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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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Solaris (novel, 2011 English translation) Why were the automats locked up?

In the novel 'Solaris', by Stanslaw Lem, Kris Kelvin notices that the automats are all missing after he arrives on Solaris Station. He questions Snaut about this, but the latter refuses to explain. ...
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Earth vs. aliens, long war ends in secret mutual surrender

I'd like your help in identifying an SF book I read many many years ago. I don't remember the title or author, but the premise was that there had been a long war between earth and an alien planet, ...
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Does anyone remember reading about an egg factory? Looking for book(s) about shape-changing aliens from the 1970s or 1980s

This is tied in with the question I asked before about the polymorphs (or shape-changing aliens that had three basic stages: seedling, house, tutor) who let their seedlings live among humans. This ...
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Name of Recent live actor movie similar to plot of animated Lily Cat movie?

Trying to remember name of movie i saw within the last 4 years or fewer that seemed to be based closely on the plot of Lily Cat ...
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Looking for the name of this book. China rules the world when aliens make contact, they want to speak to the US president.

What I can remember about this book I read in the late 80's China rules the world when Aliens make contact and demand to speak with the US president or they will destroy earth. The Chinese get a farm ...
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Movie title mystery - something about pandora's box?

I have been trying to figure out the name of a movie that came out sometime between the early 90's to mid 2000's. I distinctly remember there being a small pandora's box type cube. I think it was ...
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Short story where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read this short story probably 20 years ago: A human scientific expedition ship arrives at an alien planet, covered by a thick cloud layer, orbiting a dim red star. The humans start exploring the ...
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What's the name of an old sci-fi cartoon [closed]

I am trying to locate a cartoon from around the 1980's. It was a family that was traveling around space in a spaceship. There were some aliens too. I recall that the spaceship was blue. I know this ...
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What is the most widespread/numerous alien species in Star Wars (other than Human?)

I've been looking for an answer to this for years. Other than humans, what intelligent/sentient alien species are the most widespread/numerous/prevalent in the Republic and Empire? Twi'leks? ...
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Book series about a future where gene-modified sentient animals were used as soldiers and are trying to find a place in post-war human society

I am looking for a series of books (I owned 3 of them) by the same author, if this rings a bell for anyone, here's pieces of story that I remember: First book sets the setting in some dystopian ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the idea of “Little Green Aliens”?

I have seen little green aliens in lots of places (Ads, cartoons, magazines etc.). I remember a Tom and Jerry TV movie featuring attack on Earth by little green martians. Other examples can be the ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the idea of “Aliens”?

Today, we live in a world in which the term alien is a common thing. But, if you move few centuries back, this won't be true. We should be grateful to that great writer who laid the foundation stone ...
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Gorn psychology and physiology

I caught an old episode of the original Star Trek, "Arena," in which Captain Kirk comes extremely close to the Gorn he is fighting: ...
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Book about an alien spaceship visited by human beings and adapting to them

Once the astronauts get on the ship, it starts to change to fit the human beings needs. The gravity and the atmosphere change, the structure of the ship's instruments changes as well etc. Finally, the ...
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Story about alien race called the Venge seeking to destroy humans

I read this Sci Fi Novel in high school but it was so long ago I can't remember the details, Author, etc. The basic story is about a race of aliens who are called "Venge" short for Vengeance of ...
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Short story about aliens colonizing earth and introducing a drug

From what I recall aliens come to earth and gets the people addicted some kind of "drug" making everyone passive. Other details I remember are the Aliens live off of methane gas so everything smells ...
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Movie where aliens/monsters electrocute people

I'm looking for the name of a horror/sci-fi movie. This was a movie I watched a very long time ago, when I was still quite young (around 1995 - 2000). The movie could have been older as it was showing ...
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Whats the name of the movie series with Parasite/Alien

So long ago I saw a movie/series dunno about insect like creatures that invaded human bodies by entering the mouth. They feed on sugar I believe and grow larger. There was a infected guy in a closet ...
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Trader on a frozen world during social upheaval

Please help me identify this book I remember very little about the plot of this book, however, I remember the beginning pretty vividly. The perspective moves between one or more humans and the ...
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Humanoid aliens with telepathic abilities- Doctor Who Aliens in suit like [closed]

The story about humans that colonized a planet with humanoid aliens that still were just developing and lived in tribes.What people didn't know (or maybe they did, I can't really remember now) is that ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of “Advanced aliens mistaken as Gods”?

I see "Advanced aliens mistaken as Gods" in lots of Sci-Fi works. For example, Asgardians and Kree had been mistaken as Gods in Marvel Cinematic Universe. This book also has this concept. Star Trek ...
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Aliens placed humans on Earth to become starship engineers

Please help me identify this SF short story. What I remember: Several characters at a party. All of the attendees are very intelligent. One of the guests poses a hypothetical question about how ...
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Aliens try to invade Earth, but are quickly caught because their template was socially unusual

This is one of those vague memories, probably a short story, science fiction, written before the 1990s. The story is from the perspective of the aliens, who are planning to invade Earth. They either ...
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Unknown alien movie - Astronaut has sex with twins, chest-bursting fun ensues

So, this astronaut comes back home from a mission on which he's unknowingly picked up some alien, you know, basic stuff. Except he then has sex with two women, sisters, possibly twins... I think it ...
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Story about mankind being alone in the Milky Way galaxy [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short story about mankind searching the galaxy, hoping to find intelligent non-human life. After many millennia, on the opposite side of the galaxy, they think they have ...
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Does anyone know the title of a 1980s book/series about polymorphs?

