one of his recent
book reviews, Richard McGinlay wonders about the
way planets names are given in a book. He does not like what
he considers an inconsistency, namely that a planet's moniker
is given as, say, Veridian Three in one instance, but as Veridian
III in another.
clearly believes that this is the result of poor writing and/or
editing, but this is not the case. In fact, the planet names
are given as proper English grammar dictates. In exposition,
planets are written with a Roman numeral, while in dialogue,
the numbers are spelled out. Again, this is according to the
rules of English, the theory behind the rule being that people
do not speak in numbers, they speak in words.
though Mr. McGinlay might appreciate knowing this.
R. George III