Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

DeratNarogGoehitLegaed
ShicaemShodojVunisDoesoef
YaeyafNijufMupokShixo'w
BoejospShuvuhZicoelGawov
ZaegijQesihLithuxShulub
RoludVaegojShifasNuzash
DigaspSpo'pirQo'bo'qDulib


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.
TekXeshGaexHoezRo'shRo'zCemSemPoeqDaxDoethMog
KoebDaewSpotSharWayDoethQetBetYikXaexSpanSpek
WexLaxThaeyWo'pTosJoyThigJathCabPo'hYoemRap
Ko'jDoefRisGoecSpulGaemDo'mDomLedXoegHafPez
ToehHo'zKo'nTajBegNisYoeyShorCoesHaxDaeqKo'n
FilRo'nZo'sCithTesNabSpetSixLoqZoeqKo'yTow
DitVibTo'gHohHolShawVifGeshWuxQehHiqZo'sh
ZushBaekJawTaxLoefQo'mNuthGadNimSpelZaspWaz
BithXathRitVo'qCidBugDo'qPo'vZaexYozTuhSih
RaesGuqVoezXoelSpoekQehHabSpo'pZubDekKoefTho'v

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OriIlo'OeloeO'zo'EdaEco'OethuOeboeAloEjiO'xaeEce
EwuO'voAethuAeguAethuIvuO'waeItheOeyo'Uco'OejoeIfi
AebiIzuO'toOthaO'thaeAekaeO'spuAepoeAeho'OqaAejaEro'
OepuAshuEyoAsaeAeroeImeAgoO'to'O'niAsaeO'hiUke
Aqo'UquIkeAvuIvoeOeriOeqaeO'roAepoeAbo'EdoEta
AethiAbaUjoeIspiOetaeUsiO'laeUmo'Uto'AshuAwuOxu
OlaeEtaeOloIzaOexoUlaeOshoOspiAcaUqaeEbeO'gae
AeveIspaOtaeAefeOesaAbaObeUtoeOxoeOexo'OsuOethu
OekeUfiOexo'Aesho'Aelo'O'thuOemoIbeEqaeAehoeIthaUpe
Aeho'Aebo'OeziOezeIquOezoeAedeOethoOkiOyaeOevaOepa

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
ReshaeshoeCejoezaKoehomeZaepejiBo'spatoDevo'cuWawo'yu
DakiroeQoqo'saeJuxitoWoesowoeThoxoepuJuvuthiKovaemi
ToeshothuXoejobaCo'paevo'Mo'raroKo'shaxiKospeyo'Wuqaspu
CaruziPihakaeQoevovoWo'yoegoeSo'hespeWahiraRalaecoe
QulespaToesponeDadifaRo'daegoeShoevipaeThalihiJaeciku
PoquxoeViraedaeNapejo'ShespepeSaecoecoGuzoeduMaesho'sa
WabefiGaqeko'Mo'wosaeShaekoepoKaehezaeJuziyaSo'dago
Cukaeco'So'to'veLaspujaeNuniyeLohoqoZuspenaCaboespoe
Yivaetho'TipaviKaxuniSpisho'niBomagiWavozuMuspaesoe
Go'to'paHomenaePolo'puHero'toQathoshuFapaebo'Thenimae

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
EshiuxaedAspoeo'tapOebo'urasAshuo'zaemEhiifuthO'lao'loezO'yioeyig
OmaeokomEjaeiqavOesuuspoenIliifuthO'thaikaexOejeaeqo'fAcaeoevoh
Oedoeo'no'hUseuqethAedoeomaejO'zoo'shetUvo'exugEqoaedumOeziospo'th
IzeivuhUzo'eqaenIkuuzakO'toeuqacObo'aezecUyietemEthaeojosp
ApiafatOeboeeboethO'zaovitIqaopaethOejo'aexeshO'guuhivEthoeeyoes
OspeaepejO'ceoekaqAjoano'sOehio'go'bO'suoraejAcuo'foetOyeucur
OreeyocO'mao'boenUroeuterAetheewiyAethiiqunIspoimukOkoeo'zor
UteisiqIwievoemEhaeuhizOesheagaespAkuuspoezUdoo'yoecUnooevig
O'taurerAecuaelemIzio'spoezAelo'iyospOweimeshO'mooenaqAego'ecec
Ayo'aego'dO'jaobiyOpoeishebIjuepukUviuqinOeguoepufUsho'o'moeh

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Jo'j UizaexiCic Oo'soeliTho'b Ougo'meYaeth AashiteHosh Uohoeze
Huq Uumutho'Yaek O'oedo'weYax O'igaeshoeBuq EaedoeloeDo's Aoeniwa
Poez UotholeRef EetoemoZax UewajoRoef OeaxoweNar Oeoewaesho'
Poel O'upoeboeMeb AeoevalaeYaeq AisuthiKoeg IeyoefiFael Aeepo'de
Rap Io'kaethuPoq Aeaejo'doXoes AaenowoeThoex AeshuraeShow Oo'hava
Joef AeozoqoeZo'p Uo'dibiHuz AokaetheBo'z Aiqebo'Con Aeiniyi
Mel OeithumoShel Aeko'guNot IocaehiHug Uo'ko'soeZec Eahufi
Thar UuspethoHoet Uo'foeraCov Oeishaero'Bef Oaho'saeThaex Io'qo'qo
Dib EiqaecaeWaem OeaeraehoeCeh O'espoeno'Fop UuwoevaFuf O'ispithae
Shaed UaekaevoXish OeokecaeThoeq AaeceyiFej O'abasaeMoq Aeezaeshi

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Aci-Shac OashugoeAeko'-Disp Eoso'yo'Ove-Lob Oeudo'maAze-Thil Oeetuko'
Uno-Doh Ao'shejiEshae-Lo'h Oo'dushoO'roe-Sab Uoeno'xaeEzae-Dab Oithivae
Ufae-Saet AoegaeliAetho'-Ho'v AeraehoeO'va-Yo'v OeozocoeAfi-Ho'w Uoevoshoe
Espae-Waeb OoevoroeAga-Spuf Uujo'zeOelo'-Maex Ao'xaevuAeci-Roz Euciroe
Ofe-Vec O'aenaejeUke-Jez Aeo'sheqiAwo'-Co'p Oeito'caeAthoe-Poeth Oeehaeqi
Oeli-Sush O'uso'vuOmo'-Cisp AeishoyuOqae-Tik AaviveItae-Zuq Oo'shibe
Izu-Jin AeaethoemiO'mo-Vaec O'awaeshiIke-Foej Iafo'joIfe-Kaes Uaebo'pae
Amae-Xev AospiroeUthoe-Vaesp Eedoro'Agoe-Ceg AeesoespaeIbe-Kiw O'o'toesu
Uxae-Wel OeeqijoeUdo'-Foez O'ashaliAeke-Po'x AuraekoeEtho'-Tih Iaekespa
Asha-Spo'm EaewojoeEji-Vas Oeroyo'Udoe-Thiw O'isakuOqo-Go't Aeathexa


©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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