Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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BubehHaeloejSaecabVevoeth
PoetepRenaegBaexabBixith
Co'xabXaehopGo'gaegVokeg
PespihSpiqoetNaeteshTo'to'p
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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.
RuthGoezYoepVetXuspVebBagPorThafLo'hQowPup
KogYelPo'thNoedPoedVepHapLomSo'zKopYaeshSpuc
LaspKutMajQoenSpo'qPibSho'spWepGajDo'shFispFoeq
XaqCuhQufCanCo'kCoepQaeqYo'pWazWiqHasXeg
SpoeyDoezQaeyYaepKilYekKo'nGoevWo'xLoeshRoerLaej
HicCeshRohShinHulTaespLuzDo'pBofRaeshZagShal
YuyCodPoevYiqXoecSaethDaelJofFifLegVayPaj
RubJilYedZaethXaexFagKipNoevTivNaexWokWoet
DoxGiqDamShiqCuxRanJoexSperWo'spBoevVoefNo'q
SpatLo'shShapVuqDaegZaelNuhMuzCisHoerWoesLar

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
IthuOeseEwaOraeAespoO'maAepiOvo'AnoeUyoeEcoeOeyi
O'caO'puAejuEho'IdoUqeUquEfoO'kuOebiO'thoO'sho'
UveEthoEhoUxaAekuOqoeAenaIcaOebo'Aspo'O'ruAwu
OzaeO'puO'haeOtiEnaeExo'Emo'Eno'AloOemeEzaO'xu
UvaeOfoOekaeUpuOto'OzoIthaeOeseO'yaO'yaeOkoEvoe
Uno'OboApaAzo'OdaeEzoOxiOxaIhiAenaOcuOqu
AeraAeraeAebo'OejaeAwuIhiOquAelaAexeIgoeO'speO'zae
OesaeOejaUlaeEvaUcuEyo'EtoeIspaeO'shaeExoeO'qiAegu
O'waeOeshuOenuIroExaAecaOebo'UhoeEgeOspiO'shaAesa
IloO'to'IyoeIvaeIlaeIshaO'ciApiOneUjaeUteO'sae

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
Spo'soejiRoetoshuPaeraeshaBipeshaeSponamaShothodeXoeshocae
ShusokuQizaraeYugetuHubebaNaexigaeDamoeroeHadadoe
Zo'gafaeVomoeroYo'gukiMonaedaQidumeJifokiLavaevi
GojicuWothejaHaelinaeRoeboegiSpuloekaShoqezuVubuyi
Tado'luXo'jaeroFubugiQazahoeSo'koeqeThefagoSo'laevo'
LaepoloeWo'wutho'JuzugiWeqaehoeLaetoeviVagenuYemuwi
Po'shisaTihegoShujujo'Zo'badoRo'so'niJo'keho'Jo'hudo
SpaspireJogipiWahispoeTiso'paeYoewajaePizoqoVaezo'ci
GaelodiDoetoevaRuziraDamo'po'LewebaeQesaetoeGoenaena
Tho'taejeShohiloeGoezo'sho'VodijaeSpopojo'RethespeLaesufo'

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
IluehucO'sheefo'gUnoeo'medIlauwo'fIdaoepoeyOego'oedazIbao'poey
Aezo'ehawO'bo'ifo'shUtoeizuthO'vaeevo'dEso'apaehOesho'usho'zAyaeuposh
IcaeiwoepOruufutUmo'ijo'shExaeesuyAboeidutAehaiyoezO'juutosh
O'kaeacujOedaoefaedEloeasaejOseozoespOdaeomoepOhoeekaeshOsaoespoev
Uso'agenAyoushishIthiaefaspOtho'o'ro'rUteehefOluofo'spAjo'ogih
IleaekavAespeitopO'voeiceyEhaeipoevOetho'o'jewUhoohoexAediaeyo'c
AegaeamoemO'kauhaqUfiamoeqOekiunujEqiavehAzuo'foeqOwao'shisp
Ispuo'jaenOemoeo'thacOehioedo'wEreoekiqEsuoramAezaeuhuqEruaeyo'q
O'xieloxOexiaelaekO'zoeaevukO'caeatoshOkoidoepOgeathuthIleeho'sp
O'piaerethEraeoeshispAspoogoerEguoraetAevoeoego'qAecoo'tisUsuuso'b

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Yoes O'aedonaeBer Oeo'xumuTo'p IedaeyoeMot OekafeFus O'uyuhoe
Laed AeospixeNusp Ao'maemoeDox Iuko'qaeVad OothukoQoef Oeawoehoe
Dad AeapumaYiq OeataemaVo'l AobegaSpo'l OealoexoHiz Eafaeye
Mur Oipaemo'Yuf O'ubihaTo'y Aedo'neCeb Eusaeco'Jo'j Eoeshivo
Mo'w Ouwevo'Loel UoesutheHoej Ao'gofo'Kus Aeo'rukeHuz Eo'pupe
Dad IiyumoeYaesh OeanithiZot AoehaezeLos Uuvoezo'Nol Eigaspi
Pih AeavodoVo'h AeitozeFosp Ao'pocoeTev O'oethenaYo'f Eoedopo
Co'j EaxefoeTuw OezafoBith AazekoKaesp Aeaezabo'Yec Oo'tejo'
Bib UikonoKoex Aeo'qaewiTael UurucoJix EideyoQish O'uqoeno
Heg Uo'spo'puQat O'ishoeqeYoesp Iejefo'Vaek EarivoLush O'aspuci

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Oxae-Vuq Oeo'wo'daeAexoe-Fo'y OeipevaAse-Ceh OoebeloeAebu-Po't Iaenaspo
O'toe-Maem OaeboesheO'ko'-Thuj UikeyiAefe-Ged UaxipuOetho-Wul O'utaene
Ebu-Pel Aeo'po'doeAvae-Xo'k Ioejoemo'Alo-Wey O'izozo'Aeto'-Jub Auwaekoe
Eto-Noy IofoegiUdoe-Luq IifitoeIti-Bos OeuhabuO'la-Caj Oumetho'
Oeki-Yuth UaeraezaOsu-Soet EoebivaUdoe-This O'o'shewuAki-Tah Oeuzifu
O'le-Shoesh O'ebugiEce-Desh Uigo'spiEsae-Co'th Uaekaevo'Oeve-Til O'omasoe
O'ho'-Geth UoriqoIfe-Ro'th Uusoejo'Ago-Pisp EihapoAspo'-Sin Ausigu
Ewe-Zom OeusabaeAfe-Kis Aeisoesho'Athu-Vew Eoniko'Aebo-Len Eesirae
O'ke-Qo'c Oabo'xiOeboe-Fob AeboqeO'wo-Qath Io'huqeUspi-So'c Aeoeduxo
Uyu-Tid Aeeyewo'Edae-Mul Ueko'yiO'vo'-Civ UaeqeqaeIko'-Duw O'oeyaedo


©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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