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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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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(Manga) Girl in (high?) school fighting alien/monsters that are disguised as students, but erupt into large puffy monsters

Probably read 10 years ago. But don't know how long before that it was originally released. I read it on one of those manga translating sites in English, but was probably originally in Japanese when ...
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Comic book from the '50s-'60s about an alien who likes to smoke cigarettes

My grandpa was talking about a comic book he loved from when he was a kid. He said it was about an alien who came to Earth and learned about smoking cigarettes. When he got back to his home planet -- ...
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What’s the first Indian alien story?

India doesn’t have a strong Sci-Fi history. Here are some examples of Indian works which featured aliens: Koi Mil Gaya (2003) movie featured aliens Aaryaman (2002) TV series was full of aliens as it ...
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'70s or '80s sci-fi movie about a team captured by aliens after their spaceship crash-lands on a planet

Not Star Wars. A sci-fi from '70s or '80s. A spaceship crashes on an alien planet. The head of the aliens sits in a big chair; he is monstrous, huge and scary. He orders for the team that was in the ...
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Help finding a short story about aliens composed of several childlike creatures

Read a beautifully imagined story that followed 3 or 4 very different childlike beings on an ocean world. One was filmy and liked to float on the surface soaking up the waning sun. The others were......
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Human "alien hunter" meets a real alien

This is a short story (only a few pages as I recall) probably from Asimovs in the 1980s. The main character is a man who looks for aliens in human disguise and kills them, secretly. The story opens ...
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Short story about an astronaut searching for life but they have the common cold?

I can't remember the name of this short story I read (about ten years ago (2010s) but it may have been much older). It involves an astronaut on a (I think) deep space mission searching for extra-...
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Short story where interplanetary explorers find a strange planet that's weirdly suited for human life

I recall reading the story in a book that was part of a larger award anthology. The plot revolved around a small team of scientists (3-5) exploring planets searching for those potentially suitable for ...
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'80s sci-fi miniseries where bald, humanoid aliens crashed on Earth

I vaguely remember this miniseries (or possibly TV movie) where aliens crashed on Earth. I recall them being bald and humanoid, and there were images of their written and spoken language. Not Alien ...
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Teaching alien race about scientific method and religion [duplicate]

I read a short-story/novella/novel 10 years ago, about a (scientist/astronaut) who crash(?)-landed on an unknown planet. He soon discovers these short and fearsome aliens with pointy teeth. He figures ...
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Sci-fi movie/series with humans kept as pets by aliens

I’m trying to identify a sci-fi movie or TV series I saw at a video store many years ago. It may have been a TV movie and was part of a series or anthology. The specific installment I can remember was ...
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Movie or TV episode where scientists go through a successively less and less probable set of circumstances to finally make first contact

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction either movie or episode of a show like Black Mirror. The scenario starts where a group of astronauts is scheduled to blast off from Earth and ...
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1960s/1970s short story about alien snails

I read this when I was in Jr. High (on the bus to school IIRC) so the story couldn't be any newer than 1982. Again, IIRC it was in a science fiction short story collection. It's told from the first-...
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1990s science fiction book with alien-made biological metal-eating missiles used by a human empire against their enemy

Book starts out with Independent Planet being invaded by Human bad guy Empire. Independent Planet asks Human good guy Alliance for help. Alliance will help, but it takes them some time to help; ...
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1950s short story where natives of an alien planet "help" humans solve problems, with each solution creating a bigger problem

This story was in a 1950s anthology of classic sci-fi stories. The aliens are friendly, and recommend planting a certain hedge, I think, to solve a problem. When the hedge becomes a problem, they ...
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Comic Book Identification - many eyed floating alien monsters in underground caverns in the desert

Several years back (nearing ten?) I went over to my local library and read a comic book. I remember it being about some guy way out in the sandy desert (I think a researcher); he stumbles into an ...
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Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood

Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood. One gains the ability to be a martial arts master. There is a girl who joins and says her blood is like their blood, implying it was ...
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

So all I remember is it having human-sized alien/bugs with guns. The bugs had some sort of, like, antennas in their mouths; they looked like whiskers, but they had just two each. Basically, they were ...
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Trying to find the name of a movie that I (partly) know the plot of involving a small town and aliens

I am trying to find the name of a (possible) movie that I only know the plot of partly (since I don’t know the movie completely, it may contain some spoilers). As far as I know, it is as follows: It ...
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Alien movie where the spaceship crashed and repaired itself like reptile skin

I watched this movie a long time ago. I remember the aliens come to Earth because of DNA and showed some humans the family tree showing special DNA on it. The ship crashed and was repairing itself. I ...
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Sci-fi short story with shocking reversal of expectation [duplicate]

I read this in HS in the '80s. Story told from the point of view of inhabitants of a planet, which we assume are humans, as invaders come attacking. Late, or near the end of the story it is revealed ...
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Black & white TV episode where germs are intelligent

This was something I watched on UK TV in the late 1960s, (maybe a series like The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone). A large team of Earth space explorers are visiting some planet, lots of ground ...
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Old TV show with ghost attacking settlers on Mars

Looking for an old TV show that dealt with Mars, aliens and ghost that would attack the settlers. Can not remember if it was from the '70s or '80s.
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Anime about two girls who transport a loner kid from a classroom to a fantasy world

There's also this alien they can ask a question every time they complete stuff for him. Like saving a village. Also another task is in the "real" current Japan. The boy gets a girl out of a ...
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Sci-fi novel about a girl waking up in a spaceship, on a planet populated by two alien species

