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One of Shakespeare’s more complicated plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is itself a work of fantasy, so changing the names of the four young protagonists/lovers into names more suited for science fiction is an interesting exercise. Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander are all victims of the fairy Puck, that “merry wanderer of the night’s”, efforts at mocking mortals and placing them in awkward situations. Transforming these individuals into science fiction characters should, obviously, reflect their personalities as depicted by Shakespeare. Demetrius, who initially spurns Helena, professing his love for Hermia instead, and who is jealous of what he fears is a relationship between Hermia and Lysander (“Where is Lysander and fair Hermia? The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me”) is the less sympathetic of the two males in this convoluted arrangement and serves as a sort of spoiler until recognizing his true love for Helena. He is a little heartless at the outset, and unreasonably envious. To him, we shall consider the moniker “Cardiominimus,” for minimal heart. This may sound more Latin than science fiction, but give it a try.
Lysander, the more innocent and romantic of the two young men, already has a name more appropriate for science fiction than for a serious work of literature, but we can consider a name like Jace Lovemore. Hermia is a diminutive young lady whose suspicion that Helena has conspired against her suggests an insecure but attractive figure whose love for Lysander is cemented in the play’s ending. As with Lysander, Hermia can serve as a science fiction name, but if one must select another, one possibility could be Angelic Petitewalker (this is actually a more difficult exercise than I anticipated). Finally, Helena is also insecure about her appearance and mistrusts the motivations of her pursuers. She is, of course, taller than Hermia and, as a result of Puck’s foul-up, becomes the subject of both men’s infatuation. A possible name for Helena, who ends up with Demetrius, could be Pathetica Moonglow.
There is a whole genre of science fiction romance novels from which one could draw inspiration. Attempting to meld characteristics of fictional characters with names that suggest futuristic or scientifically-based themes is no easy task, but the above represent a few possibilities (I think).
Helena, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius are the four lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream. There are many sub-genres within science fiction so the new names will depend on which sub-genre we pick. One of my favorites is Robot Apocalypse. (Asimov forgive me!)
Hermion and Lysandrone (Androids in love trying to flee the city hub ruled by Hermion's father.)
Demetron (A slightly militant and rigid follower of Hermion's father. He is on a mission, more or less, to rise up the ranks of the robot hierarchy. His titanium-chrome exterior has all the local androids flocking to him.)
Helenoid (A slightly pathetic android chasing after the elusive Demetron.)
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