Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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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.
ZitNebDoekBishKithDuwThoyPaebQosBorNezCoed
DaexMaedKemJespSpemYoegYevNecBukZoespSpaewWer
ZovJoeshHoedTuwYishPaedRaevZoelZudRikFexYop
WoegYiwRabPuyRerHagSo'xWofBukXoxJanNo'x
FoshGo'pSpuvRaevWisQacVatSpaebXafHudSpoesZo'r
Lo'cBozWehKoejLolSpohBelGoshJisSheqNunQush
LidRuyZo'hHo'tNo'yYegVorKixZaelJithGoehJez
DayLixSpoexXuthThenQuxJorToeyRo'nYetTivPusp
HuwBihThipLaebFanVoefQibSpagSoenKecKovBoc
JolWaegXo'kHucLalLanQoegSpalBiyWijXutFin

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
IfiOelo'OevaAbaUraeOeqaeAraAejoAbaAegoEquUfae
OshuOthuUneIfoeAgeEcoUguUthoeO'feOtiIdeO're
OcoeUlaeIno'OraO'deOveEtiIdo'OepaO'luEzoeAena
UvoUfo'UdaAeraeO'woEcuEyo'EwiAezeOtuOgiAevo
AehuO'speOesho'Ado'UjaeUpuO'hoAtaOedeAspo'UyaAxa
Ino'EqaEdiO'taeUqaO'soeO'jaeEjoeAyuEshiEgoeEmi
EriUraIcuIspeAthoAedoeUfuAjoOpuEto'OzuAena
AexeIfeOgaO'beUriAtuUcaAhoeAtuUmo'OegaeO'qo'
AspaEzeOnoeOeriIcoIfoeAhiUyoeUraeIniIqiOve
UdoeExeUciO'noUpoeAedoUvaIcoOelo'AxoeIkaeO'qu

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
FatocaZoeropoeThalo'loNaxoguDoyo'miPumethoHaedaehu
Nesaefo'Fuco'spiNawibaSoso'suNaekusuFaxoeyo'Vo'qoesho
BisoesuYedogoeSpoeqigeShihoebaSoecapo'Sokego'Yo'co'ni
SoshexaKoemukoRo'guboeRudo'yiXujaeqoeFafaho'Duruco'
SpoeyejaeXaepo'wiGuthomoGuqiqaeHoekaegiVebukiMadaespae
GelatoeQaehafaeYomeguQo'wunaXaefaeveVaekaspo'Xowo'ro'
XojeqoXaluqaeRiroefiZaefeshaDoeraetaXoqaraNibaezu
Royafo'MayugoeSilego'Ko'laespo'YojaehaMaeqeshoeGivo'xo'
ViharoSpaemitiJoxuko'VoeweshuShazuboeQoespoewuGoemuca
ShipoethaeTupoyiBoemo'joQaefuqo'CoesojoePebo'zo'Wurethi

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
Uthao'yimIduaetoshIciuwaeyAewoeoepejOeduiboehAethoeecebOevo'awev
OboewethEkeo'naehOmoilapOkuebogOesaeesimIpiuyorEjaeoeteb
AluovarOenoeocusOetho'amisExeobo'dOefeoeqoefEwoeaegojEbaeaethaesh
IfoushoethO'raoewelEshootejAesuatoshUhaeo'linIshiepozEseoqoey
Ezao'pubAspo'oegoerUtho'aezispIxaeumashO'voeaqaedO'laalaxUviatiy
OvaeaenukAeseaejo'zAewo'aedashOcoeo'wabOlaeaecoevUjaizidEho'o'spo'x
AthoeuspoqOemuaxospAeboeijoewEspaeihaejEwaivoezOefooqo'qIkueleq
OesheaezadAthiivosIfoajo'pAeyo'afojUvaeeraspOfaucoyAezoespo'g
IyoeatoehAefoiyipIkoaepukUthaiyunAepuakigO'thooeco'cAegueqab
O'riuqoyIbiapaegAefioecoepAtuo'yehIgiiwuyIcoeuco'vUxaeished

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Spo's AuganiKoep UahezuGud IoxaegoeGaz Iayo'foCey Iuraecu
Dep UospoevoNur Aoeto'spoeWaez Ao'co'kuQev AeshuziSub O'o'quce
Ho'h O'oedaeyaZoek OepeloeCo'r OudoqaSpad EidogaeQo'r Uaekaeku
Kosh AuzushiTiz OeithaeqeTho'n OeomispiSaer EebafuZoep Eoyafa
Co's Io'roeso'Do'sp Iuxo'to'Spoed Uuyo'xeXo'l O'o'lugiCaesh Ao'yaki
Yeth OeesaeveToeth O'oyiloeSaeth O'o'xaespoeRo'b O'aejaeqoNif Uo'zuzi
Lat AoeqasoXom Uo'muzeZoev IabowaKiz UoespiwoeXoel Euwoecoe
Cuq Eogo'wiTheb O'ojaedo'Yit Uelo'lo'Sath Iaqaejo'Bew Iethifo
So'q Uaezeko'Qel OaelidoZo'v Aeo'shuhaQug O'efovo'Kaeg Iimuwe
Spaj Io'gaweThil O'aeshexaKew Eoroxo'Xos O'isewuNaeh Uoero'wo

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Aeshe-Thel OeozexuAra-Vum Iaefaeho'Ayoe-Sael O'uharoOhae-Jos O'ugo'hoe
Iru-Now Ioro'biIbo'-Rap AuvaezeOwoe-Toeth Oo'po'laeOevi-Hoek Uo'koro
O'ro'-Soy Oeo'roqeIthe-Yaep Oeofo'waeIhae-Roel Aoetho'hiAespe-Lox Uaevoeru
Eja-Kew Aospo'coeIci-Gar Uo'qoeho'Oyoe-Goj OeoeqoethoeOce-No'k Aemomo
O'shi-Poer OalakaeIbo-Shoen OeeqaesoEwoe-Red AabiroeO'spae-Kac Eodoelae
Aspa-Saet AalaeruO'su-Tho'd UaecifeOku-Ro'th IashotoeAwoe-Nuk O'oshonae
Uboe-Voz AeaefomaIxa-Jew O'epoetaAru-Shath OeoetholiIhe-Noes Ualoeju
Ohoe-Zo'm O'o'thozaIsoe-Kac Oeijaewo'Oho'-Xo'g IinadoObi-Mog Oaexacae
Ava-Muy Io'cexo'Oce-Shak IuluthaeAeku-Sor OohushaeIgoe-Nop Oaeruwoe
O'spe-Juf AopubaeAni-Ko'h AinaewaeIdoe-Zoen UunaezaO'sho-Mop Iushoezae


©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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