

If Terry Carr is your inspiration, it might be helpful to look at all the other anthologies he published besides the Universe series. There were titles like New Worlds of Fantasy, The Others, This Side of Infinite, Into the Unknown, and, I'm sure, more.

While New Worlds has a history and associations just like Universe does, what about something that riffs on the other words or themes? Other Worlds, Infinity, Unknown Spaces.

Or some variation of the Universe title? Like Open Universe, or Expanding Universe. That would call up the associations with Carr, but also set yourself apart as something new, unique.
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Charles Coleman Finlay
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 09:03 am:   

Regarding Syzygy, there are/have been at least two magazines with that title, one a hardcore gaming magazine and the other a literary/poetry journal.
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

I always liked One Step Beyond. If you have ten stories, it could be Ten Steps Beyond and original.

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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John William Thiel
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 10:26 am:   

"Cunning for Geoffrey". He learns it from an extraterrestrial fox!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 03:36 pm:   

One Step Beyond sounds more supernatural --like the tv show.
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M.K. Hobson
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 04:11 pm:   

One Step Beyond is also a great "Madness" song. ;-)

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Matt Hughes
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 06:30 pm:   

One Step Beyond is also a great "Madness" song.

Indeed it is.

In a similar vein, how about: Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's Some Science Fiction!

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Dflewis
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 12:12 am:   

Regarding Syzygy, there are/have been at least two magazines with that title, one a hardcore gaming magazine and the other a literary/poetry journal.

If so, it's about time SF/Fantasy took back its own book / magazine title!
Also a great tribute to one of my favourite SF writers: Michael Coney. His Hello Summer, Goodbye is in my top ten novels.
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John William Thiel
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 08:16 am:   

A good anthology by Nightshade should write its own title. Maybe there's a better one available around here; anyway, it's a plus for distribution.
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Dflewis
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 08:19 am:   

Just thought: Hello Summer, Goodbye - could be addressed to global warming!

Interesting wikipedia about syzygy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygy
Which also mentions Coney's SF novel
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 02:35 pm:   

There is a little part of me that's very attracted to editing One Step Beyond; A Second Step Beyond; A Third Step Beyond; and so on. Not sure it'd work.

My only concern, really, with using UNIVERSE as a series title is that it might place the book too firmly in the SF camp. It's really supposed to crossover, and cover sf and fantasy, so...
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 03:24 pm:   

UNUSUAL CIRCUITRY (or CIRCUITS)

YET ANOTHER UNTHEMED ANTHOLOGY

ORIGINAL VISIONS

BEST DAMNED UNTHEMED ANTHOLOGY
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 03:32 pm:   

I got it. Call it Porn for Robots.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 03:46 pm:   

Oh I do like Porn for Robots...for something :-) (that $200 worth of Trujillo could come in handy)
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 05:19 pm:   

Timorous Visions?
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 05:38 pm:   

Night Shade Visions!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 08:01 pm:   

I can't look at this too carefully, because I'm still desperate for a title for my Del Rey antho of sf/f/h....so I'm closing my eyes from now on.
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 10:48 pm:   

Ubiverse
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Dflewis
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 03:41 am:   

Usiverne
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 04:07 am:   

Ellen...

Unthemed Melody?

You should give a prize. You'll get all these great suggestions. :-)
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PM
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 06:35 am:   

It's her editor who should get something. After all she had a sufficient number of really good names and it still remains nameless.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 08:24 am:   

Well, he hasn't said no yet. He just hasn't said yes--GREAT to any of them :-(
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 09:04 am:   

Explicit Terry Carr references:

Exaltations
Beyond Dream's Edge
Black Holes and Grassy Knolls
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Dflewis
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 10:24 am:   

cordwainer's dream
welkin's ark
Glory Space
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 11:11 am:   

More explicit Terry Carr references:

REJOICE!
TOUCHSTONES
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 11:42 am:   

How about: You Gotta Read This One!

Followed by You Gotta Read This Too!

At least it might make people pick it up off the bookstore shelf. And the easily suggestible might order it unread.

Or something more poetical: Golden Visions, Bleak Vistas

Or something intimidating: More Than You Can Handle

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 01:10 pm:   

NERVOUS EXCURSIONS INTO MILDLY UNFAMILIAR TERRAIN

(It's a soft sell.) :-)
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Bronwyn Elko
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:24 pm:   

METAXY, from Plato, which means "in-between", a realm where things are neither this nor that. I wrote a story called that but it was crap so I give it up here. :-) Reluctantly. I love that word.

