…her given name isn’t Thera. It’s Amber. And her first brother’s name is Corwin.
That’s all the clues an F/SF geek needs to identify a favorite author of their parents. This uberdude. (He is, of course, in my personal pantheon as well.)
I love Zelazny, but I’m happy that Thera chose another name for herself than his archetypical realm. I never asked why she changed it, nor how she came to pick her self-moniker. I just felt that her parents didn’t think things through. Not that there’s anything wrong with Amber, it’s a lovely girl’s name…if you aren’t a huge Zelazny fan. But if you love The Chronicles of Amber, you know the title of its first book:
Nine Princes in Amber.
Um…hello, potentially awkward? Like I said, I don’t know what her parents were thinking. And considering that “Corwin” was one of those princes…I dunno. I just don’t know what they were thinking. But all three of their kids turned out fine. Their last was named Forrest, I assume after they’d considered Benedict, Adolph, and Oedipus.