POTD question...

Wed Jan 22 12:48:06 PST 2003

On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at 03:40 PM, lazarus wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Jan 2003 12:22:29 -0800 (PST), you wrote:
>> Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student) writes:
>>  This falls in the same category as the "Orlaan/Loraan" controversy. 
>> _I_
>>  still don't believe there's no connection!
>> Note that, in _Taltos_, Vlad talks about a Jhereg named Rolaan.  I
>> think Steve just likes the sound of those phonemes.
>> rone
> Also, names repeat in the real world, in every culture, but for some
> reason readers want every character ever mentioned in a fantasy world
> to have a unique name.
> How many guys named Bob or Steve or Jeff have you had working for you?
> At one point, my entire sales staff was made up of Chris's and
> Randy's.  Drove the central office crazy, of course.
You are correct and a lot of writers miss this point. A good example is 
Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" books. Ten volumes, I don't think a 
name is repeated once. Its like everyone on the planet has a unique