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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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 - penises are alien 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 ...
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movie about humanoid alien brother and sister stranded on earth

I watched this movie as a kid. It is about two kids (brother and sister) who are from outer space but somehow stranded on earth and have lost contact to their parents. I remember that they wanted to ...
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Telepathic female alien crash-lands on earth, fights bug-like aliens

This has been bugging me for some time now, and I can't find anything on it. It's a movie I remember watching as a kid with my father and I only remember bits of the movie, just images mostly. It ...
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Why did the Krillitanes look like humans when the Doctor last saw them?

In the Doctor Who episode "School Reunion", the Doctor explains what the Krillitanes are: They're a composite race. Just like your culture is a mixture of traditions from all sorts of countries, ...
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Short story where mankind is about to fight a galactic battle against a previously unencountered alien race

Mankind is about to fight a galactic battle against an alien force nobody has seen before. Just before the battle begins one man & one alien are plucked from their spacecraft by some other benign ...
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A movie about an alien and an alien cop that chases him [duplicate]

Might be a little vague - from what I recall it might be mid 80's to early 90's, English speaking, american origin, live action movie, about an (evil) alien that uses humans as hosts (and can change ...
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Book about guy given healing powers by aliens

I'm looking for a book that I read circa 1980. It's about a young guy who is kind of a loser (below average physique and such) who is taken by aliens and given superhuman powers. He is able to heal ...
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Help With Tracking Down a Short Story About Aliens

A friend of mine's dad was in a car accident that affected his memory, and therefore he can't remember if the story I've been asked to track down is real or not. I'm having trouble finding it, so I've ...
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Alien anthropologists visiting progressively more enhanced earths [duplicate]

Help with identify this story please? An alien race (anthropologists) visit earth and find all life extinct. They find a way to recreate life up to a certain point in the past timeline. As they move ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens? [duplicate]

Is there any actor who has played, in different Star Trek episodes, both a Starfleet crewmember (of the Enterprise, Voyager, etc.) and one of the alien strangers encountered by the crew? ...
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Do Oankali have DNA based genetics?

In Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood series, do the Oankali have DNA as their prime mechanism of genetics? If so, did Butler ever explained how that would be the case (is this panspermia related, did ...
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How does the Space Slug (Exogorth) breathe in the vacuum of space?

Whilst answering this question, an interesting question came to mind. In the chase through the Hoth asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon takes refuge in a cave, which ...
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What are/is a Trill?

In Star Trek, we encounter the Trill species. It is unclear, however, if the Trill are the symbiont, or the humanoid species from the planet, or the combination of symbiont and host. Do we know what ...
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Old short story that skewers political correctness

OK, seem to recall reading it in an ANALOG collection if that helps. A young monk leaves the abbey he has lived at most of his life, and travels to New York City. Despite having lived in an almost ...
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Looking for a classic sci-fi short story about a boy who discovers pods growing in a field

For years, I've been looking for a short story about a boy who discovers alien pods in a field that are growing replacement people. If I remember right, he sees the pod creature eat his mother and ...
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Science fiction story or novel where alien plant erupts from under ice

I was told about a science fiction story in which humans have landed on an ice-covered planet or moon and a gigantic plantlike organism bursts out from under the ice due to the humans' lights ...
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In what episodes did the legal systems of “one-off” aliens provide a key plot-element?

This is the third in a cluster of questions related to legal systems in Star Trek. Besides major species with 'unusual legal systems'. There are a few episodes when a 'one-off' alien legal system ...
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What major non-Federation Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes or films?

Courtrooms provide the context for great drama because of the high stakes. Star Trek is no exception at taking advantage. What major Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes ...
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How did the Oankali show up at Earth right after the war?

In the Xenogenisis series by Octavia Butler (which I highly recommend even though I'm only middle of book 2), the alien race the Oankali show up just in time to "rescue" humanity, who have destroyed ...
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Old Sci-fi short story about lizard creatures on a planet who kill their wives and never lie [duplicate]

I got most of it in the title, but here you go anyway: I think it's only revealed part way through that they're aliens, and the creatures that land on their planet are actually the human ones. The ...
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Book about crustacean aliens and a ship wrecked teenager?

I remember a book I read in middle school back in 2001/2002 about a teenage crustacean alien and a teenage human girl who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the crustacean's planet. In the book ...
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Science Fiction novel about a human stranded on a planet of ursine aliens, wins a sledge contest

Another one of those nagging memories from high school... I read it as a paperback in the 1990s or so. The protagonist is a human on a planet populated with ursine aliens. The bears are fairly ...
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Did the Salarians ever crash in New Mexico?

Out-of-universe, the salarians of Mass Effect were based heavily on the stereotypical "Gray Man" aliens made famous by the supposed Roswell UFO crash. Their long thin limbs, enormous eyes, relatively ...
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Looking for a specific Frankenstein short story

Several years ago, (maybe about ten) I ran across a short story, a retelling of Frankenstein with a twist - and for whatever reason, haven't been able to find it again. Most likely I read it in an ...
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Book series about aliens thought to have been exterminated but lurk in space until found by humans

This is not based on the Alien film series but predates it. I read a novel in the 80's and it has stayed with me. The aliens take over humans by inserting a pod into them and converting them. Humans ...
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Are Cardassian necks asymmetric?

I've always been under the impression there may be some asymmetry in their necks. It's never been clear to me whether it really exists, or is just a matter of camera angle or lighting or my ...
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Poem about a time traveller and an alien fighting as mercenaries with swords

Read this in the 80's in a compilation of military Science Fiction short stories. The author/speaker is a human time traveller who has gone back in time and become a mercenary at a time when swords ...
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Golden Age or Pulp far-future story, where humans are artificially evolved to neutralize them

There's a story I read a long ways back in which Earth was visited by aliens who "help" humanity. They help them to evolve towards a race of introspective brains. This is in order to prevent humans ...