5 top things named after authors

George Orwell: English rebelFollowing on from Val McDermid having a morgue named after her (see previous post) here’s five more authors who have had the honour of having something named after them. Read all 22 in The Whynot100blogspot

Here’s our favourites

A word (George Orwell)

Geoffrey Nunberg wrote in The New York Times on George Orwell’s centenary—June 25, 1903—”the most telling sign of his influence is the words he left us with: not just ‘thought police,’ ‘doublethink’ and ‘unperson,’ but also ‘Orwellian’ itself, the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a modern writer.”

A drink (Ernest Hemingway)

The Hemingway Daiquiri, invented in Havana in 1921, includes 1 ½ ounces of white rum, ¼ ounce of maraschino liqueur, ½ ounce of grapefruit juice, ¾ ounce of lime juice, and ¾ ounces of simply syrup. Pour it into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drink until the sun also rises.

An asteroid (Iain Banks)

The Committee for Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union gave asteroid 5099 an official name in June 2013—Iainbanks. Nearly four miles wide, it’s located in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Solar system and“will be referred to as such for as long as Earth Culture may endure.”

The official citation says : “Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer best known for the Culture series of science fiction novels; he also wrote fiction as Iain Banks. An evangelical atheist and lover of whisky, he scorned social media and enjoyed writing music. He was an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.”

An airport (Ian Fleming)

 James Bond the characterwas named by Ian Fleming after the ornithologist James Bond, who let the author use his Jamaica estate for writing. Fleming later purchased his own estate on the Caribbean island and named it Goldeneye. A few years ago, Jamaica completed upgraded and expanded an airport used primarily by private jets, then known as the Boscobel Airstrip.  It is now Ian Fleming International Airport.

A dinosaur (Michael Crichton)

 An ankylosaur species, discovered  recently by a Chinese paleontologist, was named in honour of the author of Jurassic Park and though obviously extinct (so far) is immortalized as a Crichtonsaurus.