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 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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3D animated movie about a boy who ventures through a portal to a world populated by large aliens [duplicate]

I remember watching a 3D animated movie more than seven years ago ago. It was about a boy or a young man who has a companion or pet of some kind (I think it was a robot maybe?) who goes into a portal ...
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Short story: alien capable of mimicking human appearance and decision making patterns revealed when a blood test shows sugar concentration of 0

My dad first read this story probably in the 80s, but it's likely older since he read the Arabic translation in an anthology of presumably English science fiction short stories. The translator weirdly ...
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Short novella about alien abduction of an alcoholic

This was rather short story (approx 30 pages of text) about aliens visitors abducting a human but he happens to be an alcoholic. They conduct some test and come to conclusion that whole humanity is ...
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Alien captain shows his ship to one of the human delegates, but can't really impress him

Recently I started watching YouTube videos with short stories about spacefaring humans and their first contact or other encounters with aliens. These stories mostly titled HFY, from a reddit site ...
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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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Series of novels involving aliens dragging a wormhole by the Earth, and a virus that makes blonde women want to breed [duplicate]

Things I remember: Aliens drag a wormhole right by Earth. One species releases a virus which makes 95% of blonde women into people who only want to breed. Humans buy an AI which controls mirrors in ...
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Disgusting aliens in wooden spaceships

I remember reading a story, a many years ago, about a group of aliens reaching Earth. They were viewed with disgust by us because they spent their lives wallowing in mud and waste (possibly their own ...
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'80s/'90s sci-fi film about aliens that use telepathy to send a code involving 1s, 0s and Xs to humans

In the early '90s a film came on TV where humans would suddenly be interrupted whatever they were doing, and start either saying aloud or writing 1s, 0s and Xs. In one scene a teacher was writing on ...
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Sci-Fi Movie where the scary shape of the aliens turns out to be an illusion

I'm searching for a movie where humans fight some aliens. Those aliens have a very scary shape (like monsters, bugs, ants, or something similar). At some point during the movie it is revealed that ...
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Anime about aliens and little colorful people

All I remember, is there was this lady/girl who was in her room when she discovered this little colorful guy. Later on they discovered more of these guys. The only other one I remember would be a red ...
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Short story about humans and aliens on a spaceship - aliens ill and psychiatrist / alienist tries to help - it’s actually a psychosomatic problem

I read it over forty years ago. Takes place on a spaceship and aliens start developing a strange illness. Humans don’t know how to help them. One is a psychiatrist/ alienist and tries psychotherapy. ...
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Movie where a boy gets bigger because of a spaceship that follows him home

I was around 3, ~13 years ago, when I watched this movie, so I don't remember much. First thing I remember is two people (brothers maybe), one of them definitely male, are driving home; the one that ...
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Star-Trek-like series, where a man accidentally gets impregnated by an alien species

I would have absolutely sworn that this was an episode from Star Trek: Voyager. However, I've just finished re-watching the entirety of Voyager, and the episode didn't happen! Either I managed to ...
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Short story about aliens afraid of water?

Can anyone identify an older sci-fi short story about friendly aliens getting perhaps ham radio guidance to land on Earth? They are terrified of water, but their Earthly helper assures them he lives ...
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What does a ‘Mrdini’ look like?

In some of the Anne McCaffrey books such as Damia’s Children, there is a species called "Mrdini". They are strong, have teeth, “poll eyes”, legs that do not allow them to ride horses, stubby ...
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PC game: humorous point-and-click from late 90's about an alien who crash lands on a farm

I'm trying to identify a computer game I played once as a kid on someone's computer a long time ago. Here are the relevant memories: This was the late 90's or very early 2000's. The game was of the ...
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Movie about aliens taking a child’s mother?

There was an animated movie I watched around ten years ago about a child whose mom was kidnapped by aliens that wanted to transfer her motherly instincts into robot caretakers for their species. Then, ...
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Title of YA novel by Gordon R. Dickson about teenagers invited to take a trip to another planet by an alien government

Sometime in or before 1968, I read a young adult science fiction novel by Gordon R. Dickson in which a few teenagers from Earth are invited by representatives of a (possibly galactic scale) alien ...
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Sci-fi book about humanity barely winning a war with an alien race, after which the protagonist discovers some secrets about the conflict

I am looking for a sci-fi book from the '80s or '90s. On the blue cover there was an astronaut, bearded and balding I think. The story was about humanity who fought a war with an alien race and won, ...
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Movie with parents who think their child was kidnapped by an alien, but she was actually murdered and buried in a forest by her uncle

The plot is: a child went missing and their parents start suspecting that an alien took her, but in fact the extraterrestrial shows them that she was killed and buried in the forest, and her uncle (he'...
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Aliens farmed for secretions, young man given power to communicate with them

I'm looking for the title and author of a science fiction book that I read about ten years ago. It involved people on an alien world where a local insect species are farmed (rather haphazardly) for ...
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Book with like 10 kids with powers and invading aliens

A few years ago I read a book (part of a series, I'm pretty sure) where there were kids with powers, and their names were numbers (One, Two, etc). I also remember that there was an invading alien ...
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Did Weyland-Yutani learn the location of the derelict on LV-426 from Ripley?

I've always assumed that Weyland-Yutani executives learned the approximate location of the derelict from the flight recorder on the Nostromo's escape pod after Ripley was rescued. I've also assumed ...
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A movie in which an alien with human form turns himself into a dog to avoid police

I'm posting this for a friend. He recalls that there's a scene in the movie where two friends find a (naked) guy who turns out to be an alien. When the police came to their house to investigate a ...
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What is that movie with the big green alien freezing littler aliens?

