Ambisia has appeared in Black Denim Lit, a new magazine with stories freely available online. One source for the piece was Erwin Schrödinger’s Cat in the Box Paradox, and like the paradox, ‘Ambisia’ takes a few liberties with quantum mechanics. Another feature of the story is that it follows the Planetary Rhyming Convention:
- All planets in a given solar system must have rhyming names.
- If the inhabitants have not yet evolved to spoken language or are unable to distinguish the planets, all planets are deemed to have the name ‘Ook.’
The first appearance of the convention that I am aware of is in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series of novels, with Barsoom for Mars, Jasoom for Earth, etc. In fact, Burroughs’ rhyming arose because the planetary names were constructed from the Barsoomian word for planet, ‘soom,’ together with a numerical prefix, but I prefer to think he wanted rhyming planets and then invented a reason for it.