Alien. Foreign. Strange. Though the term generally refers to a lifeform not of Earth, it can also be used to describe anything, including objects, from another world or system.

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Looking for a short story about the human race pooling together resources to reach dying race

It's a great story I read several years ago, and was written in the form of newspaper articles and short narrative. The humans receive a transmission from an alien race asking for help, and they put ...
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Title of a book - Earth invasion blocked by aliens

I'm trying to find out the title/author of a book I never finished when I was in middle school, so around the early 2000s. In this book, Earth exists as it is today (at least in the 90s, when the ...
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Satellite Detection of Alien Spacecraft - scientific possibility (for an in progress story) [on hold]

I'm writing a speculative story about aliens coming to earth - and just wanted to bounce a couple of ideas for scientific accuracy (or at least lack of obvious impossibility).This is set in the near ...
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Book with space turtles (not TMNT!)

I remember my dad reading it when I was a kid and I read it as well. It's sci-fi book made in like 60's-90's it has these turtles from space. They were like regular turtles to begin with but they ...
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Scientist builds monitoring robot

Anyone remember a movie about a scientist who builds a mysterious android/robot (of alien design) that ends up monitoring all Earth's communications to "help" our planet solve its problems? Maybe from ...
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A short : man alone on planet stays awake many days to avoid alien nightmares, rescued but

In this science fiction short, a man ends up marooned - perhaps his companions died, don't recall. The place is haunted / inhabited by nightmares that he can avoid only by staying awake, which he ...
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Trying to identify a very old short story about aliens colonizing human bodies

Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something ...
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Have you seen this Sci Fi movie\show before? (Reptilians)

Does anybody know from what show\movie this picture is from? , It looks like some Sci fi show in the 80s-90s I am not sure and also if anybody knows the name of this actress it would be very helpful. ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, and become the soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

I wasn't certain how much to put in the question bar. The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by ...
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Alien Enslavement

I'm looking for a book that is at least 20 years old. Mankind is enslaved by aliens and distributed to planets/colonies grouped about the universe. They have to band together and find a way to get ...
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Help Identifying a Sci-Fi Book: Humans transported to alien world and given tasks to escape

This is a book I read about a decade ago. It is a science fiction type book and I got it in the young adult section of my public library. It is a standalone book, not a short story or collection of ...
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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's?

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Older novel - Boy can operate alien machines, saves the planet

I read this novel in the early 1970s, but it may have been written as early as the 50s. It was probably a hard-science, young-adult novel; the protagonist was a boy, and it showcased what we knew of ...
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Occult, Magic, and UFO Book set from 70-80s (I think) [closed]

A few years back I bought an encyclopedia-type book set from a book sale. Most of the books were about topics frequently used in science fiction and fantasy. After moving a while back, they were ...
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What movie is this? Alien living as humans

I can't remember the name of this movie, but is old, from the 1960's or 70's. It was about a community hidden out in the boonies. Maybe farmers. A couple visits this community, probably to study them. ...
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Searching for book about an alien invasion and reappearance of Elves

I am searching for a book or short story about an alien invasion of earth and the reappearance of Elves in the world.
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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ID for short story about man using telekinetic remote viewer to wage war on alien planet

I'm trying to ID a story I read in the local library the early 70's when first getting into SF. I'm pretty sure it was a short story in a collection, but can't rule out it being part of a longer ...
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Looking for short story title - partially abandoned skyscraper has aliens on upper floors

I'm trying to remember the author and/or title of a sf short story featuring a mile high skyscraper that was an economic failure, so only the lower floors were in use - until the protagonists find ...
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Identify a film with a device that can identify non humans

US SF film (maybe 80's). A guy starts work with a company in a new town. (Maybe he moves his family there.) He is working on a device that you look through and it will tell you if the object is ...
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Long Lost series of books read in school

I read a series of books in high school about the Earth being invaded by more technologically advanced race of aliens (aren't they all? But of course if they weren't then it wouldn't be much of a ...
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Help identify short story with stranded aliens collecting junk to repair spaceship

I read this in the 80's or early 90's but I believe it was older even then. The protagonist discussed how so many communities had a few families that had all kinds of piles of "junk" in their yards. ...
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Testing alien toys for harm - story and author?

Earth imports alien-manufactured toys which must be tested for safety. Early imports were clearly harmful...but the harm is getting very subtle and the story covers a scene where testers/scientists ...
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Short story ending with human chased by huge, tripedal, spinning sentient worm alien

I am looking to identify the short sci fi story described below. It may be a really commonly known one, I just cannot remember the author or title. A spaceship lands on a planet that is largely ...
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Stranded aliens on Earth set up rescue beacon

I am trying to find the title and author of this SF short story: An alien ship and crew become stranded on pre-human Earth. While their ships can take advantage of wormholes, a rescue beacon is ...
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Why is it forbidden for any alien species to visit Earth in Marvel NOW?

Why is it forbidden for any alien species to visit Earth in Marvel NOW? I read this on the Star-Lord wiki page. Does this extend to other Marvel Universes?
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Short story: man rescues alien from cruel hanging ceremony, but alien turns into a shrub

I am seeking a short story where a man rescues an alien from a cruel hanging ceremony, but the alien turns into a shrub. It turns out the hanging ceremony was a way the aliens,of humanoid form, had ...
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How long had the aliens been present on Earth in “They Live”?