Noxshade Canticles

Noxmoria

Or, Sundogs Barking at the Post-apocalyptic Moon. :-)
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 03:02 pm:   

I like METAXY. Any title that has an x and a y in it stands out. Who could resist at least looking at a book whose title was FOXY MOXY?

I have a trunk book, a thriller entitled PAROXYSM. Never been able to sell it, but everybody likes that title.

Tell you what, if you like you can have it.

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Dflewis
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 11:29 pm:   

Oxymoron
or, better, Oxymores
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 06:40 am:   

ASK
EXEGESIS
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Jetse
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 08:27 am:   

Dawn

Solstice

Eclipse
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Dflewis
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   

I'd like to reinforce my earlier suggestion of GLORY SPACE - containing memorable vibes of Glory Hole, Space, Religion...
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 01:35 pm:   

TALISMAN
ELEMENTALISM
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Lars Thorsen
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 03:34 am:   

Axial Tiltings

Two Oars In The Cosmos,
In Search Of A Boat

Not So Original Sins

Sidewise Visions

The Watched Pot Boils or (A Serious Case of the Hurry-Up Hives)

and TAA-DAA


PERENNIAL ANNUALS or Annual Perennials
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Dflewis
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 08:17 am:   

I don't think this competition is open any more.
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 06:42 pm:   

In all honesty, Df, we've not got a winner yet. I liked Solstice and Eclipse, but not a lot else has run my bells. We're definitely going over it, and when we finally, finally decide we'll announce it. Sorry if this has seemed to drag on. Who knew that the hard part of doing this book would be the name...
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des lewis
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 12:30 am:   

Sorry, I thought 'Universe' had been chosen.

How about:
Syzygy
Glory Space

:-)
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des lewis
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 12:48 am:   

Node
Midheaven
Welkin's Ark
Aspects
Progression
Mansions
Dignities
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 09:21 am:   

Reliable Sources
The Plastic Mirage
The Engines of Sleep
Mirror, Prism, Lens [title of a chapter from Dhalgren]

Rooting through my old math and physics texts could yield a few possibilities. I kind of liked:

Methods of Steepest Descent
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Jetse
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 09:49 am:   

In the vein of Solstice and Eclipse --- my personal fave... -- I suggest:

--Penumbra

--Perihelion

--Flare

--Polaris

--Monopole

--Supersymmetry

--Hyperspace

--Accelerator

--Retrocausality

--Axiom

--The Big Rip

--The Big Ripper(I'll take my coat...)

(You can cry 'Uncle' anytime, Jonathan...)
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 03:00 pm:   

I cried uncle a long time ago... Just discussing Catalyst. One problem is that everything has been used somewhere...
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 03:44 pm:   

Having to come up with a title that covers both science fiction and fantasy makes it tricky.

How about: WONDERS TO BEHOLD or WONDERS AND WANDERERS

Matt Hughes
Majestrum
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Jetse
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 04:00 pm:   


quote:

Just discussing Catalyst.


Ahhhh: the C-word.

Some more:

--Chain Reaction

--Conjugation

--Chirality

--Complementarity


quote:

Having to come up with a title that covers both science fiction and fantasy makes it tricky.


We keep trying:

--Synthesis

--Resonance

--Scintillation

--Intensity;

(or its slumbering counterpart):

--Latency

Or steal from the classics:

--Surface Tension

--Force of Nature

--Paradigm Shift

(With Nemonymous you could at least try neologisms...)
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:24 am:   

Antapex
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:50 am:   

Trichiliocosm

This is an English word but translated from Sanskrit where it was used to desribe a billion-world universe system.
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des lewis
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 01:47 am:   

Trichiliocosm slips off the tongue nicely (a bit like Nemonymous). :-)

Caduceus
Crescent
Circumference
Cutlas

Quandary
Sylph
Part of Fortune
Trigon
Swift
Gemini
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Jetse
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 10:36 am:   

Well, if I understand Jonathan Strahan's blogpost of March 14 correctly, then the anthology will be called "Eclipse", not "Universe".

Since I had put this name forward in my post of February 6, I thought I'd return to claim some Nightshade Books Swag.

However, higher up in the thread Jeff Hotchkiss also mentioned ECLIPSE on January 30. I missed it the first time around, so I really thought I was the first.

Bugger, as the saying goes.

Now, does Jeff Hotchkiss get all the Nightshade Books booty, or do I get a copy of John Armstrong's "Grey" for being the stupidly honest idiot that I am?

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Dflewis
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 01:09 am:   

Was there any result to this competition?
des

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