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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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Teens stranded in eco-system within alien ship, fighting for survival

Looking for the name of a book series I read in middle school, 2001-2004 roughly. All I can remember about it was that there were a handful of teenagers who somehow ended up on an alien planet that ...
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SF Story about human adapting to alien environment

This is a story that was read on BBC radio about thirty years ago, and this is about as right as I can remember it: The human pilot of a spacecraft is doing some reconnaissance on an alien planet. He ...
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Sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, become soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by a race of jellyfish-like telepaths who have used their ...
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Is the humanoid appearance of most alien species in the Star Trek universe ever canonically addressed?

The vast majority of intelligent species in the Star Trek universe are bipedal, humanoid creatures. From the lot I've seen of TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies, it seems that this ...
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Book wherein humans were most dangerous/aggressive of numerous species [duplicate]

I recall there were two warring alien empires, one of which was led by a race that could telepathically inflict pain on others, but when they tried to do it to humans, it would backfire. something ...
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Where does the archetypal image of the 'Grey' alien come from?

As I show below, typical alien depictions include an elongated, pale face, two dark elliptical eyes, and a small mouth. Who first used this design for an alien? Where does this design come from?
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Short story about astronauts landing on a planet of shapeshifters

I'm trying to find an English-language short story I read in a collection about five to ten years ago (I don't have any idea of the original publication date). Here's everything I remember: The ...
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Trying to identify pre-1970s short story involving multiple humans absorbed into an alien blob

I think this story dates from the 1950s, plus or minus a decade - I read it about 30-35 years ago in a (then) fairly old story collection. It involves explorers on a planet falling into a gelatinous ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret setting Earth's destruction in motion

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Trying to identify a very old short story about aliens colonizing human bodies

Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something ...
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What Sci-Fi book (1987 or older) had Aliens conquer earth and made Humans their slaves?

I have been trying to recall the title of a book I read about 25 years ago (1987), I have tried to find it again a couple of times over the years without any luck. The story takes place on earth, ...
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Movie or TV film - full story happen on a military starship,

Almost 10 years ago I saw an English sci-fi film on a Hungarian TV channel. The story was about a military mission started from Earth to an alien planet to destroy the whole race. The full story was ...
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Protagonist becomes the avatar of an alien deity and has to cope with adversary god

I read this at least 20 years ago, and I believe it was originally published in the '60s. The main character is a human, but somehow "inherits godhood" from an alien, whose species is very long ...
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What novel had an isolationist Earth and the rest of humanity in a war of attrition against aliens?

In the book, humans were in a long war with an alien race that had a slight upper hand in numbers and technology, and so were slowly losing ground. At the start of the war, Earth had cut itself off ...
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Book series about time travel from future to distant past, psychic powers?

Please help me identify this book series: In the future, humanity has started to develop psychic powers by encouraging breeding of genetic traits. Humans find a way to travel back to a specific time ...
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Trying to find a book about kids with 'sunguns' revolting against alien overlords

I'm trying to identify a book (or possibly a series, as I seem to recall reading a sequel which still left the story unfinished). I read the book or books in the early 90's and had picked them up ...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie in which a human astronaut befriends an alien on a reddish planet

This probably wasn't a blockbuster back in its time as I remember the special effects didn't seem all that bombastic, but I do remember a few details. A human astronaut lands (or crash-lands) on a ...
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Book series about aliens who put “caps” on people to control them [duplicate]

I remember reading a series when I was around 7th or 8th grade about aliens who had taken over Earth by putting metal caps on people when they were "entering adulthood" to control them (not direct ...
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Desperately searching for sci-fi book with Cube on cover; characters killed off until one couple remains

I can't stop thinking about this book but my memory won't come up with a title, author, or even character names. Help? :) The cover had a large seamless cube sitting in a circle of sand on an alien ...
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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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Novel about alien conquerers who conduct games to select servants [duplicate]

I read this maybe 10-15 years ago. Aliens have conquered earth. Possibly quite some time before the time then novel is set in. They have built their own cities. They conduct periodic athletic ...
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Short story: man rescues alien from cruel hanging ceremony, but alien turns into a shrub

I am seeking a short story where a man rescues an alien from a cruel hanging ceremony, but the alien turns into a shrub. It turns out the hanging ceremony was a way the aliens,of humanoid form, had ...
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Looking for the name and author of short story about sea creatures that need a third sex to procreate

May have been in a SF magazine about 25 years ago. I remember it having a complex society and it was punishable by law if one creature rams into two others causing a pregnancy.
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Short Story: Explorer crash–lands on uncharted planet, is stripped of technology and observed by alien?