About 10 or so years ago, I remember watching a movie where there was this planet inhabited by a race of aliens. The boss alien, a big green thing, would often dip the smaller aliens in liquid ...
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Movie where a man's hand is infected by an alien lifeform; the “infection” has kind of a “mini monster head”

I have this scene from a movie stuck in my head where a man has an alien lifeform infecting his hand. On top of that, I have a vague memory of this being at the end of the movie, and of the "...
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Which book is it with a planet having animals which taste/ sense with their feet?

I need help identifying a book that I had read years ago. It's probably a children's book, which might be a part of a series. The plot is set on a distant planet, with two species of animals if I ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is “it” rather than “he” or “she” [duplicate]

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Here's what I remember: An alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens ...
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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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Anime about these girls that fly cold war jets and fight against aliens

This anime is about these girls that fly Cold War era jets, fighting against aliens that have stolen all of the world's advanced tech. It was only the pilot episode put out, but for the life of me I ...
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Live-action sci-fi children's / young adult show about a kid who travels through the galaxy with a fast, blue alien

There was a live-action kids show in the 2000's about a male child who travels with aliens through the galaxy? One of the aliens was short, blue, and extremely fast. They wore goggles, carried a staff ...
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Does anyone know the name of this 3D CGI animated sci-fi superhero show set in space? [duplicate]

Okay, this is an animated show I watched years ago when I was a child, I have forgotten its name long ago and now I would like to see it again. I don't know whether the show was a TV series or a movie,...
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Jigsaw puzzle with astronaut and alien city

I'm trying to find an image from a jigsaw puzzle I had in the early-mid 1970s. I think I may have seen it on a poster some time later, too. A space-suited astronaut has climbed to the rim of a crater,...
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Looking for a short story about a failed diplomatic mission between O2 breathers and non-O2 breathers

In 1971, or earlier, I read a short story in an anthology which has haunted me ever since, and I've spent years searching for it so I can re-read it. It was about a failed diplomatic mission or treaty ...
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Sci-Fi movie with attacking trees and vines (Asian) - YouTube scene

I recently found a small scene on YouTube in which a group of soldiers is attacked by plants/vines/tentacles. Looks like an interesting fantasy/sci-fi horror movie. Here is the scene: ...
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1980s TV show or movie where kids intercept alien TV broadcast. Aliens are flat puppets. They see a gameshow and news of an Earth visit by the aliens

I've been looking for whatever this movie or show this was.... This is an OLD memory and I've not been able to find anything anywhere about it. Some of these details might not be 100% accurate. I ...
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B&W movie with female creature with fish scale skin

As a child in the 60’s I saw a movie with a female creature (mostly human in shape) that had some sort of fish scale skin. As I recall when they showed the creature it was always using the diffused “...
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Short story about a guy that buy “alien pets” to put in a kind of “terrarium” [duplicate]

I can't remember the author's name nor the title (guess it is obvious, otherwise I wouldn't be here). I do not remember much of the story either. It was about a guy that buys from a dealer (or a ...
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1970s or '80s movie where a family farm is relocated either in time, or to an alternate reality

Trying to ID a movie I saw in probably the early 1980s (or maybe the '70s). I watched it on TV in the USA. (It might have been a made-for-TV movie.) A family is living in a ranch or farm type setting. ...
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Late '70s / early '80s TV show on PBS about kids stuck in alien ship

I'm trying to identify a show that I watched as a kid in the early '80s. I feel like it might have been British, and I could swear it was on PBS on a weekend morning. I vaguely recall ~2 kids (maybe 1 ...
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Graphic novel about an alien prince in battle armour, who fights other aliens to prevent his species from being enslaved

I remember the graphic novel being about a family who stumble apon a large island with tons of different creatures. However in the background, the island is actually a sleeping giant whose race was ...
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New trilogy about a battle between ancient inhabited spires or towers

About a year ago (i.e. in 2020) I read a book which was intended to be the first of a trilogy about a sneaky invasion by the inhabitants of one giant spire against another. The story is told from the ...
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80s TV show about kids with psychic powers saving the world from shapeshifting aliens

I remember watching a TV series in the 80s about a boy and a girl who are on vacation on an island - may have been New Zealand, although I think they had Australian accents - and they run into a ...
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Looking for an alien invasion book [duplicate]

Long time ago, like 45 years ago or more, I read a book where Earth had been invaded by an alien space empire. Problem was, for the aliens, that on average humans were more intelligent than the aliens....
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Movie or TV episode, 80s/90s, about kids contacting evil alien through their computer

My memories are incredibly vague, but here goes… I saw this on TV in Finland in the early 1990s, when I was young. I can't remember whether it was a film or a TV episode. I think they spoke English. ...
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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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Book involving attempts to find a war-winning space ship and weapon, which turn out not to exist [duplicate]

I read this book during the 1990s, in English. The premise of the story is that the human race won a war against an alien race years before, using a ship equipped with a radiation based super weapon ...
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Short story where a translation box is used to avert a war between two alien species

This short story appeared in an anthology sometime before 1990 (estimated). The human protagonist lives in a small outpost on an alien world, and operates the local general store. He is approached by ...
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Short story where a man's tears are lethal to his alien captors

I'm looking for the title and anthology/source of a short story published at least 20 years ago, probably even further in the past. My memory says the title was "He Who Cried", but I can't ...

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