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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Producer/director stages alien abduction to help single mom and kid facing eviction

I remember this movie from the 80's or early 90's. Might have been a TV movie. Looking for the name. Plot outline: movie producer/director is making an alien-themed film has a young boy ...
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What short story has an “alien” ( actually human) invasion described point-of-view-style? [duplicate]

From what I remember, the story is a POV telling of someone describing an alien invasion in detail. As the story progresses, the aliens themselves are described by the narrator. However this is done ...
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District 9: Is there an official explanation why the prawns' mother-ship landed on Earth? [duplicate]

The movie shows the majority of the aliens as unintelligent and seemingly incapable of operating, let alone inventing, a space ship. However, the exosuit/mech was clearly created in their image, ...
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Barely remember a story about an alien having moose-like features

There's a book which I don't remember much about. I probably read it in about year 1979, but that I'm sure dated at least 10-15 years earlier. I've never found another reference to it since then. ...
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Short Story: Explorer crash–lands on uncharted planet, is stripped of technology and observed by alien?

Another story I read a few years ago that is likely to be from the 70s or 80s. This one involves a pilot crashing his ship on an unknown planet. The crash was caused by an alien creature who ...
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partially-remembered SF books (alien, camping, scouting)

There's a book (and, if I remember, a sequel, though it could have just been a 2nd part of the same book) I read in the 1970s, that probably dated from at least a decade or more earlier, that I've ...
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Short Story: Space probe (Voyager?) discovered by aliens?

I read this story a few years ago in an anthology, but I'm sure it was written in the 70s or 80s. It was only a few pages long and explored a number of scenarios that could occur if aliens were to ...
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Aliens using disco ball to abduct school kids

I'm trying to find a TV-series I watched when I was a kid - between 1996 and 2000, in Belgium. Unfortunately, I only remember a single episode, and haven't been able to find it online. The story went ...
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TV show with aliens living in a small stone?

I am looking for the name of a science fiction TV show from the late 70ies or early 80ies. In the show small aliens used a fist-sized rock as their ship to explore their environment here on earth. A ...
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Short story about humans and aliens fighting over colonizing a habitable planet, read about 30 years ago

Man comes to planet to work on dispute between human colonists and another race. The other race captures some of colonists and performs horrible experiments on them and uses germ warfare. The problem ...
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Book about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago

Short story or possibly book where humans on a planet are work animals for a different race. It turns out that it was a human colony that was overrun by this race a long time ago. I believe it is the ...
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What are origins of the 'ethnicities' on Xandar?

An obvious feature of Xandar, while watching the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, is the diversity of 'ethnicities' (for want of a better term) on Xandar. Examples are yellow, red, brown, white ...
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Scientists/explorers discover a spaceship in jungle with human occupants

I (think) I remember reading a short story or novella about 40 years ago that told the story of scientists/explorers who discover a spaceship in the jungle. Once they are able to access the interior ...
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A story where a Queen stores the power of the sun in her bracelets? [duplicate]

My nan bought me a book back in the 80's. It was the last of a trilogy and I never read the first two. The story was told by a princess and the world on which she lived royalty had auburn hair and the ...
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Kids story, probably late 80's/early 90's: boy plays arcade game that is actually a test by ailens

And before anyone says it, no, I'm not talking about the Last Starfighter. But it is a fair amount like that. All I remember is the beginning, which goes something like this. Boy finds an arcade ...
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Short story about a man filling gas on a planet where aliens used to live

So there's a population of humans living on a planet in space (I forgot the name of the planet). There's this guy filling up gas and he's late for a party (if I remember correctly). He spots a alien ...
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Novel where the protagonist is integrated into alien society of desert dwellers

A space-faring human is paid/contracted to integrate with a desert people who are VERY in-touch with the desert - a la Avatar? I remember the desert people were taller and thinner than humans, used ...
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80s/90s book where boy stumbles on game where aliens gamble their planets

I don't remember much about it other than the setting. It's about a boy who one night stumbles upon some different alien races playing a game in which their civilizations will end if they lose. He ...
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Short story with carnivorous organisms mimicking objects

I remember reading a short story some time ago about a colony or outpost on an Earthlike planet. Some people went missing and the scientists discovered that they were being attacked (and consumed) by ...
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Looking for a 1980's children's book about life on other planets

I am looking for a children's book from most likely the late 80's. I was born in 87 and remember reading the book as a kid. It was an illustrated book where we are given a tour of other planets and ...
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What happened to the original bodies in Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

We all know the concept of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: alien cells reproducing Earthling cells, plants and animals. In the movie, when Jeff Goldbloom's character closed his eyes, the copy opened ...
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Kids book about aliens taking a human as a pet

I've had this book in my head for ages and no google search has found it. I read it in the primary school library many years ago so it definitely had nothing sexual in it. It was a scifi novel where ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret setting Earth's destruction in motion [duplicate]

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret destroying Earth with asteroid or something

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Could Extra-Galactic invasion have been averted with the Empire in control? [closed]

As I understand the Rebellion was formed to overthrow the Empire and replace it with a Democratic government. According to http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yuuzhan_Vong the Emperor was aware of the ...
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A story including an alien hand in jar in a basement

I remember this movie playing on the scifi channel when i was a kid, probably 2003-2006, where 6 kids go to this small town to vacation at this house that one of the kid's uncle owns. They were in ...
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Looking for scifi book similar to The Day of the Triffids

For years I have been searching for this science fiction novel that I read in my childhood (somewhere between the 1950s and 1970s). It is similar in concept to The Day of the Triffids. The main ...
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YA series about children with powers from their alien parents

It's from the 90s, and it's one of those writers like John Peel, or Christopher Pike, or someone like that. I keep thinking it was called something similar to Outer Limits, but that doesn't work. I ...
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70s/80s children's comic about a green ghost/alien and his young human friend?

