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.

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Looking for the title of a gold heist movie involving the telekinetic son of an extraterrestrial/alien?

Some 30 years back, I saw a film about the son of an extraterrestrial who gets involved in a gold heist. The main character does initially not know that he is the son of an extraterrestrial and has ...
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Earth destroyed, survivor grows up on alien world, later joins Earth military

I'm looking for a book I had read years ago. It's similar to the Starwolf's series by Edmond Hamilton but much closer to the 60's/70's (not sure of the exact date). In the story an alien force has ...
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Book where alien empire takes over earth and moves humans to planets named after the continents

This book started with the main character falling into the ocean, I believe. I also think he was in a battle in WWII. An alien empire has taken over The Earth and moved humans to planets named after ...
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First Instance of the Classic Alien Depiction [duplicate]

I was just wondering where the first instance of the classic tall, skinny-limbed, greenish grey, large bulb head, and black eyes alien was shown in either film and TV or described in book form.
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What SciFi series(?) of books features humans time traveling into prehistory where an alien race is already in residence? [duplicate]

There is no return for the humans. I seem to remember that the humans and aliens find a way to get on, or I could be wrong. A small house in the Camargue of France is the link between the present and ...
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Aliens throw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion

There was an old science fiction short story were aliens threw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion. Steam trains worked and were armored to protect ...
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What was the name of the show that had an episode about witches being arrested? [duplicate]

There was a television show mainly about aliens I believe and there was an episode of this show where three girls were arrested by the local authorities for being witches although this television show ...
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Story about a secret weapon fired at the moon [duplicate]

I read a story a long time ago that I'm trying to find. My memory of this story is very tenuous, but I think it had the following elements: I think it was a short story There was some type of alien ...
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Collection of stories about young boy and his brother encountering aliens in suburbia

I'm trying to find a book that one of our teachers read to us in elementary school. It is either a collection of short stories, or simply one of those novels written in episodic form. It's told in ...
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Story about a man and an alien exploring an alien world

I think the story took place on Mars, and it had a feel like Eric Frank Russell or someone similar. The story starts with the man reporting on his return to base to explain the adventure he just went ...
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Boy lives in a cave with aliens and later goes to war with them

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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Humans learning strict alien ceremony where a mistake results in death

Science fiction short story, no idea when or who wrote it, basic plot is humans are on an alien planet. They must attend a ceremony (dinner?) which has a strict protocol. When the ritual is done ...
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Need help finding a book called something like 'Kirlian Aura'

I read this book sometime around 1985, it was about an agent that was capable of projecting his mind into other bodies, the stronger an aura such a person has will enable them to stay longer in their ...
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Short story I read years ago and cannot remember the author [duplicate]

About 20 years ago, I read a sci-fi short story that was at least 40-50 years old itself, where an alien race has contacted Earth to let the human race know that the alien race is the creator of all ...
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Story of a large alien artifact that erases memory

Sorry, I realize that this isn't a lot to go on, but here goes... This was a book I read in late 80s or early 90s and was supposed to be the first book in a series. The book or the next in series ...
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Are there any aliens identical to humans who aren't friendly in the Star Trek universe?

Usually in Star Trek alien races have alien appearances, whether it's just a bump on their nose, spots, or a totally alien appearance. I'd hypothesize that the only aliens who look identical to human ...
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70s novel about government faking an alien invasion

This mid-70s novel was marketed as a mainstream thriller - the USA is falling apart and the president realizes the country needs a common enemy to pull together. So he gathers together a team of ...
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Why are humans the most populous race in the galaxy?

This answer states that 42.6% of all beings in the galaxy are humans - a staggering percentage, considering that the runner-up, the Twi'leks, constitute only about 3%. This is an astounding ...
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Mankind prepares for a war with aliens by warring among itself

I am looking for the title or author of a atory I read back in the 90's, no idea when it was written. The plot goes something like this: Humanity has gained access to space travel and sends 9 or 12 ...
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Short story where the alien possesses people, switching between 1st and 3rd person narrative [duplicate]

I read a book years ago, however don't recall the title and I'd like to read it again! The story involved a creature or alien telling the story from a first person perspective, how he sits and waits ...
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Alien surface transport that walks, not rolls

A magazine connected with (Boy) Scouting, possibly "Boys Life", in the early 1950's ran a short story in which a group of interplanetary explorers on an extraterrestrial planet, which may have been ...
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Alien invasion: aliens create a game and challenge humans

Recently, a short story I read in high school, has been on my mind. I do not know what is the name of it. It has been about 6 years since I read it. Here is what I remember about it. An alien race ...
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Infection by dead Things

Based on John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing and its 2011 prequel (also titled The Thing), is it possible for someone to get infected by a dead Thing?
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Title / Author of a short story about a man reassembled by aliens

There was this short story (I think it was not a standalone novel) about a man who was abducted by aliens, dismantled and remodelled so that his body works better. He was in some sort of mental ...
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Was the Thing trapped in its current form until assimilating another, or could it retake the form of previous assimilations?

