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rondwyer
Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 01:59 pm:   

I'm having a problem with the title of a science fiction novel I plan to write. Let me just say that it is about a particular institution.
I looked on the internet to see if the name has been taken; it has, by an actual institution.
A friend suggested another title, by substituting one of the words for a synonym. I liked that title also, but I found that name was already taken, by a different institution.
So I have some questions. Do I go with one of these titles, and say something in the preface to the effect "This is a work of fiction and does not have anything to do with the actual <------>...." Would that avoid possible lawsuits?
Or should I entitle the novel differently?
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Neal Asher
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 12:46 am:   

Write the novel first and worry about the title later.
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Maggie Blue
Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 07:26 pm:   

I've been in this situation also, at least twice. What I did was go on and write the book. I did end up changing my title. Thought of the new title when I was about half way through writing the book, and I like the new title better. Good luck, keep writing. Maggie

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