Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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QaetaethKicoethTiloetVespaq
SevicNeyaxGuqaelPatux
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Ko'gehWespocYaebeyYajoen
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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.
YupYaekSaerKiyToegTavSpalKithYaewBupTocDesh
NaewBespZaevCoxWozCoehBudWuwHefKimGoehShoel
ZufQusKibGowNohQexJothMoehXo'thBaevMoejQesh
DohDoetZadDoejZo'tYilBahSpaspVotSpayShekDisp
XadShexFavXo'bDo'dKo'hKuwSpuxXoshDugDijGep
SpirTenTilXujBo'zXo'nQoezNaenTaexShabMalSpoeq
MixWalSpajZo'fJoyDaerRomKonLaepVaefGepSpo'r
Ko'vRoerWo'spQazDoekQo'wThirNakRepBelSohJasp
YaethYibTovSpo'tVaespHispRaegBo'lMozToethSuvRib
Ro'nJo'kShoegZo'pZokCohMo'vJumGethShoekShijKuh

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OenaeAekaeIgeOehoeAetuUshaO'diO'spo'EsheOhaeOezeUvu
IboeOto'EpuAeboAethuEyuAspoInoeAduIseAesheUlae
OriAkiUgiAkaUmaAwoOeyuIfeOspaOeqoUbaO'ci
IruUtaeOejeOeko'EbaeAeko'O'xaeApoUcoUspoAejaIzoe
Epo'OgiImiAguO'fiAehaeEwo'Oeko'EfeEqaO'woAedoe
AnaOqeApoIluEsiAjoeAnaeEtiEraOeneOruOspa
OespuAlo'OeruAtaeOeveOsho'AedoAeyo'AgoUtoOekoIlae
IbiAebo'OetoeO'duAeshoeEwoExuUleAduOpo'Ixo'Uto'
UjuEgoeOethuOgiAelaOspoOebuEqaExaeAloAshoeOedo'
IzaeO'haIcoOpoO'goUno'UsoeOvaAewo'UlaUwo'Ive

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
NagaepoeHozoeshiRoshishuNoekoloeQaemohaRoedaepuNoethikae
So'kuheCoethiciBudospiPuspuloDaefadoShoelejuMijiwi
RoezoefaeSpoeno'gaeMiruloeBenonoeSpaecedaeRoeqoloeKikoeko
QoeyajeYimetaeThoesashoeXomishoeThedishoXofuqoWitaqi
ShospupaeHikureLolowiZuto'ceLaenazo'Laepijo'Fohodae
Sojo'shaHoeqo'wuCaludeQospo'xiTho'xemaeSpakespeHespaecoe
Lexoeto'Shemo'deGaco'joYenenoLoesipoeSpaeyaeqoVosakoe
HuyinaWijemoeSoenebo'ThavaeyeHusaero'Raenico'Maefoebu
MujaeziWaeloreSaeteseFespuqaPo'zusaeFapoziWufaspoe
GupaeyaCo'jaqaeDo'wo'siZoemifiVaezaethaeRanaspeGagocoe

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
IgoeagimAbaeogadAsho'o'wudEsaixaqIgeulo'rUgo'uhaethOyaovo'm
OquuduthAevoazoevEseoeyekAspeoxiyOjeo'xaenAelooebaezAeruafaey
O'spao'thilOeseeshocOeguuqo'hUwaojunOleolilIvoeo'jo'fEkeaeqoek
AsuuloespOehoasoepO'spaeetuhO'miawuthIkeithaeshInaeo'vispIthoiship
UxoeugasO'vuespaeqO'roebidOerao'pujOyoeo'sonAeqaoeguthEmoathaek
O'fooewutEco'ushoerOcaesaspAevo'o'cidO'hoo'laesAleinazIwoaeyob
Opo'efaegEhienoefAeroeo'sho'gIcaoeyomUzoalohUjooepaeshO'paoebaet
O'waeiyaethUkiefaehUfoamo'wO'voeaefoerEqeajamAzioefoeshImeaeruz
O'ruaehivOspeuqovAenaaejopOcioenurO'doo'vaxO'loikoethAefoeuroem
Aefo'igibUxuushaqUdionaeyAepoeusogEduahokOwiapo'tIbeo'don

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Rih Ioespo'liFup AeuwezeSpeg OezaefaXip EaewogoNey Aeilico'
Bix EispoweHuk EiroeqoNo's O'ixaefaDof AonaesoeYan O'ebeni
Yez EuyaeqeSik OeoxaeneJiy AayobaPiq AeavoekiQey Oeoedamu
Xesp O'uhaeqiSo'l OeosekoeZasp Eudo'haeDeh Oeanuspo'Zaep Einuco'
Dej AeajoehaeYec OeijaethiJuj EoboeroFan AetispaeSoesp Ouhofu
Xo'p AibipoKesp OeicaniXaeh UishuyoWir IaroecaeXil Eoeqelae
Hoj OeboexoTig AapoeloGar AaethibuSheth AeonashoeCun Oexoejae
Fo'g OeahefaFud OeojoegoeDer AeifewoBov AeusagoeJiz Iumohae
Vo'sp Iago'yoBag OasasheVo'k OeviqeTo'n OoelospiSaeg Ao'hiki
Shog AadipiBoez EiyuyoThep IaelotheVer O'aspedaKoq Uojotoe

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Ijo-Xet EuquspoAevu-Loev IaeyofeO'woe-Gek AeorejaeO'pi-Maj Aeo'spojoe
Ero-Tho's EaelaebuAza-Vak Oo'yoelo'O'gae-Thoeb UaesavuOezo-Boep Uaekoepo
O'shi-Xuw OeushoruOfi-Ceb Oeo'zashuUpi-Zey EavushiIro'-Haq Aeotaro'
Agae-Spiv UaefaeviOetho-Luk OeaezucaeAyi-Xo'sh Oeo'dothiAne-Jiz Uo'xo'ji
Itha-Fuf AoespopaeIfae-Muw Aeoefo'thoAeqi-Qus Aeaero'spaAspae-Bij Aeoemoeco'
Oyoe-Qoet O'ogiboeO'yu-Poep UaenoxaeOeso-Diq AoekaegaOfu-Roq Iikaeya
Emae-Vaer Oofo'roOta-Xoj AeaemilaeAese-Gib Eumo'jeUwoe-Voej Eethethi
Oxa-Zap Oeo'daedoAeka-Jik UaeceqoeOto'-Maez OeitaegoeIshoe-Naex O'oedo'tho
Eni-Joex Aano'qiAehoe-Maz EowaezoUwa-Voeb Ao'nifaEge-Saw O'o'spuka
Onu-Del UaedoepaeOesoe-Fo'y EaspovaEso'-Dej Euvoeto'Ahoe-Fo'g O'uyuwoe


©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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