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An alien invasion refers to the invasion of one planet by another species.

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Invading aliens transforming inhabitants in the process

I read this some 40 years ago. A colonised planet, largely inhabited by humans, lies on the fringes of the galaxy. It forms part of a powerful multi stellar-system civilization, but lies far from the ...
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Alien invasion movie, including the line: "We are the food"

I saw this sci-fi movie once on TV, around the second half of the 90's. In this movie, a huge UFO was found near the North Pole (or was it the south?) and an expedition is called to go inside. Inside ...
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Short Story of Humans as Gladiators vs. Insectoid Invaders Who Now Control the Earth

I read the story in a paperback anthology published in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The protagonist is a human, a former soldier(?) who is now a champion "gladiator" in arena battles ...
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Book about an alien invasion with: a disease, a dead person's mansion, aliens playing in the water, and a missile launch at Vandenberg AFB

I'm looking for a book about an alien invasion. I can recall that there's a disease that kills a lot of people, and this man is in some dead person's mansion, possibly in Los Angeles. I believe the ...
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Searching for a story about aliens defeated thanks to a computer virus

I recall reading this story in the late 1980s. I think it was a pulp magazine. I don't remember the cover, and there were no illustrations. The story began with unnoticed hacker disappearances around ...
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Short story in which Earth is invaded by humanoids who are a bit dim [duplicate]

I have just read Harry Turtledove's novelette "The Road Not Taken" and it reminded me of a different, unmemorable, story in which Earth is invaded by humanoid aliens who aren't very bright. ...
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Book I read in the mid 90s about an alien invasion on one of two domes

I don't remember much other than the humans build two domes. One was where they were mining for something. The other was for protection. The end of the book centres around a big alien attack on the ...
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90's (?) sci-fi book about a main character working as a soldier for alien conquerors

I think I read it in the late 90's. Leaning towards an American male author. I think his last name starts with a "B". The book switches between the character's present and his past. ...
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SciFi Book Find - Alien Precursor Attack Before a Large Scale Invasion (not in series)

Some overall details; A book series I listened to as audiobooks in 2019-2022. They were newish books so published in the range 2010-2022. It had somewhere around 3 - 4 books. There was never a large ...
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Old Sci Fi Book where French refused to give up part of their territory to stop the war

Help me find this book or short story, from which I remember single scene. I have read book or part of it in Czech around the year 2000. The book is either very convincing steampunk, or very old (pre ...
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Book about an alien race conquering Earth and conducting experiments on humans to revert them to animal-like beasts

Cannot remember a book read in school, the theme being about an alien race conquering Earth and conducting experiments on humans to revert them to animal-like beasts. The aliens carry a lance or a ...
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TV show where an alien starship hovers above the Earth. At first, it seems the aliens are here to offer help. Then it turns out they have a hive mind

I'm looking for a TV show where a starship hovers above the Earth with an alien race that seems to offer help and new technology. After a while, it turns out they want to enslave humanity. Some aliens ...
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Black & white sci-fi film where an alien accidentally ripped off the arm of his human host

Many years ago, I saw a black & white sci-fi film probably from the '50s or '60s. The aliens landed in the U.S. West (of course!) and took over human bodies. Close to the film's beginning, one of ...
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Sci-fi book in which aliens arrive through a portal and start a war with humans

In the book, aliens appear through a portal and then attack humans, but they fight back and go through the portal with a weaponized moon.
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Novel in which a derelict ship is observed entering the solar system, leading to an alien invasion

I'm looking for a book from the '90s or maybe the early 2000s. The plot is as follows: A ship is observed entering solar system. Another ship is sent to intercept and checks the derelict ship that is ...
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Sci fi movie that starts with a missing child and ends with reality slowly breaking down [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of this sci fi movie. I'm pretty sure it's at least 2000's movie, not earlier. What I remember of the plot is, a married couple goes out on a date. 2 siblings stay home....
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Sci-fi story from the 1960s (probably) about a fake alien invasion

