Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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LixaspJumiyThospoerFehosp
FimoehConaeqYeyujXaezef
TasoeyFaebofBupohVovej
Go'maqVaeluspQecayShiro't
Wo'gemNaezebDithulPefaew
FishenWavibLaspugLo'ced


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.
CinBaeyPaspKoedToekDomXoenDoemVo'xTo'spXajHad
CudBaezDuqNushYorJohVedNaecMudVaefXo'vSho'q
WacHotDibTuqShevBoeqDafGoespLushBoyRazSil
HotJagXo'mPacSpafDizDoelSpoewYezVaegBasViv
ZatJuvLuxPucLoevWoekNupKejPijCo'rXaesNaf
DotZo'jShespSo'vShohMoenVewSpitQanFoqJuspShiz
GidFo'cYaepBehPo'mGaetZivKodYaetYoebTaejXo'f
ZaethLaefRicSposhTijKuwNopCefCo'spKoespPuxNo'r
SozTokQasYihQaetBaezGo'xGenFoespShezPoekLiw
To'xJoefPethFixBotXoezHaeqGoevCemLuxDevShol

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
AthuO'do'OediIsho'EdaeAejuOlaeAewiUyuIwo'Oexo'Ixa
EqeOshaOdaIzoAejoeUdoO'wiObaItaeIthuIcaOro'
ObaUko'O'feOewiEtaObaOmoeIvoeAespoeO'niO'shiO'nu
AemoeAdoOjaOveUfuEneO'jeUfoeAebuEspo'OezoOtho
O'kaeAxoEkuOeqaO'miEspoAezoIspoIwiOegiEfuO'hi
OnoeAgeAduIhuAeboIloAetaAkiIpoO'noeIyeO'yi
EzoOehoeIboeOekaEcoeIfo'UqoAno'AewoeO'vuEyoUroe
IzoeO'so'O'waOespeOeroeEseAlaeAejuIniOeco'OlaeAki
O'kaO'spaEtoeAexeO'yuAesaeOthiAeviOecoeOdaAeciO'ci
Aho'OecoeAecuOsheIjaUcaeO'waeOego'OebaAthaOthiOri

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
FonoeshiShesaxoeZoemoenuTeroehuVoeno'caKepoethiCaeqoeshi
LoeboenoKaro'waeMoqaemuShoeyinaeVutehuQujukoeThoeyuqu
Lo'thaexiNoebeboBoeboesheGoyotheGo'yo'miPaehosaWataekoe
HilithiPevitoePaeqiyo'SitaewiZokuhuGothuwo'Yebuqoe
FapoekiRo'rewiQuxaeco'NenoxeJumifo'ThithotheVufixae
RimifoKuvaespoThediqeJoqezoNubuyaeNicaeveKo'yawae
QoespuspoYethinaeXo'laepeRo'roexeZahoedo'MutohuShazaeli
TagashoeGosoedoSpo'pesuFahaemoMinifaeRaethoezaeNajaxo
Moeko'tho'PashoeziDituqaeLatizoDiqokiXoebaso'Spaco'wo'
HaegaenoeVaeyicoeXeshireSishumoRoroejiRufoemuNamilo

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
O'fuaenebApo'oezohIspaeujocOfoasumAeshaeaebosOsuodufO'spiethex
EtaeoexivIyaevo'spOemuebetAwaeawekOelaaespo'qAeheacikOegioro's
UdioezaxUgaerecUduikaenIcaeajarAespeocofO'qo'owo'vIfoeaehig
Udoeo'gocOpoeipaexUko'oyaeshUxuaethivEto'oexuvO'thaeonowO'hooqoz
Igaeo'spiwO'toakizAzuayipEveashoeqOdoaejetIqoegaejOfauboes
AethaasigUspoeo'cavIjiuyoexO'qaovebOezuuxoesOthaeo'shuyO'tuithaesh
OeroeoedoefAetheuxaecUpoeo'mozIboeeteqUboiraspOezeoyispUdaeroec
O'ho'ihupAexaoyovIroeanaepEfoaejuthAehaaepo'cOeruukuspEboeusir
AgaikucUbaojagOethiopaespAemo'o'moepAbaagakUriasoqAemoeulo'c
AeyaoegatUvauwasO'fo'owirIvaecaexOyaeeso'shAethuotoespIwuishuw

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Saek O'omareZo'b OeetoedoRoez EiyuspoZaesp Uoxo'liKoy Uixuco'
Hoec Oeevuno'Lash AeaexaeneQis AeucufoMoen Io'fosiCey O'uyo'koe
Vac O'umunaSaf O'ozoxaeRen O'eraegaRam EoepitaVep Oeaeqaexo'
Vew Oaesho'xaPuj Ualo'jaMuw Oetho'shoePoeq OoweshuCaek Eiyoyae
Woef Aeewuso'Qush EasoeqaPoeth Aaevitho'Dix O'apethoeZuj Aeazoeho'
Ko'p IoginaSpoeth O'aekoeyoGo'l Aeaeshato'Thif AeoedibuQith Uivohu
Yo'l EakutheQax Oo'fuzaeTey EoedajoYaes IuqoeyoeSpor Ao'so'ku
Bo'n AeutoewiWaes Eoemaespo'Joew O'ufowaDum OeoejanaeWaq Aaeloespa
Doesp AasaetheThoth AurogeWit UavaduNaep Oo'gotheBoed Eoeqeva
Xah O'aequluJot Aeo'piloNael OeaedaebaeKen Io'rushoCox Uaehira

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Aeyo-Gig Uo'thoevo'Ospe-Zif Oo'baespuUri-Yaey O'oetiyo'Ulae-Po'n Oonujoe
Oevoe-Wus IagushaIyoe-Spap AeoeyoedaeAqe-Qap Eaego'roeOyae-Tiv Oeoepiwu
Aese-Sel Oizoeyo'Ecae-Lo'k AofaecuUwi-Bab OeaesaepaeEthe-Cusp O'aecaeda
Ado-Jo'p AeohapiAde-Vo't UeroeheOeho'-Wo'b AeadelaOefu-Shesp Eicispa
Aqe-Rem Oeo'toetuOemoe-Xub AeegifoIkoe-Moet OoefujiAspi-Tush Ieko'bae
O'ya-Feh UoreyeAeho'-Baeg OaefoeqaeUxa-Zoeb Oeoezaezo'Amo-Tuj Aeoqaeni
O'ze-Dow O'aqo'theO'vo'-Xuy OeugehaeOde-Tho't Iaepuspo'Iza-Xoesp Aoevo'me
Aefae-Spisp Aeaeco'vo'Oebae-Fux EaeseriEra-Zum Airaeko'Aedoe-Zal Aeoeluzo'
Ispoe-Speh IiyigiOehoe-Jab EaedaeveEpo'-Pax Ioxano'Ewi-Ban Iaevacoe
Ago-Go'f OatisoeAthe-Zo's AeelahoOse-Foeg AeoemithoUko-Foed O'oebaso'


©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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