By C. J. Cherryh
Their names have been Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette and Vivien, they usually have been made humans, clone servants who labored aboard The Maid, an anachronistic myth of a spaceship. that they had no notion in their origins, from these previous storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism and betrayal, till a ripple within the space-time continuum sucked The Maid and her staff right into a no-man's land from which there can be no go back, they usually have been left on my own to stand a hindrance which their old prototypes have been by no means designed to master...
Wave with no Shore
Freedom used to be an remoted planet, off the most spaceways and barely visited through advertisement spacers. It wasn't that Freedom was once inhospitable, the matter was once that outsiders—tourists and traders—claimed that the streets have been crowded with mysterious blue-robed extraterrestrial beings. Native-born people, in spite of the fact that, denied that those extraterrestrial beings existed—until a planetary predicament compelled a disagreement among the query of truth and the truth of the question...
Voyager within the Night
Rafe Murray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian's husband Paul Gaines, like many different out-of-luck spacers, had come to newly equipped exercise Station to discover their destiny. Their tiny send, Lindy, were salvaged from the junk heap, and suited to mine ore from the mineral-rich earrings which rotated pastime. yet their destiny proved to be some distance stranger than any of them imagined, whilst a "collision" with a massive alien vessel supplied them with the oddest first touch adventure attainable!
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Or rather, they may eventually. . The word ‘robot’ meant nothing in the fifteenth century, and yet if they had had futurolinguistics then, they could have easily envisioned automata”(110). Like the sentence-generating machine in Swift’s Academy of Lagado, futurolinguistics caricatures the idea that the future can be known through the mechanical invention of words. But Professsor Trottelreiner’s science is more eerie than the Academy’s. There is a certain grotesque realism in the notion that linguistic invention can predict — and by predicting, generate — an infinite proliferation of material possibilities.
In practice, sf writers exploit both strategies together. A characteristic style has much to do with how an author combines these two aspects of imaginary neology. Most sf neologies are playful combinations of arbitrary poetic connotations and established techniques of making new words out of old ones. Neology without Neologisms Semantic shifts show sf ’s kinship with other literary modes that also depend on placing untransformed language into transformed contexts, such as parable, comedy, and satire.
20 Jekyll does not give a name to his compound or the process of transmutation by which the higher elements of his nature are suppressed. The drug never passes beyond the threshold of Jekyll’s person. It is not revealed, exchanged, or distributed. The narrative doesn’t permit it to act independently of its protagonist. By refusing to give his novum a scientific name Stevenson kept his tale from engaging with the discourse of science. Most early writers of sf approached imaginary neologism with similar discretion.
Alternate Realities by C. J. Cherryh