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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Humans winning an interstellar war against hive-minded aliens due to human nature [duplicate]

I read this story in the mid/late 90's, and I believe it was in a Sci-Fi anthology or a magazine (such as Asimov), so it's possibly much older. Unfortunately, the only details I remember are very ...
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Identify a book featuring Free Energy given by an alien [duplicate]

I read this book back around 2002-2004 The protagonist is given the key to perpetual energy by a mysterious alien, all is well until he finds out the energy is actually slowing the earth's rotation. ...
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Post Apocalyptic Series With Alien Species

I read this series when I was younger but cannot remember the name to save my life. I remember a species of Aliens saves humanity from the ashes of an apocalyptic nuclear fallout and in the resulting ...
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Can't remember sci-fi novel with loner female cargo pilot carrying contraband technology

Sorry to be so vague; The book I'm trying to find was from the POV of a female cargo pilot transporting some sort of technology that is banned from humans by the other races of which one race are fish ...
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Short story collection: starts out with alien talking about his giant ship they built [duplicate]

Their planet is dying or something and they all go in different directions, and he crash-lands on Earth on a farm I think. His ship is about the size of a bowling ball to us, and he's the size of an ...
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Neolithic shaman becomes immortal, after being healed by aliens [duplicate]

The story is about a neolithic shaman who becomes injured by aliens, and when they heal them they make him immortal.
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Aspiring human combatant in arena with “handicap field” to equalize combatants' strength

I remember this movie from the late 1980's / early 1990's. It was a VHS rental, and may have been a straight-to-video release. The protagonist is a human aspiring to become the champion of an arena ...
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Poem about a time traveller and an alien fighting as mercenaries with swords

Read this in the 80's in a compilation of military Science Fiction short stories. The author/speaker is a human time traveller who has gone back in time and become a mercenary at a time when swords ...
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Trying to identify a story which has trade missions to alien planets [duplicate]

I am not certain but I believe this story was in an anthology with other stories about humans trading with alien civilizations. The specific story I am looking for starts with an alien king waking up ...
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80s/90s book where boy stumbles on game where aliens gamble their planets

I don't remember much about it other than the setting. It's about a boy who one night stumbles upon some different alien races playing a game in which their civilizations will end if they lose. He ...
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Film where aliens looking like humans are waiting in an airport closed due to snowstorm

I saw the movie 6 - 7 years back on cable tv, from the looks of it it seemed to be made in the late 1990's or early 2000's. Unfortunately I could not see the complete movie. The story goes like-- ...
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Story about space explorers who communicate but then decide they must destroy each other

I'm looking for a sci-fi story or novel from many years ago where a deep space explorer encounters an alien explorer. The explorers learn to communicate; but on parting, each decides to destroy the ...
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Movie about alien coming through a TV set

Since I saw this in Goulburn in the 70s I've been looking for it, it's a 60s or 70s UK TV movie short movie. The plot goes like this: an alien man was talking to a young girl in the family TV set, ...
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Goofy looking alien robots lose a “Kleptonite Ball” towed behind their spacecraft

I remember watching this on TV in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I only saw one episode, and the ending resolved very little, leading me to believe that it was a pilot for a TV ...
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80s/90s movie where boy finds out his dad's girlfriend/second wife is actually an alien/monster

To be honest, I vaguely remember this one scene from the movie (I was like 5 when I saw it I think). The scene depicts a teenager spying on this stepmom/dad's girlfriend along with a girl (possibly ...
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Book about aliens arriving in an old country; people capture their spaceship and arrive at alien's planet

I'm searching for a science-fiction book set in the quite an old time: around the 15th-16th century. Features aliens arriving in a spaceship to an old country: likely a western country from what I ...
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Story about a guy living same day over again until he falls asleep under an aluminum boat? [duplicate]

I have a strong recollection of reading a short story sometime in the '70s (maybe in Analog magazine) roughly about a man who was living in some kind of experiment run by aliens, in which the same day ...
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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 ...
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Short story about alien military telepathy?

I am trying to find a short story that I read in my youth. I unfortunately can't remember anything of the title. I thought it had been written by Arthur C. Clarke, but a search of his short stories ...
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Does Morbo ever make good on his statements?

Morbo refers to himself as 'the Annihilator' and frequently threatens mankind. Has he or his species ever made good on his threats? Or is Linda right in dismissing him?
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Story about a man and an alien exploring an alien world

I think the story took place on Mars, and it had a feel like Eric Frank Russell or someone similar. The story starts with the man reporting on his return to base to explain the adventure he just went ...
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Science fiction book regarding Earth's destruction by aliens

Trying to identify a book where an alien is discovered who describes himself as a 'flea' and advises the world is about to end. I think the book was from the 1980's and I read somewhere around 1985. ...
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Movie where an alien pod landed at an arctic base [duplicate]

These people are at an arctic base, at least I think it was set in the arctic. I know it was extremely rural/barren. But this alien pod landed and the crew were terrified of it except for one person, ...
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Searching after a science fiction book/series about Galactic war with a weaker Human/Alien Alliance vs. Another hostile alien race

Human/Alien Alliance consists of many species including one that seemed to use physical movements(ear position and posture) to partially communicate, they seemed to be a very Spartan like society and ...
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Modern ice-age/plans for weapon hidden in genome

