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. Use [aliens-1986] for the sequel to the 1979 film Alien; use [alien-franchise] for that entire franchise.

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Scifi short story. Alien makes first-contact with humanity but finds us overly obsessed with sex

I'll try and describe/summarize it the best I can, any help is appreciated. Alien couple in space ship visiting planets and solar systems for something Told from male aliens POV (I think) they have ...
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What was the first alien probing?

There have been alien abduction stories for a long time. The aliens that kidnap people may be short gray humanoids with huge eyes, green-scaled lizard people, blond space Nazis, or even bicardiate ...
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What was the common usage of the term “alien” around 1977?

The Alien movie was released in 1979. If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a ...
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Are there any canon instances of non-humans rejecting the term “Alien” in Star Wars?

In Star Wars, non-humans were often referred to as Aliens. In Legends, some beings rejected this term as being offensive. Are the any instances of similar rejections in the new canon?
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Alien visits Earth with flying small parasites

I only remember one scene from this movie from the 80s. A humanoid alien is in a swamplike area on Earth and throws some kind of a detachment (a sub-creature from himself?). This small detachment ...
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Is Civilization V run by aliens?

I once read on TV Tropes that the video game Civilization V implied that the entire thing was run by aliens who resurrected famous human leaders in order to have them battle each other. It now seems ...
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Story about a guy living same day over again until he falls asleep under an aluminum boat? [duplicate]

I have a strong recollection of reading a short story sometime in the '70s (maybe in Analog magazine) roughly about a man who was living in some kind of experiment run by aliens, in which the same day ...
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Looking for title/author of an alien contact novel!

Alien comes to Earth, builds tele-transporter device but keeps the technology secret. Humans manage to spy on it. Alien 'sells' the device to humans (like Brooklyn Bridge!). Human lawyers and legal ...
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Alien invasion movie, giant robot aliens with long legs capturing people

So I saw this movie about 10 years ago, when I was about 5 years old. Since I was really young, my memory of it isn't really that great. I think it may have been an alien invasion movie, but the ...
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Is the First Order prejudiced against non-humans?

We know that the Empire was prejudiced against non-humans. In Legends, it was a lot more explicit, but even in Canon, we don't see any non-human Imperial officers and the Empire was fine with ...
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What is title of Sci-Fi story or novel--deep space explorer encounters alien explorer

They learn to communicate; but on parting, each decides to destroy the other in order to protect his own world. Was told about this story many years algo.
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Evidence of what the big alien at the end of Men in Black looks like?

At the very end of Men in Black (the movie), we zoom out into space and then eventually it appears that our galaxy is just something inside a marble that some huge alien is playing with, but we never ...
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What is that thing in the liquid?

In Batman v Superman, in the part of the crashed Kryptonian ship where There seems to be a living thing swimming around in the liquid that Lex is standing in. Is that thing alive, or is it part of ...
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What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?

There's been plenty of Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fights, it's almost its own genre. What started the trend? What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?
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What was the first work set in space that featured multiple civilizations but no aliens?

One thing that separates Firefly from many other works of science fiction set in space is that there are no aliens. All sentient beings either are or used to be human. However, I very much doubt ...
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What is the name of this sci-fi novel with a male soldier and a lesbian lizard sidekick?

I read this book in the early 2000's, but I can't for the life of me remember the title or author and it's driving me crazy! The story is in the future. Earth and most of the galaxy has been ...
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Book Identification, Alien invasion with mythological undertones

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, because I was wanting to reread it. Only I can't remember the title or author. Cover had a lady with a sword? I honestly couldn't tell you how old it was ...
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Man from interplanetary tourism ring goes native, fights own people

I wonder if anyone knows this book that I read about 30 (possibly more) years ago: A race of people who have generated large wealth on their planet by running tourist operations on other planets. They ...
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Pre 1975 Children's Sci-Fi novel

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" ...
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What Sci-Fi book around 2010s about aliens on earth?

The story is about a girl who was able to see ghosts(?) (not sure which term was used) and had been captured by government and was given to aliens lived in an underground city near London(?) (also not ...
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Weak alien attack to learn the humanity's speed of reaction and strength of firepower

I coldn't remember is this from a book, a movie, an anime or a game. After the humans defeat an alien attack they relize that was too weak. Then they understand that aliens make this attack to learn ...
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SOS call on the fringe of the galaxy, planet with no sun

I remember a short story from the early 1970s. I think it was in a “best science fiction stories for Boy Scouts,” but being 40 years ago, I may be wrong. Anyways, the story goes that a scout ship is ...
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Protagonist becomes the avatar of an alien deity and has to cope with adversary god

I read this at least 20 years ago, and I believe it was originally published in the '60s. The main character is a human, but somehow "inherits godhood" from an alien, whose species is very long ...
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Who was the first alien “person” or “man”?

It is fairly common nowadays, for example in Star Trek, to refer to aliens collectively as people when they are to some degree similar to humans and fairly relatable. What was the first instance of ...
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Alien crashes at house, lives with family

It was about an alien who crash landed on Earth and finds himself living with the family whose house he had crashed at. I remember the alien was operated by practical effects. It's not ALF or Aliens ...
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Old alien sci-fi movie title

I saw a movie on TV around mid to late 60's that had one scene where two alien humanoids are standing at a magazine rack in a drug store or department store and pretending to browse while talking back ...
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What Star Trek humanoid species has the longest natural lifespan?

