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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Short story about aliens with pneumatic brains

I'm trying to identify a story I read in the last 5 years. The central character was an alien who develops a microscope and remotely operated limbs so they can examine their own brain. They discover ...
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Short story about astronaut stung by a “bee”

A group of astronauts travel to a mysterious planet where they find an empty city. One of the crew is stung by a "bee" and when they begin traveling back to Earth the swollen sting area hatches and ...
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Trying to find a book about aliens that speak with the letter H, read before 1977

A man lands on watery, tropical alien planet and encounters creatures. These aliens try to speak English, but pronounce each word starting with the H sound. I think the aliens may have had tentacles, ...
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Book about stranded vampire-like aliens in conflict with one another

The novel was probably from the late '80s- no later than '92. Aliens had crash-landed long ago and were the inspiration for vampire legends. They lived in secret among us in modern times, and there ...
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Looking for info on specific Nazca lines [closed]

I'm trying to locate better, high resolutions pictures of these Nazca lines, the name of them if any and their location. Any info would be appreciated. Nazca Line Link
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Xenomorph Life expectancy

Is there any indication given in the Alien movies or literature of how long an Xenomorph lives for? It occurred to me that given a limited number of potential hosts ( as per the colony on LV-426, the ...
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Sci-Fi book about female pilot in the distant future who is a linguist and has to decipher an alien language/code

This book I read in college, I think it was published between the 1970s to 1990s. It's about a female pilot (I think her first name began with an R) in the distant future who is famous and is also ...
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Sci-fi book series about time travel, taming dinosaurs, and alien psychics

This is a series of books that starts off with a bunch of humans being abducted and sent back in time roughly 65 million years. They start to build a civilization and take dinosaurs to help out. They ...
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Classic short story (1985 or earlier) about 1st alien ambassador (horse-like?) to Earth, who gets killed

I read a short story when I was younger, but it's been on my mind lately for some reason and I'd like to try to find it - does anyone know what the title/author is?: What I can recall: the story ...
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Science fiction story about aliens that turn into butterfly or moth-like creatures at the end of their lives

A long time ago (not later than the early Nineties) I read a novel or a short story that I'd wish to read again but haven't been able to find so far. It's science fiction, probably written in the ...
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1950s Short Story - Naive Aliens

Short-short story, American author, read in the `1960s, probably in an anthology but might have been a magazine. A pair of gullible aliens are on their first trip to Earth. A (seemingly) friendly ...
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What Star Trek humanoid species has the longest natural lifespan?

I don't mean due to advanced medical technology, cryogenics, stasis, time travel, etc. I don't mean due to being a Q or a Borg or some other non-corporeal lifeform or a totally alien biology. Which ...
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80s sci-fi short story: soldier finds tiny cylindrical alien craft; aliens use a force field to shield him from artillery

Just wondered if anybody would be able to identify an old sci-fi short story roughly from the 80s, in which there was a soldier on a battlefield who dived into a bomb crater for protection, where he ...
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Kids' short story, an alien kid body-swaps with her Earth pen-pal to get away from bad alien world?

Story is a normal Earth girl is meeting her alien pen pal, who she talks to about everything. When the pen pal arrives, the girl goes with her in her flying (?) car and hears more about the alien ...
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Book about a female protagonist travelling through space with alien creatures called the Leviathan

The main character of the book was selected to travel space with these aliens that also were able to act as spaceships called the Leviathan. They were helpful to Earth in fixing its problems. As they ...
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TV show, Humanoid Aliens spaceship crashs in Alaska, Half escape, Half are captured

TV series broadcast in USA, Probably from 1990-2010. Set in modern times, in English. Spaceship full of humanoid aliens crashes in Alaska or northern Canada in the middle of winter... Earth radar saw ...
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Sci-fi book about a family of aliens with blue hair, who go to a dystopian dimension where the sick or the old are killed

Okay so there's this book I read, probably back in 4th or 5th grade. Definitely dystopian sci-fi. It was about this family of aliens with like special blue hair, and they went to this dystopian ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

Move over Zanti Misfits! Though I chose Zanti Misfits as the primary reference I think that will have to change after viewing this video: While Mad Ants is a ...
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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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SF short story about body-hopping alien hunted by cop

I read this story in an old (50s or 60s, possibly 70s) Analog, F&SF, If, or one of the other magazines. The cop hunting the alien kept trying different chemical elements as bullets, because the ...
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Is the Orville's Dann inspired by Babylon 5's Narn?

I haven't watched The Orville, but while scrolling through a three-year-old answer I noticed a picture of an alien whom I quickly identified as the character called Dann. The reason why his appearance ...
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Looking for a Movie with Killer Glowing Green Floaties

I can't remember much about this movie (it might have been a TV episode) where some sort of glowing green "floaties" (think like purpose-driven gnats) devour people as if by burning them to ...
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In what story do annoying aliens plant hollyhocks in the Sahara?

What is the name of the story in which the following happens? Aliens make contact and humans are awestruck/fearful/excited, but as they get to know the them, the aliens turn out to be annoying and ...
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Sci-Fi book female fighter pilot

All I remember about the book is that the protagonist was a human female fighter pilot, she has short hair, not sure if it was blond or auburn and she was involved in making peace with the alien race. ...
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Kids show with alien grandparents looking like elves or goblins

Just rewatched Harry Potter 1 and the bank gremlins triggered a memory flash of this show my sister used to watch in the 2000/10s (but it might be older). She used to watch a lot Disney channel and ...
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What is the most widespread/numerous alien species in Star Wars (other than Human?)

