Friday, January 9, 2009

Superheroes Z, X, Q, and V

Never have the stories of so many depended on the letters of so few. Where would science fiction be without "Z," "X," "Q," and "V?"

Zoltron wouldn't be able to fire his quasar beam at Voltron from the planet Xenon. In other words, sci-fi would be bland and lifeless.

I think it's high time for these letters to receive the recognition they deserve for working overtime for their genre. Can we say special holiday, people? Commemorative stamps, even?

Don't be surprised if these letters just up and walk out of the alphabet someday. They can only suffer the indignity of disregard for so long. And could we really blame them? Which words would you miss? Please write your Congressperson today.

9 comments:

Marcia said...

Wow, I never really thought about this, but you're right. What specialized letters these are! :)

Jacqui said...

I have always been partial to Q and have long championed it as an underappreciated treasure...

Candace Ryan said...

Hi, Marcia. Thanks for helping acknowledge these special letters.

Hey, Jacqui. I guess you would be a "Q" fan, seeing how it makes up the center of your being (or at least it's one of the central letters in your first name).

I like "Q," too. I've recently finished a picture book manuscript in which each word starts with the letter "Q."

Jacqui said...

No! Really? A Q book?! I want one!

Candace Ryan said...

Thanks, Jacqui, I'll put you down on the list. There's just that one minor detail of my agent needing to sell it first... ;)

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha! Too funny. I need to blog about this post tomorrow!

Candace Ryan said...

Hi, Corey. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.

Corey Schwartz said...

Took me forever, but I got the post up finally with a link to you here.

Candace Ryan said...

Hi, Corey. Thanks for linking. I enjoyed your post and book reviews. Too cool!