In They Live we see that all advertising is a form of subliminal messaging to control humans. Since modern advertising arose in the very early 1900's with the work of Edward Bernays, can we conclude ...
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Story ID - Multi-limbed aliens, debate about their intelligence

I'm almost certain I read this story in an Omni magazine collection of short stories. It wasn't the regular run of the magazine, but an oversized version with a slightly thicker, sturdier paper than ...
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Sci Fi Short Story ID: Aliens United to Destroy Violent Race, Twist Is It's Humanity [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi short story where a crew from Earth makes first contact with an alien. The alien tells them about how all the alien races united to destroy an extremely violent/belligerent ...
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Alien universe - is there any information about the political situation on earth?

Alien universe - is there any information about the political situation on earth? As I know, in first three films, there were any information about wars or global government on earth or in outer ...
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Exploration teams land on planet and die of nightmares

This was a short story. Various teams land and do not survive the first night. There are cryptic clues relate to being attacked by monsters from their cultures/myths. The protagonist survives his ...
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Identify 1950's scifi story - man left on empty planet and slowly becomes native [duplicate]

This is one of the 2 stories I read as a kid in the 1950's, early 60's which forever locked me into scifi. Spoiler alert! Short story about a spaceman who ended up marooned alone on an empty planet of ...
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Alien abductee joins a galactic patrol where he is instructed by a bird-like alien

I remember a book in which the main protagonist is a human male and after witnessing alien activities he was forcibly whisked away. After being taken away he joins a type of galactic patrol type ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...
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What happened to the derelict spaceship between the 'Alien' movies?

In Alien, we saw that the derelict ship was filled with eggs, however in 'Aliens' we are told that LV-426 is now inhabited by colonists. Since the derelict was full of eggs Weyland-Yutani shouldn't be ...
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Novel about killing god. I can not remember title or author name. You know it?

Humans discover that God does in fact exist. He (or it in the book) is an entity that lives in space some distance from Earth. Every few hundred, or thousand years, God comes closer to Earth and these ...
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Story about aliens capturing human soldiers, medically altering and interrogating them [closed]

This book features graphic and grisly descriptions of aliens capturing human soldiers in battle, removing their eyes and limbs, keeping them alive and probing their brains for information. I can't ...
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Looking for '80s(?) short story where humans defeat aliens using the orbs the aliens carry to enter their bases

The story was in a collection of short stories for boys from the '80s, but the story itself was possibly older. The alien invaders were using something like tripods, if I remember correctly, and I ...
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Movie on daytime TV in the mid-80's … Children enter pink cave, each of them gets a visible “neck drill” making them part of the evil/alien/robot/

Daytime TV played this movie sometime 1983-1989. A young preteen boy is main character (and a girl, his friend of similar age) They individually wander into a unique hot-pink-walled cave tunnel, where ...
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Trying to find/remember Two scifi/fantasy books [closed]

I currently have two books I am trying to find The first is a young adult book series that starts off with a soldier being asked to deliver a magic ring to an old man/wizard. Along the way the ...
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I'm looking for the title of an old 'Lord of the flies' in space style book

I'm trying to find the title of a book probably release in the late 90's/early 00s. Basically this is the gist of the story: A bunch of humans are living in a colony in space. All the kids go to ...
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Story about giant ants keeping humans in a zoo

This is one of two Science Fictions stories that had excerpts in our readers for school that I still remember. In this one, a kid wakes up and everything is slightly different. By the end of the ...
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Late 70's / Early 80's Sci Fi Mystery Show

This is going to be a very vague description I am afraid. The show in question was a whodunnit. Each episode was a murder / mystery where a very stylised alien robot killed or committed some other ...
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Novel where a powerful engine or “torch” is found on an alien moon

I remember beginning a novel years ago whose name I need help in identifying. The details I remember are: It is about an alien planet with a moon that had a powerful engine on it that I believe ...
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Short story - 20th century drug-addict recruited to fight in offworld gladiatorial games

Thirty odd years ago, I was in the U.K. at the time, I had a slim collection of short SF stories which I'm trying to identify. The cover I dimly remember as an abstract image, like a close up of a ...
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Late 80s early 90s TV show involving aliens had a scene where a female child or someone young looking became pregnant inexplicably and instantaneously

The only things I remember from this show are: My parents wouldn't let me watch it... I did... and what little I did watch terrified me. All I remember from the opening sequence is ONE big flying ...
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Looking to Identify Book that has a large Leviathan type ship on the front

The cover has a large Leviathan type ship on the front. It is set in deep space as the people on said ship have been living there for generations. They come across an abandoned ship and set out to ...
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Why would the aliens in Signs come to a planet that's mostly poison to them?

Water is toxic to the aliens in the movie Signs. My question, short as it maybe is: why would they come to a planet full of the one thing that is sure death? The reason they came was to steal our ...
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What book has tall transparent cylindrical column-shaped aliens defending massive mega-structures?

I registered to ask for some help identifying a book. It was likely the very first space opera / science fiction novel I read, but I was a pre-teen/early teen exploring my older siblings' bookshelves ...