Glen Cook wrote a whole series of novels that do exactly this. The entire Black Company goes by nicknames that they usually get upon joining. I don't
I found the first two concise, I'm not sure how you justify saying some of the others use "a few words" by comparison to these! As StephenP
You should have resurrected the old thread - there's no better reason to go trawling through long-forgotten posts than reading the first new one in years!
In fact, he has already done it and it is called Gela's Ring. It has been serialized in the Aethernet Magazine (which i highly recommend) but he is also
Artificial Intelligence is something we hear about all of the time. Another terminator movie is due out next year. But this is the most plausible emergent