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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Which Sci-Fi work introduced “Bug-eyed Aliens”?

Although you can see Bug-eyed Aliens in modern times (Men in Black, for example), it was already out-dated in 60s. In a special episode of Doctor Who which featured making of Doctor Who, the producer ...
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Looking for the name of a short story about how weird humans are

I'm trying to find a short story that I read years ago that talks about how weird the human race is and satirizes things like going to the dentist. The narrator may be an alien anthropologist. I ...
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Book ID: 70s-80s novel about boy that goes to a space academy

Random things I remember about the book: The boy is abducted from Earth to join an intergalactic space school or academy. I remember a scene near the beginning: he saw a young girl and was ...
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Identify a book featuring Free Energy given by an alien

I read this book back around 2002-2004 The protagonist is given the key to perpetual energy by a mysterious alien, all is well until he finds out the energy is actually slowing the earth's rotation. ...
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1980/90s scifi book about a librarian who recommends 3 short stories to two students at an alien university

As I remember, this might have been a young adult book. Two alien students at university seek the help of the librarian in finding research material. He recommends three "books" which are short ...
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Old Post Apocalypse Alien Book

I remember reading a book when I was in high school about a guy rebelling against alien rule. As I recall, the humans had little technology of their own, but stole heat weapons of some sort from the ...
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Looking for author or title of this book with Earth, Mars, Revenants and chemically induced amnesia

The story is about a female star pilot who is attacked and wakes up to find the last three years of her life have been chemically wiped away. She searches for information on her son (now dead) and on ...
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Story About Kids Finding Out Their Uncle Time Travels

I remember bits and pieces of this book I read when I was a kid (probably late 90s). It starts with this boy and his family moving into to his uncle's(?) house. The boy finds a room of weird stuff, ...
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Aspiring human combatant in arena with “handicap field” to equalize combatants' strength

I remember this movie from the late 1980's / early 1990's. It was a VHS rental, and may have been a straight-to-video release. The protagonist is a human aspiring to become the champion of an arena ...
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Search for title of military SF

I am trying to figure out the title and author of a military SF i read 1-2 years ago (2013/2014). The human race and its worlds are in a fight with a technology superior race of aliens that are in ...
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Some aliens help a struggling planet

I read a book a few years ago from the 1980s, probably about a group of people from a planet going onto another planet undercover to help save them. The planet they went to was based in something ...
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Short story where humans receive false distress signal, lured into galactic federation

I read a story years ago whose major themes stuck with me but I can't remember the name or author. I'm almost certain it was a short story. From what I can remember, the plot went roughly as follows: ...
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1980's story with 5 alien species including Ballerinas in which a man's body parts are replaced by acrylic

A man is running from aliens. There are Five species now on earth. One race is very tall and graceful, called Ballerinas. In one scene, a girl broke and stretched her bones to be like them. In another ...
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Humanoid whose mother died at his birth becomes a warship captain

I read a book in the 1976-1977 timeframe that was about this humanoid. He was born prematurely on another planet and killed his mother in the process. The early birth indicated he was highly evolved ...
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What Movie is this?A Black slick oil like monster, similar to the blob but liquid like

I will guess this movie was from between 1960-70, not sure, I was a small kid but it gave me nightmares. The monster is like THE BLOB, but an oil slick/slime that went about and ate/dissolved people. ...
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Genetically modified humans study insectoid alien miners with super-intelligent hive-mind

This is a short story that appeared in a collection. Two genetically-modified humans (corporate anthropologists, basically) travel to a planetoid inhabited by an insect race that is mining the planet ...
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Book about a soldier in powered armour fighting aliens near the pyramids at Giza

I read this book a while ago in school (early 2000's I think) but I cannot find it again as I have forgotten the title. I will summarize it as well as I can from my (admittedly sub-par) memory of it: ...
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Film where aliens looking like humans are waiting in an airport closed due to snowstorm

I saw the movie 6 - 7 years back on cable tv, from the looks of it it seemed to be made in the late 1990's or early 2000's. Unfortunately I could not see the complete movie. The story goes like-- ...
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Yet another Plant People Invasion book title

I read a novella many years ago that I think was written in the '50s or '60s. The story centers around a couple of teenagers who live in a small desert town. They notice that adults in their town are ...
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Pre-1987 sci-fi paperback regarding invasion of earth, resistance by Johnny, reorganization of earth

Once Earth is subjugated, Johnny (I think) becomes the leader of the resistance and starts to reorganize Earth's government and take the battle to the aliens. Paperback written pre-1987.
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Story About Contact with an Alien Race That Lives on a Different Time Scale

I remember a few months ago looking at a story about humans arriving on a planet and finding a microscopic alien race. This microscopic alien race lived on a different time scale where they aged a lot ...
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1990s VHS Movie Identification

Trying to find out which movie from approximately the 1990s contained this plot: A woman sees a beast murder a man in an alley or street near her home. She is terrorized and promises the beast if he ...
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Are there any canon non-humanoid Jedi?

I am aware that there were many very strange creatures among the many books and comics such as sentient mountains. Some of these even became Jedi like Ikrit (an alien bunny like animal). While some ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of “A Darkling Sea” by James Cambias?

