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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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 ...
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Is there a TV show/movie with humanoid aliens evolved from elephants?

Before we get started, be aware that this may just be a figment of my imagination. I have a memory from some years ago (late 90s/early 2000s) of seeing a picture of humanoid aliens evolved from ...
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Story ident : Alien scout-ship crashes

I'm looking for the name of a (English-language) book read in the 1970s The main plot focused on an alien scout-ship crash-landing and killing half of a town. The (crashed) aliens take the ...
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old sci-fi short story: earth destroyed, survivor, aliens, reincarnation, classical music

I'm looking for an old story, maybe from Analog or Omni (print versions) 25-30 yrs ago. About a guy who's stranded orbiting (?) an alien planet after humanity has been wiped out. The aliens are ...
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Book about space traders who run into alien traders

From what I can remember, a down and out family of space traders, in which one female member of the family is a psychic or a witch, run into an alien ship, also running out of options. Possibly the ...
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Dead earth , aliens revive human

I read this about 30/40 years ago. I don't remember if it was a short story or book. What I remember of it : Some aliens arrive at earth; they don't find any living humans, just empty cities. They ...
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Trying to identify scifi story involving aliens/telepathy/music talent

I read a scifi story years ago. It may have been in one of the scifi magazines. It involved Earth having established a relationship with an alien race that valued above all art in all its forms. ...
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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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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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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 ...