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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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 ...
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Movie ID: purple teleportation

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw on TV in the mid to late 90s. It was live action and probably on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. It involved a strange teenage girl who was gradually revealed ...
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Are there multiple species of aliens in the X Files?

We have seen many instances of aliens in the X-Files: The bounty hunter aliens The aliens that impregnated the zoo animals The aliens that abducted Scully The aliens that crashed The alien that deep ...
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Title of 50's book about an alien with a gold streak in her hair

I am looking for a book from the 1950's about an alien with a gold streak in her hair. People are trying to catch her to get her gold streak.
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What 80s SF novel had survivors on starship cannibalize frozen colonists?

Searching for a SF novel, I believe from the early 80s, where colonists who awakened early on a massive colonizing starship survive for generations by cannibalizing the tens of thousands of frozen ...
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SF book where plane captured in Bermuda Triangle

I am searching for book from the late 70s (or thereabouts). The details which I remember are: A passenger jet is snared while flying through the Bermuda Triangle and the passengers are enslaved by ...
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Aliens from different races hunt a weapon-lifeform that has gone rogue

I am looking for a SF book based in the far future. All planets with life forms have formed a formation (like the European Union but universal) A weapon-life-form has gone berserk and is killing ...
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Trying to find a book about kids with 'sunguns' revolting against alien overlords

I'm trying to identify a book (or possibly a series, as I seem to recall reading a sequel which still left the story unfinished). I read the book or books in the early 90's and had picked them up ...
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Alien Invasion Cartoon Movie

I need help finding the name of a cartoon (movie) which I saw in my childhood. I only have vague memories of the movie, but the details I remember are: It is about an Alien invasion, and this human ...
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Novel search: man and woman alone in a town, revealed to be a simulated reality

I'm searching for a sci-fi novel I read about 20 years ago; might be important to mention that I read it in french. As far as I remember, the story is about a man, who doesn't really know where he is ...
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Are there vampires in the Star Trek universe?

Let us characterize vampires as a humanoid being that drinks the blood of other humanoid beings to create more of their species. There are many aliens that are humanoid in the Star Trek universe. My ...
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What is the short story about a plasma creature hitting Mercury?

When I was young I read a short story about a creature made of plasma ejected from the sun by a solar flare. It flew through space and hit the boiling hot sun-facing side of Mercury, whereupon it ...
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sci-fi series from early or mid 90's

I remember a show from early to mid 90's (I think it was 95 when I saw it), there was a girl and a boy visiting some old house. They find a gold medallion of sorts. And one night they see adults ...
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YA Book (series?) - Trying to find a SF story about a young girl raised by a robot on an alien world?

I was at a Science Fiction Convention in February and at a panel a writer was talking about Young Adult Genre crossing over into SF Genre with the focus on identity. Since that is a common theme in ...
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Space Dragon Book?

I need help remembering a SciFi book with an economics theme to it, and it was sort of Dragon related. There was one SciFi story I read a long time ago that I can never remember the name of. It was ...
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story about extraterrestrial slug trying to communicate

As a child circa the late 1970s, I read a poignant science fiction story that I would love to be able to identify. As best I can recall after all these years, the story went something like this: A ...
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Story about a boy who encounters an alien “boy” who is stranded & also with an enemy alien who can shape-shift

I remember reading this book as a young adult, in the early to mid-80's and there was a particular scene that stands out in my mind where the Earth boy is stabbed in the leg by the enemy alien and the ...