I've been looking for an answer to this for years. Other than humans, what intelligent/sentient alien species are the most widespread/numerous/prevalent in the Republic and Empire? Twi'leks? Gran?...
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Sci-fi about boy captured by an alien trying to find intelligent life on Earth

I found the (short) story about a boy (or a man, probably, can't remember) in a collection of short sci-fi stories. I can describe the story a little, if that helps:- The story starts out somewhere ...
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I'm looking for the title of a short story from one of “The year's best science-fiction”

I remember the story starts with someone interviewing an old alien, bird-like in appearance, on a space station.(?) The alien describes life on his home world as migratory, spending several years ...
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Can anyone remember a short TV series or movie from the 80s/90s about an alien girl who becomes popular on her first day in highschool

All I really remember was that the girl was very fair with long blonde hair. She wore this pink outfit which was considered unique on her first day of high school. Other girls start copying her style ...
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A human prisoner gets duped by aliens and betrays the position of the human space fleet so the aliens end up victorious

Saw a TV episode / movie in the 90s with this plot. Can anyone remember the name of this movie / TV show?
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Short story about a giant ship that thoughtlessly destroys planets as it travels, is visited by a victim

I think I came across this ten or fifteen years ago, I cannot remember much clearly so some of these details may be mistaken. The story is told from the perspective of a crew member, on the bridge I ...
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Short story about a collector alien that relentlessly chases man stuck on an island [duplicate]

I am trying to identify the book or the writer that wrote a story that is an anthology of sci-fi short stories from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. The anthology was as a hardback. An army man is dropped ...
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Early to late 80s sci fi anime: spaceship with the last of humanity fleeing alien forces

I have been trying to find details of this movie or series for years without any luck. What I remember is a space ship with the last of humanity on board running away from alien forces. They find a ...
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Aliens selling household appliances?

I'm looking for a sci-fi book's title. It was a novel about aliens (Martians I think) who came to Earth not to conquer it militarily, but economically. They sold household appliances at lower prices. ...
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Please identify this novel that features the Game of Life

Name of alternate history novel with a rigid class society that has the Game of Life throughout the book.It was believed that only men were intelligent enough to play the game. This novel takes place ...
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Alien killing people by shooting his fingernails

I've been looking for this movie for several years and found nothing. I guess it wasn't popular. The action takes place on another planet. I don't remember much of the story line, just that there was ...
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Help identifying a SF novel about an alien world where the people worship death

I am trying to locate this SF novel and about all I recall of it was that it is about an Earth ship that reaches some alien world (but it sounds like they are people like us), and this alien planet-...
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What is the point of the hand signals in “Close Encounters”?

In "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the aliens communicate with a sequence of 5 musical notes. Lacombe, the UFO expert, is shown in a conference room showing a sequence of hand signals ...
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Which Star Trek species has had the longest real-world gap between canon references?

With Discovery bringing back the Talosians and Lower Decks bringing back the Pakleds, it occurred to me that Star Trek sometimes goes quite a long time without any mention of a particular species, ...
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Movie with teenage alien girl living on Earth

There was a movie that I remember watching in the early 90s, I think, that has been bugging me. All I really remember is that the main female character, possibly with light brown hair, was a teenaged ...
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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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1960s science fiction short story alien explorer discovers robot uprising wiped out all humans leaving automated cities

Trying to find out the name of the story and the author. This would have appeared in the late 60's or very early 70s. I am pretty sure I read the story in Analog, Galaxy or one of the other science ...
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Indie movie about alien abduction on popcorn time, guy wakes up in a hospital with super strength, eventually realizes he's on a spaceship [duplicate]

A guy wakes up at a place similar to an hospital and begins to run away from there. Seems to be on Earth and he's being chased. At some point he realizes he has super strength, like an orange glow ...
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Movie about teenagers who get abducted by aliens after they enter a house

There's this sci-fi movie I'm trying to find. I'm sure it's post 2010. Here's what I remember: Group of teenagers enter a house and lose consciousness. They awake somewhere that looks Earth-like. One ...
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SF short story, maybe titled “House by side of the road”, about a human at a remote interstellar site guarding against alien invasion

SF short story, maybe "House by the Side of the Road"? Human at remote interstellar site as first defense line against alien invasion, probably 1970s.
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Early 2000s cartoon: kids travel through space with penguin looking aliens

When I was a young child, I used to watch this cartoon during the early 2000s, premiering on Nickelodeon. It was about kids who traveled through space with aliens that looked like penguins, in a blue ...
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Man accidentally hired into government position, uncovers an attempted alien invasion

This is a book science fiction story. A man was accidentally hired into a (secret?) government position due to having the same exact name as their intended hire. I don't remember, is he required to ...
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Story I read in high school about an ape-like alien that lands on earth and gets told by humans it's a beast

I remember reading this story, vividly. It had some classic black and white pictures. The story is about an ape-like (small & slight I think?) alien that lands what I remember as a forest. They ...
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Soviet Sci-Fi movie from the '60s(?)/'70s(?)

I saw this Soviet sci-fi movie in the '80s, but think it was made earlier, maybe '60s/'70s? A very few aliens come to Earth, to Russia, I guess. One of them, a blonde woman (perhaps after shape-...
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Independent science-fiction movie, spaceship crew dies of oxygen deprivation, some survivors befriend an alien who learns our language

The movie starts out with two astronauts playing catch with an egg-shaped rock on the moon. Then they take the object onto their spaceship, and the crew ends up dying from lack of oxygen. The ...

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