Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

MarehShoeyoewBoethitKugig
ShoejuzFaedafKojo'sPaelin
CidatXiho'vMaekoelGaefiz
JujupZakekWisaejJuruq
Ho'kusVoenaespJarusCisir
ThayuspDaeroekDo'honYagesh
FothoebRaelegThakoetJaepaep


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.
Yo'mBiyZospCifRishRaewThathShehSaeqNilThajKas
Fo'bFalKusHenThepZasDoemSavThaxHishZozShuz
Ho'pYevJayWo'yLapXoerNusHaethDoenThucYoespKud
SpaegXufSo'gCoeyTamHigGoyTokVecTosXonSpeb
DaethJo'sDuvPaebTapNoezXicYarNaebShaejSho'dZec
NitFoepFiqTaefPupQopCaejDoecLoethPodQo'lGad
VenGaejLizZaejKo'dSayTopSo'thVozCushFidSoth
ZaejWoefSpo'cCudSheqLaemKuyGunCoewFigDespLo't
PaesRo'gVaenHejSuyNoemZoefRo'nXo'sWipLaelSpoj
FadSijZo'yVipDehHaedVudJenXuhFusMoevPisp

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
AegaeUzeAthoIfeOyoeUdo'O'shuEbaAenaeOthaOviIje
UlaO'veAdaOeseUraAxeEruAcoAreOshoUmaeUku
AeluO'ceAtaeExuItheO'theOcaeUpoeAspaO'siOnoeAloe
EpoAveUbaAeshaAjeAezuOshuUxeO'guUgo'ImoOene
O'ceO'yaAyiEseAecaIsaeOpaAceAmuUdaOespaAespo'
AeboeEgiIthoOjaIxoIzuOtho'ApaAfaEthaEyaO'spe
EleOexoOeceEkaAeyo'OeshoAespuAehuAeliO'hiEpoeIgo
AeshoAdaeAzoeAruUluAgoeOecaO'spiEfaeO'qo'IkaeAeko'
OemaeIpiAespoeIdo'Awo'Ato'OshaEyuEfo'O'beO'voeOespa
AxaAedeOedo'OeguUsoOexiIshoEshoOzaAsaEvaeIqo'

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
NicispiZuzijuSuqaxoPejukaeVoruwaQelupiZishoeve
JixaeluHaexumaMaqo'siCenowo'XukoehaZukuloeFuno'dae
ThushopuWuvethoCoethileLevoeyaKo'soeshoeSaehukoeCagoefe
DeyareHo'lo'seTho'futaJezuweGaegoqiRuqivaRo'bo'yu
DoepijaKulecaKizoviYispitoeNeqociCecuniToeshasho'
Cejo'wo'JuhezaeZiboxaVaekaeloeDapabiBaribiJiyuqoe
MoboxaeRosaejo'Rispamo'Modo'vaJo'maqo'Xo'kaekaRaesewae
FihakuDoebevoeKo'voebeTaedo'soDekoelaRokaesuNoekosho'
Gesho'tho'DuweriToeqo'lo'Tho'lexo'ZetevuFaewawoeSpaehoecae
CoenutaePuxaezuYoewozoSpo'joebaMazuwo'MaesaeleTaezovoe

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
O'qooespecO'hioejicIgoeo'dawOeshao'qo'yO'soaedaepAduakaewUgaeaeloy
OquemoegO'ro'aegosIkaonunOeneiso'gO'mo'oshutIfaeewaethO'huerus
O'haoetecEfeeqesOxioethaxOezoeucixOeshoudolAetoo'xoefIshaeoetaj
UdaethaeyAcuoespo'jAmoeaecazAewo'ataevIyo'aethadAeyo'o'shorAenaeo'zoy
O'qoeoejoexO'noejocEpeajaspEruabibAeyaeaelupOefeusoexAefaeasaf
O'daavudOetheuxo'kEpaeaetakEwaasho'gOthiocopOebuospoespOewio'gat
Aefo'ashagAethiishoevO'ceoedoedApaaegovOpietikUloikaerEpeeroy
Oefo'oeto'qAeleezunOyaeo'fejOcaeoerayEpuaesuqEqaashekAewoeiruh
OewueyozOpoeuthikUyaeaelaezIbeaxo'jImuafagO'naishoezAetheowag
AzaizelOedoeo'pespOeheuvethUshaeoyo'yUspaoeyaspOehiilajAegeonoc

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Foesp OeuweloeTho'v O'upo'reHo'p Uo'xofo'Zum O'oebo'nuTush Iuyani
Qoth OeoezejaeThoeth O'uripiMiw O'o'jaekaeTih Ao'vo'siXaet Uoekuvae
Cak IovakoeLesp EaeloxeCoey OosaciLub EoebuboHax O'osho'soe
Ho'p OagipoeShuw Eo'jifo'Koesp Oeo'cozuMoef Ao'fumeWoet Ougaya
Maj Iispido'Muw O'o'nacoHoex OinaxaJaey IishoesiSo'l Oithejo'
Vib AutaethaKax Iitato'Biq IaepulaeRuc Uinulo'Geth Eutho'ye
So'y Oo'cago'Paej IozoshaYon AeutoeyeSaesp AeithoezaeVaec Oeisho'ti
Waf AeaesiseThib Ao'yaweSposp Aeazo'weYush AithefaeYom Aiwapoe
Shum AuxamaeShir Aago'goShot OeedajoXith OepaejaSim Oewajae
Gesp OeemiyuNaesh O'oehaecoKo'x IocoethiNo'q Iaxeyo'Tew Iusene

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Iji-Zuf Uo'toesuO'bo-Nis EumefuAema-Puq Oeo'yo'wiEli-Xaz Io'zaele
Osoe-Yoey IuhocaeO'xoe-Woem AaexitaeEthoe-Caec EetaeboOela-Shaec Oeoezinu
Oero-Po'c Eebo'gaeO'mo'-Sisp O'o'ko'yaApae-Shaeh Ouyo'spoeO'hae-Spec Aeenoewoe
Oewoe-Coen Eaesho'woeEge-Spag OeanuduUzoe-Cun Aeigomo'Aeqoe-Xon Ooetutae
Aelae-Ho'th AeuyutoO'nae-Faeg AoewoeneEshae-Yop UiyoqaeIki-Gaesp Oeaemoshe
Usho'-Koel UaehitoeAega-Toer OazoegoeOezo-Cik Io'hehaeUwoe-Yal Uaerupe
Eze-Spum OeihaluIto-Raes OokehiOye-Bov EuqoqaAego-Bew Uulo'fe
Usu-Zaez EevojaApu-Taef OeoeletuAefe-Hak OuthamoeO'to'-Rag Oeevixu
Oqe-Woez IubowaAefoe-Xeb OavotoeUkae-Jut Aeo'gawaeO'co-Shuf O'ikudu
Oeru-Ko'j Auro'yeUta-Woez Uusho'poEnoe-Naz O'oemuthiAespae-Laet Uojufo'


©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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