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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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TV series episode where humans nuke aliens before decrypting their message that states they come in peace

I remember one episode from The X-Files (I think) where aliens contacted people. They were using weird language and people were trying to decode it to understand what they want. I remember that they ...
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Encyclopedia of aliens

As a kid I had a book about aliens. It was a pseudo-encyclopedia of sorts with different kinds of articles and chapters about extraterrestrials. I was so young at the time, I don't remember a great ...
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Book about a teenager and alien [duplicate]

I am trying to find the title of a book that I read in the late 90s early 00s. I think the book was part of a trilogy. This is what I can remember about the story, a teenage boy leads a normal life ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

Here is a unique science fiction/fact movie from 1971 that some here may have seen:The Hellstron Chronicles: It has a number of elements that are identical to the ...
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Story about an alien coming to earth and being confounded by grass and why we worship the lawn?

Any ideas what story this might be? My Grammie told me about it and I'm trying to find it. TIA
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Short web-original story about eldritch horrors repelling an alien first-contact

I've been trying to find a web-original short story I read a couple years back. I found it on Imgur, text on an image, fairly long, it may have been a 4chan greenpost. The essential premise was a ...
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Movie with a hockey player saving the world from extra terrestrials

I watched it in 2015. It's in English. Possibly Hollywood movie with Russell Casse (I'm not sure). A group of people have been abducted and a blonde girl is used for experiments. The extra ...
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60s short story involving two humans, a Russian lady and an American pacifist

The viewpoint character is an American non-violent pacifist and his antagonist is a Russian lady linguist who knows the language of the natives, but has nothing useful to tell them. The natives fly ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens? [duplicate]

Is there any actor who has played, in different Star Trek episodes, both a Starfleet crewmember (of the Enterprise, Voyager, etc.) and one of the alien strangers encountered by the crew? ...
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Movie: astronauts visit a Mars-like planet with aliens passing as humans, alien embarks the ship, which destructs before landing on Earth

The only things I remember are a group of astronauts visit a Mars-like brown planet (or Mars itself) where they find a small group of humans living there. They are trapped because of some type of ...
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Short Story of Aliens Sailing/Mining on a Gas Giant who Attach to Females like Anglerfish

A couple years ago I read a short story set on/in a gas giant. The main character and narrator is an alien who flies a one man ship. He and the other males fly around and gather supplies and ...
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Movie where a girl taken to a hospital, they discover her blood is blue, neighbour old lady is an alien

I saw this movie as a kid in the late 80s or early 90s. In it, a girl wants to go to a concert but her mother won't let her. They are just moving into a new house. She sneaks out and gets hit by a car....
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Movie about a blue-blooded alien princess, sent to Earth for safekeeping [duplicate]

The movie was about a girl who seemed normal, she had a brother (I think they were twins but not sure). She gets sick or is injured and is taken to the hospital. They take blood from her and it turns ...
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Short story about aliens warning humanity not to leave Earth

I was reading an answer on Quora and it referenced a story. The answer went like this: Humans were contacted by aliens out in the Oort Cloud and told never to come farther. It wasn’t, they told the ...
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Who was the first full-blooded alien to join Starfleet and be assigned to a spaceship?

Having not seen much of Star Trek: Enterprise, and not being certain if Stafleet proper was officially even founded at the time of those events (uncertain as to whether it was Earth exploration pre-...
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Webcomic About Alien Teenagers Training On Military Space Station

The webcomic involved aliens (who looked kind of like Lombaxes but with clawed feet and no tails) training to be soldiers on a space station which also served as a boarding school. There were other ...
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A book (mid 2000s) about a kid getting an old laptop that connects him to aliens, the alien government (I think) coming after him?

I can't remember much other than a kid got an old laptop, maybe from his school, and wanted to play games on it but it's actually an alien laptop and connects him somehow to other aliens. I also ...
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Short story: alien intelligence take-over in Antarctic base

I'd like to track down an English-language short story I read sometime between 1990 and 2010 approx, and which I'm fairly sure was in a UK-edition anthology. It's about an alien intelligence (monster?...
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Movie/show where guy buys alien egg and it hatches

A space nut buys an egg, then another egg falls to earth. They both hatch and these insect like aliens come out. The aliens attach themselves to the spine of humans to control them and are seeking ...
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Low budget alien movie about the Earth being cooked

I’m looking for an alien movie I watched years ago, mid to late 2000’s about the Earth being cooked or heated up by aliens. The poster is a reflection of the Earth heating up with an orange glow on an ...
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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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80s or earlier short story or serial about natives on a faraway planet battling invading high-tech troops

I read a story in a sci-fi magazine anthology in the early '80s about a "primitive" culture on some faraway planet. The story started with a young boy practicing fighting in a group of other young ...
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Science fiction story where an older person (alien) is barricaded in a house and attacked by flying lights; ends up in Stonehenge and another planet

There was a man who encounters an older person in a house that he has barricaded himself into, but does not know why. They are attacked by flying lights. The older person (an alien) starts becoming ...
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Short story where humans receive false distress signal, lured into galactic federation

I read a story years ago whose major themes stuck with me but I can't remember the name or author. I'm almost certain it was a short story. From what I can remember, the plot went roughly as follows: ...
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1950s short story: alien ship and vampires

American short story that probably dates from the 1950s. An alien ship lands on Earth. The human race has been wiped out, possibly by the aliens themselves, although I'm not sure about this. It turns ...
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Short Story about aliens outlawing cars