Young adult science fiction. I read this in the mid-late 1990s. I do not know when it was written. The story is about a young girl who wakes up from stasis on a planet. I dont remember if the ship had ...
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Movie about a crashed UFO that drove radio frequencies crazy and gave people physical symptoms

I saw this movie in the early 2000s, but it was definitely a little older, possibly from the 1980s or '90s. Most likely a children's scifi film. I remember there was a UFO that crashed and the ...
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Book about a space traveler who meets a cat-like alien on another planet

I read this around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It was maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book. I read it when I was young, so I don't remember ...
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Trying to remember a Sci-fi movie or TV series where a human space fighter pilot chases an alien space fighter craft to the edge of a black hole

Trying to remember a movie or TV series. One scene I remember. The space fighter pilot is part of a squadron that has had a group dogfight with a bunch of nasty alien craft. One alien craft escapes so ...
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1960s sci-fi movie about a man and women whose civilisation is threatened by alien invaders. They gain control of some of the alien ships [duplicate]

More than likely a black & white film, but we only had a black & white TV in the late '60s/early '70s. What little I remember involves a man and women, possibly the last survivors of a team, ...
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Sci-fi film or TV episode ending with a female astronaut turing into an alien, fish-like creature

I'm trying to help a friend. He wants to find the name of an old sci-fi film. Supposedly, it should be from the '60s-'70s, maybe an Alien rip-off, but he only recalls the ending. After a space journey,...
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80s/90s sci-fi horror movie - parasite (alien?) caterpillar

When I was young, perhaps around early, or mid, or maybe even late 90s, I watched around the first 30 minutes of what I remember was a low budget American sci-fi horror flick. It was broadcast on our ...
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Book Id - sci-fi contemporary man becomes champion with big hammer?

I am trying to find a novel I had at one time that was a story where dimensional shift or alien arrival resulted in champions emerging with special abilities - main character was male, pretty much a ...
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1990s novel with sleeping alien machine inside the moon that teleports to another galaxy

I read a book a few years ago that looked like a mass-market paperback from the 1990s or so. It was about humans just barely colonizing our own solar system and doing wormhole experiments around Pluto/...
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Movie about a group of teens during an alien invasion of some kind

I had memories of a movie I saw when I was younger about a group of teens (maybe 3 or 4 if I am not mistaken) during an alien invasion. I can't quite remember what time this took place in, but the ...
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Book series about a race of feline humanoids that were slaves to an advanced race of lizard humanoids

When I was in the Army 25 years ago, I read a series of three books about an alien race of feline humanoids that were slaves to an advanced race of lizard humanoids. The main character was bought as a ...
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Book I read 10-15 years ago, where the humans of Earth come together with their alien conquerors to face off against a third (alien) species

In this book, an alien race has conquered Earth. Key to this alien species is that their language is highly gestural but combined with speech. The aliens resemble a tall, seal-like race, who love ...
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Sci-fi story: Earth maintained peace by claiming they had a super weapon. The "demonstration" of the test was actually a freak solar flare [duplicate]

I usually have a very good memory for details, but for this story I remember quite little. It contained humanity/earth and some (one?) alien species. At some point an alien fleet was completely wiped ...
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Book where a generation ship is sent to avenge the Earth after it was destroyed by alien probes

Trying to identify a book where the Earth is destroyed by aliens, using some probes. A generation ship is sent to find and destroy the aliens. Edit: more things I remember about the story (this was a ...
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Book with descriptions of alien races, including one that looked like jellyfish

There was a book a long time ago that I once read. It was beautiful, but what I remember most was a description of a fictional alien race of this giant mind that was made of solar systems or dark ...
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Comic where an astronaut who had been a butterfly collector on earth was later chased by giant alien butterfly-like creatures

I read a comic in the mid 80s (maybe a reprint?) where an astronaut who had been a butterfly collector on Earth was later chased by giant alien butterfly-like creatures with nets on another planet. ...
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Movie with human-likes turning into a galaxy cloud (±2010 or later)

I'm looking for a movie of which I can only really remember one scene. Two (what appear to be) humans meet with some alien race (the aliens kind of look like ants with armour and are no bigger than ...
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Book about a man who is turned into a quadruped while searching for a colony ship on an alien world

A man in a ship lands on a planet with nothing but sharp grass and quadrupeds. He is trying to find out what happened to a colony ship that supposedly landed there. I don't remember why, but he starts ...
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1980s sci-fi anime film with a scene where a human boy and an alien are walking through a swamp, and the alien is caught and killed by living vines [duplicate]

Now the details I have are vague, but I remember that there was a human boy who was accompanied by an adult-sized alien, who I think was hairy and maybe had a sort of anteater-looking face. The scene ...
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Looking for the name of a novel involving blobs [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel that involved the explorers meeting an alien species that was basically large blobs in an ocean-like environment. I thought perhaps it was written by Spider ...
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What old black and white movie involved taking an axe to an alien's corpus callosum?

Scitech Daily's Brains of Cosmonauts “Rewired” During Space Missions links to the new paper in Frontiers in Neural Circuits Brain Connectometry Changes in Space Travelers After Long-Duration ...
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First contact with aliens who have not fallen into original sin

I read the story in the 1970s in translation. Aliens land, meet a priest living as hermit, who talks and tries to instruct them in the faith. Everything seems to be going fine, until he reaches the ...
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