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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Alien awakened by the atmosphere in archeological excavation?

I remember having watched a movie, probably from the late 70's, 80's or early 90's, in which a crew of archeologists were digging up a location off planet earth. They found a set of certain ruins ...
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What was the first depiction of Earth-visiting aliens as friendly?

I've mostly seen aliens in movies/books/shows as invaders who want to take take over Earth and all. So - Which was the first depiction(tv-show/movie/comic book/novel) of aliens as friendly? Now ...
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Hard sci fi novel that ends with vast civilization ships all cruising in a line toward the same destination in the galaxy [closed]

I am trying to remember a hard sci-fi novel that ends with vast civilization ships all cruising in a line toward the same destination in the galaxy.
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90s/80s animated movie involving a kid, a worm-like alien, and treasure

I am looking for an animated movie which is about a kid who finds a worm-like alien. Somewhere in the movie this worm-like alien gets captured by a guy in a suit and a woman. Where it finds other ...
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Novel with a human vs alien space war of attrition and explored human clones, religious themes and tachyon tech

The book featured a human bureaucrat who was attempting to retrofit tachyon technology onto fighters in order to even the scales. Humanity was fighting with vat born humans and losing a war of ...
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1950's novel about FTL engine and the rare mineral that makes it possible

I'm trying to identify a 1950's (NB: 1970 as it turns out) "pulp" sci-fi novel I read long ago. The cold war is still happening in its timeline. A very rare mineral is discovered that ...
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Trying to find an older anime about a man who morphs into a robot/mecha suit

There was this cartoon/anime I used to watch as a kid on a VHS tape that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of. What I remember from this show/movie was that: It was set in space. The MC ...
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Movie where a man is abducted by beings believed to be aliens and finds out they were from the future

What's the title of movie where a man was abducted by beings believed to be aliens and finds out they were from the future. They came back in time because the genetic manipulation in the future ...
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TV show with a giant alien baby that ages backwards

There was a alien baby but they were huge. I think they were like a king or queen of mars or the moon. The baby aged backwards I think and they were really old. I think the baby was the antagonist or ...
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Black and white sci-fi show featuring aliens that shoot some kind of beam out of their arm

There was a black and white sci-fi show I saw as a kid. All I remember is that the aliens shot some kind of beam out of their arm, but to do so they had to feed it copper. I watched it on daytime tv ...
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Short story that reminds me of 65 movie premise [duplicate]

Read this one decades ago, and could have been written earlier. Could have been in an Asimov anthology as I was going through a pretty major sci fi/short story phase. At any rate, it’s about the crew ...
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Book about a dog who is an alien that is adopted by a little boy

I don't remember the title of the book, but I think I can describe it pretty well. So the book follows this young boy who wants to have a dog but can't because his father is allergic to dog hair. Then,...
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Short sci-fi book about aliens coming to Earth and challenging humans to a game

I'm looking for a sci-fi book. It is a small book, about the palm of a hand, and has fewer pages, about 17. It was part of a short series of sci-fi books just like it. The only two things I remember ...
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Was the method of transmitting an image in "Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space" inspired by scientific literature or vice versa?

In my answer here where I suggested Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space, I mentioned the image that the protagonists receive from space via a radio telescope, which was decoded in part because they ...
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Short story in which shapeshifting woman scares man by shaping herself like a bustle [duplicate]

Probably aliens, or unusually advanced mutated humans, living normal lives among people in nineteenth or twentieth century America or Europe, could mold their body shapes to fit the prevailing ...
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Story about aliens who captured humans and realise they are terrifying in terms of wound healing, endurance etc

Read it online some time ago. The story started with humans already captured in space, followed by aliens' realisation about humans' abilities. The human protagonist later grew attached to some other ...
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Book about reaching a nearby star and returning millennia later

Thanks for the suggestions to improve. Here is an updated version. I've been trying to find this for decades. science fiction book (or maybe long story) English I do not remember the cover image, but ...
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Scifi TV show about an AI from a spaceship, contacting different teenagers?

