The term 'alien' generally refers to a life-form not of Earth, but it can also be used to describe anything, including objects, from another world or system. Use [aliens-1986] for the sequel to the 1979 film Alien; use [alien-franchise] for that entire franchise.

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Giant demons encased in crystals that were gateways

I read it long ago, but there were giant demons encased in giant crystals. These giant crystals could also be gateways to other places. That's about all I remember.
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outter Space questions, need help on [closed]

i Have heard things lately on the subject of extraterrestrials and having contact with and would like to share my opinion with the community and see if anyone else has any mature advice to share back. ...
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1950s or 1960s Science Fiction Episode - Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, of Spin-off

An old woman is washing dishes. She looks out the window and across the field to see her long lost son coming home. She and her old husband are thrilled to tears. The family goes to the county fair ...
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Book of sci-fi short stories containing time machines, strange planets and civilisations

This story reminded me of something similar I had read 10+ years ago. I'm trying to identify a book of short stories, possibly by the same author. I only remember bits of it. A story about time ...
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Identify a catastrophic sci fi story written before 1980: ruptured spleen, alien moon base, time and space travel, antimatter tool

I read a sci fi short story sometime between 1974-1980 but it may have been written long before that. I believe it was in a paper back anthology of sci fi stories, but I'm not certain. I think the ...
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In Alien 3, why doesn't the xenomorph cocoon Ripley when he realizes she has a queen in her?

In Alien 3, Ripley has a queen baby in her. When she finds this out, she searches out the xenomorph, and he doesn't kill her. But why doesn't he cocoon her? Surely that would have been a safer ...
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Kids help family of aliens get to space

I have been going crazy looking for it. I know a group of kids help a family of aliens hiding out on a windfarm to get home to outer space. I remember one of the aliens being pregnant. The aliens ...
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Galactics trade with Native Americans, unknown to rest of humanity

I'm trying to locate the title or author of - or some leads towards - a short story that may be from the Golden Age era. I read it in a short story collection which I probably bought in the 1960 - ...
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Trying to find an illustrated book with three sf stories: alien planet, underwater city, intelligent rocks

I'm trying to find a book that had three illustrated science fiction stories in it. The first was about explorers on an alien planet. They found a forest of trees with 'horns' or 'wires', and ...
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In what movie did the alien get its head cut off by a plane propeller? [duplicate]

I remember seeing this horror movie when I was a child. There was an alien creature killing the cast in the area. It disguised itself as other people. At the end of the movie, they had it trapped, ...
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A fantasy novel about protagonist who absorbs gems to fight demons [duplicate]

I'm looking for a fantasy novel that has the back story of having two great elemental magic users (not sure what they are called in the novel). One can use fire and earth, the other water and air. ...
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Martian tries to understand High heels

I remember excellent story where alien (might not have been Martian) reports back on viewing earthlings and the description of half of them shackled in torturous footwear. And brilliant descriptions ...
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T.V. show about high school kids discovering their town was taken over by aliens

It can't be more than 7 years old. It had a few kids who were in high school and discovered their town was being taken over by aliens.
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Aliens are slowing human progress by promoting good scientists to be administrators

Guy meets an old friend at conference. Old friend acts paranoid. Says he has discovered that an alien race is secretly acting to retard human progress. Their method: whenever someone is good at their ...
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Name this early 80's sci fi/alien movie?

I don't remember much about this movie but it's stuck in my mind and I would like to know what it is. I saw it on HBO in the early 80's, probably somewhere between 81 and 83. There is what I think ...
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Woman knows a group of boys is taken over by aliens because they don't check out her breasts

I started watching a sci-fi movie in late '90 or early '00 on a Finnish channel called MTV3. There was a crashed spacecraft in a forest, much like those you see in the northern parts of the world. A ...
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Short story with twist ending where astronaut wakes up to find alien poised over his body?

I'm afraid I can't be very specific at all with this, as I'm describing a memory of someone else's description of a short story that they had themselves read, but I'm absolutely convinced this is an ...
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'Alien' ship is discovered but turns out to be from Earth

Does anyone know a movie where an alien ship is discovered and later on in the movie it turns out the ship is from Earth but they belive it's been buried for thousands of years. They discovered the ...
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Movie about a guy who contacts an alien through farts

It was a movie that I saw in cinema when I was a very little child, in 1984 or 1985. The movie was either italian or french. It was a very rough and unelegant comedy. What I remember is the main ...
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what movie is this villain from?

The villain of this movie is a samurai looking alien. This alien had a china faced extension that came out of the forehead area. Also its head was the shaped like an Asian sun hat from mortal combat. ...
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Boy living in cave with nice aliens, evil aliens with bikes invade [duplicate]

I read a book where a boy befriends these nice aliens and lives in a cave with them while another alien invasion wages on earth. In any case, he eventually comes out of the cave, and yells or thinks "...
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Lizard Alien and Cadet Boy

I'm trying to find the book that is about a boy and a lizard-alien. The lizard-alien can only survive if it lives on the skin of its host as a tattoo and can only be away from its host for a set ...
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Movie about alien coming through a TV set

Since I saw this in Goulburn in the 70s I've been looking for it, it's a 60s or 70s UK TV movie short movie. The plot goes like this: an alien man was talking to a young girl in the family TV set, ...
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Scifi short story. Alien makes first-contact with humanity but finds us overly obsessed with sex

I'll try and describe/summarize it the best I can, any help is appreciated. Alien couple in space ship visiting planets and solar systems for something Told from male aliens POV (I think) they have ...
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Analog '90s? staff on abandoned alien space station infected with religion meme

I've been looking for this story for a long time. I believe it was published in Analog Science Fiction in the 1990's. In the story, an abandoned alien space station has been discovered at another ...
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What was the first alien probing?

