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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Looking for a Sci-fi short story about an alien race traveling to a dying star

I once found a short story on a library computer about an alien race and a dying star. I've been searching for this story since the 9th grade and I've never gotten close to figuring out what it is. It'...
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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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Story Identification: 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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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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Sci-fi Movie Identification - Humans stored alien in a big concrete block and then it escapes

Other things I remember: Saw this movie in the late 90's but may be older An alien couple (that crashed on earth?) was discovered and some scientists and army guys catches them for some experiments. (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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80s sci-fi short story: soldier finds tiny cylindric alien crafts; 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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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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Looking for title of anthology about alien attack and rebuilding then future of Earth

Aliens attack because we are close in technology to them but instead of completely wiping us out they set up some shields around a few small groups so the Earth can rebuild while they advance further ...
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1950s Short Story - Naive Aliens

1950s Short story. A pair of gullible aliens are on their first trip to Earth. A (seemingly) friendly human takes them under his wing and shows them the sights. They are very happy, unaware, at the ...
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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 where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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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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Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
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Book about children taken by aliens and given special abilities to solve the aliens' ethical problem for them

I remember reading a book in the early 1990s about race of aliens who have an ethical dilemma, something about controlling worms or something similar to burrow in straight rows. They kidnap four(?) ...
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Anthology of science fiction; aliens have humans visit planet for space ship repairs

I think I've searched the relevant priors so forgive me if this is a duplicate. In the 1980's I read a hard bound anthology of science fiction in a public library. Best guess is that stories were ...
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Space traveler infected by spider bite is destroyed by Earths' defenses upon his return

I read this story in an old comic book about a space traveler who lands on a planet of spiders. They invade his spaceship and one of them bites him. He returns to Earth but realizes he is infected. He ...
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Short Story - Exploding Mountain with Alien Craft Inside, Nearby Town Residents are Killed and Preserved

I seem to recall a story from (maybe) an anthology in the late 80s or early 90s, about some teens or kids who discover an alien spacecraft in a mountain which explodes, killing everyone in the nearby ...
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Alien girl lived in a hangar

Since I haven't found it for years, it's clear I'm not able to describe it as vividly as I could before. I only know a couple things about this book, which is most likely my problem. I know that the ...
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I am looking for a Sci-fi short story, about a woman that finds a lonely alien left on Earth

I once heard a radio dramatization of a short story about a woman that finds an alien left on Earth - if I remember it correctly, for exploration and for reporting his findings. She then starts to ...
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Short story about a precognitive person that is unable to say how to stop an alien invasion?

I remember reading this short story in 2016 on the app I Funny about this person who could see the future. They tell how they knew the winning lottery numbers, which horses would win a race, things ...
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Short story: ship for first contacts, species most like those contacted would seem to be in charge

This story was from the 1960s or earlier, read in a hardbound collection of stories, possibly all from one magazine. The spaceship was large and sent on first contact missions. It had several ...
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I'm trying to identify a short science fiction story from the 60s or 70s. Title and author unknown

I can remember only two incidents from the story: Large machines are watched emerging from the sea up a beach (This is not John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes!). At the end it is announced that God is ...
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Sci-Fi book title based on form-changing beings

I'm looking for the title of a book my mother read to me when I was young. I am sure it was a book, not 100% though as I was 8-11, around 15 years ago. MAybe a short? This was 1998-2002 or so, so not ...
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Teenage boy on an alien planet

When I was between Jr. high and high school (It was probably published between 1998 and 2006 at the latest) I read a book but I can't seem to remember the name. It had a teenage boy on an alien ...
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Analog '90s? staff on abandoned alien space station infected with religion meme

I've been looking for this story for a long time. I believe it was published in Analog Science Fiction in the 1990's. In the story, an abandoned alien space station has been discovered at another ...
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Pre-1975 children's novel: alien befriends children, opposed aliens wipe their memories

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" alien ...