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 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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Aliens secretly use video game to get humans to solve their problems

I recall a story probably 20-30 years ago (pretty sure it was a short story) in which a top gamer hears about a new computer game out that no one can beat. So he gets it and starts playing it. (Pretty ...
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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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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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Series where a forest spirit is fighting an infestation by an alien parasite

All I can remember is that in the last book the group of companions land on a new continent where they meet a forest spirit who has been fighting an alien parasite trying to infest the world. They ...
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50s-60s short story, Astronauts being attacked on an alien planet by an invisible alien

I can't remember the name of a short story that was in an anthology book of vintage SciFi that I read about 30 years ago. The stories were from the 40s-60s I believe. It was about a spaceship crew ...
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Alien visiting earth forgets he is an alien

I read this short story a long time ago. It may have been written in the 60s or earlier. An alien is visiting earth incognito but has an accident of some kind, has amnesia, and doesn't know he is an ...
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Sci-fi book or short story about people who crash-land on an alien world. The protagonist is captured by a hive of intelligent insects

This book from my teenage years I just can't get out of my mind for many years now, and sooo want to reread! It involved a travelling spaceship full of a few key characters - a male and a villain (I ...
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Book on aliens on Mars

The book is based at a station on Mars. The base was a joint Soviet/US base (this shows how old it is). The US gets a little nuts and sends in soldiers to take it over, then they leave. They leave the ...
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Story where hospital staff succumb to aliens and wear them close to their bodies

I recently took some tries on Google but I was unable to identify the movie by its plot keywords alone, so here is a challenge for you: The movie or episode is from the 90's or around 2000 maybe ...
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Hardcover YA Series from the 1980's: starship pilots keep colonists in sleep; planet where everything is disassembled

The stories I read were in my grade school library in the mid 1980's. The series was like an anthology with each story published in its own hardcover. (Rather than being a single novel split up into ...
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Short story published in a magazine about spider-women on an alien planet?

I'm hoping to locate an old sci-fi story I first heard about in an old New Yorker article by Margaret Atwood [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/06/04/the-spider-women], in which she describes a ...
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Sci-fi novel where humans have a first encounter with 2 different alien species

Read this story many years ago in high school (around 2009), and it's been bugging me since. I can't say for sure when the book was published, but it feels recent (so the 90's or 00's). In the story, ...
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Does anyone know the title of a 1980s book/series about polymorphs?

Humans are in space. An alien race comes upon them. The aliens are single-celled, single-sexed creatures who can change their shapes and imitate other lifeforms including humans. They imitate them ...
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Story about atoms being entire universes/solar systems and their inhabitants invade the world

About 5 years ago I read a story about scientists discovering that atoms are tiny universes/solar systems. Then at some point the scientists develope a microscope that can see the planets and their ...
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Violent sci-fi comic 90s/00s (might be French) with warrior types on a desert planet

I'm looking for a comic which I read at the end of the 1990s, maybe early 2000s. It was a rather recent comic back then. I grew up in Belgium, so not sure if it was in English or French (or translated ...
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1960s or 1970s movie about first stage of alien invasion

At a remote US Air Force radar station in the Arctic, the lone airman/engineer on duty is surprised by the arrival of a group of people, and lets them in. Our hero eventually realises that they are ...
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The alien who could duplicate himself

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction book of the 80s (I think) about an good alien who came to Earth chasing a hostile race of reptilian aliens. I'm not sure but I think his name was Akor. ...
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Old black&white sci-fi movie; two kids find a flying saucer

Looking for a movie I saw as a kid which scared the bageebuz out of me. I think it was black and white. Story is: This flying saucer lands in a park but has the ability to be invisible. These 2 kids, ...
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Aliens try to liberate "enslaved" dogs from humans

I saw this story in an anthology in a used bookstore in 2009. When the aliens came, we negotiated a peace treaty with them. Everything was going fine until they said "oh, and you'll have to stop ...
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Looking for title about people trying to fix machinery on a planet or they die out

I'm looking for a science fiction book that I read back in high school during the 1980's. There was an alien race that colonized a planet and drove the natives away. The alien race constructed ...
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Looking for title/author of an alien contact novel!

Alien comes to Earth, builds tele-transporter device but keeps the technology secret. Humans manage to spy on it. The alien 'sells' the device to humans (like Brooklyn Bridge!). The alien doesn't own ...
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Short story of an alien "anthropologist" observing a far-future but primitive human tribe

I read this in a paperback sci-fi anthology in the early nineties, as far as I can recall. It was probably originally published in a magazine. The story is told in the form of extracts from a book, or ...
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Sci-fi Horror Story About Spiders, Psychology, and Aliens

I'm trying to find the name of a short story from a collection of sci-fi horror stories. (NOTE—I'm not talking about a collection of sci-fi AND horror stories, but rather a collection of horror ...
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How does a Trill symbiont get his name?

