Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

FaesakKaeyoeqJuzepSpopuv
JucoezFidoepCaeloeyTo'sov
Doeko'thXo'kepSpucafThenaz
ShatevPo'talLedoefBocit
QifulKuroesMoevashMuyar
GowibShimo'sCothedJutaej
Hetho'kZiyoekMaevefVapasp


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.
DenBoqKo'fFemMekWarQoeshShurCoejCemBirNisp
SpoethFaefQekYo'lMocJotZomFosQuthDo'jDo'thBax
FuspPothYaemShaxQo'gThavQugPoefXaecVaefPo'wPod
MishXespRoeshWoethMeqSoehWobYazThuzTakXosVey
TaeqQofNo'kSpothGelHanDo'bThucHipZavToenGeth
KoezSukRaeqShaqKepLacMimShenRaefBo'lThispYo's
DonTipGoesTatVothDidRaethVo'shBaegBoedSaerBoth
PusDetWo'cValYugWicTithZirSpo'kQo'vNojCup
VilXo'mDaethKugMepKaxZo'vFusZo'bDarSaezSpuy
LusJo'fPikThulVolLuzSpozBushRetNefHuxYaev

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
O'jo'IguUsho'O'juAejaOejoeUzaeIjaOquEkiAejuAerae
OgoeIfo'O'speAvuOejiUroeUspeAgoIcaeO'shiOejoOtu
IsuUtiAluOshaAnaEqeOeziOxeAepoEzaAehoeOyi
OeshoeEluInaItuUloAezeO'soeOzuOvoeAfuOyoAbae
OekeOetaeEgeUcaOeboeOnuO'sheOebiEneOeqeOfuUye
ObiOeroOekoIvo'O'saeEjaeUpeOedoeO'qo'OcoeUqoeO'fi
IzuAehiOefo'OjeIxoeUpaeImiEyoO'lo'OekaO'to'Une
AediAeruAyiOekaeUreAewo'ItiEjuEgiAwoeEsaeOni
AneIgoAvaEraeEyoOspoeAgaeIjuO'qeAeboeAbaEki
OemaAesuUwiO'fiOeguUqaeEqiOjiAmoEsoeOlaOdoe

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
CoenovuXixiziCayonaXupewaShenavuWaehego'Wo'hoha
XifuwuVucevaeHuspoesoeGinopoeKeruvaeTocaecaeLoejosho'
HerexeSho'pino'SpaefukaeKo'kowoGafoqaMoefo'tho'Daethugo
RefoewoRano'neJuhocoeNopunoRuhufoShoesaniPamo'thae
CepituCabuvoShibexeRoesheviQemo'ciXeqeneXohaebo'
Jo'gico'PoesoyiWinajuNato'jaCasishuHeronuLo'jo'ka
JamoegoeJuvo'qo'Spucusho'GedoeruLo'puthaeVezathaXetode
NaxutoePaeyuriFo'kuqeNemikiKaqo'qoeDo'waepiQo'giqae
Voevo'jeHoenuspoeSpiyuhiFikaegaeHoexociGoethaeweDo'shuro'
JugacoNewaebo'SetotoeVaenoeveZaedaekoeTuhaeviHano'sho

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
O'poeuzihUgoeeshaecOethaeasusAeliasorUjaowaebUdeekaelEtoo'rith
ExuafaefOegoeinoeyEpaeaesathO'shieroedAspaixukO'looeqethO'shoeemuth
Asaeo'pefAyeeyepUyaeoficOenaoekoeyOekoeaeshuwOvo'oqarIlaaefaek
Idio'qitAedoumelIwaoeno'fO'coeimaefUsoaevaezEfoaho'sOedo'o'yav
IspaeebuqOjoeo'zazUshoeoecewIdio'githAjuihoqEthaoehoetAyooewel
AelaapobOewo'oespuspEthuoshufAjaeedizAeneuyivIyoeo'qutUfuaedeh
AviethelAneaezopOeyeo'taeshEnuoesenOekoeoespazO'geasoshOshiewof
IkauwuhIxoeadixAnuasaecEho'oefishAexaecaxAevaenoehUco'uput
AnoeitoecAesho'oevo'zAecuuwuxEko'oemo'lAesao'boekOeliojidO'ho'oekuk
AgaepathAecioetiwOebailixUsaeuzaejElueqoemAwio'xoetOthiathil

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Koef O'ispogaeXid IutathoeWir Uo'go'zuThaez IaqobaeNob Eilito'
Spoey OeodeshaMaesh O'aevoedaeJuy AakajuPuh IushejiJoh Iaebewae
Thosh OeoepuzoZo'x Ooloexo'Qo'j AeewaruCaek AeaexoequHam Oeo'lokae
Zo'r AeoqakaeYik Oofoeho'Po'n AeposhoXiw UevebeVap Oo'yaeke
Sham AeumeruWo'p AoeyaekaQoc OeegeraThim Aemuco'Ship Oano'de
Xo'q AeospaefaBiv AebukiThaek AeaesihuXew O'o'vowePuj Uuriwae
Lec Uetho'boeRish Eeco'do'Suv AeajavaeSar Iiyotho'Lo'sp Aoko'so
Spur O'egoeshiTho'sp AeuspishiGij EoefatuNuf O'uvoraeTev O'eto'the
Zic Eoloso'Roet EahibaeSpol AearoboeDo't IaethithiVisp Oeo'ticae
Rix IijoediKum O'oejubaQisp O'alo'viQo'l IuwathaLoeg Oeo'xathu

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Iru-Naz OashaeshuAnu-Noef EaecegoeIzoe-Fo's OeigewiAfi-Sho'h Oo'vamo
Eqi-Hoen O'akugeEyu-Mo'k Oeo'nashiIli-Spow Oujoeyo'Awa-Mih Oeubespa
Ova-Thoesh IajoeboeOmi-Vac OeeyoeqeO'goe-Spiv O'aelo'yaO'fa-Faef Aeerashu
Erae-Bik Eepo'gaeUfoe-Theq AategoIboe-Zer OifeloUqoe-Coy O'asputha
Espa-Xej Eoko'joOwae-So'g AuwoereUpe-Pad UedoespeO'goe-Jath Oeutugu
Oehe-Po'v UofaesheO'no-Spem EasaeloeAede-Noen AoteshuO'qa-Cish Ieloefo
Aku-Veth Io'cumoeApe-Voeb IuqitaeEtho'-Qoed AoenunuUyu-Rosp Iopoce
Okoe-Spul Aeaejoejo'Aejoe-Jaed O'ishothiOgoe-Thux AadaeboeEyo-Nuw Iibato'
Aqe-Bo'f Iolamo'Aena-Thec OeozayoAefae-Zen Aeithako'Esi-Qoex Uogulo
Oebae-Qat O'o'xoeyo'Ese-Cuq O'aefijaeAyi-Kot AeatuqoeEpoe-Beq O'ideloe


©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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