|First Appearance||Analog Magazine|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction, Fantasy|
|Publication date||January, 1992|
"Secret Names" is an science fiction-fantasy short story written by Harry Turtledove. It was originally published in Analog Magazine in January 1992 and reprinted in the Turtledove collection Departures in 1993.
The story is set in a future North America sometime after a nuclear holocaust, and concerns the difficulties which Madyu, a shaman of a tribe of hunter-gathers in "Eestexas", had in making hunting magic work and his attempts to gain the "secret names" of animals to make his magic stronger.
In both "Secret Names" and The Valley-Westside War, the future survivors of a nuclear apocalypse refer to the pre-war era as the "Old Time", hinting that they may be set in the same timeline. However, in The Valley-Westside War guns (though unreliable) existed and were used. Such cannot be said about the world of "Secret Names".