Questions tagged [aliens]

For use as the generic term 'alien' which 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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Dinosaur eggs preserved by alien hatch, alien comes back for them?

I'm looking for a novel about intelligent dinosaurs and aliens. Probably published in the early 90's. Paperback, English. Cover was a green alien resembling a small, predatory dinosaur (similar to ...
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80s-90s movie about teenage alien boys landing on earth

I watched this movie in the early to mid 90s about a small group of teenage like alien boys that landed, possibly due to a tech issue or even crash landing, on earth. They were found by some younger ...
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Sci-fi horror short story about alien that wants to be eaten

In 2017/18 I was really into story podcasts, and heard one that I cannot find again, and do not know what podcast I heard it on. It was a sci-fi/horror short-story about a group of people who went ...
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Name of short story in which aliens install suicide buttons in their children to improve their race

Men and aliens are cooperating freely on some extraplanetary task. A human gets into a discussion with an alien colleague about how peaceful and mature his alien species is, as opposed to humans, who ...
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Sci fi anthology book with a story about a lizard alien who comes to Earth, and another about a commune of humans being led by tentacle aliens [duplicate]

I am looking for a book -- I think from the '70s or '80s -- that was a collection of scifi stories that usually had some kind of horror element to them. I know the first story was about a man who ...
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Book featuring humanity being updated and a boy leaving tapes because he can no longer be seen

What I remember of the plot is that the boy was doing a show or something when an update happened to humanity, and now nobody can see or hear him. So he leaves tapes explaining what happened, and in ...
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Short story from a 1970s era collection about aliens clandestinely selling perfect tech on Earth [duplicate]

It was in a sci fi collection, probably from the 1970s. It's about a main character who is trying to figure out how another person has such perfect things from a brand name "P" (for perfect, ...
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Space fiction novel about a woman who finds an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate

First character I remember is a woman (on a planet setting) who finds or defends from an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate. Setting moves to space/space stations- The alien love ...
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Sci-fi book about a teen boy that meets an alien boy in human form and becomes friends with him

I read this sci-fi book back in about 1987 in school, at least twice. All I can really remember is it's about a teen boy that meets an alien in human form and they become friends. In one part, they ...
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Trying to find this animated TV show (might be on Cartoon Network?)

So I'm looking for this animated TV show and I cannot for the life of me remember the name. It's driving me insane. The show basically goes: These highschoolers meet these two lizard aliens and ...
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Book with a main character who is kidnapped by space pirates and then trained by aliens to become a spy and assassin

The main character starts in a colony ship which is attacked by pirates his family is killed and he is kidnapped and enslaved by the pirates. The pirates get attacked and killed by a winged, alien ...
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Short story about a man who travels to another planet via astral projection, where he encounters an alien intelligence that exchanges minds with him

Looking for short story read in the '60s. In the future, space exploration uses a sort of astral projection. The traveller is in the lab and hooked up to monitors, but they don't allow real-time ...
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Short story: aliens change world at housewife's accidental request

This is a mid-'80s story from Asimov's, I think. A woman is grocery shopping (or just finished) and in a bad mood — people are rude, her kids poorly behaved and U.S.-U.S.S.R. tensions very high. She ...
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Film or TV movie involving an elderly lady who raises her cane into the air and transforms into an alien

I'm looking for a movie that I watched as a kid, but I can't remember what it's called. Here's some information that might help: The film or TV movie can be from the 1980s to the early '90s. I ...
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TV series about aliens that hook up to an energy source called 'The White'

As far as I know this was around 2012. I thought the show was named THE WHITE, but haven't found anything on it. Also, I have only found one other person who remembers this show, which as far as I ...
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Old scifi book: detective, alien conspiracy, change appearance machine, huge brain in space ship, alien communicates by flashing lights from stomach

I am looking for an old book. People can use a machine to change appearance and genetically modify themselves. The main character is a detective or cop, he follows a suspect into the sewers and finds ...
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Movie about a Wild West town which is invaded by aliens

