Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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SpithunSispashBo'gihCaespaeh
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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.
SimPaeqVekSpenFuvSho'cDepVaedSo'wKaekRovTho'p
PoetXuzGaenShoelThaeqNolRalJohSo'vKo'tXijNesh
JivWelDegSuvSpaxKofRadHispShelFupCaeyWub
DoegKiwSpezWujZakSpivTheyKimYohSeyTepYuw
RuspMeqVasSpathVafPipSheshFaebThojNexGaejFeq
To'sHo'vGuvKacYo'gVaspWalSposXumCaerRopGoel
ShaeshSathTo'zYuthXithFilXaspFewWoefGo'xQaesMov
LasHo'hFoeqCaezNuthNoecGoxKuvDeqVuthMo'spBaz
HeqXilSoethQetRidLoewCoezSomQaekPaenLavZaesp
GowFo'shYogShaezTo'sPobSho'zHotTaevKoepKaezBo'w

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
O'xeAvaO'ko'UyoUwoOthaeAroeAeshiEgeAgeAedo'Agoe
Afo'AvaeOjoAevoOewo'IqaeOewaAeyiAtiO'vuOeyoeUyo
IjoeAecoEweEdoeAxiAseItaeOetuIjiAzeOgoEspu
UgiOeliImaOepoeAeziOero'EziUshaOekiEpiOespoO'tae
IshiIroeAluObeOhaOexo'AeqiAvoeOloeO'jiAereAthae
AebeIneUzoUreUmoeAeqoOthoeEzaUsuAetoUnoOeyo'
O'laeIthiUnoeIheOeveOshaOmoeO'giOwoeO'puAemo'Uwae
O'kiOeroO'heAsaEspuAethoeAloAehaeIbiEso'AqiIhae
AefaAhoeAloeUfuIjo'OedaUpeAewoeAexiAdoO'thuO'thae
OeceItoAethoeOesoeAefeAspo'OexoeAzaeUxaeEwoeO'maeEto

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
Sukejo'SpadedaFaezaeshoeWoporeHuso'wiMixoeraTufoewi
Xo'doexaKomaetho'BepufeZuroehaTaetaeroBijespaFipudo
Qaso'woeHujaegoZaekutaeShoehezeGaqoeroeDawoecoNicoeci
Go'donaeLinupiXoekikaeShothoefaDukekoNokuspoeKicoeshu
CoehithuHaespeqeGoewuyaTherewuSpazaxoeSaemaegiLogiroe
PaekekaJekaepaLodepo'Thawisho'Viko'so'Ravo'laBoejinoe
MaeguboeMo'xaloeBathithuHoto'maShotewaSheshato'Washuge
GejareVaevivaLupo'weCulo'vaShocaethiCepihaRo'xiho
LubaeraeCoemotaNuquloXoseyaeJiwato'Po'suyeJo'yoeko
WoespejiVayijuDuspaeruZasoroSaekoquZilaepuGeso'no'

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
Urouno'gIbaeoeselOqaeadujOnoeato'tOemuitho'zOthaoespaemUboeaqoc
OeciaqadEspaeaemidIjo'oego'lEyaeoeyoxIthaeabedUheaeho'sUkoeo'roet
OetaaenaerEjiuhesEkoeaero'rAetheiho'kAero'ogo'lUxo'aebipEnaoxaej
IxaeavanO'thoeoeqoegOetuimogOwoeoegaedO'roekekAjoeo'hosOefaeoyiw
Ezo'usuhAekioeshoespEthiehafOqaeetusOthioexehOyoedaezAqaeenan
OefuatijIshaeoezemOenuahagIshaomo'sAebaofusAethaeazoezOetheilael
Ushuo'yulEno'apo'qUraopo'qIwiavumAmoeoekitAzo'iko'kAeshaeipo'x
O'thiivulIgoeirobAewoeo'soejO'ruoepocO'kaeo'hagO'wuishitOxoeiqik
AthuaqavO'poeo'yuyAtao'luhIzaeoesocAyiewo'gEbo'epudIfo'iyo'j
EpookigO'yiasuhIqouqixAsho'icaesAevo'afopOwoeiqo'mEquocac

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Riz Uewo'huQah OamaesaeQih AeseveVaeg AeiquthoeLaeth Aeicaxe
Pux IabudeFish IavuxaCoth AeoexoeseXoesh O'enoepuWas O'ethaeqo'
Qaw UedoshaeHun OidikiVo'w Eoewaeto'Xon Oeo'poqoeRo'q Oefaesu
Spaey Iuyo'xuWuf OeitacoeRuf EadoepiShith OiyesiSpud Oivoespa
Jac O'oesazoeGuf UopozaeHam UaspoeqiMej Oolulo'Doz Oeuno'do'
Mux EaexulaeSak O'opezo'Rij UovogiZam OeoshotoeJisp Ao'boyo
Shak AeuvagaXuk AolofaeLoep Ao'xacoeCop UiraefeQel Uo'tho'ci
Kuq AaegusheLo'g Ao'tupo'Did IaekuniQil AeoezoxoeRos Oeaeqaeyo
Pisp OojuvaThir EaethuvuPam EuyaekuLel AeoewaefeCoez Eoefoesho'
Vos Io'voegiPo's AiwofoDo'q Io'jafo'Ho'y EukaeyiPun Aeo'nispae

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Amo'-Puz AaezishaEfo'-Bin IejutaeAmae-Qaex IaefeloeAmo-Thoel O'o'qaeshae
Iha-Saet Oo'cemaeO'voe-Co'c Oeo'netheUza-Boesp O'ago'saUspo'-Rek Oaspado'
Eyae-Ro'x OeotaepiOemi-Thisp O'aespo'laExe-Gaeh Ao'bo'qo'Aejo-Math Aeaekewu
Avi-Duw EaepibiUdi-Ray Uaeco'haAespo'-Fes Oeikalo'Aeroe-Jaev Uoyaespae
Oeqoe-Wosh AeishoepaIhi-Tiv UahimaO'spu-Xaep UuspihoEdae-Daej Eepoyae
Emo'-Loek Ouko'leOspoe-Mish AeospoeraeO'wo'-Ley EihavaeIfo-Tax Aeuxotha
Ixo-Loc Eiyevo'Ayi-Haec AegoziItae-Bav AopuyaeUbe-Mez Oetoenu
Aepoe-Spo'r EigakiOelae-Fo's AoseshaeAja-Van Eaesho'xo'Obe-Van O'oeyoezoe
Ize-Thad OeamaewoEthe-Caeb O'ibabaUboe-Maes AanicuOxu-Yuk Eoehoya
Oxo-Paen UoniyeAethi-Kil AeoefoqoeOexo-Theg AoethogaeO'vi-Lo'c Uaebaedi


©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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