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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Could Extra-Galactic invasion have been averted with the Empire in control? [on hold]

As I understand the Rebellion was formed to overthrow the Empire and replace it with a Democratic government. According to http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yuuzhan_Vong the Emperor was aware of the ...
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Story ident: Alien hand in jar in basement

I remember this movie playing on the scifi channel when i was a kid, probably 2003-2006, where 6 kids go to this small town to vacation at this house that one of the kid's uncle owns. They were in ...
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Looking for scifi book similar to The Day of the Triffids

For years I have been searching for this science fiction novel that I read in my childhood (somewhere between the 1950s and 1970s). It is similar in concept to The Day of the Triffids. The main ...
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YA Series about children with alien-BORN powers

It's from the 90s, and it's one of those writers like John Peel, or Christopher Pike, or someone like that. I keep thinking it was called something similar to Outer Limits, but that doesn't work. I ...
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70s/80s children's comic about a green ghost/alien and his young human friend?

Can't remember much else. The creature or ghost is green and cute, and the human is (I'm pretty sure) a boy. It's not My Pet Monster, Slimer from Ghostbusters, Casper in the wrong color, or Doop ...
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Story ident : Novel about a man abducted to be a pet for aliens

I'm looking for a book, but I don't know the title. It's about a man who was captured by aliens to be a cute pet. He REALLY doesn't want to be a pet. There were also a bunch of other creatures ...
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Story involving young female space travelling escapee with multiple personalities

I'm looking for a story about a youthful (late teens?) female protagonist who begins the story by making an emergency escape from an orbital habitat. The protagonist is actually host to multiple ...
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Book series where a man works to acquire skills on one planet to allow travel to another

Thank you and I apologize in advance for how few facts I can remember. I'm looking for the title of a book. I think it may be the first in a series of perhaps 3 or more books. I read it around 1990 ...
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World Mind Wipe

I'm trying to track down a short scifi story I once read. It was about an alien probe scanning the world and accidently erasing 2 days of everyone's memory. So when everyone wakes up on Monday, ...
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Sci Fi Short story about the smartest people taken to another planet

There is a short story I read many years ago which must be from the 60s or before. It follows a young man who is selected by aliens with other humans as the smartest and taken to another planet or ...
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A story about organisms living in humans told from their perspective

This was many years ago and I cannot even remember whether this was a novel or a short story. I do recall the symbiotic organisms described their hosts(us/humans) by the number of holes/orifices we ...
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Book about almost extinct warrior race with three castes: sen, kaa, ker

The aliens in this book are an humanoid alien mercenary race, fighting for some other aliens, against humans?. The Ker are the fighters, the sen are the wise ones, and the kaa the ...
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Story with plot element of a water world with multi-armed creatures which communicate by joining arms

This novel had a female protagonist as I recall. A spacecraft was travelling with some purpose, dropped out of hyperspace mid-journey to find a planet with undersea cities and aliens something line ...
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Girl meets aliens, including intelligent purple ball

I'm looking for a book series in which a girl meets aliens. She was the only person on Earth to have met aliens. One of them was an intelligent purple ball that I think could morph into other shapes, ...
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Where does the stereotypicial image of the 'Grey' alien come from?

As I show below, typical alien depictions include an elongated, pale face, two dark elliptical eyes, and a small mouth. Who first used this design for an alien? Where does this design come from?
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Obscure kids (non animated) movie/film series from the 90's or so

When I was young, I had a random VHS tape of a movie that really confused me. It could have been a mini-series because it seemed like it had some references to other things in flash back that had to ...
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Looking for short story about genius children

Short Story in the 50's - 60's, children from women around world impregnated by a cloud drifting in space. Protagonist notes it's easier for him to stay hidden as his IQ is under 150. I want to ...
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Sci-fi Movie Identification - Humans stored alien in a big concrete block and then it escapes

Other things I remember: Saw this movie in the late 90's but may be older An alien couple (that crashed on earth?) was discovered and some scientists and army guys catches them for some experiments. ...
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I am looking for the title of a short story about dead soldiers bodies being reused

I read the story many years ago. The solar system was being invaded by insectoid aliens who greatly outnumbered Earth's population. All available people were involved in the war effort and all ...
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Animatied Sci Fi, aired in mid 80's on Nickelodeon channel in USA; actual movie may be European

This film has been on eating at my brain for quote some time. Hope someone can help. The story was fit for kids, but also epic in scope. It involved a group of main characters that was caught in the ...
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Comic about space exploration team meeting human-sized, insect-like aliens

When I was a young boy living in Russia I came across a comic book that featured a space exploration team which made contact with not so friendly aliens who resembled Earth's insects, except that they ...
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What's the 60's b&w movie where aliens have needles grow out of fingers and victims disappear in a funnel of sand?