I read this book in the mid-nineties, probably written in the 80s or 90s. It’s set in the near future, where the world has experienced a sudden glaciation. Most of the United States and Europe is ...
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Book about two boys who crash into a cave, and an alien life form protects them but wont let them leave? [duplicate]

Trying to find a book I read in highschool in the early-mid 90's, and it may have been part of the highschool reading list (in australia) .I vaguely remember that one or two boys crash into a cave (or ...
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Short story told from vegetarian alien's POV observing astronaut behavior, including laughter [duplicate]

Probably mid to late 20th century story. I believe the title is something like "Farewell Ilya" or "Goodbye..." The alien tells the story. Actually, perhaps the astronauts are the aliens, since I ...
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What is the title and/or author of a story about aliens hijacking the Earth and the Moon?

This may be a novel or a serialized story in a magazine. Published in the late 60s or early 70s. This story involved aliens coming to earth and wiping out all culture and technology. Humanity is ...
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Short story,from early 70s where the hero is a bandit

I read this story in the 70s; is about an astronaut running from the law, he crash landed in a "deserted" planet and got badly injured, to the point that he cannot move at all. Then this small ...
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Looking for a short story about an insect-like alien captured by humans on its own planet

This poor creature is taken aboard the spaceship and the humans do not know that it is intelligent. The alien can repeat what it hears, e,g, "pass the sugar". It is able to escape at night and it ...
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Looking for a short story title about an alien that encounters a probe on its own planet [duplicate]

This short story concerns an alien creature of some kind that is slowly feeding on the surface of its home planet. It must stay "in its lane" so to speak because others of its species feeds on either ...
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Sci-fi series with a war against pink blob-like bad guys who can mentally inflict pain

I'm looking for a science-fiction book series where there is a universal war between multiple alien species. The bad guys are pink blob-like beings with mental abilities to induce pain. They have this ...
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Movie with spider aliens?

I remember watching this weird/freaky movie when I was a kid (maybe like 7-8, so perhaps around 7-ish years ago, give or take). I don’t remember a whole lot but from what I do remember is that it was ...
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Story about teenagers' rites of passage and telepathic aliens (human??) who partially erase memories?

I read this book in the 80s and I'm going crazy trying to remember more of the story. A group of teenagers are sent on their Rites of Passage. Only one member of the group survives the ordeal, but is ...
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Sci-Fi Drama TV Series about telepathy between an alien and a boy

I'm trying to remember this show, 80's or early 90's, about a boy who receives telepathic messages from an alien, and his family thinks he's going crazy. All very serious and dark. The only thing I ...
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Is Civilization V run by aliens?

I once read on TV Tropes that the video game Civilization V implied that the entire thing was run by aliens who resurrected famous human leaders in order to have them battle each other. It now seems ...
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Movie with humans battling aliens piloting giant animalistic, water-walking robots or sea warships

I have memories of watching it a few years ago (I was a kid then) in the early 2000s probably; before 2010 I think. It was a movie with giant robots, and the enemies were aliens piloting what I ...
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What major non-Federation Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes or films?

Courtrooms provide the context for great drama because of the high stakes. Star Trek is no exception at taking advantage. What major Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes or ...
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What are the aliens species in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”?

We see many alien species in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", especially in Maz Kanata's castle: photo by Annie Leibovitz What species are they? Do all the species have a name? Is there a list of ...
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Looking to Identify Book that has a large Leviathan type ship on the front

The cover has a large Leviathan type ship on the front. It is set in deep space as the people on said ship have been living there for generations. They come across an abandoned ship and set out to ...
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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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Short story about aliens who use torture to communicate/prove trustworthiness

In the story, if I remember correctly, There is a diplomatic or military envoy group sent to the alien world to establish relations or possibly end a war between them and us. One member of the group ...
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Short story about aliens that routinely kill their wives? Who wrote it?

Story about astronauts who landed on an alien planet. The aliens would corral all the female aliens in a pen. The males would take on a new alien wife every month (year?) and kill the old wife. The ...
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Looking for the name of this book. China rules the world when aliens make contact, they want to speak to the US president.

What I can remember about this book I read in the late 80's China rules the world when Aliens make contact and demand to speak with the US president or they will destroy earth. The Chinese get a farm ...
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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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What book has tall transparent cylindrical column-shaped aliens defending massive mega-structures?

I registered to ask for some help identifying a book. It was likely the very first space opera / science fiction novel I read, but I was a pre-teen/early teen exploring my older siblings' bookshelves ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of “Advanced aliens mistaken as Gods”?

I see "Advanced aliens mistaken as Gods" in lots of Sci-Fi works. For example, Asgardians and Kree had been mistaken as Gods in Marvel Cinematic Universe. This book also has this concept. Star Trek ...
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Movie where aliens implant eggs in astronauts and slowly take over them except for one alien, Sabrina, who lives with her host body

I watched it on TV in 2002-2004. As I remember, five or four astronauts receive a SOS signal from a station or ship and go to investigate, only to be attacked by an alien creature very similar to a ...
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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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Story where one man chosen to represent all earth interviewed by alien galactic empire

Here's the story and you'd think if I could remember all this detail I'd know the name: A man is selected by some random process to represent all of Earth and he's being interviewed by an alien ...