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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Are there vampires in the Star Trek universe?

Let us characterize vampires as a humanoid being that drinks the blood of other humanoid beings to create more of their species. There are many aliens that are humanoid in the Star Trek universe. My ...
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Old science fiction book about an alien invasion thwarted by robot-made ghosts

I read a sci-fi book about 30 years ago about a war with another race where a plant extract put the entire earth population asleep, except for one guy who used robots to create "ghosts" which scared ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi short story about humans accidentally eating “hibernating” plant people

So I read this short story in the mid to late 90's and I am trying to find it again. I'm pretty sure I read it in my older sister's English textbook. I think it was included in the text. From what ...
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A boy (man?) discovers that he is the only real person in his world, which is an alien zoo/museum

I was read this short story on a school field trip in 6th grade or so, so it is probably from the 70s or 80s, but never knew the title or author. It's about a boy who slowly discovers that he is in ...
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1980/90s scifi book about a librarian who recommends 3 short stories to two students at an alien university

As I remember, this might have been a young adult book. Two alien students at university seek the help of the librarian in finding research material. He recommends three "books" which are short ...
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Space stingrays planet is dying; human becomes one of them

I read this book maybe 8-10 years ago, and it was in the well-worn sci-fi section of my library so I'd put it in the 80's-early 90's. It was in English and I feel like I remember a giant stingray(?) ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...
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Need SciFi book title: kidnapped human (hitman), Neanderthal [duplicate]

Juvenile Sci-Fi novel, at least 30 years old, trying to resurrect based on a fond memory. An Earthman, hitman I believe, is captured by an alien. The hitman sneaks "tapes" for machine based learning (...
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Short Story about aliens outlawing cars

When I was in 6th grade we read a short story (I'm pretty sure it was a short story) about Earth being conquered by aliens and they won't let the humans use electricity or cars. I don't remember much ...
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Does the Cobalcat appear in any other stories apart from “Tuf Voyaging”? [duplicate]

There's a great early SciFi book by George R R Martin called "Tuf Voyaging". In one of the chapters he uses his spaceship "Seed Ship" to create a bunch of alien monsters for a planet that fights it ...
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Book about a man who enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him?

The main character gains psychic abilities when he enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him. Subsequent eeg scans show he has two traces, one normal, his own, and a second which ...
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Collection of youth short stories about aliens 1990-1994ish

I am trying to remember the title/author/editor of a book I had as a kid. It was a collection of short stories about aliens. The cover had a one eyed green alien reaching through the bars of a cage. ...
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Short story or novel about humans colonizing a planet with bear-like natives, removing their brains

Humans are on a planet that they are colonizing. There are bearlike natives. The natives pass lots of IQ test including putting out a fire with a rug. A human who tries that test fails, asking how he ...
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Short Story: Space probe (Voyager?) discovered by aliens?

I read this story a few years ago in an anthology, but I'm sure it was written in the 70s or 80s. It was only a few pages long and explored a number of scenarios that could occur if aliens were to ...
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Looking for a story about aliens building invisible structures on earth

I'm looking for help locating a story read about 20 years ago. Aliens appear on earth, and for some reason, the human eye can't see the buildings they make. At first, it's a novelty, but later, it ...
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Looking for name of short story in anthology book

I read it when I was but a wee lad. The general summary that I can remember is: Group of astronauts crash land (I believe they crash...I could be wrong though) on icy world They somehow end up below ...
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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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What is the short story about a plasma creature hitting Mercury?

When I was young I read a short story about a creature made of plasma ejected from the sun by a solar flare. It flew through space and hit the boiling hot sun-facing side of Mercury, whereupon it '...
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70s/80s short story about a mysterious arcade game

Does anyone know the name of this short story for children which I read in the 70s / early 80s? It is set in a seaside arcade where an old lady, who minds it, has fallen asleep and a spider is making ...
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Short story about an astronaut who discovers an injured alien

I am trying to find a book of short science fiction stories that contains a short story about an astronaut crew that land on a moon or planet and one astronaut on an EVA (spacewalk) on the surface ...
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Pre-80s movie with an alien monster who looks like a rock

This has been bothering me for quite a while. This is a movie I saw as a kid back in the 80's, but it could easily have been produced in the 70's (I vaguely remember actors with 70's hair). I'll try ...
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Old short story about aliens posing as highway tire treads on the side of the road?

It's driving me crazy. Years ago I read a short story about aliens posing as highway torn off tire treads seen on the side of all roads during the day. Then at night, they would go on the prowl. ...
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Book trilogy where adults walk towards towers involuntarily at a certain age

The books contain such plots: All adults above a certain age succumb to some static they hear and their eyes turn fully black and walk towards these ‘towers’; there are adults who are immune to the ...
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Post-apocalyptic story about a girl, her father and an alien attack

It begins with a planet (Earth or possibly some colony planet) where the humans live underground because there are aliens searching for them. There is some sort of debris field (possibly ice or rock) ...
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A short : man alone on planet stays awake many days to avoid alien nightmares, rescued but

In this science fiction short, a man ends up marooned - perhaps his companions died, don't recall. The place is haunted / inhabited by nightmares that he can avoid only by staying awake, which he ...
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Short story about amphibious species

I read this short story in a SF collection book in the 90s. It starts out describing the life of the main character as a fish who hides from the lake monster, as he matures he is captured by relatives....
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Name the SciFi book where a person finds a crash-landed alien mech/ship [duplicate]

I remember when I was young really enjoying a SciFi book that I found in a closet of a house that we moved into in the late 80s - early 90s. What I remember is it being about a kid or person who ...
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Obscure kids (non animated) movie/film series from the 90's or so

When I was young, I had a random VHS tape of a movie that really confused me. It could have been a mini-series because it seemed like it had some references to other things in flash back that had to ...
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Book about impending revolution in US that was thwarted with fake alien craft crash

I read this book in the late 70s. The book starts with the US undergoing a lot of strife and discontent, government was beleaguered and revolution seemed imminent. Some military and government ...
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Which came first: fictional works involving alien abduction or claims of alien abduction?

