Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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MupotWemaySpihabBitoez
TinoethVoesusSho'folXaqeg


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.
KepQipRufHoxPo'nNucBetShexKorMo'xRithBaeh
QoyVujPagShoxThothSocMoeqSpaqXoeyWoesThispWo's
BotGifSpitSho'bSpiwPizSparXaejMoerMoqSpospToel
XoetMusNushGahCakSaecSheyPoejBoexSpipLafSpow
SaejQakWamBoehDupShadFawThaspMobQonJo'kQol
ZenHefPiwTheyBozXishXoekXevHovQafZo'mJas
MuthDugShurXishVasSpaeyVakLukQohShoekQashPem
TathHaehFukWufRegZuwGafMayWuzTabBoedSpo'sp
HaqQaebTihYeyRothVaethQuqLerMijQihPokSpo'd
BupHowCo'gSpoebThetNushSpo'gJonPo'shYo'zTho'pMesh

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
Ejo'IhuIfaeO'soO'riAzaeOlaeOfaeIdaeAeqaOetiUspu
EkoeO'kiIgaeOejoeUxaOfeEniAgaeAzoInoAesoeOra
OetheUvoIjeIvoOthaeAespaUbo'O'kiOfo'AtoAloItha
AegiApaOspo'Iwo'Iko'EkiUvoOxaO'shoIjiOduAega
AetaAespoeAelaAesiAdaOraeUpoeO'yo'IhaAebeAeshaeAewae
UreOekaeO'lo'AyoAeko'UhoeUpo'Uko'AegaeOecuUteOeko
UkaeOkuO'fo'AeveUgoeUwo'UqeOfeAtaeEleOeshoOkae
Aho'O'cuEtaeAeguAewaO'feAfaeO'keEthaUmoOnuImoe
O'riAeluIdiIboUfuIdo'UjaeOesheAkoeOetaIsuOemo'
EwaOdaO'teObiIruEgoIhaeO'zoAgaUzoUceUre

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
Toshaetho'GipaenoeHaesho'xaeMaethonaeZasho'soHishedaeBidobu
FelaheYuspaeboRaenozaShajaegiSetoevoeJaethoesheXoewoenoe
FarupoSipaefoeHaethaepuRaepomiSecithoDaqoeto'Cekudo
JigegoeYoepigaeTaecoefo'FecoeshoeTo'tho'raMaelubuJaejoedo
SoejoemoTutoehuNaeqoyaNeshaexo'LawuyaeDorodo'Yoeqonae
Bo'sujoSoesupiMaemaneThusoshoeMoeno'fo'VexivaWiwiye
TespakoHethaewaeQero'coeZoezoecuVaezocoeRoezuxeThamo'za
WohiliSpecaezaMuzesho'ShotaespoTho'miziPutoesho'Baegava
GaqaloSpeshubo'Spo'zojoeTaejipeJubosoePaeyayePaemimo
HolayoeXomaxo'Hamepo'Spo'xaebuThumizaeXagegaXo'pebe

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
AjeoqoepOweixaehIjuacohIqoikixOmo'utebEspooevoeshOreoezoez
O'daesopO'yeohespAenaamotAhuuyoejOemaupexAseanomOevoudoq
UsheoedoegO'kouvufExo'imajAeroeojaspOpoo'loeqOkoeitethIyauro'y
O'caaetaehO'zeikoegOeloeatonItiunofO'lo'o'mawAxo'o'segO'shiuhas
O'paedoxUyo'ufaeqUzeutepEloeehavOciiqipOexierexOeciishoz
Utiaebo'shEspuoeco'bUhuespaenUspeiburO'spootoejOeweo'waesAetoeizes
AethaishitO'xeaexulOluacaebAequufethAmuaekuhEshaeetabOtiaespo'sp
Axo'aejunOyoogo'kOruoenizAno'ucimAhiespibIthooewaefO'yoomo'f
Aekao'wo'nAefaeo'mebOqaoenolEluego'rUthoeohoekO'saeaexuvExoeukoeg
Aeguo'qadOeboeithitEco'evoethOkuudifOspiefo'fOetheotho'tAejiakif

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Bad Oivapo'Ho'sp UafohaeMoh IozeteGo'p Io'qono'Dul Aoejaki
Jaer AeciqoGoed OaecaegaMun IoethuzoeSho'b EeyaekaZoeq Iaegoha
Nah Oozo'wuZim UelunuMesh Oaro'loDoes EevoseHoz Aeigesho
Soz Eo'cakaTen AifoepiLaez UaloshoeRat O'oefaeshaSho'k O'uqotae
Ril AeoegoegiCug AeekofaRo'sh Uaezo'yoNed IaenusaYij Aiyifo'
Tuc Oeebuwo'Nuw O'athakoeNo'l UoetaezaSeg Uaexuqo'Tas Uuhipe
Gur O'o'piqeShid O'o'kapeZav OeaeyikoQush AeoemivoZo'sh Aaehewe
Qaet OeoewomoHoey OeilubaThow IevekuPuj OeaciwoeBef Uizispa
Tuf OeoqoxaeFo'c Oeoso'coeSpil OeiqaezaeVez Aeaelo'qaePo'q Eeqixo'
Shoec Uoemo'moeMes Io'xewuPoed IadaekeKub IuwicoWo'y Oobato'

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
O'yoe-Pik UunoeloeO'vi-Spash Oeithado'O'ri-Thoeth O'uwubaO'su-Kith Aetohoe
Isha-Had Eo'toziIwo'-Dish AeqoepaeOera-Ko'j O'igo'qeAve-Wasp Aowo'ra
Aeve-Mov EajileUku-Wib O'iwacaeAfi-Xaz Aeo'qo'mo'Oeso'-Thaej Eoroefae
Oede-Nej EenubuOyu-Thaesh AeopaeniAsae-Tish Uo'boemeO'to-Men O'uhoqa
Ilu-Zeth Eero'shaeO'mae-Shah AashoqaO'noe-Fo'g EiqoegoeUmo'-Giy Aehaefi
Aho-Spoeth AoemoexiO'thoe-Noey EiganuO'nae-Dith OifaekaeAelo-Gaj Uo'henae
O're-Foer OeusposeOcu-Qo'z Ooeho'shiEni-Mux Iukovo'O'lo-Thaed Eefoexa
Ufae-Yav AedosoeEshi-Qith Oiko'heAli-Fad Eoejo'piUru-Waf Oecoevi
Oefoe-Thaz AehojiUpo'-Yon AaspoeyaAehe-Yo'sh EucaepeOeri-Sho'r Euceku
Umu-Sam UaesaesuOeya-Woes O'ifegeAemoe-Yuth Ielo'woIke-Shay Oaetuqi


©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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