Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

CesheyThijojFo'voexTho'xav
QeraevNotavJazekVaro'r
ZaquyKowapNuto'lLoxan
NiqipZo'soshFispoezYo'kuc
Yo'tothBaelaezYefipSenet
LithibXebavDo'voenToekaq
FaewifGo'loefBapo'kQaepush


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.
GoeyZijQarQuwKibPuspZedZesZudSo'tPejKat
RuwFalZotShaegZoelSpuqRocVacKuhSaejHoyThush
JojThidDeyPemBoeyCozDoemLigSusNofKaerRoesh
TaecPihZithVokQubShaekDoyWo'kShecPoewLorNaez
ToegSorTho'cThaethJo'mDoejMunPafHoqXo'mTudYeq
LapNakLikWobSpaetNiwSugFicQo'sToexGazTush
Spo'hJutKupThaxToekYaerShipQo'gKekFaeyCaevKak
ThothNispHo'tQaemDoevSetYuyDoesShoelSanSho'yZof
ZoedPeshShesSaeyHukBoespTuvSpevNavJo'cMaevQiz
NedBaethYo'rFajDoezXoecPagFofHaethThihXoemZaef

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
AeseIweUyaeOsoUduOeho'AepaeAemaO'gaeIcuUzeOego'
AexaeOejiExoAepoeOekeUcuUcaeOnaeAthoeIsaeEnoeO'do'
IhoeAespeUwoOejuIzuAkaO'mo'UvuOsho'AzaO'hiOeci
AesaEkiOeteIwuIto'IhuO'toO'viO'tuIjuUceOeju
O'beElo'OevuUbaeEshoUxaO'woeUbaEsaIjiAejiAmoe
O'doUtoIyiOenaAelaeOshaeUboUloeO'ho'EjoO'hoIwe
Oebo'AviAnoeO'thuAepoeEbaO'shiO'fuIcaeAeluO'cuO'de
IgoeAdoeOeshaIdeIcaUbeAmiO'hoeOhoeO'gaeEpaO'qa
UhaOeqaAezeAeneAruIpaeO'shaOezeOdoeObiUroUha
OecaeO'thiAspo'OekiUheOeshaO'leUyeO'maeIspaOvaEra

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
RoeboniYo'ratoFuyofuSaspomo'NaesubeSushubiThaekosho'
ThapoenoeKatinaHo'zaepo'Capo'vuJuludeQajaxoeTawime
MoedepuFusupiFoeshoko'WaebazaeWushoyiVethaenoKutho'go
HifayoDukareThiwaexuDowaheNuxipo'Xoeho'xaNo'saespe
Spo'poewiHaewo'zo'Fipo'to'ZosamoFaejoesiShugoho'Towinu
KuzaepuVispinoVugo'kaeHelosuKibasoSo'bovuBozo'vi
MozumeLuloebo'JihimaeWo'xaepoKuzequPo'spipiPaespaero'
Xaeko'doeYaevuteCo'vo'fePoecothuYomaeho'Xo'waspaeXaewomi
VoliloRaedoejaGapuzoeQuvivoeDopaetho'HoeluboeCuqehae
HoshoeboeMukaxo'Wo'newoCo'boqaDusoewaePo'jitiCaxidu

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
IyoaebegAfeovesEyio'toethO'cueduthOvoaepo'rUfoeuko'cAgoeibo'h
OeveuwoewAeloeibedUfoeakosUloeuqishUkaespixOebuulezOmo'o'qoesp
AecuonicO'to'ospavO'kooeko'jOegearabAwao'yukEshieritUkiusaeg
O'yooebuwUvaeoenaeqEmaeojesAeniixoezIpaikuthIfoeo'yorIhaoso'th
O'duoeraecIpo'oethaspEro'uvunUbo'aejahAespeoecoenUruo'bosO'puecox
OeceedespIheegothIfoo'wo'yAemooesho'thO'noeoepo'zUcaeo'jafOpaoesos
ImoaxaezOexaeuguhOemaipo'gOebiepothAshuojo'rAyooerekAevuoduv
Uro'irerAtoeqasAeceaeshurOwaeenotUbiarenEmo'ebolUro'itag
Usaeo'koegOebaeicemOelaeaexaespAekiizevUjo'ashoespEkeo'ko'gOfuapoy
IhaeaqamOjao'ro'thOto'oethasIcaeoehivOexoo'spebUkoo'suzEqaeoegoej

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Daez OaetadaXaex EaexoyiXeh IaecujaeFoq OukispeSpaj O'aecaebae
Qov AeeshasoeFath O'imuwo'Zath AaspibaeLaey Eijo'fuYef Oijoku
Yaej AeoekoeviTo'k OideroQor AiweyaMel O'ageyaeQop Aeenerae
Haek OeiyelaThosh Ao'dozeRasp Oupo'muLug AaeboniHoet Iufeta
Kash OuspospuShaeth UepoejiWoew Ao'moejaYot AeaevoekiWoeh Ioecefe
Vo'q O'ujoeseDip EaspaeshaePoed Oeozo'toSpaet EuqaeqaBew Eispoepa
Visp OoetunaNot O'oqutaCor Eoxo'vaShor O'azo'suReb Uoemeqae
Wan AeeyiliFeth EelaedoVac Eujigo'Ton Oeqo'thoeWisp O'oho'vi
Jup OeeqaenaCoej O'ivoyaeShoey UodumuXih Eoewumo'Fel Eibuhi
Huf Aozo'biSput UispaenuPasp OegaenoXo't AejikoeDex Iekawu

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Apa-To'f OeolaefaeIshoe-Thath Eiho'moOexu-Spael UaeyoepaeAede-Go'l O'ejoefi
Ulu-Zib Io'yo'spuEro-Cith Aeabajo'Ohe-Vo'l Auvulo'Uto'-Mush Aaenozoe
Iwae-Maed OelutheO'thoe-Tud UexuriOre-Zo'sp UiwoxuUfae-Zoew Aoevaeke
O'sho-Xoth AaeqetuEgae-Thut OexibuO'de-Vo'q O'o'nivaeIxoe-Xaj Iepega
Aeve-Ro'j Ao'misiAepi-Haesp AaxoezaeO'fa-Nih UashaesaeAvae-No'l Aeaezaspoe
Aboe-Yoes UoewudaAeta-Wov UomishiOeta-Roed Eoefo'qaeUdu-Hoev Eukikae
Ashe-Mid Aeo'xo'qoO've-Doew O'ezumuEte-Ro'q Io'numoeUfoe-Laf Aeo'zado
Aecoe-Tub EaevomoeO'vu-Lesp AaedoegaAeba-Vag Eaejaepo'Aewoe-Qed Eayoema
Oemae-Zab O'o'caraIwo'-Rum OofeshiIci-Daev Audo'leO'ka-Spos Aoelago'
Oti-Raeg AeehehaAeku-Theth AejegoeAeji-Fip Aoefiko'Ofa-Wik Oeetidae


©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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