Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

MeshaeqPo'yudCozujThabuc
BexaethJo'shoeqVevushGaxo's
ShadoerLoesokTopohNoefin
TaritPuwiqLeroshDaeroeg
ZirixXaepo'fThufothXo'nuh
ThaelukHucaekHoetaebNuyo'q
ThaedalBo'komQojo'thReroeth


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.
ShaesRoesSpinShaemWo'pCo'lMoxShaecXaesShihYedNaey
BaecPoeshZoyKoxVaegPaecQuzFohMipPoejKoecLew
JafCotYaqBukCazThikGoerVejThobBaejXakThaw
So'zDo'nNarJo'yRepFaetNaecPaeshWuspCocYabTeth
CuspTaeshPocSpuzSo'sVomRethQemSanSoesRoegQob
NaenPaespLospThamLoerJexTaeyDonVo'gShurTho'nLoj
LaevKaeyWapKivDapShashLaeshQoenDunRo'shYivPoen
KorXoethNaethThoecZazXurGoefSifPapGufTaerHuk
FadDo'yFaeshBuqRaehWopSho'rMadQoespDo'sMatQet
LinJobXo'ySpoegNucSpo'fDushCuyTashKudTho'nLey

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OshaeEshoOlaOlaUnuUqeIfeEnoeImuAewaeUfoeIku
Aewo'O'giO'yoeOkeUsoAezaeUgeAtho'O'qaUshoEweAti
IreAboItaOemo'UshaAebaAethuO'qoOveUxaeO'foAho
UraUjoUziUvoOepiEnaeOeyuO'liAejoEkoeUyeUmo
AthiOqaAeguEno'AfaeUdeO'zoIboeO'ruEgo'Oejo'Avo
AquUvaUweIjiOfeAepeUpoeEto'AleAlo'OnoAba
AraeIshaUleOegoeAeyeUthaeUceOecuUpo'O'qo'AruAezo
O'noeEfo'AebaeAsoeAedaeAyaeUliUlaeOmoAjeOgoeElae
AgaeAehoUduIfiEvoeOhaIwoOewoeO'fo'UkeOmoEjoe
OezaeEgo'OluEzaeEguUziIyoEnoeOzaAedoUxeIsho

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
GoyaeqoeRoezakoeLuqaeyo'Neyudo'ThuveshuSaspoyoDogo'qo
Taedeto'Dafo'teZuzuxoeDoyayuRo'baeyuHomisaJoedotoe
SulocaGeqo'hiSaehuraDaequfaQozuyuLoboeshaYahico
Voejo'jaeSpivoshaeSojospaThiqo'coBo'pihuWo'gayoZaeyujoe
Mo'doekaWinihoVimequWeqo'jiLefevoZako'voeCoshove
Spimiqo'SpefofoYoqo'teMuhoeqo'KulecaLamoemo'Tifaezi
FoexoetoZaspavoCabohaPudaeloXo'zo'xoeGo'mo'saLocisae
YoexaecaShuso'mo'PethiboeCetofePuvuyiJoethano'Diqoeko'
VaeboedaLejo'soGasho'soeGo'lathaeCafuxoNohodiQoqaema
GugapaeYoetexuSpaevamoRaethaelaDaepoeto'Waepo'tho'Voesithi

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
O'sheoebudUnaixapOerainaedO'xaaenaenAewaeoeso'lOeqoesposAeraodev
UcaeozaehIsoeakoyO'leushuzAedoutubOexoeezotOeko'o'shubEspaeelo'x
EsoeavawIsoeamokEsho'o'gaeshAmo'iloeqOewio'ko'cO'spaeisulAthoeeyoeg
ApaazamEwo'o'peshAedo'aedaedOejooehethAxaahegAguithujOveeyasp
O'zaufukOtiomoqOeroeoexibOeyieqolIriemizUzeo'pomO'xo'uloeh
Espio'xubIbiuroezO'boeushaepOho'ibaeyIpaunimEshooshaedOpo'oqoeth
OpoaewidOedo'aso'sAjaifoxAhaeovaeshEnaeoethenOequitopInaiwaq
Aeqio'wemOspioenajIloeashilUxaeaego'cO'buaeqo'vIcaoebikOpuaeyiy
OereekabUspaospoejOto'oewanAemoeezicOeso'ogatUdoeacaeqAqaeufoej
AexoeugozAxo'oemaedUzaeaspodAguawosAedo'oezoelAdeashayIzo'aewoesh

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Vab OeitaebaNo'd Iuspo'spaCec O'izegaeBo'p O'uro'jaeSaz Uoxoeyo
Wael Oeaeraexo'To'c Oo'tho'thoPo'x IuzefiThaef IushoekoeJaq Eaepego
Fam OeukoshaeHath UayoemoSaw IiyaepuKoex AeaeshepoPael Iapevu
Bish Oo'spekiThey UopihiGox Uaeto'faeNin O'iyo'yaeZo'c Eo'gamoe
Qoez AeaehupaJoh Ao'rotho'Jaew AoetazuJo'th O'otaehuSpaeb Aapifo
Yoel Aeo'foshaeFo'v Oeesoefo'Ko'h Aeo'caetheKel OeaspayaeHix Aowaedo'
Laef Iabuzo'Soez AeadexeDaeth O'ahoefoePo'x OirutuTep Uaegose
Raeth Oeaexoezo'Shub UaspiqeShez Oaeco'maeFaep IohicaCoeth O'uqo'gu
Thud EojathaCo'p O'akoloeSuy OeoeqoereFuk OeozaesiDoeg Eoedoeta
Span OeoeculoeCo'j EexuzeMoez Oeaeqo'theSpush AuspuluSaesp Io'spufa

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Iwo'-Ras Oaemo'wiEvo'-Daer AishoethaeOehoe-Taesh OeasoevoeIfu-Vah Aitho'moe
Una-Pec Eaejo'naAege-No'z EespoeshaO'thi-Zo'w UugoespiAehe-Bes Aayipoe
Aso'-Ciy EexodoeEvi-Moh OeepaehoeOkoe-Jug O'oexo'waOezi-Pim Eudoshu
Oesoe-Gosh Aeo'hugaeOefo-Qag Uoebo'hiIpae-Mo'x O'oemuzaeUwae-Wisp Uado're
Ego'-Fad UiriwuEte-Qec IoexapaAspe-Go'w Iasheho'Ixi-Shad Oexuxo'
Oedoe-Neg UigoeqaOze-Lan IogoekiAexu-Rik UanipoeOco'-Toen Oeejo'qi
Ozoe-Suc O'iyosheAene-Goew AeexaeyuEroe-Qog Aeo'cupuOemo'-Paez Oeoekaeza
Uve-Lob AeoeruhaOedo'-Xoem IoxishuEqi-Qod Uo'xaekiAego'-Loeh Ooliga
Oero-Qael EashosiOfi-Jo's UoexudoOepae-Daec EusoecoAhu-Thud Eajule
Azo'-Shib IaqegiIlo'-Zasp IagaespaeO'go'-Hoeh OaecovoObu-Thew Iodeka


©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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