Which fictional work (of any format) was the first to feature the abduction of a human from Earth by aliens? In particular, did this work precede the first reports of purported abductions in the ...
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Web story about aliens who twist humans into various sub-humans

It was hosted on its own page and was written much like a documentary about the rise and fall of the human race from the perspective of an alien narrator. There were plenty of illustrations to show ...
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Short story where humans receive false distress signal, lured into galactic federation

I read a story years ago whose major themes stuck with me but I can't remember the name or author. I'm almost certain it was a short story. From what I can remember, the plot went roughly as follows: ...
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Short story about exobiology during human exploration of an alien planet

I have read a story long ago, where some explorers of an alien planet take an animal and use it like a boat (with a description similar to a very large Victoria. Eventually, they have serious ...
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Mind Controlling Invasive Alien Plants

A while ago I was reading a short story / novella, possibly part of an anthology. The Premise was: Human space explorers land on an alien world, and discovers a primitive species that is Stone Age in ...
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Is there a TV show/movie with humanoid aliens evolved from elephants?

Before we get started, be aware that this may just be a figment of my imagination. I have a memory from some years ago (late 90s/early 2000s) of seeing a picture of humanoid aliens evolved from ...
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60s short story involving two humans, a Russian lady and an American pacifist

The viewpoint character is an American non-violent pacifist and his antagonist is a Russian lady linguist who knows the language of the natives, but has nothing useful to tell them. The natives fly ...
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Earth vs. aliens, long war ends in secret mutual surrender

I'd like your help in identifying an SF book I read many many years ago. I don't remember the title or author, but the premise was that there had been a long war between earth and an alien planet, ...
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Alien surface transport that walks, not rolls

A magazine connected with (Boy) Scouting, possibly "Boys Life", in the early 1950's ran a short story in which a group of interplanetary explorers on an extraterrestrial planet, which may have been ...
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What funny story had humans in an exchange program with pterodactyl-like aliens?

The story in question was in a hardback anthology which was published some time in the late 80's or before. The story itself may have been older. There was no them to the anthology other than good ...
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1950-60's movie about alien that crashes to Earth and loses its hand which proceeds to attack people

Does anyone know about an old movie (I think it's black & white) in which an alien that crashes to Earth loses its hand. The thought has occurred to me that this may not be a movie, but a TV show ...
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Movie about a guy who contacts an alien through farts

It was a movie that I saw in cinema when I was a very little child, in 1984 or 1985. The movie was either italian or french. It was a very rough and unelegant comedy. What I remember is the main ...
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YA Book (series?) - Trying to find a SF story about a young girl raised by a robot on an alien world? [duplicate]

I was at a Science Fiction Convention in February and at a panel a writer was talking about Young Adult Genre crossing over into SF Genre with the focus on identity. Since that is a common theme in ...
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Short story about 4 coloured beetle-like aliens in a terrarium [duplicate]

Story starts with a guy buying a terrarium with 4 groups of beetle-like insects brought and installed in his own house by an alien race. A different color each. Each tribe were supposed to start a ...
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Looking for the name of a short story about how weird humans are

I'm trying to find a short story that I read years ago that talks about how weird the human race is and satirizes things like going to the dentist. The narrator may be an alien anthropologist. I don'...
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Book about a teenager and alien [duplicate]

I am trying to find the title of a book that I read in the late 90s early 00s. I think the book was part of a trilogy. This is what I can remember about the story, a teenage boy leads a normal life ...
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Looking for the title of a gold heist movie involving the telekinetic son of an extraterrestrial/alien?

Some 30 years back, I saw a film about the son of an extraterrestrial who gets involved in a gold heist. The main character does not initially know that he is the son of an extraterrestrial and that ...
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Telepathic female alien crash-lands on earth, fights bug-like aliens [duplicate]

This has been bugging me for some time now, and I can't find anything on it. It's a movie I remember watching as a kid with my father and I only remember bits of the movie, just images mostly. It ...
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Looking for 80s sci-fi movie, Aliens who fuse, Robotic Band Members

So im looking for a movie I think is from the 80s (maybe 90s) involving two aliens and a robot band (I think). I remember seeing this movie as a kid during the 90s. The only thing I can remember ...
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Girl meets aliens, including intelligent purple ball [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book series in which a girl meets aliens. She was the only person on Earth to have met aliens. One of them was an intelligent purple ball that I think could morph into other shapes, ...
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Story about a secret weapon fired at the moon [duplicate]

I read a story a long time ago that I'm trying to find. My memory of this story is very tenuous, but I think it had the following elements: I think it was a short story There was some type of alien ...