Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

WilovVo'shegVuxitTho'raed
YoewuwPoehapSpaezijQahof
MawepLamo'shQaeselLoecuz
RutoshTho'shemBuqoewSpayoc
Wo'zigGoeshihXaeyojVijuq
TudelZenoerQopowTumuz
TivoxSpedivTo'koedTuhah


Purpose and Construction of Alien Names

This web application produces alien names for science fiction writers, fantasy role playing gamers, or just for fun. They also make great insults! This is a preview of the work in progress. Feel free to bookmark this page and watch the application develop. ... Alien Names are constructed randomly by the code embedded in this page (using PHP) according to various linguistic rules employing consonants and vowels. Usually the resulting names are pronouncable. This technique is also useful in generating passwords.

History

I first published versions of this technique in RECREATIONAL COMPUTING in 1980 and in onCOMPUTING magazine later that same year. The program was also mentioned in the February 1980 Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine (look in the Classifieds). In 1985 I released a compiled BASIC program also called ALIEN NAMES as shareware. For the past 20 years or so, I've gotten the occasional check, some from places like South Africa, Germany, and other countries. In 1999, I wrote ALIEN NAMES yet again using the powerful REBOL scripting language. (rebol.com, "It's Perl without the complication.") I also wrote a book about REBOL, REBOL FOR DUMMIES.

Time marches on. As I discover new scripting languages, ALIEN NAMES often gets coded first just to see the language's flexibility. I learn by playing ;-). Some implementations require effort, others do not. REBOL was easy. Doing it in HTML/OS was incredibly fast and simple. The fastest way to develop web aps I've found to date! And this version was done in PHP.

Some Sample Tables of Alien Names

(C = consonant, V = vowel ...
  some C and V consist of more than one letter, such as 'th' or 'ae'...
  click browser refresh to generate new sets of names)


Pattern    C V C ... there are 4,232 possibilities.
YutKalThuxQomShezTespXovMispDosToevShokQael
ZoethTilBeqShaetZucRo'mQayFoepZuthGavQo'mNut
YuxKorSpicCo'spNospJutWogTujLehWuxMomFoez
VoegXaedWerWufLerRo'gZilCo'thYolGucCexJar
MaeyThukCo'rTonZivGivDecNosQozKoeshZavVag
SpacQaeqSpuyVaefMaekPiwCaegTheshZo'bQoecVoegWeth
HeqBaekGigQoepHaekNoenKunLadNaexSospRoegDaec
Mo'kRobBoeyLarXodHaegLethDaenDofJoshKaezSok
TospNaedSpurDaelJesHinTizXukVo'gQusYecYoey
ThumPoegZo'kNerShaethWoerCipHaecZoehShozWopFo'g

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
IweOefoEciExo'OeyeEcaIshaeUyiOqoeO'tuAspiIto
OeshoO'ceAeyaAbeEkaO'zaeEjiO'faOjo'OeroeAhuUgu
AeciO'goAmoeAmuO'taeIqaIspiItaeO'waOkiAfiObu
Aeco'OfiAco'O'luO'voEbaO'thaeAmeIniUyiEroAcu
OduIspo'O'shoeIboeObuIbaUkoAethiEcaeUdo'Eqo'Oesho'
OexaeIfo'O'so'Utho'UpiAleIqeAfiAjaeAbaeAxuAedoe
AediOeveOejoeO'kaAsuIwoeOexaUxaIxaeAeto'UnaAefoe
AyaAewiAezo'OfoeEzoEmeIvo'AqoeAbaAyeAezaAesae
EnuAshaeAecuIjo'UroeOveEweEyo'OtaeOnoEsaeAewoe
UqaeEyaEkoeAeyiAspaEgo'EsuO'caIkuEfiO'wo'Oethoe

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
XebobaeWayaeho'WirikoeJoetho'yaHoeyamaeYethaero'Vispode
Naero'daeTopukiTubovoHorekaDo'manoJaekaezoTuzece
NoevohiShozoseRoefo'yuNapaeziGuzato'Favaero'Holasho'
HovonoSpaerosoYaethoeyuSo'viziGavuduPicewoToeleho'
TaxuwuFisaesoDaeqaekoeMaespothoeThupiyoeJowaspoTexibo
VageshuZijaexeRoeyaspuWebojaSho'goegeDo'kifeYo'qayi
KibamaVehoesuXupo'hoeFisotoeVovequRaezushiRunaela
LaraedaeQicawoeZofuvoeCepo'xoHispoefiTonekuSpaeyaspu
Xaetho'luRozakuMuthogaWaereco'WawucoeCaeqo'vaeSijoku
CoefadiDaefoebeRaegijiSpicukaeLo'boemiHocopeVubaega