Another story I read a few years ago that is likely to be from the 70s or 80s. This one involves a pilot crashing his ship on an unknown planet. The crash was caused by an alien creature who ...
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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's? [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Book about almost extinct warrior race with three castes: sen, kaa, ker

The aliens in this book are an humanoid alien mercenary race, fighting for some other aliens, against humans?. The Ker are the fighters, the sen are the wise ones, and the kaa the family/non-...
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Crossroads / Second Chance / Choices

I am trying to find a short story involving an alien race of 'Intellectuals.' They possess no opposable thumbs or other limbs to control their world. I think the basis of the story is their discovery ...
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Book from the late 1980's about an abandoned space station [duplicate]

I read this book about 1988-89. Sci fi, dealt with an alien space station (out in deep space) that humans stumble upon, long abandoned by a possibly insect-like race, human sized (they can tell from ...
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Story about mankind being alone in the Milky Way galaxy [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short story about mankind searching the galaxy, hoping to find intelligent non-human life. After many millennia, on the opposite side of the galaxy, they think they have ...
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Dead earth , aliens revive human [duplicate]

I read this about 30/40 years ago. I don't remember if it was a short story or book. What I remember of it : Some aliens arrive at earth; they don't find any living humans, just empty cities. They ...
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What is the title of a short story about boy who becomes a tree? [duplicate]

This sci-fi short story was written by a female in the 60s. A missionary persuades a roly-poly young boy to skip a coming of age ritual where the teenagers (all roly-poly and energetic) are hung from ...
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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Identify a catastrophic sci fi story written before 1980: ruptured spleen, alien moon base, time and space travel, antimatter tool

I read a sci fi short story sometime between 1974-1980 but it may have been written long before that. I believe it was in a paper back anthology of sci fi stories, but I'm not certain. I think the ...
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Sci Fi short story with aliens who only mate every 7 years

Space faring human race encounters one highly advanced spaceship. The one ship tells the human space fleet to go away and leave them alone. We don't listen and our ships are destroyed. Human spy is ...
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book about telepaths hunting humans

I remember reading this book years ago, but I'm unable to remember the title. I'm hoping someone else has read it and remembers the title. Here is a quick synopsis from what I remember: Humans, while ...
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Is there a pair of alien species, one in Star Wars, one in Star Trek, that are too similar for coincidence?

We all know that there are a huge number of different alien species created for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. (examples from @randalthor) I'm wondering if there's a pair of species that are ...
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Looking for book: contact with aliens, five different races, mismatched claws, biological imperative to breed

I read this book when I was a teenager, or in my early twenties, so that puts it no later than 1979. My favorite authors at the time were (of course) Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, and a few ...
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Pre-1980s Sci-fi movie about killer aliens [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember an old movie title from when I was a kid. I have not been able to get any information. The movie is pre 1980. Is in another planet (maybe Mars, not sure) and there are this ...
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Story about planet Urth [duplicate]

Looking for title of short story, travelers come to Urth looking for help from an advanced civilization, against aliens, discover Urth inhabited by essentially backward farmers. At the end of the ...
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Book: Female protagonist transformed into alien on alien planet

I have been trying to figure this out for years. There is another posting that is similar, but I'm not sure if it's the same. Female protagonist, I don't remember how she finds herself on the alien ...
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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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Orphan siblings from another planet search their family's origin

I am trying to find the name and author of a story that I read during my teenage years. The story involved a family of descendents from another planet. The story involve a brother and sister. The ...
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A book where 2-dimensional species evolved on rapidly changing environment

I remember a book that described various lifeforms evolving in the galaxy (and i think may be the overriding theme was extinction). One of them was 2-D species evolved on rapidly changing environment ...
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Trying to identify a short story in which aliens turned an entire city block into a spaceship

My mom read this story in the 1950's when she was a teenager. She recounted the story to me and my siblings many years ago, probably trying to entertain us on some road trip. She has always wanted to ...
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Short Story About Contact With An Alien Race That Extruded An Elixir

I remember once many years ago reading a short story about how the Human Race established contact with an alien race. One of the exchanges involved one alien and one human meeting in orbit on a space ...
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Novel about benevolent aliens landing on Earth

I read this when I was a child (late 90's to early 00's) so my memory of the details is a bit hazy, but the story concerned an alien race making contact with humans. The main details I recall are ...
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Short story about dead soldiers bodies being reused

I read the story many years ago. The solar system was being invaded by insectoid aliens who greatly outnumbered Earth's population. All available people were involved in the war effort and all women ...
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Novel from the 80s: Brain harvested and forced to fight in a war

For some reason I've been off and on trying to remember for this for some years now. In short: The protagonist wakes up to discover his body has been replaced by a tank and is being forced to fight ...
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SF novel that takes place on a planet called Ragnarok? [duplicate]

In my youth I read and enjoyed a SF novel that took place largely on a planet called Ragnarok. I'd like to rediscover it, if I could. Some details I remember: Humans are fighting a war with a ...
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Humans orbiting exoplanet establish telepathic control of massive six-legged feline creature that has IR-sense plates instead of eyes

Humans in a spaceship orbiting an alien planet have a machine that they can hook their heads up to that lets them take telepathic control (and receive the senses of) of massive (I think at least ...