It seems I forgot something yesterday. Fortunately, this ping-back from Smithsonian Magazine jogged my memory!Before I even started this blog, I would occasionally pose a SyFy Question of the Day to my facebook friends. Sometimes, it was directly related to what I was writing, and I really did want some input to help me decide what direction to take with the story. Other times, it was purely fun. Here’s one of my favorites, from March 2011:
SyFy question of the night: what would call the people who survive a starliner crashing into a planet by taking an escape pod? Refugees? Survivors? I need more synonymonyms!
Mark Escapees. Survivors.
Pony If they’re still adrift, castaways.
AB Good one… when I started overusing “escapees” it sounded like they were criminals. But castaways would work in this case, even after they reach the planet safely… Even though it is a civilized planet, they are all temporarily stranded, and many make the choice to stay even though they still feel a bit adrift and out of place.
Mark Better than mine I do like castaways as well
Al Is one of them named Gilligan?
Gwendolyn maroons ;P
AB I will name the celestial polynesian “Gilligan” in honor of Shane and Al, but so far “Maroons” takes the cake!
Jess selamat (this is Maylay translation of English word “survivor.”)
AB ”selamat” sounds like the place where Gilligan, the celestial Polynesian would go to get his maroons cleaned…
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I would love to hear what you think! Even if you are reading this post a year or more after publishing, I hope you will leave a comment with your own ideas on this topic.
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