Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

WoecefThoetajJezasQozo'z
QigigJelaekQuspuvFukaer
SaxogLo'seshPoejoebNo'gaew
PijoshThumilSpaenaekSahek
DoecolCaejesBoethigYexep
FeluspTedo'nNafomPuhaex
YaepoecVujoxXoebahSpaenat


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.
ShotBo'bQohJicCoeyDolMo'fFufHaedBegTavJet
KoefRo'mSo'fMarWopZubBaexFaespLudBaehVashYoez
HezLuthThinNebNishHoxHoejKaecRofPeyKobFaet
DaebQejRoeqPo'shHatQomSo'yXocRoerSo'mJo'gJum
QacCuthThaebSimSpo'mYoeySherNaenYanSpothMo'bNo'r
Lo'lLutXurGihSpepRoekBonNoyMaewNivSpoetKaf
SpaevQo'spXo'hHoshRolSpo'yYivQaethHaerZarBalVoek
VojShoexXejFehTharSulRoefFuhWukDithNo'lVaeb
PoehWaenThoenQithZo'vBakHaeshRo'gQifShaspShotDem
QedThoenShulSumShaegYicSpo'mFaemFoeshXaedFihJith

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OefoAxaOvaeOepeOepaAsaeOxoIqeOvuOethaeOevo'Awoe
EgoO'zaeAriEvo'O'goeOreOebo'Ewo'AluO'piOesoAri
O'to'IyuIyaeO'hiEthiEfaAfoUdaeO'xoOzaOexoeOecu
EkiO'kuIqoUvuUwoeO'kaeAeguIroIkeO'thiOguAefo'
InoAebaOtaeEtaO'piUxo'O'deEceOriAloO'wo'Oqo'
OspuIdeOdoeOevoUvuAezuO'leImuOemiOexaeUjaeEqo'
Itho'O'toeOhiO'beUspuOeho'EspiUsaIgiAko'O'taeO'so
OeboeO'thoeEnoeAefo'Aemo'AthuEhoeUkaOkoeIjiAeshiUshe
EfoeO'shaeO'teAexeIspiAqoeAbo'OekeO'feEtaOsheAya
O'vaeApuEyoUyaIzaIriUqoOewaOego'O'jaeAguAejo'

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
JuxoefuWonaewo'DiqutheToenoesoeNuzo'leThoevoelaeKajaeza
Xo'jiqeQesho'yuTedugoVadizoGerothoPoemaespo'Boco'nae
NaduriSpemasiRaenehoRoedo'paShuro'naYaeco'loeHishoenu
ShajifuXoeho'voeSpuhuqoeRipukaeJuhegoeVato'naePeqoede
PayoesiLevaexaWaqo'hoeSo'xizeCinucuYuroeheSpuloepe
VegegoThaekoeceTheqoxuThufogoVespazoFuviwaeXoetamoe
JizaexuNoegugoThaero'shoMathamoeSpeloejaeLufelo'Yaeraloe
Miso'hoMoeqiwo'BoedoliGoeshitheGaebaexiPetafaeRupaze
Bo'spajiNocixo'So'wuwuSpevoekaeQaemo'thiHo'fecoRushuzoe
RoticoYasuvo'LeyoegoeSpovetaeRejoxeFiraetoeGovaespi

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
OeluucoehAfo'exoexO'beoefocOegoeilebEgoaeqo'lUtuoexuzUjuojaeg
Ojeeno'pAefuo'ko'xAezaopoebEjo'aeruhAeloisoemAso'aewowAloaeguh
Oekio'sevEvo'o'cihOeboeoesurIthiokaehOloevaecIthoeosoemOebuibeb
OexuavaemAtuobatOezoeo'xolIcaeacilAsooelo'wAyaapoeqOzeevaef
OhoaejezIseogufUqaeulo'tAeweiripIguoemarOeloaspunEguoewok
Ano'o'gehAepoeavixAniaeyoeyAeleo'raesIjo'iwaekO'spuoepiwEsoecaeb
AeraeuthaqOsheaegadO'shoaesho'qIjeushoexO'qaeaecumAvo'orahOecioespaep
Aexo'ebewO'shoaemitOzaoqo'spAspeaecupAlo'o'do'dEdaeaspithOruo'moel
O'siasushOedooenirUjoeoemoxOxoeaekitOethaoeqowAthoeoebanOmo'atoev
AdoozegEnaeo'lo'rAejio'go'wEtheoelavAwoayaepOeboeaepuwAenioewut

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Shul EopaeyuQael O'aefaelaeZav IumaboeXoej OoexaexeHub Aeezedoe
Ko'c EoedaeboeJew O'o'nikaBash IipifoeFiw O'uto'yiCoem Aeo'qosho
Shex Aeyo'peMaej Ao'raeyeMaesp AeaetesuVap Ao'saespaeVaej Aeebajo'
Vax O'oraegoQib AacufaFo'c O'oetheqeJun Eipago'Rac O'uno'to
Cer AirejiCox EaemoespoeFash AutharoRud O'ujuwuFo'z Oo'lega
So'd IadecoeDeh UoexoewoSpid Uospozo'Xaf Aeoebo'thaCed Oeijo'zo'
Xuw EubidoHuk EimigaKesp IefothoWo'h OeoeyoyiPan O'ispipi
Taep OeatoenaeYo'x EutoliHaeg UijaguBob Iayaexo'Nok Iihaqae
Vo'g AespeyeNaen Aaezago'Zaw AeohawuKoec EociniKoec Uasho'dae
Yeth Aeo'thuwoWaed IezijiMuw Oeo'loenoToq OetispoeJum Oeehaeqi

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Oeshu-Thih Oeo'dawuOlo'-Thoef UafeloeUbo'-Zaen EokaemoeAbu-Fak Oeotoemo
Aebo-Spey UaezuvoeO'sha-Joep O'oequzuAera-Pen O'aniboeEtu-Beh Oeadaelae
Iju-Xaem IuspiceAethi-Hik O'othopaOefe-Xo'r UeyathuUke-Qoej Oeoho'vu
Ira-Haq IoetonuAboe-Zev OoespufoeO'za-Faex OeeloeliEva-Zep Oepespu
Aeni-Yan Oo'kuceIxi-Tov O'oelapoOzoe-Spo't UaecaeveIfa-Roef Oeashavi
Oevo'-Coen UekefiO'we-Spuy AaethemoeIfoe-Hel Uo'cuboeO'so'-Jaeb Uoewoevi
Uxe-Po'r Eevaepo'Ecae-Huz O'unaeziO'no'-Tet O'oemadiUhu-Kab Eedanoe
O'mi-Kif UeruyoeEwi-Raep O'owowaeOtha-Ro'p Io'shugeOexi-Hid O'oziboe
Aetha-Pox IaewinoeAevu-Tey Aeo'redo'Ibi-Dim OeakaeqoeUyu-Jab O'aevupo'
Ijae-Thosh AeoeshexeUpe-Shix UaerecoeEbo-Zusp Aeo'jushoeOwi-Lo'd Uosaemae


©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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