White thin-skinned aliens with large heads have needles grow out of their fingers just before stabbing their victims, then retract. Drops of 'venom' fall from the tips. They (victims) and/or aliens ...
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What book has human colonies at war against a (possibly bat-like) alien race? [duplicate]

The story takes place in the future; humans have colonized our galaxy but they encounter an alien race with which peace is impossible. Colonies start the war but Earth doesn't help them and decides to ...
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Title of book? A signal from other side of moon

What is the name of the novel where a moon mission is sent to investigate the mysterious signal on the other side of the moon? While out of communication range an the moon's surface the crew find an ...
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SF novel identification please

Was lent a book a few years ago. May have been part 1 of 2 or 3. Humans identify a star system which is quarantined; surrounded by some sort of shield or force field. Within the shield boron ...
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A movie with the same concept of The Thing and Leviathan

I saw a new trailer a couple of months ago. It was a sci-fi/horror film with an alien life-form host on people which started transforming into a gory status/shape. Yes, it sounds like the movie "The ...
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Is there a TV show/movie with humanoid aliens evolved from elephants?

Before we get started, be aware that this may just be a figment of my imagination. I have a memory from some years ago (late 90s/early 2000s) of seeing a picture of humanoid aliens evolved from ...
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Story ident : Alien scout-ship crashes

I'm looking for the name of a (English-language) book read in the 1970s The main plot focused on an alien scout-ship crash-landing and killing half of a town. The (crashed) aliens take the ...
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old sci-fi short story: earth destroyed, survivor, aliens, reincarnation, classical music

I'm looking for an old story, maybe from Analog or Omni (print versions) 25-30 yrs ago. About a guy who's stranded orbiting (?) an alien planet after humanity has been wiped out. The aliens are ...
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Book about space traders who run into alien traders

From what I can remember, a down and out family of space traders, in which one female member of the family is a psychic or a witch, run into an alien ship, also running out of options. Possibly the ...
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Dead earth , aliens revive human

I read this about 30/40 years ago. I don't remember if it was a short story or book. What I remember of it : Some aliens arrive at earth; they don't find any living humans, just empty cities. They ...
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Trying to identify scifi story involving aliens/telepathy/music talent

I read a scifi story years ago. It may have been in one of the scifi magazines. It involved Earth having established a relationship with an alien race that valued above all art in all its forms. ...
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Looking for a short story about the human race pooling together resources to reach dying race

It's a great story I read several years ago, and was written in the form of newspaper articles and short narrative. The humans receive a transmission from an alien race asking for help, and they put ...
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Title of a book - Earth invasion blocked by aliens

I'm trying to find out the title/author of a book I never finished when I was in middle school, so around the early 2000s. In this book, Earth exists as it is today (at least in the 90s, when the ...
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Book with space turtles (not TMNT!)

I remember my dad reading it when I was a kid and I read it as well. It's sci-fi book made in like 60's-90's it has these turtles from space. They were like regular turtles to begin with but they ...
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Scientist builds monitoring robot

Anyone remember a movie about a scientist who builds a mysterious android/robot (of alien design) that ends up monitoring all Earth's communications to "help" our planet solve its problems? Maybe from ...
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A short : man alone on planet stays awake many days to avoid alien nightmares, rescued but

In this science fiction short, a man ends up marooned - perhaps his companions died, don't recall. The place is haunted / inhabited by nightmares that he can avoid only by staying awake, which he ...
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Trying to identify a very old short story about aliens colonizing human bodies

Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something ...
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Have you seen this Sci Fi movie\show before? (Reptilians)

Does anybody know from what show\movie this picture is from? , It looks like some Sci fi show in the 80s-90s I am not sure and also if anybody knows the name of this actress it would be very helpful. ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, and become the soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

I wasn't certain how much to put in the question bar. The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by ...
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Help Identifying a Sci-Fi Book: Humans transported to alien world and given tasks to escape

This is a book I read about a decade ago. It is a science fiction type book and I got it in the young adult section of my public library. It is a standalone book, not a short story or collection of ...
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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's?

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Older novel - Boy can operate alien machines, saves the planet

I read this novel in the early 1970s, but it may have been written as early as the 50s. It was probably a hard-science, young-adult novel; the protagonist was a boy, and it showcased what we knew of ...
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Occult, Magic, and UFO Book set from 70-80s (I think) [closed]

A few years back I bought an encyclopedia-type book set from a book sale. Most of the books were about topics frequently used in science fiction and fantasy. After moving a while back, they were ...
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What movie is this? Alien living as humans

I can't remember the name of this movie, but is old, from the 1960's or 70's. It was about a community hidden out in the boonies. Maybe farmers. A couple visits this community, probably to study them. ...
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Searching for book about an alien invasion and reappearance of Elves

I am searching for a book or short story about an alien invasion of earth and the reappearance of Elves in the world.
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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ID for short story about man using telekinetic remote viewer to wage war on alien planet

I'm trying to ID a story I read in the local library the early 70's when first getting into SF. I'm pretty sure it was a short story in a collection, but can't rule out it being part of a longer ...
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Looking for short story title - partially abandoned skyscraper has aliens on upper floors

I'm trying to remember the author and/or title of a sf short story featuring a mile high skyscraper that was an economic failure, so only the lower floors were in use - until the protagonists find ...
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Identify a film with a device that can identify non humans

US SF film (maybe 80's). A guy starts work with a company in a new town. (Maybe he moves his family there.) He is working on a device that you look through and it will tell you if the object is ...