I just finished reading A Darkling Sea. It was amazing. But my mind goes totally blank trying to interpret the ending. The following excerpts from the ending explain what the object is: ...and... ...
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Short story about aliens who use torture to communicate/prove trustworthiness

In the story, if I remember correctly, There is a diplomatic or military envoy group sent to the alien world to establish relations or possibly end a war between them and us. One member of the group ...
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Book I read in the 1980s, about a scientist trapped in a pendulum after blowing up a time machine

Trying to find this story, I think it was part of a multi-story sci-fi book. People keep telling me it is "The pendulum" or "The time machine" but I am pretty sure it isn't. Nutshell plot, scientists ...
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Sci-fi novel about man with the ability to physically modify his body to adapt to any environment

Trying to remember a Sci-Fi novel I read close to 20 years ago. The main character was a specially selected man who's lineage may have been tinkered with through the generations. He is made aware that ...
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Why do all the fantasy and sci-fi movies and novels show extra-terrestrials as intelligent beings and more powerful than humans [closed]

I have always wondered that why do all the movies and sci-fi novels show ET's as more intelligent and powerful than us. Can't they be just dumb or below us in the intelligence aspect? Apart from ...
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identify this book about a human turned into a god by aliens

I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci-fi novel and its author that I read back in the early to mid-1980s. The book is about an ordinary man who, during some sort of ...
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Help finding a very interesting book about alien invasion, please

In the 1990s, I checked out a book from my local library about an alien invasion. I think it was misfiled, because it was in the non-fiction section. The book was designed in such as a way to make ...
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Producer/director stages alien abduction to help single mom and kid facing eviction [closed]

I remember this movie from the 80's or early 90's. Might have been a TV movie. Looking for the name. Plot outline: movie producer/director is making an alien-themed film has a young boy ...
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What short story has an “alien” ( actually human) invasion described point-of-view-style? [duplicate]

From what I remember, the story is a POV telling of someone describing an alien invasion in detail. As the story progresses, the aliens themselves are described by the narrator. However this is done ...
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District 9: Is there an official explanation why the prawns' mother-ship landed on Earth? [duplicate]

The movie shows the majority of the aliens as unintelligent and seemingly incapable of operating, let alone inventing, a space ship. However, the exosuit/mech was clearly created in their image, ...
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Barely remember a story about an alien having moose-like features

There's a book which I don't remember much about. I probably read it in about year 1979, but that I'm sure dated at least 10-15 years earlier. I've never found another reference to it since then. ...
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Short Story: Explorer crash–lands on uncharted planet, is stripped of technology and observed by alien?

Another story I read a few years ago that is likely to be from the 70s or 80s. This one involves a pilot crashing his ship on an unknown planet. The crash was caused by an alien creature who ...
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partially-remembered SF books (alien, camping, scouting)

There's a book (and, if I remember, a sequel, though it could have just been a 2nd part of the same book) I read in the 1970s, that probably dated from at least a decade or more earlier, that I've ...
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Short Story: Space probe (Voyager?) discovered by aliens?

I read this story a few years ago in an anthology, but I'm sure it was written in the 70s or 80s. It was only a few pages long and explored a number of scenarios that could occur if aliens were to ...
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Aliens using disco ball to abduct school kids

I'm trying to find a TV-series I watched when I was a kid - between 1996 and 2000, in Belgium. Unfortunately, I only remember a single episode, and haven't been able to find it online. The story went ...
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TV show with aliens living in a small stone?

I am looking for the name of a science fiction TV show from the late 70ies or early 80ies. In the show small aliens used a fist-sized rock as their ship to explore their environment here on earth. A ...
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Short story about humans and aliens fighting over colonizing a habitable planet, read about 30 years ago

Man comes to planet to work on dispute between human colonists and another race. The other race captures some of colonists and performs horrible experiments on them and uses germ warfare. The problem ...
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Short story about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago

Short story or possibly book where humans on a planet are work animals for a different race. It turns out that it was a human colony that was overrun by this race a long time ago. I believe it is the ...
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What are origins of the 'ethnicities' on Xandar?

An obvious feature of Xandar, while watching the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, is the diversity of 'ethnicities' (for want of a better term) on Xandar. Examples are yellow, red, brown, white ...
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Scientists/explorers discover a spaceship in jungle with human occupants

I (think) I remember reading a short story or novella about 40 years ago that told the story of scientists/explorers who discover a spaceship in the jungle. Once they are able to access the interior ...
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A story where a Queen stores the power of the sun in her bracelets? [duplicate]

My nan bought me a book back in the 80's. It was the last of a trilogy and I never read the first two. The story was told by a princess and the world on which she lived royalty had auburn hair and the ...
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Kids story, probably late 80's/early 90's: boy plays arcade game that is actually a test by ailens

And before anyone says it, no, I'm not talking about the Last Starfighter. But it is a fair amount like that. All I remember is the beginning, which goes something like this. Boy finds an arcade ...
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Short story about a man filling gas on a planet where aliens used to live

So there's a population of humans living on a planet in space (I forgot the name of the planet). There's this guy filling up gas and he's late for a party (if I remember correctly). He spots a alien ...
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Novel where the protagonist is integrated into alien society of desert dwellers

A space-faring human is paid/contracted to integrate with a desert people who are VERY in-touch with the desert - a la Avatar? I remember the desert people were taller and thinner than humans, used ...
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80s/90s book where boy stumbles on game where aliens gamble their planets

I don't remember much about it other than the setting. It's about a boy who one night stumbles upon some different alien races playing a game in which their civilizations will end if they lose. He ...
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Short story with carnivorous organisms mimicking objects

I remember reading a short story some time ago about a colony or outpost on an Earthlike planet. Some people went missing and the scientists discovered that they were being attacked (and consumed) by ...
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Looking for a 1980's children's book about life on other planets

I am looking for a children's book from most likely the late 80's. I was born in 87 and remember reading the book as a kid. It was an illustrated book where we are given a tour of other planets and ...