Humans are in space. An alien race comes upon them. The aliens are single-celled, single-sexed creatures who can change their shapes and imitate other lifeforms including humans. They imitate them ...
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Short story about astronauts landing on a planet of shapeshifters

I'm trying to find an English-language short story I read in a collection about five to ten years ago (I don't have any idea of the original publication date). Here's everything I remember: The ...
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Movie Identification 70's-90's alien movie

I've been looking for a movie for some 2 years now but haven't been able to find it. Here's what I remember: Aliens were kinda red boulder like things kind of like Fantastic Four's "The Thing", ...
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Looking for a young adult book written in the 70's or 60's where a young man invents a spaceplane?

I am looking for a novel written in the 70's or 60's that had a young man who invented a space plane that had a reflective or diamond coating and used a rare and special element to break the speed of ...
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Looking for the name and author of short story about sea creatures that need a third sex to procreate

May have been in a SF magazine about 25 years ago. I remember it having a complex society and it was punishable by law if one creature rams into two others causing a pregnancy.
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Interstellar Zoo story

I vaguely remember this story from my childhood: it was about an interstellar zoo that came to Earth with lots of bizarre and unusual species, and humans would file through and gape at all the crazy ...
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I forgot the title: astronaut slowly turns into alien [closed]

Does anyone know the story about an astronaut stranded on an alien planet who discovers an alien habitat or some sort, that slowly transforms him into an alien being in order to survive its toxic ...
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Looking for a story about psychic humans who crash on an alien planet

It's been over two decades since I read the story, so bear with me. There were three humans, two men and a woman (IIRC). Each had a psychic type ability, clairvoyance, telepathy and telekinesis. There ...
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Short story about exobiology during human exploration of an alien planet

I have read a story long ago, where some explorers of an alien planet take an animal and use it like a boat (with a description similar to a very large Victoria. Eventually, they have serious ...
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Story about planet Urth

Looking for title of short story, travelers come to Urth looking for help from an advanced civilization, against aliens, discover Urth inhabited by essentially backward farmers. At the end of the ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced “Bug-eyed Aliens”?

Although you can see Bug-eyed Aliens in modern times (Men in Black, for example), it was already out-dated in 60s. In a special episode of Doctor Who which featured making of Doctor Who, the producer ...
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Looking for the name of a short story about how weird humans are

I'm trying to find a short story that I read years ago that talks about how weird the human race is and satirizes things like going to the dentist. The narrator may be an alien anthropologist. I ...
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Book ID: 70s-80s novel about boy that goes to a space academy [duplicate]

Random things I remember about the book: The boy is abducted from Earth to join an intergalactic space school or academy. I remember a scene near the beginning: he saw a young girl and was ...
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Identify a book featuring Free Energy given by an alien

I read this book back around 2002-2004 The protagonist is given the key to perpetual energy by a mysterious alien, all is well until he finds out the energy is actually slowing the earth's rotation. ...
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1980/90s scifi book about a librarian who recommends 3 short stories to two students at an alien university

As I remember, this might have been a young adult book. Two alien students at university seek the help of the librarian in finding research material. He recommends three "books" which are short ...
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Old Post Apocalypse Alien Book

I remember reading a book when I was in high school about a guy rebelling against alien rule. As I recall, the humans had little technology of their own, but stole heat weapons of some sort from the ...
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Looking for author or title of this book with Earth, Mars, Revenants and chemically induced amnesia

The story is about a female star pilot who is attacked and wakes up to find the last three years of her life have been chemically wiped away. She searches for information on her son (now dead) and on ...
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Story About Kids Finding Out Their Uncle Time Travels

I remember bits and pieces of this book I read when I was a kid (probably late 90s). It starts with this boy and his family moving into to his uncle's(?) house. The boy finds a room of weird stuff, ...
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Aspiring human combatant in arena with “handicap field” to equalize combatants' strength

I remember this movie from the late 1980's / early 1990's. It was a VHS rental, and may have been a straight-to-video release. The protagonist is a human aspiring to become the champion of an arena ...
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Search for title of military SF

I am trying to figure out the title and author of a military SF i read 1-2 years ago (2013/2014). The human race and its worlds are in a fight with a technology superior race of aliens that are in ...
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Some aliens help a struggling planet

I read a book a few years ago from the 1980s, probably about a group of people from a planet going onto another planet undercover to help save them. The planet they went to was based in something ...
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Short story where humans receive false distress signal, lured into galactic federation

I read a story years ago whose major themes stuck with me but I can't remember the name or author. I'm almost certain it was a short story. From what I can remember, the plot went roughly as follows: ...
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1980's story with 5 alien species including Ballerinas in which a man's body parts are replaced by acrylic

A man is running from aliens. There are Five species now on earth. One race is very tall and graceful, called Ballerinas. In one scene, a girl broke and stretched her bones to be like them. In another ...
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Humanoid whose mother died at his birth becomes a warship captain

I read a book in the 1976-1977 timeframe that was about this humanoid. He was born prematurely on another planet and killed his mother in the process. The early birth indicated he was highly evolved ...