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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Novel about an Earth spy on an alien planet

Plot: a spy is sent to an alien planet. He is the only Earth agent on the planet and his goal is to seed and support anti-war riots that should lead to revolt and the aliens to give up and surrender. ...
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1970s-80s novel. Man finds himself and 2 primitive females trapped in an alien zoo planet

Pretty sure it was a USA Paperback. Man wakes up from a stasis chamber in a cave(?) finds himself in a deserted environment. (jungle/plains/river). He finds 2 other stasis chambers (they slow time as ...
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A comic about a superman copycat who turns evil and starts terrorizing the world

I'm looking for this comic book but can't remember the name. This is a slightly older and very long superhero comic that is completely independent from Marvel or DC. It starts with an alien couple who ...
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Archaeologist on alien planet encounters an alien that tells him the ruins are from a previous human culture [duplicate]

I thought I had asked this question before but it's not in my history. I'm trying to identify a short story, possibly from the 70s or 80s. A team of archaeologists is exploring ruins on an alien ...
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Alien hunger games like book including 12 people below 21

I was reading a hunger games style alien scifi trilogy about "The Others" who were in earth and told humans to farm for gold for them and before they left they told them that they'd be back ...
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Science fiction series (on the Sci-Fi Channel, I think) with a team of scientists trying to track down aliens among us. One is in a wheelchair

I watched this probably in the early to mid 1990s, in the early days of the Sci-Fi Channel (before they became Syfy) at my grandmother's house. The protagonists were a set of 4-5 people in a team, I ...
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Old sci-fi story in which fleeing aliens merge with spiders on Earth in the prehistoric era

Looking for name/author of short story I read maybe in the 1970s where aliens are fleeing their collapsing civilization. With the last of their strength, they arrive on Earth a long time ago, when ...
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Short Story about alien civilization that destroys other civilizations by giving them a machine that will answer virtually any question

trying to find a story, likely from the 1940's about two astronauts from Earth who land on a planet where an alien machine will answer any question that doesn't have to do with its own destruction. ...
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Short story where unknown aliens fight a proxy war by seeding a world with weapons [duplicate]

I read the story back in the 90s, but it is probably older. It is told from the point of view of a group of human xenobiologists in a "blind"/camp/lab studying the (apelike?) animals on an ...
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Movie where an invading alien spaceship crashes and is frozen in Russia/Siberia/Mongolia

Within the last couple of years I watched a movie where some people realize that an invading alien spaceship had crashed in some place like Russia or Siberia, where it's icy most of the time. The ...
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90s Children’s show with aliens (possibly BBC)

So this has been bugging me for years - but I remember a show that aired in the UK in the 90s (it could be British, maybe BBC - it also may not be) about aliens trying to track down humans (who may ...
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Sci-fi book about a girl who gains light powers from an alien boy who tried to save her from an enemy alien race that emits darkness

I read this book some time ago and can't seem to find or remember the name of it. It's about a girl who gets powers from an alien boy, I think he tried to save her from an enemy alien race that ...
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Story on a website in a journal entry/case study format, written in the perspective of a scientist observing an alien creature

The website has many different "cases". This one is about a creature or alien that a group of scientists are observing. It's written in the perspective of one single scientist that is ...
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Humorous SF Novel About Cartoon Animal Looking Aliens That Go To Disneyland [duplicate]

Looking for a humorous science fiction novel about some humorous aliens that look like cartoon animals. They ultimately go public, but before that they visit Disneyland and are stopped by security who ...
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Short story about the last man on a colony planet who dies and is resurrected by aliens, then upgrades himself to understand physics

I'm looking for a short sci-fi story. The last man alive on a colony planet eventually dies outside in the vacuum. Many years later, aliens made of crystal find him and are able to bring back to life. ...
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Short story about planetary explorers who encounter a sentient, six-legged, wolf-like creature

