Alien Names in PHP

  by Ralph Roberts

Speno'vZaenifGathoelWozaec
Zo'woevVoegoesYoezerRano'l
RemushWelucNospefVaezo'q
PoefithWaebezMoebaehThupid
QoerushWewucJawokTegoek
BacazJo'maejQibaxShaethoek
Bo'loekVopaecXo'faethSpathish


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.
HaefHo'thDoezWazTisThaspNo'cGaegCoegFoerBo'nGel
DebSpo'cZoemNunNalQedWizShorPopShoesHaezJoez
KupWacFocPajSoeqPoethBamPo'cDeyThorXaefJog
KoetMetTaemGebFifRaefSaelNaeySpusFaedKexThush
SevSposhBugFaspJoezSetNejCifFukThushZedQeq
NedSigSuthNedCoejLoerPaegYaewVoeshYecLuhNeq
TaedSekVithSpoetRaqWo'lPuspLofMaewSethFo'wHusp
RejQeshGoebVothBo'rBibFoeyShicZospSoepRevYaez
Wo'sXucVoebJoejJaespCoejFuwDenRoevHunDilWasp
YoesYakDifCozLunCusPelFoshRogShehShaspPaesp

Pattern    V C V ... there are 1,472 possibilities.
AeshiO'spoeAekeElaeAezo'EspiAraeEpo'OlaOzaeOtoeOeroe
OlaUsoIneEseUtaeIshiIluIxoAgaAeshoeUjaUzu
O'gaEmoeOthiEheOpuAxiUshuUxoIloeIthuO'shoeO'fe
UraAexiAjaeUluAezoOpeAewuUboAthoAezuO'maAhae
IhaAyoOeviAcaeIzuAeluInoOejiEhoeIjo'AseEvo'
OeloeO'noeAewuIqo'AeyoIqoeUvo'IspeEdaeOkoObaeAbe
Aeyo'IdoIshiOegaeIyuEdoOluExo'Oego'Ujo'OecaeOemae
EvaeOmo'IwoeAespaeImeO'to'AekeOeyoOeroOho'ImuAzo'
AfoeOethoeUhaAedoeOeshaO'to'IkoAexoeOecaIdo'IdaO'zo'
OepeAehiUspeUzaeUgeO'tho'Oeto'OethaOeheOegaOeshuAevae

Pattern    C V C V C V ... there are 6,229,504 possibilities.
FixizoeGoyilaeJamewiLorucaeVoetiqiDoeso'boQezire
Daehuco'SholoboGoedaespoeHakaethiKoreyeMo'thoepo'Timo'xo
Mo'duyaFafozaYesoloQoelomaeNafaebo'HozithoeMavuru
ToweyaTiyo'xeXeho'ciYivoeroeLo'waqiTevimoMayebu
NaeyoexaeShudujoeJoeto'weKikavoeQaxilaeThaetoenoSispoethe
NeshaguHospuqoeJayaleYishobiZutaekuCoexo'yo'Ranuso'
HaespashiFoeraguMagayuTo'jozaMofaethoeYesaegoCigoeni
GaemosheShucespo'HikigiCanoexuFaespipoWoegacaKo'sodu
KithuteShoefimo'Thuxo'sheJoethowo'RathemaXoeloeko'Yewo'ra
ZovoemuZoehaego'XoespoeshoXoedaloDetaedeTho'vutaGoxojo'

Pattern    V C V V C V C ... there are 49,836,032 possibilities.
IcoeiyuwUhaeoesiyOethoeaefuzAehoo'mo'wAejoeeloqEspiaehapAemiulo'n
OriixaekExaacoehOdoeudalIfaeaqevO'daivowOgaoespawAyo'othoesp
AviiyepIleenisEtioezikAemaaego'hEseekupAxo'odatUlioebul
AeshoeoejoepOvoeuko'xUsioelefOkaeavayOeseuqaegAeroeijoshUnoeebo'sh
IgaaepaethEshoeaepo'lAxuaelidUvaedoelEteuyelIciothakOthoeovej
AqioehoyIceowothUtiaevukOetuasisIqaeibethEsaeuvo'bOko'o'thiw
OethairunEshaonaexOdoeoevojIlioevitUsoeqoqAbo'itho'wIyoaetheq
Utaeo'spawOeloithaepOgauho'yEspuuyo'kOefaeixukAevaobovO'geoleth
UhoeoegejO'guoelobAbio'vikOewaoeshecIpo'aevoesO'thaeo'fosOzuusho'q
UjaeibaespO'daeracExoeewobAeshuiwespOefoemiqOfuihuqAetuaneg

Pattern    C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 9,169,829,888 possibilities.
Foeh O'uzikaKo'g AeesavaHel OaeshinoLaev Ualaespo'Sih Oeoefaemi
Posp OoegaegaWop Eaeko'liHak AoetiliPev AeoefaegaeSpac O'aeqospi
Xaev AayoguCuz IacayaeFuth AuspaqoeSo'w O'oesoeyoeNesh O'inaeso
Shoeh OeaeyuyiRaez IoxamoSaj IopepaeRim AebizaeCos Oo'pijo'
Cik Uo'laefaeKik Ao'roshaeQes Iebo'taMo'j Io'ruqoThis Aeoethawae
Tew OoeshabaCo'x AivisoeTheg OeqasheTho'z AeucobaeLax Oavefa
Shut Uozaeyo'Jaez OaeyiqoKo'm AimaeyoRat Uo'fepuCem Auhaesha
Veq AuqosaeZot Iato'suDaec Oeo'kashaeKaew IothaepoLo'c Eaeqaefu
Qef AespethaePax Iiqavo'Thun Oo'mofeSpal UupoetoeTaet Oitisa
Xoev OeuhespeRoj AeojethaeSup Ieko'wuTo'g OeaezipoRoem Oeezo'bi

Pattern    V C V - C V C    V V C V C V ... there are 13,497,989,595,136 possibilities.
Ife-Daey UebaedaeOxoe-Voq Uoespo'koeIspo'-Go'th OecoekaeOzo'-Poed Eezo'shi
Oma-Pik AoekaziO'jo-Bo'y O'ivaeyoO'bu-Zap EoshetheUcae-Yav Aaspuco'
Othe-Caeb OaecataUxu-Po'p OeorujoeEmoe-Go'w AotipoIspe-Maz Ooeto'gu
Oza-Col OeuwoxoeAze-Xas EoroyoeIji-Thiq UaeluyoeO'ri-Vo'd Oathuza
Ecu-Wok OaesoewaeIhoe-Saep Iaeboeno'Aeza-Xoz AeushijoOete-Joz Eoedaejo'
Etoe-Hid EethethiAxae-Thaf IaeyobeIgae-No'f IexameEri-Foeh Oaespiva
Ospae-Josh OaecigaOre-Hur OaedoeshaeO'mu-Shoek O'ekaenoeOesho-Yev Aeoeho'shae
Ujoe-To'r UaethewoeOvae-Wuh Oido'ciOesho'-Sho'z AeododaO'so'-Shoes Uekithae
Uma-Wig Aado'tho'Aewo-Theq O'afo'bo'Ora-Yo'sp OeumaejaeO'kae-Diw Aapucu
Aboe-Go'w AokeheEshae-Qoec IoemaxoeAezae-Kiz O'oshoesaeIve-Taen O'aloera


©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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