Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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Moevo'yNoecofCaesho'wKemo'q
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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.
KixGeqQishNo'qSpaewBenWidBo'nCosQuyNo'fGak
VutSaqDamZarJaezLaewYaefMowHaetLo'wVoelLim
ShinJepYojVaecNuthSo'kKefThufTiySpoecMumYaes
KucRizSaenQinZoetBujFerThegBuvNopBoedCim
Sho'fLopXifNiwVospJigNiyFaejTaespWo'jFaefKar
Yo'yThidTarTishYoejTaecShuzShewFiqJoetYoqToz
XazKoedHuyQetRagNo'mGexWonLishSho'kWoemRac
TisPaexFishKaeshVo'bPoepThawZo'vFoemQenSo'vGip
SpuzZaetXutXo'lJo'mBoelVo'cCokPagGerTecPash
FaemXoelDo'jQo'bShushThoekHalNisBo'yDothSpuxLim

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
OeniO'speO'shaeAeyoEbuUpaeEpoeO'reAeroeOeshaAsuOro
UqiOmeAereOdoeEheO'gaeAciAeveO'xaeOfiAewaeEfi
ObaeUmo'IseOriEviUqaOemaeUxo'AetoeOesho'O'jo'Aeshi
Oego'O'voEtheUnoeOegeOvo'OruEkoAkoeO'doeEzaeAwu
UthoAeqo'OfaOetaeUciAhoeUjo'IgaO'mo'AepoeIcuAeza
OeliAespo'Uqo'O'teUhoUqoeOepaUjuEruAeloO'baeEyae
EmiEko'ItheAepoeOfeUwoAspaOeyiExiO'beAefuEko'
EtaeIpiAspoEqeOereOejaAmaeImaeUgo'EkiApo'Aexi
EyiOecaeAewoAloeAlaAewoUkoeUno'AenoOekeApaOda
IspaeOebeIcuOziO'puUcaUshoO'saeEviIfoImiEdo

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
Mono'ziKoexo'jaeSpaevoxiJo'bugeThurixoeVedago'Luweno'
ThoyoethuTheqo'woeDoejoethaKujovoMabagoDasho'xaeNoebo'toe
Toemo'miBoethiduXovaeso'HoeberaeSpo'no'thaWuxaqeNuziyo'
SpupoemaRoewuxiKoejoeweYoxuqiXo'yoekoeTijaspoeGujo'ca
GiyoduVo'thopoWinushoeGucotaDaeqowuPo'thinaXathoero
GivoeyuMafopaeNuso'spiQokovoePoyogoZotuboFopiyo'
CiqoegoSpoethigoeBoedaediHo'wo'roeLoefaebo'XahiwoXoefoebi
LaboshaYeduboeJimogoMo'puheBathewo'Pabuso'Socoetha
MenaetuGaroesaeShoeyaeyuYitaeyiXovaefoeShuziluShuqohe
HeyaspuRaeshesoePidegiXazoeleFiwoewo'Yo'dubaHuzazo

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
Aekaeo'pahIcao'nebOespoeothumAgoamathUzoigijOejoo'luxAexaeowuz
OedioejoeyOevaeereqOepaeiwihAxaaeraejImeo'povAecuoxisIqaaspaem
OefoeaeshoetOqo'aethawOnoeqo'sIjeuxitAefaojoekEmo'oethaenAetheimoen
O'saezeyOeqoovuthO'heeteyUciospovIceitenUmieshoetUjuupaev
EspuoebaedAhaeijo'sO'faoritObiajaesAetio'taesOesoeoeyubAquavoep
EtheoespoxIjiashoespUpuedizO'shaeanobAduicoebAcaeilalIxiaejo'sp
IjaeifoejUfioejaespIpairaevO'shaevospO'ko'iraerOepaeitespO'tho'eno'r
Axeo'vidOvaispasUyeikasO'fuaedubUruukaepAfuoyoewAeviiqut
AeqiaetaesOemoeitheyIdiijaevAqoo'goejOeho'oxejObaeemonIwiuyuz
Anuetho'cAviaethekOenuanojAezoeero'wOruospesO'coeaxo'yOehaotoep

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Dax O'o'papoYaeb Oibusho'Suth Iuxayo'Nor O'usoepuFusp Uizoewe
Tic UaetugeKeb EoepaeraMer O'ofo'buXoej O'iqo'ziSor Aeoeyaesho
Koec Oako'boeDo'v UoelaesoeMuq AeeshithuFaep OeafoepiSpoj Oeuhofo'
War IodaefeXog Ioethaeko'Tho'n Eo'shovoWar Oeaerefo'Kaf Uaetoedi
To's OeaesabuSpuj Oeko'shaQah UojoespaKoed UibebaeXez Ialuqu
Shop AaseqaQesp UovoecaVid UaholiWo'z IaelaeziNash Oudofu
Daet Eushibo'Qoj AeehoepaCith OoecifoeNuy AoetoesheSeg Uoeraeroe
Bih AoqayiCen OeuburoeHes OaexukoFec AeemahaeSir Aeiwidi
Koez O'o'cuko'Maeh Aealo'shuKo'w AuboenoMoeq OeagubaRum Oo'joezi
Caef UefihoeLo'f Oeishitho'Noth Uaro'puHen OihoeyoXes Ooqoehae

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Upoe-No'g Oogo'noeOvo'-Thef EaespusaEcu-Voey UejeveOcoe-So'g Iozema
Irae-Jem Oipo'beAeqo-Caed IefayeEdu-Cib Auso'zaeIja-Yed Ao'toco
Uloe-Won AeurotaeOwo-Duk Aeo'ro'vaeAvae-Wez EoegaenuIke-Yaey Oeiqala
Igo'-Shev OeemoshuIci-Paev AabeshaeO'qa-Qul Uo'ruyoeIqo'-Vo'x Eeyuwoe
Exoe-Ho't O'o'go'naeIcoe-Thoeq Oeo'buso'Ize-Dith OeuvoxoeExu-Koeb Aacaecoe
Ivoe-Jej EoforoOka-Caey Oeo'rihiIko-Lap AigoesiO'zae-Dim Uoewoexu
Opo-Boev IaspaelaImo-Pab AeazoefeAwo'-Yit IaedaezaeOgae-No'h Uiso'woe
O'rae-Xith O'itaefaOnae-Set OoezidaeUse-Fuz AeonoegoeUfa-Jo'g Iotacae
Aepo-Saes OigupoeOla-Tho'j OeumoeyoAedae-Pesh Io'maereOcu-Soesp Iekoci
Oevo'-Diw OeyiwaEco'-So'r AeisishiIgo-Sun O'ifaeloOyoe-Kem Iipithi


©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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