I am searching for a 90s TV show. It is about a spaceship with an AI that contacts different teenagers each episode. In one of them, the alien AI sends a message to a teenager asking What is the FBI? ...
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I’m looking for a 3-book science fiction series about human encounter and battle with aliens that happens on a submersible aircraft carrier

The three book series takes place on a submersible aircraft carrier which starts to have strange encounters with unknown creatures swimming in the ocean. As they continue to investigate, they ...
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Short story about a pilot who crash lands on an alien planet and is nursed back to health by an octopus-like creature with strong maternal instincts

Does anyone know what this story is? Here are the details I know: A pilot crashes on some form of embattled planet. On the planet there is an octopus mom-type creature. She is very large and her ...
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Novel about an alien that can take over the host's mind only if the host is asleep

I'm trying to remember an old sci-fi novel. I'm sure it was no later than 1980. The plot: The novel starts with the alien being banished to Earth, as a punishment for some crime he committed. He ...
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Book about a group of teenagers who start dying one by one (features a disfiguring acid attack on one of the girls)

I read this book 10+ years ago and I think it was old then. It is about a group of teenagers (boys and girls) and they start dying one by one. One girl gets hit in the face with acid and it disfigures ...
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A short story where an underground alien civilization sends a cube and projects a mind to Earth

I am looking for a short story were there is an alien civilization that has been living underground for millenia since the surface froze. A minor but very specific detail I remember is they point out ...
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Show with a human/maybe alien with powers (from the '90s, I think)

In the show there is this guy and he has abilities...not really like showy powers. For example he can just open a locked door without picking it. He just turns the handle and it's open kind of deal. I ...
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Old "double" book; one of the stories involves an alien childbirth, with the mother's womb and digestive system detaching from her body

Many years ago, I came across one of those "double" books, like the ones Ace and Tor used to publish. I don't recall the publisher, just that both stories were science fiction and that the ...
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What popularized the idea of aliens having a pair of antennae on their heads?

This right here: When I show you "this", what is the first thing that comes to mind? That is correct! That's an alien! Not a bee or a butterfly but specifically an alien. But why is that? ...
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Alien organisms manipulate light to make giant computers

Golden Age sci-fi, probably in some short story anthology. I don’t remember much from this story other than this one scene supposedly from the history of an alien species: The aliens’ bodies are ...
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Movie in which there's a hidden melody on Earth, and if a specific musical instrument plays this melody, the Earth will be rid of evil aliens [duplicate]

Plot: There's a hidden melody on Earth, and if a specific musical instrument plays this melody, the Earth will be rid of evil aliens. The visuals are like Mad Max or The 13th Warrior. I saw the movie ...
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Children's book series where three siblings fight an electricity-based alien race with weapons built by their dad

I'm trying to find the name of a series I read as a kid. There were at least two or three books in the series, in which siblings discover that the Earth is being infiltrated by an alien race that is ...
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Movie about aliens attacking young adults after they start taking down metal that was hung all around the house

A young man inherits a farm house. His friends come to help him settle in. They start experiencing attacks as they remove pieces of metal hung around the outside of the house. The aliens portal into ...
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Book or story about scientists repeatedly teleporting copies of a human to a hostile alien planet

The plot: A guy comes to an underground facility for experiments or something. Scientists put him in a small dark room for a small amount of time and let him out without any change. The procedure ...
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I'm looking for an animated TV show about a normal blonde guy but alien suddenly show up

I don't remember the plot. I saw the trailer on Amazon and you may ask, "Why not look at Amazon?". I tried but it was foreign show and I keep bumping into anime. The comic was about a normal ...
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Alien romance series where a woman mates with a good alien who is a prince

So far what I remember about the first book is that evil aliens came to Earth and basically started killing everyone and everything. Shortly after the evil aliens arrival came some good aliens who ...
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Short story about an alien stranded on Earth, who secretly aids human's technological development using telepathy