I'm looking for a short story that I read in in a sci fi anthology in the 90s. The story was about planetary explorers that landed on a planet that supported life. There was a six-legged, wolf-like ...
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Sci-fi novel about a family that builds a dynasty using plant-based ceramics

Seeking title of a novel about a human family who are given seeds from a plant which they can cheaply turn into ceramics. A subplot is that the son of this family is a sociopath who experiments on the ...
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Book about a kid living on a planet where they are researching alien creatures

The book is about a kid living in a base on a planet where they are researching alien creatures. It was a juvenile sci-fi book. I think it was part of a shared universe; a few authors wrote in. I ...
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Downed alien hunters recruit Earth whaling ship to catch a monster

This is a short story or novella, written before 1995. A crew of aliens is attempting to kill a dangerous space monster. The creature damages their ship, leaving it with reduced firepower, and ship ...
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Sci-fi novel about search for immortality using nanobots while also causing a pandemic

I read this novel about 15-20 years ago, most probably somewhere online (though can't remember where). It was fairly new at the time (not older than 5-10 years). So I guess mid-90s to early 00s. It ...
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Story about a lonely alien inhabiting a planet that communicates telepathically

I read a book/short story in the 1980s about a lonely alien inhabiting a planet that communicates telepathically with people in a spaceship passing nearby. I think it was a yellow-jacket VGSF (Victor ...
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Sci-fi webcomic about a war with guns that use caseless ammunition

I remember reading a cool comic online and the thing I remember most is that instead of using guns with magazines, they had tubes or rods of ammo and the gun would automatically cut up the ammo rod ...
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'80s young adult novel about a woman who awakes from cryosleep and finds that the Earth has been conquered by aliens

I got the book (in German) maybe around 1990 from a children's library, so it was probably a young adult novel. I believe to remember that the title of the book was the name of the protagonist, a ...
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Movie about a spacecraft that plays musical notes

Movie where a man builds a dirt mountain in his house and contacts a spacecraft that plays musical notes.
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Book involving alien brothers who come to Earth and develop a relationship with a human girl

A few years ago I read a book and it’s really hard for me to remember all the details. Basically, aliens came to Earth and I remember a human girl left with them. They were like alien princes and ...
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1980s serialized novel in Analog about an alien planet named something like Midanoa

This question made me think of a novel from Analog that I read part of in the 1980s. There's an alien planet being colonized by humans; the inhabitants are humanoid but fur-covered. The aliens call ...
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First story of aliens pretending to be humans especially a "human" family (like Coneheads) that is trying to fit in, maybe for a long time?

My sense is that this is a fairly new (like post 1940s) idea because aliens (on Earth -- Lunarians is very old) themselves are fairly new, but I am not sure. I think while The Invasion of the ...
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Short story (possibly by Hal Clement) about an alien ship stuck on Earth

This feels like a story from the 1950s or so, and like a Hal Clement story, but I can't bring it to mind. The story is about a disabled alien vessel in some isolated place on Earth (the American West, ...
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Pre-1970 story - secretary ensures boss' success surreptitiously

This is a story I read in the last few years probably by a woman author, but I'm sure it's old. On a trade mission to an alien planet, the male executive in charge is making no progress, but his ...
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Book/book series where the main character's mind is copied into different alien clones

Published no later than the mid-nineties, this science fiction story follows a man (possibly named Daniel or David?) who has his consciousness copied into a clone body modified to be of an alien ...
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Show about alien invasion involving worm or 'bug' aliens taking over and controlling hosts including the US president

I do not remember much about the show, I did not even watch it, but I remember seeing ads for it and hearing it talked about online. What I recall: Came out around 2015-2016, maybe 2014 at earliest. ...
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Short story about the son of a junk dealer being abducted by aliens searching for canisters containing other aliens

This story was in a collection from the early 1980s that I think contained only stories of alien encounters from various authors. In this story, set in the near future, the protagonist is an ex-...
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Science fiction novel involving starfighters called 'Loki,' which could jam everything around them

