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Sci-Fi Baby Names Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2007

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“It used to be that parents would look to the Bible or history or long-gone relatives to find a name for their baby. Then Mom and Dad began looking to singers and sports starts and movie actors and actresses for inspiration. Now comes Brooklyn writer Robert Schnakenberg with a new source: science-fiction characters.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Tempted to name your son Yoda? A new book called Sci-Fi Baby Names can help you make that important decision.”Newsday
 
“Baby names such as ‘China’ and ‘Moon Unit’ are so yesterday. Now your kid can be 23rd century from Day One if you zap him or her with a name from the new book Sci-Fi Baby Names.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

About the Author

Robert Schnakenberg is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, New York.  He is the author of several books, including The Encyclopedia Shatnerica, the world’s first A-to-Z guide to the life and career of William Shatner.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741611
  • ASIN: B005M4DONE
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,596,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Useless novelty item or no, I'd say this book still makes a perfectly good gift. Read through it first, and it contained a plenty of names that sound a good deal more reasonable than some of what you hear when you get introduced to a modern kindergarten class. Reads as much like a sci-fi trivia book as it does a baby names book, and is very entertaining.

That said, the binding is so tight and the margins so narrow that it's a struggle to read the words nearest the spine. The publisher needs to find a new printer.
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This book really just includes the most obvious and cliche sci fi names, like Barbarella and Kirk. It's not divided into boy/girl names, and there are even fewer girl than boy names. I expected a greater abundance of sho'nuff sci fi names, and not a bunch of suggestions like "Amanda" or "Alan" -- because somebody in a sci fi movie was named Amanda or Alan. I could probably write a better book than this. Where is Case? What about Lando? You won't find those names in this book. You'd have better luck just reading some science fiction books.
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Sci-Fi Baby Names: 500 Out of This World Baby Names from Anakin to Zardoz lives up to its title and then some. Each of the five hundred names presented is listed along with a source and trivia tidbit referring to characters of that name in science fiction movies, comics, television, and books. The names are categorized into traditional names ("George"), masculine names ("Cameron"), feminine names ("Talleah"), power names ("Quentin"), intellectual names ("Sigmund"), and exotic names ("Vultan"). A treat for sci-fi enthusiasts to page through, and a nice starting point for prospective parents interested in naming their child something a little bit different.
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Names are incredibly basic or too outlandish. Was very disappointed by this book. It was also really difficult to turn the pages! The binding was so tight that I had to open the pages part way and strain my eyes to read sideways. If you're looking for a book to give name advice and also be humerus, I would recommend "Hello, My Name is Pabst." It was everything I was looking for, but didn't find, in this book.
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