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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Book title with an alien harsh world and annoying ballon like animals

I specifically remember that those explosive gas filled ballons where an annoyance for flying ships. This is mentioned several times in the book. I also remember ground based animals named like ...
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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 small town with aliens disguised as humans?

SO I watched it awhile ago and I can't remember the name of this show so basically what it is about is this guy who is a detective I think and he lives in a smallish town where aliens have disguised ...
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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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Name of a small book/short story in which the guy thinks he is studying monkeys, but aliens are actually studying him

I'm trying to remember the name of a small book/short story 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 ...
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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 ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...
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Book about apocalyptic event involving aliens

This book has one primary male protagonist who I think is a scientist of some type who the government decides needs to help defeat some alien (I'm pretty sure it's alien) apocalyptic event. In the ...
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Short story about aliens that routinely kill their wives? Who wrote it?

Story about astronauts who landed on an alien planet. The aliens would corral all the female aliens in a pen. The males would take on a new alien wife every month (year?) and kill the old wife. The ...
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Who originated the concept about how gods are actually aliens who need “worship energy”?

An early story I've come across is the Star Trek "Who Mourns for Adonais?" about how the Olympian gods were actually powerful aliens. When they realized that humanity no longer worshiped them, they ...
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Series involving Intergalactic performance art

This is a series of books about an interstellar human civilization. After losing a few colonies to unknown reasons, Humanity comes across these rogue asteroids traveling through space. They are made ...
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Sci-fi book about 4 or 5 teenage girls who have powers, published 2000-2008

They have been chosen because they are very intelligent and have powers (seeing the past or the future, being invisible, reading thoughts...) in order to find aliens that are hiding on earth. These ...
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Book series about aliens who put “caps” on people to control them [duplicate]

I remember reading a series when I was around 7th or 8th grade about aliens who had taken over Earth by putting metal caps on people when they were "entering adulthood" to control them (not direct ...
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Story about a colony on a forest planet

A number of years ago, I read a novel of a colony on a world that was covered by dense forest. The native people were human-like but had prehensile toes and lived in the forest canopy layer in ...
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aliens teach humans a board game, report of title match

The short-story is an account of a title-match between two humans at a board-game that aliens taught humans. The account is by a child. Captain someone went space-exploring and encountered aliens. ...
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Pre-1980s Sci-fi movie about killer aliens

I'm trying to remember an old movie title from when I was a kid. I have not been able to get any information. The movie is pre 1980. Is in another planet (maybe Mars, not sure) and there are this ...
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Story Identification: “Symbiotic” Parasite Short Story

Hello I'm looking for the title to a sci-fi short story I read years ago. Here are a couple of details I remember: Humans fight a war with an alien species that develops a neurological parasite as a ...
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Trying to find book I read from library about a lone person crash landing on an alien planet

This was a book I loved reading and it was done in the style that you made choices of how to do things and then turn page to see what would happen. It had some beautiful illustrations, but for the ...
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Story about Astronauts Being Killed one by one by non-corporeal alien entity on a Deserted Planet

This science fiction short story is about a team of astronauts/space explorers who land on an alien planet. An alien entity that exists in a gaseous state is lurking at the bottom of a well or hole. ...
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Movie about a space station and an evil baby from a rock? [duplicate]

It's from the late 60's or early 70's... It's a sci fi. All I remember is a space station with a bunch of people on it, one of the scientists was a woman. They were doing research of some kind on a ...
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Book with blob-like non-humanoid alien that fuses with human

Looking for a book I read a long time ago. These are the few things I remember from it, sadly can't remember the plot or any names. The aliens in the book are non-humanoid, like blobs. The alien ...
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The human unconscious used to save a crew from Aliens

I must admit that I no longer remember much about the story but the essence is that a human crew (including women and children) has been taken hostage (aboard a space ship, I believe). The aliens ...
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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 a short story (probably 20 years ago) about a human scientific expedition that arrives at an alien planet. The planet is covered by a thick cloud layer and orbits a dim red star. The humans ...
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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: ...