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  1. Street Pattern

    Street Pattern Very Tilted

    I met a guy the other day named Calvin Knox.

    "Calvin Knox" was once a pen name used by sf author Isaac Asimov Robert Silverberg, early in his career. He suspected a publisher of being antisemitic, so he submitted writings under the most un-Jewish name he could think of.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
  2. Levite

    Levite Levitical Yet Funky

    The Windy City
    I once met a guy named Jack Gardner, which tickled me quite a bit, as Jackson Gardner was the first pen name I ever published under as a teenager.
  3. Street Pattern

    Street Pattern Very Tilted

    I've never met anyone named Starbuck Newelman. I doubt he exists.
  4. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Large City, TX
    The only nome de plumes (ooh!) that come to mind immediately are Richard Bachman/Stephen King, & Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter. I used to think that S.E. Hinton was a psuedonym, but later found out that Susan Eloise Hinton used her initials to hide her gender since she was writing books aimed mostly at teenage males.

    Oh, can't forget Anne Rice/A. N. Roquelaure.
  5. Daniel_

    Daniel_ The devil made me do it...

    I had a sequence of role playing characters as a teen, all called variations of Lucas Grey (modified appropriate to the game genre and locale). Some years later I encountered a guy actually called Lucas Grey, and it took a moment before I realised why it was so familiar.
  6. Years ago, I used to buy tobacco from a gentleman named John Carter.
    I always hailed him as "John Carter of Cigars!"
    He never found it funny.
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  7. Plan9 FORMAT C:

    This Island Earth
    George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)--the author of the famous Middlemarch--is my favorite pen name, followed by the previously mentioned Richard Bachman, the name by which Stephen King released some of his grittier early novels.

    I have several pseudonyms for when I write on other sites: one for technical stuff, one for ridiculous rants and one for professional correspondence.

    ...like a hermit crab.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014
  8. omega

    omega Very Tilted

    So I was at the jail yesterday, booking in a warrant. A local pd officer was booking in a guy who had changed his legal last name to sly fox, or slyfox. I didn't get if it was two words or one word. Either way, it fit what he thought of himself as. He also had a little hair tail at the base of his hairline.
  9. Street Pattern

    Street Pattern Very Tilted

    Back around 1970, at MSU, there was a woman who changed her name to Alicyn Wonderland.