Can't remember much else. The creature or ghost is green and cute, and the human is (I'm pretty sure) a boy. It's not My Pet Monster, Slimer from Ghostbusters, Casper in the wrong color, or Doop ...
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Story ident : Novel about a man abducted to be a pet for aliens

I'm looking for a book, but I don't know the title. It's about a man who was captured by aliens to be a cute pet. He REALLY doesn't want to be a pet. There were also a bunch of other creatures ...
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Story involving young female space travelling escapee with multiple personalities

I'm looking for a story about a youthful (late teens?) female protagonist who begins the story by making an emergency escape from an orbital habitat. The protagonist is actually host to multiple ...
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Book series where a man works to acquire skills on one planet to allow travel to another

Thank you and I apologize in advance for how few facts I can remember. I'm looking for the title of a book. I think it may be the first in a series of perhaps 3 or more books. I read it around 1990 ...
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World Mind Wipe

I'm trying to track down a short scifi story I once read. It was about an alien probe scanning the world and accidently erasing 2 days of everyone's memory. So when everyone wakes up on Monday, ...
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Sci Fi Short story about the smartest people taken to another planet

There is a short story I read many years ago which must be from the 60s or before. It follows a young man who is selected by aliens with other humans as the smartest and taken to another planet or ...
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A story about organisms living in humans told from their perspective

This was many years ago and I cannot even remember whether this was a novel or a short story. I do recall the symbiotic organisms described their hosts(us/humans) by the number of holes/orifices we ...
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Book about almost extinct warrior race with three castes: sen, kaa, ker

The aliens in this book are an humanoid alien mercenary race, fighting for some other aliens, against humans?. The Ker are the fighters, the sen are the wise ones, and the kaa the ...
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Story with plot element of a water world with multi-armed creatures which communicate by joining arms

This novel had a female protagonist as I recall. A spacecraft was travelling with some purpose, dropped out of hyperspace mid-journey to find a planet with undersea cities and aliens something line ...
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Girl meets aliens, including intelligent purple ball

I'm looking for a book series in which a girl meets aliens. She was the only person on Earth to have met aliens. One of them was an intelligent purple ball that I think could morph into other shapes, ...
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Where does the stereotypicial image of the 'Grey' alien come from?

As I show below, typical alien depictions include an elongated, pale face, two dark elliptical eyes, and a small mouth. Who first used this design for an alien? Where does this design come from?
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Obscure kids (non animated) movie/film series from the 90's or so

When I was young, I had a random VHS tape of a movie that really confused me. It could have been a mini-series because it seemed like it had some references to other things in flash back that had to ...
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Looking for short story about genius children

Short Story in the 50's - 60's, children from women around world impregnated by a cloud drifting in space. Protagonist notes it's easier for him to stay hidden as his IQ is under 150. I want to ...
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Sci-fi Movie Identification - Humans stored alien in a big concrete block and then it escapes

Other things I remember: Saw this movie in the late 90's but may be older An alien couple (that crashed on earth?) was discovered and some scientists and army guys catches them for some experiments. ...
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I am looking for the title of a short story about dead soldiers bodies being reused

I read the story many years ago. The solar system was being invaded by insectoid aliens who greatly outnumbered Earth's population. All available people were involved in the war effort and all ...
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Animatied Sci Fi, aired in mid 80's on Nickelodeon channel in USA; actual movie may be European

This film has been on eating at my brain for quote some time. Hope someone can help. The story was fit for kids, but also epic in scope. It involved a group of main characters that was caught in the ...
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Comic about space exploration team meeting human-sized, insect-like aliens

When I was a young boy living in Russia I came across a comic book that featured a space exploration team which made contact with not so friendly aliens who resembled Earth's insects, except that they ...
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What's the 60's b&w movie where aliens have needles grow out of fingers and victims disappear in a funnel of sand?

White thin-skinned aliens with large heads have needles grow out of their fingers just before stabbing their victims, then retract. Drops of 'venom' fall from the tips. They (victims) and/or aliens ...
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What book has human colonies at war against a (possibly bat-like) alien race? [duplicate]

The story takes place in the future; humans have colonized our galaxy but they encounter an alien race with which peace is impossible. Colonies start the war but Earth doesn't help them and decides to ...
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Title of book? A signal from other side of moon

What is the name of the novel where a moon mission is sent to investigate the mysterious signal on the other side of the moon? While out of communication range an the moon's surface the crew find an ...
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SF novel identification please

Was lent a book a few years ago. May have been part 1 of 2 or 3. Humans identify a star system which is quarantined; surrounded by some sort of shield or force field. Within the shield boron ...
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A movie with the same concept of The Thing and Leviathan

I saw a new trailer a couple of months ago. It was a sci-fi/horror film with an alien life-form host on people which started transforming into a gory status/shape. Yes, it sounds like the movie "The ...