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
AxaeecaqAmuuvishOeluavaepOefo'o'zothOevo'oenaespUzouhadO'mauxus
OlaepadIpaago'xOexaeesivAekaeaewaekOmo'o'wo'fEbeupisOejoibep
Uneoxo'gOyuo'goshO'naanivO'qiuyoethAezookushAraumuqUcoopor
O'wiaehupAjoo'faelOneobicOthuo'bo'mOno'ofijOyoeodelEspoeoeno'f
OjeaehaexExeoehefImoaehegIkuukegOefiemuthUkoeaedaerIboeoeman
Oejoeo'reqAemoeuqawO'roeushilO'ho'ihuspOewoispajUgaeirothApoeo'ciq
O'vaeo'thaehEmeaedufAsouxespIto'ofumEsho'araecUrioethoqAboeasav
OkoeoethufAfuibomUhoaxoeyOefiaefazAefueneshOyaospuwO'caukuv
AhoaelaerUzoibapOjoaedokAbaacatItioshaejItaeaeqidUkuo'so'z
OemeaeneyUjoo'thoekAeruagoshOewaecuhOesaibedOlo'o'tiyUceotaeq

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Yem Uo'maespaBoes AatidaVac Iisho'naLay O'o'bino'Veth Oeesilu
Spoew AiwavaSpur Ao'saeshuZeth AeaefoesoLo'w O'o'moespoeNam Uabada
Vo'sh Eaeceso'Jiq OeoenoviYik Uaeno'juThit O'asaegoShib Aeumika
Xoex Audobo'Zo'g IaeqaxuSuw AocajoeNusp UiwipeNo'j Iaehufa
Bez Uaeniyo'Maeh AiyazeXev AoesispoQoq UuvodoShoj Aeaedasho
Zo'h AoenoewaLab OeuqidaSpug OosoejoZij Eehojo'Thav O'ivace
Qil UishaewiLot OeithaqeHam Eo'maeshoeRo'y AeodeciCaec Oeqashae
Bo'j EejukeSped OeoebupoToeq AoekadoSem IeloeluTho'y Eo'spisoe
Kef AeaeyixoSo's Aoyuzo'Zuk IoheteFo'x Aeesho'spoeXip Io'lo'spae
Vov OeigavoeJaej Oo'geyoCaem OeuvezuRoeq OobadiJeb O'osheyae

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Othoe-Zap Eaebo'spo'Oru-Bo'c AafokiOhoe-Kop Eaeno'voIthe-Mo'g Iowo'moe
O'poe-Do'c OijatoeUzu-Boek OajoeqeO'xu-Toesp IunatiAcoe-Mek Eoegaexo'
Aha-Mo'q Uaekapo'Ayu-Qo'g AeahonoAesa-Spiz O'odo'zaOno'-Yum Aeuhida
Uthe-Xor EefeguAda-Hash IukelaeUdo-Yos O'o'ravo'Uye-Xam Ieqimu
Eta-Qaep OosaehaOgo'-Bes O'aenesoUshoe-Ceb UovoethuEko'-Xeh Aeoemoetu
Iso-Waec EithaemeO'spu-Roeq Ao'zavaIpoe-Vek IuthoekoeAeqa-Wom O'imoza
O'spa-Yaw AeihoboAeko'-Wak OaeyoqeO'mu-Kael OaelosoEnae-No'x O'oeco'na
Esho'-Bom EiyoesoeAco-Nuc AeoepugoOca-Po'r Uepofo'O'le-Vay Iezaeto
Aepa-Laj AeokaespiOro-Thar Aeo'tho'taAespe-Taey AoekespoOwo'-Wush Aanospo
Ayo-Thaec O'ucajaeO'ko-Hop OeaehuraeOso'-Shash OawaethuAeshe-Tho'm Aeo'vige


©1980, 1985, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Creativity, Inc. ... Names generated by this program are free for use in your stories, games, or other creative endeavors (no warranties of any sort given or implied) and are provided under the CAREWARE concept. This means that if my work is of benefit to you in any way, please send me a gift of some sort. It can be money, an old book, whatever. Just a little something to show your appreciation. Send to Ralph Roberts, 65 Macedonia Road, Alexander NC 28701 and mark as 'Careware Gift for Alien Names.' Thank you and enjoy!


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