Zylons and cylons

Daniel L Newhouse

New Member
Being as subjective as possible what might zylon (bad extraterrestrials in Solaris) and cylon (bad extraterrestrials in Battlestar Galactica) mean in English? I've heard cylon means death to eternity.
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
cylon is a postclassical word which means 'jelly', unless it is a Greek loanword (from κῦλον) meaning 'groove above upper eyelid'.

zylon doesn't really mean anything, unless it is meant to be related to ζύμη, 'yeast', or ζῦθος, 'beer'.
 

Iohannes Aurum

Technicus Auxiliarius
Cylon is invented by Glen A. Larson, a Mormon with no classical training, yet created popular sci-fi media. He probably liked the name Cylon as a malevolent extraterrestrial species.
 

scrabulista

Consul
Staff member
xylon (from Greek) would be "wood," no?
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris

scrabulista

Consul
Staff member
Was Solaris a TV show/movie or a book?
If the former, OP might have heard "xylon" as "zylon." (as in xylophone).
 
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