In Isaac Asimov's novel and short story (short story later expanded) Nightfall, there's a character named "Theremon 762".

The whole novel is about darkness and innate fear, and a theremin, a type of musical instrument, is known for being used to convey a sense of suspense or fear.

Is there any evidence that Asimov based Theremon 762's name on the instrument?

  • There is nooothing online that has both the word "theremon" and "theremin" in it. Except for an old forum post about how someone picked their username.
    – user80
    Jan 30, 2017 at 10:43
  • @Emrakul hm, okay. The answer may end up being "no" or just no answers, but this was just a thought I had.
    – user72
    Jan 30, 2017 at 15:23
  • I've never heard of theremins being known for conveying suspense and fear
    – DForck42
    Jan 31, 2017 at 15:12
  • @DForck42 you've been living under a rock.
    – user72
    Jan 31, 2017 at 15:14
  • The closest that Asimov and the theremin are associated seems to be that people like to hear its sound while listening to or reading his stories.
    – Bookeater
    Jan 31, 2017 at 17:20


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