Date: 2019-02-20 11:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jbwoodford
I'd go for Wells' "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy, and if it does well they can do "Element of Fire" and "Death of the Necromancer" as prequels.

Date: 2019-02-21 12:31 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"Aeroplanes" because this is the 1930s, kids.

Do you mean that "airplane" now the normal way to spell this? Because it is not in my experience.

Date: 2019-02-21 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] felila
Editor here. I added that as a lark, James let it slide. I should have checked usage and didn't. I have the impression (based on reading lots of older fiction) that aeroplane is the older version in the US and still current in the UK. But should have run Google ngram to be sure.

Date: 2019-02-21 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] felila
I checked ngram. Peak use of aeroplane in 1920s in both UK and US. After that, declined slowly in US. Dropped quickly in UK, then ramped up again in the 1940s (as did use of airplane; probably war-related). So my intuition that it was a 30s spelling wasn't that far off. Doesn't seem to be popular in either UK or US at the moment, but not unknown.

Date: 2019-02-21 10:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
Aeroplane was what I was taught at school back in the early sixties in the UK, and is what I still tend to use. But I'd also use plane and aircraft. Airplane, though just sounds wrong.

Date: 2019-02-22 04:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
Recently I was reading "At the Mountains of Madness" in e-book form, and was startled to notice that Lovecraft put an umlaut over the E: aëroplane.

A quirk of the edition I was reading? No. I used Google to check other versions, and they too spelled it aëroplane.

In a lifetime as an aviation-book reader, I don't recall encountering this tic with any other author.

Date: 2019-02-22 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am the original anonymous poster. I am in my mid-thirties, and English is my primary second language; I also happen to not have lived in a primarily English-speaking country in my life. I've been speaking English since I was seven years old, though.

"Plane" to me connotes aircraft in general; "aircraft" is plurale tantum and has connotations of military aircraft. "Airplane" also sounds wring to me, and "aeroplane" is the neutral term for an aeroplane for me. It had not occurred to me to use a diaresis on the "e", but it makes sense, in an Economist Style Guide kind of way.

Date: 2019-02-23 04:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It used to be ordinary in English to use umlauts (OK, in this application it's called diæresis) when adjacent vowel characters were phonetically distinct - coöperate as distict from the nonexistent *cooperate 'to transform into a coffee-swigging, cherry pie eating FBI agent'. Today only the New Yorker magazine is prëtëntïöüs enough to use them.

Date: 2019-02-23 11:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
Although you do still sometimes see the name spelt Zoë.

Date: 2019-02-21 08:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
If I were a TV or film producer I would be desperately trying to get the rights to Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's Keltia books.

- Everyone is pretty. It's literally canon. And they all wear pretty clothes. Even the architecture is pretty.
- There is a magic school for teens. I hear those are popular.
- Then there is a battle school for teens. Also popular.
- The heroine just straight-up fucking blows up a moon with magic, from her spaceship that she flew through a terrifying non-dimension because she's also a badass pilot. Later she successfully defends herself in a sword duel.
- The heroine's two husbands (consecutive, not parallel) (moooostly) are the blood brothers of her foster sisters, which is enough like incest to make the taboo shippers happy but can still get past the censors.
- Vast quantities of interpersonal and intergenerational drama.
- It is about half a millimeter from having actual queer content.
- Swordfighting with laser swords that definitely aren't lightsabers.
- A fucking spaceship like a fucking giant gold dragon floating in space, what the fuck.
- A lot of major characters die... but the black guy lives.
Edited Date: 2019-02-21 08:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2019-02-22 03:41 pm (UTC)
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This is an excellent set of recommendations. I like all of them.

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