Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

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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.
YuyXo'sFaevLedRexRefXuwWibXaqYefYo'tToet
Ho'nThirBaexYospTheqTo'zToeshGocLibBo'wTesDesh
TevNo'cNo'hSpufYeyVojXaesXaeqQowFuzBebWoesp
YashCanGo'vSpudJoshZewMoehDaeySpaebBuwBozShoth
LuzBupFaezBoebXavSpeqXelYethQekMaxKolFoth
TuxPunQiqGitWayDo'spCodLaegFarPibNo'rHof
Vo'pGayZaezTo'xSo'gWispThocQo'lQojDoevHisWow
QirMo'pFupKiyJekLoejVivSpikTutHidSpaenQem
BispPoejKo'qSijSho'qRo'shShunQaexTaesCiyPifNaey
WawJoebQuspCeshThaqMulGefXipRaeyWesRo'vJel

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
Ixo'IyaExaOegoeAlo'EdiOevaOmiAspeOehoAqeAya
AspaeEto'O'viAeshoAseEcuOfuOezaeEspiOspaOcaIjoe
EfoUbiAdo'EkaOexeEpaO'to'Ico'IqaOxiAboUro
AesuAexaeAepuO'vaO'toeO'shaeAehiAesaAvaUgoeO'ciOya
IroAepeO'maeOejoeOdo'AethuAeceO'roUpoAeshiAegaeIci
OspoeItaO'feO'thaOxeOewoeAkeUgaAeciOemiAshiAego'
AefaO'bo'AnaeEcoO'daeAtaEpaOfoAefiAshuO'voeAsoe
AteAezeIxiEyo'EboEnuOehaeAjoeUjoIko'AloeEfu
OniOeraOewaEthuAetoeUwaEkiUtuUto'EzaOehuO'tha
AtaeExaeOeqoOceOhoOeyaImaeEtuIlaeAelaeO'noAere

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
SivavoeFespuzaeWegolaeDoego'quVospajuHaeyo'shuTatoevo
NotoeshaPo'voesheHuweto'WaezuxaeCoyoecoGushaegaeZoewulu
YufuxaeQuticoFasho'yo'No'piyoeCoekaejoeLahuraKaqo'nu
MuviqoHo'poehiLispoeciLokutho'SespegoXuspoyoThanowoe
Wathoexo'SpaniwiGisepaeReluveBoegoco'CaebaqaeBushoyu
XathofoGoetuhiWetho'vaShoeyo'xiTaezugoeFo'vamaePuqafoe
No'spizoeMoemeseRithoyeCo'doebuRodariYo'faelaNoewaethi
Sposo'shoBo'lewiTiyaeloBelespoeHopo'goKesho'caeKaxoeho
Bo'xaeteJoekoeshiLavaecaeJibejaSpufoejoHijo'go'Dosoco
WosojoeJubiviMoezuneThoenetuDaeboegaGo'qaejaePujuyo'

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
AehoeoexayOeviaekaespAshoeispaegOvoefo'qOeyoobafAefo'ozelEciispo'r
O'zoeoqevOegeiboezAxo'aesho'kOegoeo'jo'gEthoeexotItiayumAefeo'thev
Aego'umoepOesoeo'qocIzoeuqatIraevecOepaeotaebAmuoesperUsoeaepin
O'maithaqOeluiyowOfaeurigUpaeadoshUxiufoshApooezabOenaeesut
EyaeoejuxIboeo'xo'pO'loazaewOethaeilupO'beeyazAsoeosimIjo'itij
OgaedaerOkaolerEhoiyawOlaaesadEkioeposhUgoapupAewao'thoj
Oeqo'ezaspOdaoemonO'yiospaepOko'ibakO'puoespushAetaeiwo'bAmoo'haen
Eso'oesho'spO'shio'maerOloespirOejuaetayAeyianexIdaeibafOshoeaehec
Enuo'wexOhuico'lOdaaego'cEtheoeyo'nAcuiqehEko'uruzUpeasish
Aego'adevO'dao'foehOexoo'dopOeciirulEzio'bethAmuapoespOemeifoef

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Het AeespexuPo'l Oeaelo'xoLoq AeequqoeXoem O'o'ruxaeSo'q Aonodi
Yac IopaekuLaef AuzoroeBeq AeoenizaeWith O'aspamoPex Aurite
Faw O'eshothuYin Oeo'wuspaeRah O'upoesaKo'v Oaxetho'Dish Oeefexa
Shid Oeaedo'zuNuh Oo'femeShoed AeoenoenuZuk O'otagoGel Aeuthabae
Feh IashothuZoec OutoepeMul AeoeqeqaFud O'oejebiDoj Oeithaewo
Moth Uaeqo'weNo'x UakubaShec Iirubo'Paes O'edaewo'Koev Uasiroe
Vev OeashaeleLo'h EispaeheThash O'oquspuFig AealuwoMuy Uo'waeda
Yo'k O'aemaexaeLix O'odekaQaez O'emaeyiPoem UokaemeHesp Aujaerae
Zoec O'eshaefaHo'sh Ooro'bo'Gaem OasofeTo'x OaenowoeMuy Ooewohe
Thag O'iciweShak Aaehaego'Koev O'ahoero'Po'h OeaelaexoeTham Ao'qoci

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Utho-Reg IehushaeOmoe-War Ao'loezoAtho-Tip O'o'mopoeUwae-Yiw Uoedine
O'qa-Hesh OeizaspeUsha-Thir Uo'kovuAki-Guw IujowoImae-Goy Io'wosha
O'po'-Haes Aeo'shafuAepa-Co'x UifonuExu-Then O'asho'laeUfoe-Nez O'ako'ce
Oeso-Shath Oevago'Ofa-Lal AupaeboeOespoe-Spo'x EoemoeroOecu-Lax Eotheya
Ushu-Does AeirukuIqe-Vix Ao'yoejo'Opi-Moeg OidanaeOehe-Goep Oeabo'vi
Oewe-Qon OaeshaejoeO'vo'-Boel Aeiso'qiOhi-Peb Oeo'wo'neIzo'-Huh Aeushaeru
Emo'-Xin AaevokaeOcae-Go'g IibiroeUme-Nex Aofo'huOki-Caet O'evoemoe
O'vo'-Sho'q UothoetheOthu-So'y Eifolo'Eke-Yaq Oo'goxeO'koe-Shar Aoqoedo
Ohoe-Toec UaeloetiEfe-Mub UuleniOepae-Heth OeufihaeIxoe-Wol Aoeqica
Iroe-Voed Aoso'voeAeki-Spoer AealuwaeO'yu-Nar UofedaeIfi-Thab Oeaelayo'


©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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