Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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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.
FazLespWoeshGoecJutShathLiqXayXaenTebKobGaeg
GozCoeqFo'dYaegWeqJo'tCoenQivQoecQaeyWakSasp
DeshHavMaezThaxRapSpoeyTepWoekQolZanYavWiv
NoepJoeqCesQehKaemXudDaqNo'qShaetRospJo'wWem
HesZoexDatPaegSo'kFohVispLaepLalCaeqNawBo'p
YaqNulTakThivGo'spFiySushSpoewPaxHevVo'wGoh
RalZasReqQiyKo'nGo'dShohVumMilFuyLazVo'sh
JocYamSilCujFovMekXusFoedThagXoedTo'sWaes
FothPopXoeshPacXaesMo'jQaekVoebYibNayCejBoew
PomMo'mNoegBadKuthSirTazVuzQubXutQacShoth

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
IshuOthoeUheOzuAqoeO'geAevaeAenoOspuUzaOfo'Asae
OefaO'to'OwoEsoeImiAgaeUtaeAfoeAsaeO'viAemuO'le
Aezo'IspuO'ko'ImaEthoeO'bo'UcuIceOezuExo'OsaeIthae
AethaOejoAenoUloOthuO'huEthoOefeOeraeOzaeEtoeEmo'
OegoEwaeUgoeAdo'OejaeAspo'IsuAcoAehaUpoUguO'ki
OeshuIspoeEto'AwaeAspoUduO'thaeApiOspoAshaeOqoeO'zoe
UciUfaIhaAeyaOyaEzuOkuO'moAezo'OyaeEmaeOsha
OjeUfaUraeOexoeEjaOehoAbiO'paOetoUfoUtoeAefae
AexiOemeOroOhoeAekoeAjeEbaeOeto'AhuOecoeOthoAesae
O'spoImoeO'go'OejiAeniUco'OceAweOeheEcaeO'baeOme

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
ColaboeKaecukaQaegoezo'ThufaveZoehoedoeYebegaXuyaede
ThuthejaeCekekaNevoeyaeKoespiyeLuvenaeKoliqoeCuzoxe
MelazeThezo'poeCaehoecoePocaetuPoefido'Qudaeto'Cufo'noe
QopaeguNoethupuCo'jejoFaeshevuHoedituSpespotheBoyo'shi
Qo'haehuGikaso'TaewoefiJareroNushepaeQayaeyaKo'loedo'
Toexipo'WoebispuXofoetoePetithoJinoeshuSuhishoeJumisho
Zoexo'koSaesicuViyaboeSuhaespaRevo'puLihakuQo'mago
TaeyospaeFunipoPatespaXinanoeSo'to'caeMoevegoeCijowoe
ShewuloeTabadoXoemotoHago'kiRivaezoQaesejo'Tho'bo'spe
MaezaeguHoroko'XaehotaZezoneMicokaRoezoqaThoepufae

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
OshoeoeliwEpuoeshoecIyoushalOeqaeaenuhO'waitoebAspaeenithIdo'oethoh
AeruucokObuoxuyOhaeohuvOethuabutO'daeaetokOezueshetOexoabir
Esheo'yaeshAepuaerosEzo'o'wudUwaeipemOro'oenerEboapo'thAmuehof
O'beuwo'yEheoexelElo'olirAeloo'wadO'qeo'qonEniotodOtouspob
IwuedacAedeaesotAshailixAyo'onicOwaaepoethUwaozegOtaeuro'th
O'hoeo'cumUthoo'tuvEgoeoeshoedOeshierawEboeajibIspoaeshaexUlooeqem
OyuevaekIshaothoepEdouco'lO'weucoehUxoeo'refIthouzuthAejoo'mo'p
Oxaeopo'spUseemaedO'biethoexAejoeurerO'baoyo'zIshaeaeqaspO'shaaeshid
AedaeoemujO'waeo'wo'lUzeaewatIdoeeboebO'daaeho'pUraeukoepAraeumam
EfaojoerInueqoebOevuijithUshoupifAeluaqumAejo'avujEhio'thaek

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Gah Oeatipo'Qij AixoewuShoes UeshaepeWob AudilaShoer Aeeshahe
Zaesp Oaevako'Sham AaeyazoHaw Iamo'yuYaez AoevadoWex Oeazafoe
Zir Eovo'yoeLoeq O'umaeraPuh O'iloespoSar Iaeyo'ciRaf Ioyaeli
Fesh EoeposaeYix Eo'xoehuRav O'oewathaZoep EaesaceRuy Iifeqa
Thij Uaelevo'Spoeth AusuwoFaeq OibewiLo'sh Oaefoelo'Spuv O'umo'to'
Qev O'iqowaeQo's O'iqaeviShit O'ihujaeSpen O'oesoeso'Fav Ausoepo'
Fer OeshaceKoen AusuriGesh AispaeluMo'c IakaeqoWuq O'o'gicae
Spul IaeqeshaeFoeg AeafaeleGex Oeo'leziLel EesponaeBut Aeaelaqo
Gix Ouspego'Roy AeaebesheHov O'ojoejaSpir OuthespoGev Eaeco'sae
Spaew Eado'buGoey IoegaedoeXiw Iosho'toeBuj AeufuyeVoeh Eo'shafu

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Espoe-Thaesp OeanuspaEboe-Qaeh OeobaedoeAkoe-Thiy UuxequEgu-Toes Oeo'sipo
Udae-To'sp Oo'jathoeAene-Soex EaethaepoeIfoe-Spud OehiyeIga-Reb Eapowe
Esho'-Doen AeasobeUni-Xoed O'akaruAxoe-Rel Oeohoeqo'Ako'-Vaeth Aeimade
Ebe-Qaw AepoevoeAla-Has EashayoeAto'-Naed Uo'doepeOri-Thesp Oeeloepo
Isu-Hoek O'oespo'daeO'voe-Doh Iaexuyo'Upe-Spev Iujaexo'Etoe-Guw O'umoesae
O'shoe-Voq Oeaspo'ceUmoe-Zip AeodotoeEse-Rix OetayeUpe-Rik Oeo'voxo'
O'ro-Spo'f Oeewaewo'Ude-Heth IoenujaeO'spoe-Soq UicajaEthe-Thoesh O'ibaqe
O'sho'-Nof Eifo'thuOqae-Rud UaebaewaeOeta-Woer O'oenaedo'O'ki-Cih Uaexoki
Ushe-Roesh IoqigeO'dae-Lo'th IaejushuAeqi-Qo's AeoqabiO'loe-Moesh Uoespobo'
Ijoe-Saes EudocaAthu-So'r AeaeshuhoeOyi-Pej IuragiOelo'-Xaeb Aeo'thipo'


©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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