There have been alien abduction stories for a long time. The aliens that kidnap people may be short gray humanoids with huge eyes, green-scaled lizard people, blond space Nazis, or even bicardiate ...
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What was the common usage of the term “alien” around 1977?

The Alien movie was released in 1979. If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a ...
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Are there any canon instances of non-humans rejecting the term “Alien” in Star Wars?

In Star Wars, non-humans were often referred to as Aliens. In Legends, some beings rejected this term as being offensive. Are the any instances of similar rejections in the new canon?
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Alien visits Earth with flying small parasites

I only remember one scene from this movie from the 80s. A humanoid alien is in a swamplike area on Earth and throws some kind of a detachment (a sub-creature from himself?). This small detachment (...
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Is Civilization V run by aliens?

I once read on TV Tropes that the video game Civilization V implied that the entire thing was run by aliens who resurrected famous human leaders in order to have them battle each other. It now seems ...
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Story about a guy living same day over again until he falls asleep under an aluminum boat? [duplicate]

I have a strong recollection of reading a short story sometime in the '70s (maybe in Analog magazine) roughly about a man who was living in some kind of experiment run by aliens, in which the same day ...
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Looking for title/author of an alien contact novel!

Alien comes to Earth, builds tele-transporter device but keeps the technology secret. Humans manage to spy on it. Alien 'sells' the device to humans (like Brooklyn Bridge!). Human lawyers and legal ...
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Alien invasion movie, giant robot aliens with long legs capturing people

So I saw this movie about 10 years ago, when I was about 5 years old. Since I was really young, my memory of it isn't really that great. I think it may have been an alien invasion movie, but the ...
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Is the First Order prejudiced against non-humans?

We know that the Empire was prejudiced against non-humans. In Legends, it was a lot more explicit, but even in Canon, we don't see any non-human Imperial officers and the Empire was fine with ...
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What is title of Sci-Fi story or novel--deep space explorer encounters alien explorer

They learn to communicate; but on parting, each decides to destroy the other in order to protect his own world. Was told about this story many years algo.
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Evidence of what the big alien at the end of Men in Black looks like?

At the very end of Men in Black (the movie), we zoom out into space and then eventually it appears that our galaxy is just something inside a marble that some huge alien is playing with, but we never ...
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What is that thing in the liquid?

In Batman v Superman, in the part of the crashed Kryptonian ship where There seems to be a living thing swimming around in the liquid that Lex is standing in. Is that thing alive, or is it part of ...
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What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?

There's been plenty of Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fights, it's almost its own genre. What started the trend? What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?
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How do Leviathans reproduce?

I know that Moya gave birth to Talyn and that this was the result of Peacekeepers trying to make a Leviathan gunship, presumably by some sort of artificial means. But how would Leviathans normally ...
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What was the first work set in space that featured multiple civilizations but no aliens?

One thing that separates Firefly from many other works of science fiction set in space is that there are no aliens. All sentient beings either are or used to be human. However, I very much doubt ...
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What is the name of this sci-fi novel with a male soldier and a lesbian lizard sidekick?

I read this book in the early 2000's, but I can't for the life of me remember the title or author and it's driving me crazy! The story is in the future. Earth and most of the galaxy has been ...
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Book Identification, Alien invasion with mythological undertones

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, because I was wanting to reread it. Only I can't remember the title or author. Cover had a lady with a sword? I honestly couldn't tell you how old it was ...
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Man from interplanetary tourism ring goes native, fights own people

I wonder if anyone knows this book that I read about 30 (possibly more) years ago: A race of people who have generated large wealth on their planet by running tourist operations on other planets. They ...
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Pre 1975 Children's Sci-Fi novel

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" ...
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What Sci-Fi book around 2010s about aliens on earth?

The story is about a girl who was able to see ghosts(?) (not sure which term was used) and had been captured by government and was given to aliens lived in an underground city near London(?) (also not ...
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Weak alien attack to learn the humanity's speed of reaction and strength of firepower

I coldn't remember is this from a book, a movie, an anime or a game. After the humans defeat an alien attack they relize that was too weak. Then they understand that aliens make this attack to learn ...
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SOS call on the fringe of the galaxy, planet with no sun

I remember a short story from the early 1970s. I think it was in a “best science fiction stories for Boy Scouts,” but being 40 years ago, I may be wrong. Anyways, the story goes that a scout ship is ...
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Protagonist becomes the avatar of an alien deity and has to cope with adversary god

I read this at least 20 years ago, and I believe it was originally published in the '60s. The main character is a human, but somehow "inherits godhood" from an alien, whose species is very long ...
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Who was the first alien “person” or “man”?

It is fairly common nowadays, for example in Star Trek, to refer to aliens collectively as people when they are to some degree similar to humans and fairly relatable. What was the first instance of ...
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Alien crashes at house, lives with family

It was about an alien who crash landed on Earth and finds himself living with the family whose house he had crashed at. I remember the alien was operated by practical effects. It's not ALF or Aliens ...