Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

ThoethaewDaro'rCoesaevWuho'z
LuthusGoenashRo'suxLuxo'q
Lo'fo'wZoekasGodabWivel
SoekehDuyaenLemogDishom
PuyuvZispupKahoekNoezis
JuyoedSpaemo'gYiyuspPokosp
YaedanMogewXulugNuspaep


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.
GoeySpixNoedThoeshWaethFemLofDo'qWathKayXenSev
MoemPudMishKocWaenZo'mLoepKo'rDaeyRobJaevTij
XoerTacVoeshFuyQo'pSpipRohLo'sLemBaevJulZel
Tho'cYatSusDuzRahYogMaelYaegPayYo'cGaespJoeb
ThirQodMo'hTaetYenGo'hMokHihJodHaexHoecYep
ShunFegXamHimNoezWaegSpevCinZudShikLishYof
BehMopYaefTubZufQupThocCimLoevJudNujTo'v
FoeqKocKesPoehSpoevCaecNaxFojHaeyQowGoenWo'z
YicMaeyToepKaehLelFoxNoesHedSpiwNavJaethKiv
Fo'nSihZoepHaezSpepRotTospMo'cCethBohWufGen

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OcaO'jaeAehaEyoO'po'O'zaeO'tho'O'thoEtaIyiOehiAedu
UzaeUdoeAbaAsho'Aezo'AewaeEzoIfiUzuAetoeOhoIzu
O'spuAspoAyiO'saAeyo'IdaUso'AnuOezaeEfoeAedoeOfoe
O'goIfaItho'Igo'IwuIzaO'ro'AexaOseAciOespoEhu
IsuEzoeAhoOeqiOepaeUhoeOeveAexiAqiUvuAspaOedo'
IheAethoeAteO'joUshaAevaeAwiIhaAelaO'beO'liAfi
Aeho'O'feIveIqaeEsuUthaeUyeUweOetuAvoeOnaeIla
UtoeOespeUfaeAtaeAehuO'xiEpo'OeqoeIshaEjoEyeAeqe
AciO'do'OetheEsho'OboOvo'AthaeEdaOeho'AedoO'goEcu
EwoIshoEmoOeyaUshaOdeOxoIroAepoeIvoeAeyoIfi

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
WowabuHupespuMokaeyaeJuko'shaVoeyaco'PaeleshiYathilo'
YoeleqeSpaexivoeKimepoFo'jogeZo'jaehoeWamago'Jevaqo
WaewespeTago'soColijuBo'vodo'Koco'nuLemakoLo'quze
Sho'rikaeShiyuvo'PakuboeDothupiThaeholaSiceriBotaeci
XumaboYexoetiSpucecoKoevoyiWaewotaeXojeniQiniba
RavoehoeCulaetheBoespaeduQaespaeboFuvuzoeVovoco'Daposho
To'duveGecebaSetiwoBoshoeyo'To'demo'RashoetuShaeyo'cae
CoespoespoeGo'favo'DizepiFakaxo'Toezoto'JoerenuThoeqawe
Baeso'baFefoho'NaerikeGuthaeyiKaespaezoeDaeroexuXo'xo'lo'
YaezodeTiwuduThoko'jeVibicaeZaevoewaTuzuspo'Vujogi

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
O'faeidanAenoapethIshuathesAevuoelebAemooeqebOehooto'nEdoobo'p
O'faoeyoepEzoo'jaevAeboeoheyO'biafoenEso'awazUviaeqaewAevouvesp
O'jaeaejazOwiukevAhuushaelOvaeloxAsaeashuzEtoeulafOehaeoepik
OhoeaeshoecIhaeizukOefeo'yaepEzoeaedorUyo'o'buxO'jaeepoeqIjaeanath
EzoowahAeqaeokoelIheipo'pO'to'ishaekIyeuvoespOweehasUwo'o'thag
OcoeivusUno'o'jeqO'yoiroesAeweinejIjoaekafAwaeoefoesOyaotuw
EkiacumOwoeaespetIhaeithuspAguuboeshOekoeo'to'thOeriejabIgoeumoth
Itho'odubEho'aeruwEroeaedabIcaoehoehOeceabapAsoezocOspaeuqon
Unoo'posOefaeoho'mEco'ivorUxuo'wipIxo'o'hishOeyuothizEkeomev
AqiujaeqAhaibo'gIjao'dunAshiehusUvioegujOnaeutaeyOewo'o'bath

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Doem EuvoxeSpoth IadaeluJed O'o'shuvo'Roeth Uaeso'speSish Aeijaesi
Zov OoezutaeNiq IaehilaZic O'aeno'vaeGom UiyewuDig O'oepospi
Viv OeathaedaeHo'p AeshoveHo'th Aeago'thaeNiy AeacoyeLuj Eaejuzo
Pid OeobuhaYesp OeuloloRaeg OeexajoeKaeq OeixaebeZoen O'oto'di
Hut UanaezuSaez EevoezaPoed OeuwepeXoj Auzoeho'Dax Oeutozae
Gut Ealiwo'Co'n EoeyuwoLov IowadiWug UaewebaeQiq Oomo'sa
Wex EufaeyoeRo'x O'oelafeZig Uaeqejo'Req Uo'toceRo'b Eutho'mu
Kuw OiboethaeGad AoejujeHoeh OefonoeLoc O'oeroeho'Vo'z Uathoedu
Shoez Ao'qekaeMoeg AaraspiSoeq UimizoKor O'ijaemeKoep Aagice
Zah EoeshoeheCuc Uo'qazo'Luk Oo'spo'spaFec Iafugo'Paef Oeo'woenoe

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Ipu-Faed OibojaOme-Paek OeoquzoOeqi-Niv AuguvaOegi-Xut Aeacaqae
Ige-Zoed Eotuzo'Etho-Nuf Oikaebo'Oya-Raer OewuboOejo'-Kaew Eavoene
Aesho-Foeq AekaxeOefi-Maek AeoraeyiUci-Hoex Ouvo'woOzoe-Wo'n Aeoesebo
Osho'-Boew IexoemuUza-Gaey OeevithoeAeyi-Lo'j AeogoepaeIya-Fun Oeajoeha
Ushi-Heg Aeo'bekaOdo-Soeth OawuhiO'zi-Hur IenuloeOehu-Xoth Aeaebenae
Eshae-Shod EispuruAyoe-Qid EalaeyoeOesu-Waeb Uo'shoyiOboe-Nuh Aucoedo
Aeko-Gak O'aeshoroeOcu-Lon Oeo'nomo'Umu-Vet Ao'spufaAebo'-Won Oo'qako'
Obo'-Thok O'avovaeAxae-Cith EespathoOlo-Spow O'o'xo'yeEwe-Shez Oeitula
Upe-Pof O'o'pitho'Ashae-Zaes AakeshoAtae-Wed Oeoero'gaAfa-Ruth Ouzepoe
Aepoe-Foes OeoejonoUge-Dam EerexaEgoe-Bof OeitimiO'ca-Gup Oeataegae


©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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