When I was in 6th grade we read a short story (I'm pretty sure it was a short story) about Earth being conquered by aliens and they won't let the humans use electricity or cars. I don't remember much ...
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Novel about near future where humans are transmitted to a mirrored room on another planet [duplicate]

Near future with hyperinflation, humans get captured and transmitted to a mirrored room on alien planet. They are studied. when the men complain about a lack of women, one of the women is duplicated ...
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Short story about space engineers building portals, with paranoid furry alien species

I'm looking for a short story that I read online several years ago. It was about a company that built interstellar portals. It was told from the point of view of a human engineer who worked with very ...
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Book where aliens are selecting humans for food consumption

I have read a science fiction years ago. About aliens selecting humans on Earth and people trying hard to fit in their criterias in order to be the "chosen ones" and go away with the aliens. But they ...
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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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Movie where aliens implant eggs in astronauts and slowly take over them except for one alien, Sabrina, who lives with her host body

I watched it on TV in 2002-2004. As I remember, five or four astronauts receive a SOS signal from a station or ship and go to investigate, only to be attacked by an alien creature very similar to a ...
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Sci Fi trilogy, read circa 1980, with dangerous moisturised rain droplets, characters digging gems, and mating incompatibility between species

If I recall, book one started with a space ship being shot out of space. My other recalls are: the planet had rain drops which had mostly air at the beginning of the evening and then gained more ...
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Did the Salarians ever crash in New Mexico?

Out-of-universe, the salarians of Mass Effect were based heavily on the stereotypical "Gray Man" aliens made famous by the supposed Roswell UFO crash. Their long thin limbs, enormous eyes, relatively ...
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Book I read as a child about a man and woman stranded on a planet

I remember reading a sci-fi novel as a child, at least 30 years ago but cannot remember the title or even most of the story. The one part that I remember is the man and woman eating "Tubers" and then ...
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Story involving aliens that invented a form of crucifixion

I read a book probably in the mid-2000s that involved some aliens that had historical influence on human society. The story itself was set in the present, or possibly the future, but it had a ...
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70s or 80s B-movie about aliens in a family's television, fry the house cat and trap the son inside the TV

I saw this B-grade movie in the late 1970s or early 1980s about human looking aliens from another dimension who try to get to our dimension via a family's TV set. The aliens tried bringing the family ...
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Story Identification: Human Resistance to Conquering Aliens

This is a story I read back in the late 1990's or early 2000's. It was a sci-fi story and the plot was centered in a city. I believe it was on Earth. There were different tribes of Aliens that fought ...
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YA sci-fi book about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology

The book is about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology. She teams up with a scholar whose goal is to save the technology. The scholar's dad is in jail. The girl had ...
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TV show where a man receives a message that he can't decipher which turns out to be a picture of the alien

I remember a black-and-white television show a long time ago where a man received a message from an alien and he could not decipher it. It turned out that it was not a message but rather a digital ...
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Space soap opera book where aliens kidnap people from Earth who must prove themselves worthy by killing the last captain

Alien ships come to Earth in the middle of the night and kidnap people who must prove themselves worthy of being captain by killing the last captain. The hero is a teacher I believe. The ship he ...
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Short story about alien intelligence testing

I'm looking for a short story I've read long ago, and my memory is fuzzy. It was in an Italian-language, translated in an anthology. The anthology was probably from the 1970s or early 1980s. It's ...
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Short story about an assassin and and his alien ambassador target

This has bugged me for some time re an anthology of Dark Fantasy stories I read in the 1980's. The basic synopsis of the short story I remember best is that an assassin is contracted to kill a ...
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Pre-80s movie with an alien monster who looks like a rock

This has been bothering me for quite a while. This is a movie I saw as a kid back in the 80's, but it could easily have been produced in the 70's (I vaguely remember actors with 70's hair). I'll try ...
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Old book or story about alien stones which glow and merge together [duplicate]

From what I remember it is an old book. It's about a guy who lives near woods and is a fisherman. He finds some alien stones that glow and I think burn a hole through his desk drawer. They get larger ...
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Novel with an alien rabbit invasion

I'm trying to identify a novel about an alien race coming to Earth. They are rabbit-like. I thought it was Niven or Pournell but I cannot remember the title. It was Quotzal or something like that.
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Is there a Star Trek episode that completely lacks futuristic technology or non-human traits?

I'm wondering if there's any Star Trek episode which could have been set in any pretty much any other (non-futuristic) setting without modification, even if the appearance of the technology is ...
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Movie with a returning probe/satellite, an alien infection, and a nuke at the end

I've been trying to find the name of a movie I remember seeing on TV on several occasions. What I remember of the plot: A probe/satellite returns to earth It's brought to an underground facility and ...
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1950-60's movie about alien that crashes to Earth and loses its hand which proceeds to attack people

Does anyone know about an old movie (I think it's black & white) in which an alien that crashes to Earth loses its hand. The thought has occurred to me that this may not be a movie, but a TV show ...
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70s children's movie with a human-looking alien befriending a boy and learning Earth ways

It's a movie about a man that landed on Earth from space, a boy finds him and they become friends. He is very fun and enjoys learning about living on Earth. He appears as a human man with a funny ...
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Novel about astronauts visiting a planet with primitive life. The Natives are humanoid with long arms

I read this book when I was a boy (85-89)but it wasn't a children's book. It had a blue sky and a tree on the cover. An astronaut was reaching up to an Alien in the tree. Written in English. It was ...