This is a movie I watched that featured a Wild West town which is invaded by aliens. The aliens resemble giant tripods from War of the Worlds, but they appear to be purely biological. Their weapon ...
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'80 sci-fi horror movie featuring an incorporeal alien that passes from human body to body like electricity

The movie begins with a truck transporting a metal coffin with a child inside being cryopreserved. An accident follows and the refrigeration system is damaged releasing an incorporeal alien from its ...
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Vintage short story of school kids studying a lethal alien design [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the title and author of a classic sci-fi short story / novella involving an alien invasion. It is difficult to fight the aliens because they use images designed to disrupt ...
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Short story about people who are unknowingly imprisoned by aliens in some sort of giant dome or underground chamber

I'm trying to find a short story I read a while ago about people who are unknowingly imprisoned by aliens in some sort of giant dome or underground chamber. They don't realize they are imprisoned ...
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Movie about two children who discover an alien stranded in an old English-style village

I've been trying to find an old movie I saw in the past and hoping someone here might know it. Following the helpful "how to ask a good question" meta post: Detail. The story follows two ...
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Show/movie from the late '80s where an extraterrestrial girl causes pool balls to float above a table

It may have been a made-for-TV movie, or perhaps a Tales from the Crypt / Tales from the Darkside episode. I don't remember much of the plot, although it was likely the typical alien-on-the-run-from-...
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Group of kids become smarter from crashed alien ship

This is a book I must've read a few years ago in school, but from what I can remember a group of 2-3 kids finds this crashed ship that makes them slightly smarter. The kids can remember things exactly ...
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Humans lose an interstellar war against humorous-looking aliens [duplicate]

This is from an anthology, possibly from the 1950s. The ambassador/general is delegated to a prisoner exchange on an isolated planet. From the illustrations I recall the aliens look like short fat ...
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'The Needler' human alien war against the Soetti (sweaty)

This is a story from an anthology, I cannot recall the author but I may have first read it in the 1960's or 1970's. The title actually refers to the protaganists superior, who charges him with solving ...
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Sci-Fi story where Humans body modify to assimilate into an alien society and cause the unintended extinction of the aliens

I’m trying to find a sci-fi novel or short story my dad told me about. It involves discovery of a peaceful alien race and humans study them, admire them and many start to body modify themselves to ...
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How can Hadrian Marlowe speak Cielcin when humans haven't had social contact with the Cielcin?

This is about Empire Of Silence (volume 1 of the Sun Eater series by Christopher Ruocchio). In Hadrian Marlowe's formative years, his Scholiast, Tor Gibson, has taught him several languages, including ...
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1980s movie about a handsome alien visiting Earth and meeting a woman

The story is about a handsome alien/man visiting from another planet. He meets a woman and helps her fight a gang. In the end, he dies at the hands of the gang and his spirit returns to his planet. It ...
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Short story about earthlings landing on an alien planet and defending themselves from the indigenous inhabitants with guns that make no noise

I read a short story while I was in high school back in the late '70s, a science fiction story about earthlings landing on an alien planet and the indigenous inhabitants attack them. The weapons of ...
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'70s/'80s SF book about a human cook on a space mining ship who finds an immortal alien while exploring a cave on an asteroid

A human cook on a space mining ship finds an immortal alien when exploring a cave on an asteroid. The alien is the last of its kind. I think the others of its species may have been accidentally killed ...
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Science fiction game involving a family of aliens on a trip who are separated by an evil guy in a spaceship

I remember being obsessed with this game from 2017-2019. It was a puzzle game that I played in school but I don't think I was allowed to, and it was supposed to be for kids but it was actually really ...
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Children's book about boy who rescues alien babies

OK, maybe somebody here can help me out on this one, because I've scoured the Internet for this book with no luck. It was a long-ish picture book (more words than pictures) about a kid who lived on a ...
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What is the strength of a Kree as compared to an Asgardian or a human?