Around 20 years ago, I read an anthology with a short story about an alien stranded on Earth, who is able to transmit -- since life started on Earth -- inventions to humans via some sort of telepathy. ...
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Earliest avian aliens in sci fi

Which is first known work of sci fi, that include avian alien race? Notes: This must be sapient species/race, not just part of extraterrestrial fauna This must be birds or bird-like beings, winged ...
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Sci-fi movie where a woman with anemia is immune to iron-absorbing alien goo

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi alien movie, seen on TV sometime between 2005 and 2015. It was set in a small U.S. town where a blueish alien "goo" begins to absorb iron and steel, flinging ...
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Sci-fi story read in the '60s or so, involving two groups of aliens interacting with people of Earth

I only remember a few points from the story. It basically concerns two groups of aliens interacting with people of earth. The first called "Tobys", as they were being small and weak, and ...
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Identify movie about an alien disease that turns people to stone

Please help me identity this movie. Here are the details I remember. I watched this in early 2000’s as an adolescent. Scene of suburban U.S. where a female alien teleports into the town via portal on ...
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1950s Sci-Fi film with beautiful woman alien in flying saucer in a snowy landscape

What is the name of the 1950s sci-fi film that takes place in a "snow-covered landscape" (like the Arctic), as another posted question put it. At the end of the film a man - one of the main ...
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A book about aliens amongst us and concept art

When I was in primary school (like mid 2000’s), in the school library there was a book about aliens living amongst us with concept art of them in a bar or a house looking quite futuristic with ...
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Movie where aliens save humans from asteroids and then build them a second Earth

I just remember like alien spaceships hovering over Earth and everyone was scared they were going to attack, but in the end the aliens were there to protect the humans from an asteroid attack and then ...
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Identifying/remembering project about speculative evolution on another planet

Another specbio/specevo related question, though not so much about SF/F proper but a real world project As a kid I had a copy of the Dorling-Kindersley book 'Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide' ...
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Live-action children’s TV show where people developed an aversion to light whilst controlled by some force

In the 1990s / possibly very early 2000s there was a children’s TV show shown on either BBC1 or ITV in the UK. It would have lasted approximately 25 mins per episode and was shown in the late ...
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Movie with Alien or Orc Creatures, Bred for Violence Scene

This is driving me crazy, because I know I've gotten wires crossed in my head. A lot of the scene has been mixed with the Uruk-Hai spawning scene in Lord of the Rings, which I've rewatched and it ...
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Movie with an alien creature that eats people and reanimates their heads on tentacles

I remember watching a movie in the 1980s where an alien creature came to Earth in the suburbs. It eats parents and neighbors and is able to stick their heads out on a tentacle or tongue and have them ...
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Is the War of the Worlds the first story with intelligent but completely uncommunicative aliens?

There is no question that the Martians are intelligent, for this is in the very beginning of the story -- they are as much above humans as humans above microorganisms or at least the Martians have no ...
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Mind transfer into the body of ape-like aliens

Doing a deep dive into unsolved "story identification" questions on another forum, I came across two different people seeking this book about 10 years ago - neither got an answer. I have not ...
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Sci-fi short film involving a tentacled creature which uses illusions to lure unsuspecting spaceships into its web

Spaceship docks and meets his female rescuer. He falls in love with her and they have sex standing up. The astronaut's backside is fully shown nude. It turns out that the female created a mirage to ...
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Short story of an alien society without the concept of suicide until first contact with humans

I’m looking for a very short story about a disastrous first contact between humans and aliens, involving a sort of memetic cross-infection. The aliens had never come up with the concept of ‘suicide’ ...
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Cartoon show about a man who went to a restaurant/restroom not knowing it was a government testing facility

I am looking a cartoon I found in YouTube. It is sort of like an animation mix video about a modern normal Earth guy who went to a restaurant or restroom without realising it is a government testing ...
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