In the different Star Trek series some Trill with a symbiont appear. The symbiont has a name the Trill takes like a family name. Well known examples are Jadzia Dax and Ezri Dax, both having the Dax ...
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Inventor of FTL drive is granted ownership of an Earthlike planet. Native species prevents destruction of life

I am looking for a Sci Fi book I read many years ago. The synopsis is as follows: A guy discovered FTL drive or something and would share the secret under one condition. He was to be granted ...
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Audiobook about an alien disguised as a human trying to defend the Earth

I remember listening to an audiobook where an alien came to Earth in a talking spaceship to escape from alien pursuers. The spaceship left to distract the other aliens. He changed his features to look ...
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Man from interplanetary tourism ring goes native, fights own people

I wonder if anyone knows this book that I read about 30 (possibly more) years ago: A race of people who have generated large wealth on their planet by running tourist operations on other planets. They ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...
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TV show or movie with aliens taking people over via red triangles on their foreheads

I remember as a kid in the 1990s or early 2000s watching a VHS tape of a show or a movie (not quite sure which) but all I can really remember about it, which should be pretty major, was there were ...
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Comic about two species with declining populations living on an alien world

The first time I read this comic was on the ComiXology app back in 2009/2010. I only read the free preview, so I never got to know the ending of this comic. But, here are some details that I remember: ...
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Australian book about an immortal alien/human boy who never ages living in England and then Australia

There was a book I read around the early 2000s, and from the writing I think it would have been published around the late 90s to early 00s. I think I read it from around 2006-2010? The book is set in ...
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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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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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Book series about aliens who can bend time and space with their minds

I am searching for a series of novels where an alien race consists of different clans. One clan in particular can bend time and space making space travel possible. The aliens, however, have kept this ...
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Series where Earth kicked out of alien club, then invited back because we are savage

Copying from a Reddit post last year where someone looked for the same: "...book where the human race made contact with a galactic race, part of a group of civilizations in the galaxy. Earth wanted ...
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Story where aliens reproduce by being eaten

I remember reading a short kids sci-fi story when i was younger. I think it was a book but it might have been something else. In this book a fleet of aliens make first contact with earth and as soon ...
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What was the first written Russian-language story featuring travel to another inhabited celestial body?

What was the first written Russian-language story, whether a novel, play or poem, that featured travel to another inhabited celestial body, such as a planet, satellite or comet?
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How did the Oankali show up at Earth right after the war?

In the Xenogenisis series by Octavia Butler (which I highly recommend even though I'm only middle of book 2), the alien race the Oankali show up just in time to "rescue" humanity, who have destroyed ...
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Story about a hungry alien who eats the universe and accidentally creates multiple universes when he poops

Time: Early 2000's or maybe earlier Genre: Sci-fi/Comedy/Dark Narrative work: A novelette or a story book Language: Might be in another language than English. Possibly French Plot: There is a ...
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Black and white movie with an alien octopus that emerges from a sphere

When I was 13 (in the late 70s) I stayed with my aunt and uncle for a few weeks. One day on the tv there was a black and white scifi movie. The only thing I remember about this movie is a scene of an ...
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80s/90s children's sci-fi novel where children play a game where they are insects

It's a science fiction and maybe horror book for kids written in either the 80s or 90s. I'm fairly certain it's part of a series with different authours for each book. I’m also fairly certain that the ...
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A short story about a family on their way to see aliens

This was a short story about a family on their way to see aliens and a majority of the story is set in the car while the family discusses it. The mother is concerned that they will act like 'cavemen' ...
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Short Sci-fi Story about a door on the Moon?

I read it in a sci-fi collection book, like a "Greatest Sci-Fi Of XXXX". I read a story years ago while underway on a submarine, about a door that appears on the moon, and a retired astronaut is ...
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Need name of an anthology

I'm trying to remember the name of an anthology of short stories about humans fighting an alien, insect-like race. I read the book in the late 1980s. There were about 10 stories. One of the stories ...
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Story ID - trying to communicate with alien spaceship using patterns, but breaking patterns works

I'm looking to identify a science fiction short story I must have read, maybe ten years ago or a bit less. It must have been in an anthology, though I don't recall what other kinds of stories were ...
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What story features an alien who lands on a warring earth and maintains he could stop it if he taught humans his language?

I have been told about a story and wondered if anyone could tell me what it is/where it comes from? The plot is: An alien visitor (crash?) lands on earth Alien is taken prisoner by humans Alien ...
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Story about a hunted man and alien

Around 2005, I was reading a science fiction book in the middle school library and I was wondering if you could help me identify it. The point of view started as first person and after a few chapters ...
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Book about an alien disguised as a boy

Some time in the early 1970's I read a science fiction book about a boy who befriends an alien disguised as a human boy. I think it was set in a big city -- London or possibly New York. I don't ...
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Short story where a human kills an alien sent to test humanity

I remember the basic plot of it. A family encounters an extraterrestrial being in need of help but the father of the family is afraid of it and ends up shooting it. The being was sent as a test for ...