I don't mean due to advanced medical technology, cryogenics, stasis, time travel, etc. I don't mean due to being a Q or a Borg or some other non-corporeal lifeform or a totally alien biology. Which ...
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Shapeshifting alien woman

I remember reading this book in the around 2005 perhaps? Although I think it was published earlier of course. Anyway. It was about this alien made of pure energy who absorbed living matter in order to ...
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Science Fiction short story where humans are actually all female and men are women taken over by parasites

The details I can remember: Humans are naturally asexual, only women. Penises are alien parasites attached at birth as part of a huge conspiracy. A group of women know the truth and are trying to ...
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Book Series for MG/Children - About Kind/Gentle Alien Professor/Engineer Working in Basement Laboratory

A Series of Books for Children / MG Read in 1977 / 5th grade Main character is a kind/gentle/smart alien professor/engineer doing experiments in his basement laboratory… solving mysteries, I think ...
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Looking for a book about aliens on Earth for centuries with a hostile agenda

I have read one book in a series about aliens who have been many centuries on earth with a hostile agenda. The book starts with a crew of human explorers who are travelling to a planet in a distant ...
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Short story with an intergalactic zoo [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story that I once read. Possibly in a collection by Bruce Coville. A traveling intergalactic zoo stops at earth and everyone pays money to see the aliens on board. At ...
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What Anime features a monster blob being fought in New York City?

So it was back in 1998 I saw an anime for about 5 minutes before I had to leave with my parents to go to the grocery store. It was on the Sundance channel which used to play amazing stuff way back ...
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trying to find a book I read as a child about a man and woman stranded on a planet

I remember reading a sci-fi novel as a child but cannot remember the title or even most of the story. The one part that I remember is the man and woman eating "Tubers" and then turning into some kind ...
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Looking for a children's movie

It's a movie about a man that landed on earth from space a boy finds him and they become friends. He is very fun and enjoys learning about living on earth. He appears as a human man with a funny ...
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Was there ever a story that involved Hicks and Newt surviving?

I've always considered the scene in which Ripley travels back into the hive to save Newt in Aliens, the most iconic scene from any of the Alien movies. It annoyed me that they killed off Newt and ...
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Looking for an old short story about an ultra smart boy with an alien/robot babysitter

I am looking for a short story about a young problematic ultra smart boy, with fighting parents, that gets a robot/alien babysitter/guardian.
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What is the title of a short story about boy who becomes a tree?

This sci-fi short story was written by a female in the 60s. A missionary persuades a roly-poly young boy to skip a coming of age ritual where the teenagers (all roly-poly and energetic) are hung from ...
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Science Fiction story where the planetary conquerers are assimilated into the local culture.

Ok, I can't remember the name of this story, but I remember some of the plot. Humans, or the species the main character's from, take over a planet, but the locals are pretty chill about it and just ...
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Story ID - trying to communicate with alien spaceship using patterns, but breaking patterns works

I'm looking to identify a science fiction short story I must have read, maybe ten years ago or a bit less. It must have been in an anthology, though I don't recall what other kinds of stories were ...
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Well-done novel alien accents in sci-fi movies? [closed]

As we all know, aliens tend to have either the actor's own accent or posh english accents. Notable exceptions to this that i've seen have been some alien races in Babylon 5 who consistently spoke ...
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Why are there so few familiar species in The Force Awakens?

I noticed that, in The Force Awakens, we see very few of the alien species we met in the other movies: there are no Twi'leks; no Rodians; no Transdoshans; no Hutts; no Gamorreans; no Ewoks; ...
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Toilets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away

For many years now, I've been curious about what bathrooms - and especially toilets - look like in the Galaxy Far, Far Away1. I'm quite sure we never see one in the original trilogy, even in settings ...
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Help with identification of old movie about aliens

About 15 or so years ago, I dimly recall watching a movie on TV about aliens, which really struck a chord, but I can't remember enough to google a name or anything more specific. The action takes ...
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How does the Doctor “read” the sonic screwdriver?

So, a few of the doctors have now had their own sonic devices (thank god,the 12th finally got his own and not the sunglasses :P) but my question is this, when the doctor is using it, how is he able to ...
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What are the aliens species in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”?

We see many alien species in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", especially in Maz Kanata's castle: photo by Annie Leibovitz What species are they? Do all the species have a name? Is there a list ...
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Looking for novel: group abducted by asteroid ship containing other alien abductees

Looking for a novel I believe was published between 2010-2013. It had one, maybe two authors, one of which was also a screenwriter. The book was about what appeared to be an asteroid approaching ...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie in which a human astronaut befriends an alien on a reddish planet

This probably wasn't a blockbuster back in its time as I remember the special effects didn't seem all that bombastic, but I do remember a few details. A human astronaut lands (or crash-lands) on a ...
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Science fiction story(-ies?) about aliens who made historical video available

I was discussing a story I had read with my sister-in-law that she may have also read. The story may have been a short story and, if so, appeared at the front of the book that I read. I would have ...
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What movie has miners release a monster with thermal vision that hunts a trucker?

About a year ago, I was watching a movie and I can't remember the name. A group of miners released a monster that uses thermal vision to find the victims. The movie follows a trucker as he tries to ...