>Hop over to the Guardian Books Blog for Imogen Russell Williams’s thoughts on character names in SF and fantasy fiction. Seems like Imogen agrees with my thoughts here ie if you’re going to invent names, don’t get silly. And avoid apostrophes at all costs.
Particularly refreshing then to pick up Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War (one of those SF classics I never got round to reading, but which has been thoughtfully reprinted in the UK by those nice people at Gollancz). As well as enjoying Joe’s clear, descriptive prose, I was delighted to discover that the name he’d decided on for the motion-amplifying fighting suits worn by his future army was … fighting suits. Nice.