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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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 where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read a short story (probably 20 years ago) about a human scientific expedition that arrives at an alien planet. The planet is covered by a thick cloud layer and orbits a dim red star. The humans ...
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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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What popularised the concept of Martians as little green men?

Various works of fiction depict martians as little green men. So does anybody know how this image got popularised?
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What short story is about an invasion from metallic creatures?

I used to have a bunch of used short form books when I was growing up that I have since long lost, and I remember a story about an invasion of Earth by some metallic creatures that I never finished ...
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What are the other alien skulls in the Predator trophy case?

A well-known easter egg from Predator 2 is the presence of an Alien skull in the trophy case on board the Predator ship. Aside from a couple of human skulls, there are 4 others: And here's a close-up ...
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Which actor appears as the most different species in Star Trek?

Highly related: Which actor has portrayed the most distinct roles in the Star Trek universe? The reason I ask this, and the reason it's not a dupe is because if we look at the answer to that question,...
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Are there any sentient plant species in Star Trek?

There are a variety of different species in Star Trek, from all walks of life. Humanoids, insectoids, silicon-based life-forms, the works. However, I can't seem to think of any sentient plant species ...
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Alien exchanges letters with human, tricks human into swapping bodies

I read a story in which an alien exchanges a series of letter with a human, over the course of which he convinces the human to swap bodies with him. Towards the end of the story, it is revealed that ...
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Aliens In Black?

Are there any aliens that actively participate in field work in the Men In Black movies? I know that there are aliens that work at the organization - that is shoved down our throats - but are there ...
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Were the aliens Al Bundy met in the Married with Children episode “Married… with Aliens”, real?

In the Married... with Children episode called "Married... with Aliens", Al Bundy was paid a visit by a group of six little green aliens: Apparently, these guys realized that: I was always wondering,...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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Why do Jawas always wear hoods? Even indoors. What do they look like?

What are Jawas supposed to look like under their heavy clothes?
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Looking for a short story about a man at a bar who thinks aliens are hiding at the edge of vision

I read a short story a dozen or so years ago in a short story collection with a yellow cover. I don't remember the title or the author, nor the collection's title or editor. The story was about a man ...
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What psychological space station thriller novel features all the crew getting killed one-by-one?

I'm looking for a book I read some time ago - probably published in the late 90s/early 00s. I can hardly remember any of it, but I will describe it as best as I can. It was I think set in the future, ...
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80's/90's Show/movie about a telekinetic Alien Cat crash-landed on Earth

When I was just a kid, I remember watching a movie or TV show. I have tried many times to find it but failed. The details are very slim, but I strongly remember that the main character kept talking ...
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Star Trek Voyager - Species 8472 vs. the Borg

How come the Borg could not adapt to Species 8472? Voyager was able to create nano probes that could destroy Species 8472 and yet the Borg couldn't figure that out? Why?
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Why are Na'vi tetrapods?

I have a question about Avatar universe. Most animals on Pandora are hexapodal. Why then are Na'vi tetrapodal? I think that they should be closely biologically related to another animals, since they ...
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A short story of a guy on a strange alien planet

A long time ago I read a short novel (can't remember the actual length, but not likely that it was more than 100 pages long) about a human astronaut on some sort of mission who landed on an alien ...
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“There were either twelve sexes or none.”

There were either twelve sexes or none. It's a sentence I still remember, from a book or a short story, and I'm guessing it was published before the turn of the century (i.e. 1900's). The main ...
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Looking for a short story about a man eating a sandwich who calmly reacts to an alien appearing

It's about a man sitting in his room reading a book while eating a sandwich, when a being from another dimension materialises in front of him and engages him in conversation. I cannot remember what ...
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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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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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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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Novel about killing God. I can not remember title or author name. You know it?

Humans discover that God does in fact exist. He (or it in the book) is an entity that lives in space some distance from Earth. Every few hundred, or thousand years, God comes closer to Earth and these ...
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Identifying a book about spiderlike aliens that retreat after taking 50% casualties

I checked out a book from an Upstate New York library sometime in the early to mid 2000s and haven't been able to find it since. I remember the title as "____'s War," where the ____ was the main ...
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In the Alien series, what is the meaning of the “LV” designation for planets and moons?

Alien and Aliens take place on LV-426, Prometheus on LV-223. What does "LV" stand for?
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Has any Star Trek alien ever commented on humans' plain features?

Many a Star Trek alien has bumps, ridges or markings on their face or head. In universe, has any alien ever commented on how humans have suspiciously even skin tone, lack of markings and extra head ...
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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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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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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Which short story was about aliens thinking soccer was a form of worship?

I read a collection of short stories a while back. One story, I think it was the final one in the book, was about aliens visiting a sports event (I think it was a football (soccer) match). They ...
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An alien tries to stop war by disabling weapon technologies

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story where the central plot goes like this. An alien comes to earth and uses his very advanced technology to try to stop war. First, he disables ...
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Why do the aliens in Mass Effect have breasts?

I noticed while playing Mass Effect, where there is no limitation to designing an alien due to everything being rendered, that the female species still all have breasts. Breasts are an anomaly on ...
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In the Alien universe, were other extra-terrestrials encountered before The Alien?

We see in Alien how the Nostromo is diverted to the planet to investigate the crashed ship, but is that the first encounter with an alien species in that universe, or has the human race made first ...
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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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Humorous short story about alien manufacturing ship accidentally dumping defective products on earth

I am looking for a rather humorous short story that I believe I read in an anthology within the last 10-15 years (possibly originally published in an SF magazine in that same timeframe). It was about ...
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Identifying a story about a girl who turn out to be an alien

Years ago, when I was a child (around 10-12, I guess - the mid 1980s), I read a relatively short book - it might have been a children/young adult book - that I have never since been able to recall the ...
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Story about shapeshifting aliens trying to invade Earth, thwarted by biodiversity

I'm trying to find a short story. Here is what I remember about the plot: Shapeshifting aliens try to invade planet Earth. They have tried multiple times in the past, but every single time they lost ...
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Looking for a specific horror/science fiction children's anthology from the 90s/early 2000s

I'm looking for a specific short story anthology, I'm pretty sure it was a children's book. Among the stories in it were: 1) a story where a girl was investigating her friend's death in a car crash, ...
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A story about fossilized alien remains being discovered on earth

I'm looking for a specific Science Fiction short story or novella. I've searched high and low on the Internet to no avail - maybe you guys can help me out. The story is set on present-day earth and ...
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Identifying a story about a hot human and a cold alien

Any idea who wrote a short story about a human male who strikes up a relationship with an ultra-cold blooded female alien? They can never touch or communicate, except by intercom from behind ...
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Identify sci-fi story about repeated alien invasions

A friend told me about this and I would love to read it: Humans in the future have colonised various planets throughout the universe. Periodically (I think every few decades but it might be ...
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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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In Dune did all life start on earth?

The only living thing that seems to be native to another planet are the worms of Dune. I remember something called a "slig" but that seems to be a new species created by genetic engineering, and that ...
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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ID: Duck-shaped aliens accidentally cause nuclear war and winter, wiping out humanity

Short story or novella from a few decades ago: A Russian woman, the last surviving human as far as she can tell, has been so far surviving an extreme nuclear winter by traveling in a heavily ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens (as opposed to all the other Earth species which evolved separately)? The earliest one I can ...
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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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Sci-fi movie — abandoned spaceship returns to Earth

As a child, I saw a movie whose premise is that an abandoned Earth-made spaceship returns to Earth, leaving scientists perplexed. Meanwhile, an astronaut wanders the streets, slowly turning into an ...