In The Book of the Long Sun, Gene Wolfe uses the convention that male characters are named for animals or things derived from animals, female characters are named for plants or things derived from plants, and sentient machines are named for minerals.

Was he the first to use that naming convention?

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    I believe the standard phrase is "animal, vegetable, or mineral."
    – Adamant
    Feb 19, 2018 at 16:43
  • @Adamant, that's the typical phrase, but I think the characters in the books said, "animal, plant, mineral", or possibly ". . . inorganic".
    – Steve
    Feb 19, 2018 at 17:10


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