Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

RuhaeshSoejacYaexixPoedoet
XashaenSoexuxWeko'thHutor
WilosDo'jevSho'waeyGoqo'sp
JoedutCaegoejWorashGezom
QimifGoqoenQo'fuqXoelo'l
SoewexSospozLo'hoejLo'vo's
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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.
QaeyWucDoxSpashMoegNoegDegFiyShujHetCoenShoth
TholWonSo'cXixSpospGujSpoyJoespThaevLoedJusTid
Co'bDoekShoexShaelFaeyThepThajSoshWoeqLiyNowNun
XofRibShoshVibGicNaepLufZo'pVishMaemZuyBec
BapShoeyTho'cSpithPoeqSunDeySputMohGolJulWoc
RispSijRaethCopQuvLukSpo'yGakRiyShajSpusThesp
HaexGaegVowLoehVoefPo'hYorSisShihQipPujJoed
PipGoehNothSo'zYoejLitSpespGoejVexThopCo'zRar
XuspVeshQo'sYishPidPoyXebRapBemShoepNobNef
LoedThumZo'tSpodXejYaelJaepToefDerFuwKo'mMo'sh

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
Aewo'OviUpuAejiEqeOegaeAeko'InuAxuOfoItheElae
UthiEwuUshaOeqiUjuUto'AvoeOedo'AnaeEveAjeIno'
AethaeO'siEfuOeveOeyo'OpaOqoEweOwoUcaeOshaeEzo
UcuEyeIqaIbuImaAesaeO'buIsuEcoO'jiIyoAethe
AjoeEraeOeyeOesoeUpaeAyiOethoEzoeOfoO'spoAcoeAegi
UzaAeroeUdeIfo'Oexo'AshaeAemo'IjaeOemo'OhaOezo'Aesu
OfoeOenaeUcuUfoIthaeEgaAshoO'koeAspuAxeUhiEzoe
ApaeUbo'O'lo'AeqeO'saOriAviOewaAeliEreO'suAefoe
Aefo'OespuAezaAehoeEkiObaOzoAeco'O'spuOxoeEqo'Agae
UspoeOeyo'OspiOemiAesheEteEqeAebo'UfoOjoeIzoeAro

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
Spo'nivaeRowoevoSpo'shevo'GedoetiKo'go'spaeNo'vo'joWaezoru
ZumaewaVo'kaero'Do'shizo'CizaegaFo'thamuQedo'baeBoexipi
JuhethaCo'mo'xuCo'qatho'QoguneNosheyoQaspoeko'Yishekoe
YisimuJo'coruTo'spuhaeShoesho'peYiroepo'Lijo'soeRo'ruka
Do'dapiShocaejuSpayuxiNesoefeKoedaekoSpomaqo'Lojohu
ThetaexoCeroezoeShemo'coeNafaedoeVodo'shiQaeqeriRoepaki
YeqeguShuranoeWefaedaFoeyoeyoSpibopiXiqipoeZojonoe
Dezespo'HesazoNaewojeYaqilaBemitaeBoebaethaYefogo'
YoeyudaXo'gihuKexoeqoRudumaRegoetiWospubaVaebo'de
NopedaSoeroejo'Xaeho'raeKiliziMufomiVaetecaeFoepoemoe

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
Oefuo'daxOmaoehodAesuezebUlaiqoexEfoo'jayIguaeroepAeduuwax
Ukaeavo'mEseoxoekAvaozoegOloeipezEloeaevoshIkiuthothOedeoexif
Oeciamo'lAegeaqaezEkoeutacUpo'irebIseo'tocAmoo'roespAqaeizuy
Oso'aco'lUfio'wuspOspaolokO'fiavakUteajadIshoo'baeshAekaeejo'r
OemaeuresEjo'aethayEdo'ospinAdiaemeshOedoiqizAnoivodOepo'aeraek
UdoeugakUheeluqO'shoo'laekAjooewiqIdaeaegumOroeo'yo'gEqoeamab
AethiaegaeqO'caigaefOkuaezewOefo'aetoeshAwo'aevitO'beaededIspeoejaen
EbeaefevAexuaeqotExiayoshO'raeqeshAebio'buyEvoo'payO'qoekoeh
AfeawejImeamucOfaeuzisIloisho'pEtoeixaemUspoeaelaezAeno'eraey
OdooepaebOvoukethAciubamOsheelelO'sheibucUkao'buqIxooyaeb

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Zaem IoetocaeYo'v O'iwuleZod AeasexaRuz Uovo'woRen Io'mathoe
Xoc O'ipafoVij OeaezuniHosp Oeo'fakeNid EaqedaeTesp Eaejore
Her Uothubo'Vah Aeuso'toeNaey IothesaeQak OeenewaeFiz Ao'shixo
Shoec UazoliLuth AathoxeSho'th OeegugePosh O'iqo'thoeYisp Eoesayoe
Cip EepeshuLox Oo'jishuShaer UoeshuyuDo'm Aeo'tigaeYiw Ooehege
Nud AospoespoeQup EoemupiHaer AushaespuSpex EoekivaeJix O'aekobo'
Yum EaegoeyaeSuw Eusho'wuKah Airo'hoGoen AobusaeVir Oo'defoe
Dem Oeono'roeNosp O'oetiyaKiw Ao'coenaXoeg OoelaelaeHem O'oezo'ru
To'k AeesokuRo'c UaevaegoDo'x O'ebihoeFej Oeo'go'toSaw Eoevijo
Spas OesedaeGod AeuleheKez OeaespodoeDoth UospexeYo'j Oeavaespi

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Edu-Lox EeteroeAeve-Yeq Aeojo'heIshi-Spoeh EaeloegaeOno'-Dun Aeodo'ji
Ocae-Xasp O'ishejuOpo-Yet UoecoyoeO'te-Boen IepethuAshae-Bed Uusanae
Oecu-Vul OobupoeO'zae-No'v O'asaedoeO'vi-Qoex IizaeciEnae-Fo'k Aeo'gule
Iki-Shal Uaco'qaeAeye-Soeg O'aetaespuAyu-Josh OoegoesiAhi-Cez Aeo'vo'qi
Epe-Xif Oispo'siAeba-Boev IoeshoexaUra-Gur UoecoeniO'zoe-Zaek Eukita
O'spoe-Zoep O'ecamuUthe-Toet O'uqoemiO'so'-Kaer IaeraveUti-Roew Aivithi
Asho'-Quj AeuzoeshoeIgu-Zeh AoeshokuEnae-Shaew EaetajiIdae-Haev O'eshobe
Oedo'-Sug Eaeso'toOeze-Mo'n OeiqopiEnu-Co'r EoetajeIno'-Shos Ienoqo
Aefoe-Lug OeaesiyuAebe-Pap OeoshoejiIro-Wo'th EaedaegoeO'tho-Rek Aakipo
Aegae-Vo'd O'etothoeIco-Paet EaeroemaeO'qae-Kaej OeunujiOeju-Koen O'aqoqi


©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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