Name and Language Tools
Fancy yourself a junior Tolkien? Need a realistic sounding sci-fi name for that thinga-ma-jiggy your hero is going to use to save the galaxy? Then you've come to the right place. On this page you'll find everything you need to know to name...well..everything. And if good 'ole Klingon isn't exotic enough for you, here's your chance to make something even better!
Fantasy and SF Name Generators
Here are links to some very cool name generators. They're all free and available online.
Probably the best generator site is Seventh Sanctum. That site has a collection of random name generators for everything from landscape generators to corporate name generators to pirate ship naming generators. Check it out.
Fantasy Character Name Generators
Fantasy Place Name Generators
Science Fiction Name Generator
Villain Name Generator
How can you resist?
SF McGuffin Generator
A McGuffin is the thing everyone in your story is after. The Maltese
Falcon, for instance. Or the Millennium Falcon.
New Word Generator
Yes, you read that correctly: word, not world.
The links below contain tons of information on creating your own language. Be warned: Some of these are not for the faint of heart. Complexity abounds. You've got to want it, people!
Language creation How-tos
It's reputed to be diabolically hard to learn, but Langmaker remains a favorite among the linguistically inclined. If you're even thinking of creating your own language, you might be just the type who can stick with it long enough to learn it.
Here's the important stuff from the Langmaker site:
A download of the actual Langmaker program can be found here. Good luck!
Language examples and references
Sometimes all you need are some really good examples. The following pages contain tons of those. Enjoy!
Here's a fun site for converting modern units of measurement into measurement units no longer in general use. Great for keeping that period piece sounding authentic.