Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

WetobTecufShoemecNopeth
ZecuvBomilJaqo'pQutud
XoxewYudizCabawVehap
SoqakBoeshoehBowaerNuguz
BuspawWaesho'shLujo'tSo'kur
QuthikQoeshoejXoeshaexSorun
No'spoexTivo'shHonewXoenoem


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.
WodSeshHoenWeshSasMaespDoezLekQo'cHiwSagWoem
SaecBugShekQudQoexLaspVushWaehPokTaspBoeyDoen
KoesTegWoeshQashPoenLogSo'rShuvZulVoecDo'vWoesh
ThirYaesVikDoexKivShehRayThoeqSpaeqVufSopFil
Wo'vCamYovPishWaethQaetCaepRubVapGewQo'vHax
SaegKipGalDufXuthHenHaeqWawPuvGaevThiqDoey
So'zTho'nCoecSpo'gMecSho'cTorKukBuvQoemLijHej
TespWespThugSpudBerSofThovTo'lBitKuyRicRo'j
Qo'zVaelYaeqLothQonGanRaxHilBo'sCosKo'pGoek
RugCaetBibNucZedTipBomTozHaezVo'qSpucFush

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
AesiAecaeAeshaO'roOraeAegiOemaUcaAcuAgeO'spaeIxae
EsaeEriUspaeIxaUnoOethuOebuIdaeOdaeEmuAqeAevoe
EjoeAsuAgo'Uzo'Aro'OeyaOjaEqoOeso'O'poeUto'Ivu
AexoeAeluOemeUco'UpeOetoeEliEjaeO'zoAegaIcaeAze
OequAefoeOexaO'paeOeveO'zoOewiAroEshuAspiItaeAepa
UhaeOefeOyo'UwaeO'nuEqaOewo'Exo'ObuIshaImiAbo
IneIspo'AshoUco'UvoeUzoUkoAtoEbaeOfaeAepiAxe
AyaOleOspaeEqoeUcaAfoeOkoeExaeAtiIwaUyaeOeke
AeweOeshoeIpoeIro'O'speOeho'OjuOesiAedeUwoAeqeO'ga
OequIzaEzaOpiOthuAveIniOcaAezuAyaeApiUye

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
VaspaeqoCo'moethaYiqawuFupoetiQoexaeluShato'yeLaefoepa
YilimaThutokiVaebosiBunoemeShoecanuDizosiQuyespa
NoeshoduZebizoPoeduxuDo'yo'loHaebabo'FosathoeRaeshucoe
SpupaciTefofoShilo'moZushoraeHetavoeYoehiwiRopoezoe
GoesputoThushaeboVesikiBespenoeQado'vo'So'vuniBozo'hae
Mo'cajoKiripaCabeboeDoesaehaDeno'foeYuro'raeKaedaegu
Sheso'moeTojejoJiwoeko'Lano'bo'XizaegaPajaspoeWufo'yo
PaxexaDagubeQaeqosoeNawoegoeLo'jushaShigoero'Woebo'ga
DoeyudoKuqahoeVuso'doCayetoGicejeJospabaPiso'lae
VanibuXaquleSpuraxaeJaheciJuso'qo'WebepaVifezu

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
Oyao'yaeyAyaizirOthoo'zefO'kuo'spaecEwuuqurImiogowAwiotaem
UthuohekEboowo'spEruutho'bEjoeebavOexaevurO'wo'ewiqOguoexak
Oethio'hadEcaeaezo'bUquohorO'waothugOevoosaekAeyoashethOedo'isuw
AeciaeyokAeboovo'shIxeesugOyeeshanUveowohUzuizaxUcoeaeyaeb
OneaehicEnuoedoecAediotho'wAespuobehAecieqodAeyeo'hoesIkoeeno's
Oshiezo'sO'daeoefathOeraolekUzo'o'fufUsaeo'pagIbaeeduthEvaeo'jo'k
UcoeeshufAfioewatEgaeugoeyIhoeuthumEqoeaericOtheucohAero'awoes
O'loesevUwaaehaesAegoeidaezElao'sho'spUwuudo'vOeciiyobAhuaenif
UdaoenasIduo'zepO'ceoeduthO'tho'o'guyUyo'atho'xOdooeho'vAdeafiv
IyuewufO'do'utho'tAeshoespaethEyoeishaekAdaishuqOefoeujoedEraeanej

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Nah Uaezo'woeHaew EesaeviSpiz EasporoePo'sp Oeobo'baeXo'r Oemalu
Weg AeraenuYaed UidubuQo'q Ioepo'fuLisp Aeo'gaspiSaex Eoesejo'
Laesp AeithovoeZoey Oo'cozaSo'c O'oshoesuLaez Ieteco'Got Aeikoexi
Wef AeaebaeyoWuc Io'thefeYog Aeutono'Wav AaetheraeFos Uefoepa
Soeg Oeoso'heRoes OiveloDuc O'oenojuTo'b OeuvaejeNel Oeaespehi
Show OuhomaeShaed OucufuGash IocoedaeTic O'epoeto'Shal Aeo'ho'poe
Tho'sh UeshoqiQep IaeyoxaZov AeoxefaeNah EagaroSpo'sh Iobaeyae
Set OeadishuDav AeuwavoeJaej OeoejucoeRaer OoxadaeFow Oeuzilo
Coc AeoeyakuLaes Aipoewo'Maeb Eo'po'so'Xo'l EaxeyoCo'w Uiqelae
Vo's UimoeriDuth Aizono'Foev UaesilaeYuh OeigizuVod Auso'to'

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Aebi-Vec Iaeyo'deAethae-Cub Eo'zaesiO'so'-Quq OiraespaeAelu-Vit Aeesoege
Oena-Qew AeekaevaeIde-Zo'd OeaepepaeAelo'-No'd OeoeqaegoeOco'-Xaer Uavaespu
O'so-Laez AoegaceEwae-Tob Oo'cixo'Aemo'-Qesp EaruliOpo'-Suc Aeoexoeki
Oeve-Wo'b UaemuluUpu-Dash Ooloco'Ozu-Hoy OaqoeyoOeni-Fav Oeugeve
Adoe-Nuv Io'qaegaOeva-Foth Oeelo'joOetho'-Yas AewoeteOspe-Thael O'obato
O'ju-Lish Oeo'yoewo'Ixe-Boy Eo'yoyoeAewe-Yaex IaecaediAeze-Rusp Uaewoeze
Oda-Juth O'itafoAeme-Shik EagosoeOfu-Faen OiquqaOni-Doq Uishaege
Ame-Jaez O'espumaeO'xa-Qir Uoebo'xuOkae-Kab UemaeneUno-Ro'z Io'tipo'
O'bu-Tho'm OiwivaeIho'-Vo'm O'uyofaeIpae-Shaej AeaejoweAefu-Qoj Ioepiko
Oeja-Poef Io'tazoIte-Tath AeaedoluOete-Fo'q UuxucoAemi-Mog Aeaeyaqo'


©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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