I'm trying to track down a military science fiction novel where Earth is in a losing war with an alien race. I distinctly remember the human faction using starfighters called 'Loki,' which could jam ...
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Space explorer finds an advanced alien biologist's collection [duplicate]

Can anyone name this short story? I read it in an anthology before 1997. A human explorer had a pet talking bird, partly for company and partly because it was good at telling which alien fruits were ...
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Black & white TV episode where invisible aliens experiment on humans

I'm trying to find any info about a black and white (therefore I assume 1950s or 1960s) TV show episode where the protagonist can see aliens that everyone else can't see and these invisible aliens are ...
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Novel about a microscopic civilization living inside the Sun

I read a novel a few years ago about a tribe of alien people living inside the Sun. They were surfing the electromagnetic waves, visiting a floating city, and traveling towards the center of the Sun ...
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Young adult novel about a girl who has false memories of a human childhood, but was stolen from the woods to be experimented on

I read this book when I was quite young, maybe 12 years old (2013). I remember it was about a girl who grew up in a futuristic society. This society’s government guards people from the woods/forest ...
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Short story or novel about a battle of wits between humans and aliens aboard a spaceship

A short story or novel, from the '80s or earlier. It took place on a spaceship. If I recall correctly, the aliens resembled big cats and were evil and more intelligent than humans. The human ...
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Book where aliens come to a school and save it

they have bananas wrapped in ham & covered in cheese for lunch one day. The aliens save the school with electricity somehow.
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SF story about children from different parts of the galaxy telling stories from their homeworlds

I am trying to find a book I read before 2017. I remember it was about a group of children from all parts of our galaxy gathering through holograms and telling stories from their homeworlds. I think ...
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Story about aliens giving powers to a weak man

Aliens visit the village bar and take pity on a meek guy. This weakling is being bullied by village bully. Aliens impart him tremendous physical strength. He starts exhibiting amazing feats.
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Book about a girl who gets a substance in her that gives her really strange powers

There was this book I read a few years ago. It was about a girl who gets this substance in her that gives her really strange powers. Like one is the ability to pick up any item, study it for a moment, ...
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Scifi/fantasy book where 3 girls take a summer job on a farm and encounter a bat-winged humanoid

I am pretty sure I can give accurate character names and a summary of the plot. Scifi/fantasy/Romance; Published in the early 2000's; 3 books total at the time; 2nd book had the word "planet&...
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Book about a human who travels to an alien planet to be a teacher

I'm trying to find a book about a human who travels to an alien planet to be a teacher. Kind of like an American traveling to Asia to teach English, but teaching aliens instead. The human deals with ...
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I am looking for a Sci-Fi book about scientists on an alien planet exploring the dead civilization that once lived there

I am looking for a science-fiction book that features genetic engineering, in a way. It is about a science team sent from Earth to an alien planet. On that planet, there used to live an intelligent ...
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Illustrated children's book series from the 80s about petrol drinking aliens

As far as I recall the book was about some sort of monster on earth. It seems he was loosely based on Blondies song Rapture as he was either eating cars or at least drinking petrol/gasoline. There may ...
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Trying to find two short sci-fi stories [closed]

A man, some sort of functionary arrives to a planet. The planet is I habited by aliens that are literally incomprehensible. He talks to some of the scientists that try to establish contact, then, ...
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Looking for a sci-fi kids book essentially about zombies, but they weren’t called that

I read the book in middle school so 2012ish. It was a small town but something happened to them and only some lived. The rest basically turned into zombies and they were “mapping” zombies that only ...
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Science fiction novel where a man and woman travel through a gateway to other planets and the Earth is controlled by a computer

There are characters named Eric and Lisa. Eric sees Lisa being driven by, while at a bar with friends. He falls in love and tries to find her. He hires a detective who finds her but tells Eric not to ...
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Old sci fi movie where alien robots take over human form [duplicate]

Sci fi low budget movie from the 1970s, '80s, or '90s where alien robots take over human form. The only way to see the aliens is to burn them because they have black skeletons. The movie started with ...
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