Way back when, I think in 1970, I read a short sci-fi novel about an alien invasion. The premise of the story was that there were news reports of an alien invasion in the US (maybe around the world, ...
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Isolated teenage boy evading alien-controlled mechanical bots while seeking food and human contact

A young teenage boy, whose family is recently deceased, is now living alone in a secluded forest cabin. He primitively survives using a bow and arrow for food. He was raised to never leave the ...
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Story in collection: "To attack a culture destroy its roots". Humans became teachers of aliens to do so

For years and years I have been trying to locate a story I read in a collection... a very long time ago. Anywhere from late '70s to early '90s, with highest probability being at the earlier end of the ...
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Black-and-white SF movie with giant octopus- or starfish-like creature attacking a city

When I was a kid I watched a black-and-white American SF movie. A spaceship returned to Earth. Two astronauts died and one was charred but still alive. There was a plot point about doors of the ...
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Horror movie in a desert town where people start to kill each other and there was a nearby destroyed radar dish station

I must have either watched it on Netflix or Shudder. Some main things I remember seeing was a satellite dish that gets destroyed, a dog that got sick, and some surviving teens had to hide out on a ...
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Young adult book series about a teen who goes into a Texas prison while fighting aliens

I read this about six years ago. It is a trilogy, I believe. The story starts off with a girl who is surviving on her own, trying to find her family. Later in the book, she joins a colony where she ...
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Identify movie about an alien disease that turns people to stone

Please help me identity this movie. Here are the details I remember. I watched this in early 2000’s as an adolescent. Scene of suburban U.S. where a female alien teleports into the town via portal on ...
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What is the reason humans need to die and why do the aliens think the scientists will do this?

I just saw The 27th Day on YouTube and watched the scene where "The Alien" explains the situation. As I understand it: The Alien's race will be destroyed by a supernova -- they therefore ...
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- original book: is the nature of the aliens explained?

The wikipedia article says that, in Finney's book, the aliens, who live only 5 years, decide to leave Earth in the face of human opposition. This despite the fact that humans have little chance -- not ...
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Looking for film about an invader of earth that eats energy

This is a film that I saw on television sometime in the 1960s. It was about some kind of alien invasion that featured an enormous device that moved about the landscape "eating" energy and ...
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'90s movie where two prisoners are being transported during an alien invasion

I can't remember the name of this movie where they are transporting two prisoners. They are driving and turn on country music and pick up some people off the side of the road. The van rolls over and ...
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Sci-fi book with protagonist time travelling into a post-alien invasion future

I read this book around 2005, I think. The main character is a scientist. Earth gets a message from aliens with blueprints for a portal/gate, and he helps build it. At the unveiling ceremony, however, ...
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A movie from the 2000s in which aliens invade the earth on giant 3 legged machines with Tom Cruise as the main character

I remember watching a movie that If I am correct, came out in the 2000s (before 2010) in which giant aliens with 3-legged machines invade the earth and Tom Cruise is the main character who has kids he ...
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Short story about aliens who use terrifying dreams/visions to conquer other species

I read this story many years ago so I've forgotten most of the details. I think it was told from the point of view of a narrator going through the experience. People all over the world began having ...
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Sci-fi movie or TV series where earthlings are captured by alien species [duplicate]

It aired somewhere in the nineties I think? It's quite foggy as it is so long ago, so maybe some details are (way) off. From what I remember it had no happy ending. There is a war against humanity and ...
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A telepathic race hides its intelligence from invading humans

I read this short story before 2005. The main character was an intelligent alien, one of the dominant race on his world. He was immature and learned about humans from his mother, who died protecting ...
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Movie about an invasion of shapeshifting aliens, a college boy dates one in the shape of a model

I saw this on VHS when I was a kid. It's a '70s-'80s film about shapeshifting, sea cockroach-looking aliens that were invading earth. The plot centered around a high school senior/college boy who had ...
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Help identify 80's kids/youth novel about an archeologist who finds a skull with a symbiont in it