In the 1982 film The Thing, was the creature trapped in its current form until it could assimilate another, or could it retake the form of previous assimilations?
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Is The Thing biologically compelled to infect other worlds?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), is it a biological imperative of The Thing to eventually travel to another world? The Thing that was unearthed in Antarctica had travelled to Earth on a ...
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Movie with an alien with purple eyes that possesses a child

I'm trying to remember a movie about aliens, where a guy comes across a purple wall and later gets possessed by aliens? When possessed he tries to kill his wife, he looks the same, though he has (at ...
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Book where a slave/prisoner hooks his brain up to a spaceship

I only remember bits and pieces of this book, but I'd really like to reread it. Basically, this teenager has been a prisoner his whole life and he's forced to explore spaceships (for boobytraps and ...
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Science Fiction story about aliens and a dead earth

I'd like to ask if you'd be able to identify a story I read years in high school. I think it was around 1987 when I read an interesting science fiction story in a multistory novel. The novel was ...
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Short story about 4 coloured beetle-like aliens in a terrarium

Story starts with a guy buying a terrarium with 4 groups of beetle-like insects brought and installed in his own house by an alien race. A different color each. Each tribe were supposed to start a ...
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Carnival short story/novella?

Was there a short story titled "Carnival" about alien beings who use humans as surrogate mothers. This is about an alien who treats a human as a pet, but still has him (?) carry the embryo. Is this ...
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Book title with a harsh alien world and buoyant balloon-like beings

I specifically remember that those buoyant explosive gas filled balloons were an annoyance for flying ships. This is mentioned several times in the book. At the end they seemed to play a very ...
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What is the first work of science fiction in which no character is an earthling and there is no mention of Earth?

I am looking for the first work of science fiction in which no character is an earthling and Earth is never mentioned or referred to, even indirectly. Star Wars would be an example of such a work.
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What is the origin of the 'typical' alien? [duplicate]

When most people (well, probably not people from this site, but the general public) think of an alien, they probably think of an alien in the general form like below: This sort of alien has the ...
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Story involving Aliens stopped by Cheap Rifle

Many years ago, I read a story about aliens coming to Earth. Their plan was to subjugate Earth. They were stopped because a gun manufacturer sold cheap(under $50) high powered rifles. I am trying ...
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What was the name of the tv show about a guy who lives in a town with aliens disguised as humans?

I watched it a while ago and I can't remember the name of this show. A guy -- who is a detective I think -- lives in a smallish town where aliens have disguised themselves as humans and he is the only ...
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Book about post-apocalyptic survivors and slug-like alien invaders

I read this ~1995-1997, and I think it was new. For whatever reason, my school library had a copy. The story was about the few survivors of post-apocalyptia. Alien slug-like creatures had managed to ...
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80's movie with creepy dog?

This might be a long shot with how little I remember of the movie. I only remember one scene, where a small dog flies through a window knocking a man out. Then it shows the man laying there while ...
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Did fictional works involving alien abduction antedate claims of abduction?

Which fictional work (of any format) was the first to feature the abduction of a human from Earth by aliens? In particular, did this work precede the first reports of purported abductions in the ...
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First reference to extraterrestrial life forms who weren't considered Gods in sci-fi?

Extraterrestrials/aliens form a major part of science fiction. I know there are myths going back to ancient times of aliens, but I was wondering what the first reference in the actual science-fiction ...
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scifi horror movie/episode involving an alien emerging from a dimensional gate

I vaguely remember channel surfing in the late 90's and seeing a horror movie scene in which a woman emerges from a portal/gate/wormhole and says something like "there's thousands of them!". She is ...
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Looking for a sci-fi film from the 80's involving cattle mutilation

I'm trying to identify a movie I watched back in the early-to-mid 80's on cable, most likely HBO or Showtime. In the movie, aliens visit a small town. The visit is witnessed by two children - a local ...
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Scifi movie about a spaceship where alien creatures (birds) become smaller as they come closer, ie., reverse-perspective?

Have been looking everywhere for the name of this movie. Here's what I remember: A spaceship and crew are flying somewhere. Something goes wrong and 2 people from the crew have to go outside in suits ...
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Goofy looking alien robots lose a “Kleptonite Ball” towed behind their spacecraft

I remember watching this on TV in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I only saw one episode, and the ending resolved very little, leading me to believe that it was a pilot for a TV ...
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Does the Cobalcat appear in any other stories apart from “Tuf Voyaging”?

There's a great early SciFi book by George R R Martin called "Tuf Voyaging". In one of the chapters he uses his spaceship "Seed Ship" to create a bunch of alien monsters for a planet that fights it ...
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Looking for a story about aliens building invisible structures on earth

I'm looking for help locating a story read about 20 years ago. Aliens appear on earth, and for some reason, the human eye can't see the buildings they make. At first, it's a novelty, but later, it ...
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What movie features an abandoned spaceship with English and alien writing on it?

I am looking for a movie I saw the beginning of when I was a kid. I remember astronauts boarding what seemed to be an abandoned spaceship (I think it had the NASA sign on it) but when they board the ...
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Short story about aliens observing people going to the dentist

I once read a short story where the narrator (I believe) is an alien, or is at least someone who has no idea of any cultural norms or meaning behind anything related to our world. They are observing ...
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Short story about humans from alien perspective

This is what I remember: Script is dialogue between the starship's alien commander and a low-ranking alien It's about the low-rank simulating humans (who are extinct) and telling them they're dead ...
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aliens use hypnotic suggestion to make guy think they are human too

I'm trying to remember the name of a small book in which the guy thinks he is studying monkeys that had been sent to space. He starts seeing aliens everywhere and it turns out he had been abducted as ...