As determined by the answers to this question, Asgardians can lift up to 30 tons in the comics and are, at least to a degree, stronger than the average human in the MCU. However, throughout Agents of ...
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Short story, aliens have conquered, resistance underground with computers etc, tunnel dug to spaceport

I think this was a short story (unless it was just the start of a book I didn't finish) which I read fairly recently (say 1990-2005). Despite this, I'm not confident that I didn't conflate two stories....
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In Signs, Graham Hess had to comfort a dying woman in the past after a truck hit her and cut her in half

How did he and this woman (named Coleen) know each other and Graham’s kids?
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Do the Kollidorians of "One-Way Journey" possess psychic powers?

Do the Kollidorians of Silverberg's "One-Way Journey" possess psychic powers? Looking at this translated summary of "One-Way Journey", it says that of a Kollidorian woman, "...
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Story about a lone planetary explorer with a robotic assistant

I read this story in the late 60's. A man on a 6 month drunk is picked up by company agents and placed on a ship to some unexplored planet. You get the impression this has happened to him before. ...
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A short story within an anthology... A crashed alien is buried by a recluse [duplicate]

The alien grows like a plant and the recluse has kept the original alien's damaged craft. The regrown alien needs silver to repair the damage. The recluse parts with his stash of silver dollars, the ...
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60s/70s story, dying man repairs alien machine, survives because machine pipes 'life force' not electricity

A short story, found in a magazine or anthology sometime definitely before mid 1980s, but I think I read it in the 1970s. The protagonist is dying but manages to repair a machine before he does so, in ...
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Book series about post alien invasion Earth being exploited

I'm reasonably sure this was a book series that I read in the 80s. It's set on Earth post alien invasion, the planet is being mined heavily and humans now live a very basic existence. Scenes I ...
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Sci-fi puzzle/game book involving an alien world/planet

I'm looking for a book I remember loving as a child. I borrowed it from the library several times, I believe between 2000 and 2009, but I imagine it was published a while before this. It was an A4 (I ...
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Hunger Games-style book about a world with different alien species fighting

Around 10 years ago, I read a new book about an entire world, with different alien species all fighting. I remember the enemies being spider-like. The protagonist learns that they are being watched ...
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Story ID: humans in invulnerable powered armor vs telepathic enemy aliens with transporter-based handheld cutting weapon [duplicate]

Military science fiction story, most probably from the 1970's or 1980's, possibly a short story in an anthology, but more likely a novella, or maybe even a full novel. Small squad of human soldiers in ...
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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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Sci-fi movie or anthology series episode where son discovers dad may be an alien imposter

• The movie/episode was about the son in a family who grew suspicious of his dad. • There was a bright light in the garage and the dad was somehow involved. Dad maybe turned into an alien clone of ...
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Movie where a crashed alien spaceship is discovered on Earth, with frozen alien bodies in the walls of the craft

I watched a movie when I was about 7 or 8 with my grandma, maybe younger. It may have been 1990 when I saw it, but I have the idea it's from the '70s or '80s. I believe it aired on TV and it was a sci-...
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Novel about an alien spacecraft in the asteroid belt which knocks rocks out of the way by hitting them with its tail

A bizarre novel I read some time in the 1970s. The only thing I remember is that they find a clear space in the asteroid belt (this is one of those books back when many people though the asteroid belt ...
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1960s? movie. Alien Entity gives 6-7 random people scatter around the world the power to wipe out all life in a large area around them

I believe the movie might have been black and white. So might have been from the 50s. It was in English and pretty sure it was made in USA. Some alien entity/force/device/figure simultaneously visits ...
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Story about aliens with a drugging touch who love music

I'm trying to find a story I read in Australia, probably in the late 2000s or the early 2010s. I think it was a short story, not a full novel, and it might have been in a magazine such as Cosmos. It ...
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Young adult sci fi book where a team of human explorers wind up stranded on a planet, while covertly surveilling a less advanced civilization

Some time in the future, an advanced civilization has found a marker left by precursors, pointing at habitable worlds. The first intelligent life they find by following the marker is humans. They form ...
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