In the start/mid 80's I read a novel in the school library about an archeologist who finds a buried skull with one wide front tooth instead of the usual two. He takes it to his lab where a "...
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Story, possibly from sixties, in which humans destroy post-renaissance art when humanoid aliens invade and conquer [duplicate]

I was reminded of this story while trying to answer a question on this site. Can anyone tell me the title and author? Set in America and featuring the (alien humanoid) governor of Earth after a ...
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Alien invasion book where the aliens first introduce an invasive species from another planet to weaken them

I'm trying to find a science fiction book from many years ago but I don't remember the name or author. I borrowed it from the library in the late '80s or early '90s. The plot was generally about an ...
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Short story from an anthology: school children use superior military strategy to defeat an alien invasion

As I remember, the main characters played strategy games at playtime, rather than ball games with the rest of the boys, making them outcasts. But one playtime, aliens land in the playground and ...
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1960s or 1970s movie about first stage of alien invasion

At a remote US Air Force radar station in the Arctic, the lone airman/engineer on duty is surprised by the arrival of a group of people, and lets them in. Our hero eventually realises that they are ...
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1970s European comic series in which alien invaders of Earth self-destruct in a nuclear holocaust of their home planet

I think it was an Italian comic but I could only read the last of its installments in a Spanish magazine published by Bruguera. A second possibility is that it was a French or British one. According ...
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A movie where two teenagers save humanity from harvesting by aliens

A B-movie from early 2000s, probably. It might have been based on a comic. A teenage boy (young adult, maybe) somehow discovers an alien ship that belonged to some kind of space rangers. On the ship, ...
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1990s movie. Aliens infiltrating earth. Protagonist tries to stop them

Was reading a book which described aliens with knees that bent backwards (like an ostrich) and I remembered a scene from a movie and wanted to identify it. Its probably from the 90s. I believe aliens ...
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Short story about moth aliens invading Earth; a human soldier tries to blow up an alien hive but is transformed

Decades ago (this was in the late 1990s-before 2004, but most likely written much earlier), in some science fiction anthology or other, I remember reading a short story in which moth-aliens took over ...
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Movie about aliens transforming people into slaves with a claw or weapon-like arm

When people get captured, they get dragged to some kind of portal. They transform into slaves and have one of their arms become claw-like or weapon-like. They are strong but not very fast. They also ...
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People recluded in a penal reservation, who believe they are on Mars but they are actually on alien-invaded Earth

This is a story from the 1950's. I recall that one of the characters states the date of the invasion as 1959. The story has some similarities to Oblivion. There is a group of people in a penal ...
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Aliens invading Earth who control adults and are afraid of wood

Here's all I can remember :- It was a sci-fi story but had a horror-taste to it. It was about aliens from some other planet, who tried to invade Earth. The aliens could not (or probably would not) ...
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Short story about invaders being hampered by the flora, losing consciousness and transformed on awakening

Hope you can help? I read this short story, possibly in a science fiction anthology from the 70's. Now I'm struggling to remember the author and the title of the story and I'd like to use it as ...
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Earth invaded by alien entities feeding on electricity [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book that was purchased in the late '70s or early '80s. The action takes place in the '60s to '70s. Some day a radio amateur was puzzled by a strange Morse code message he received. ...
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Book series: Space Navy based Space Opera, several alien species warring for generations

There’s a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. Here are some things I recall: Space Navy based Space Opera Space ships could jump between solar ...
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Book where Martians invade Earth because their own resources were dwindling

I need help finding this really good book that I read a long time ago where Martians try to invade Earth because back at Mars, they need more resources. I had read this book quite long ago, so I ...
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Old Budrys(?) end-of-world/alien invasion of NYC story [duplicate]

This one, from the late 1950s or early 60s (I think), features the last girl in NYC, who drives her jeep up the stairs of the main library (with the lions). She feels bad about breaking the lock, but ...
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