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 about a precognitive person that is unable to say how to stop an alien invasion?

I remember reading this short story in 2016 on the app I Funny about this person who could see the future. They tell how they knew the winning lottery numbers, which horses would win a race, things ...
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Short story: ship for first contacts, species most like those contacted would seem to be in charge

This story was from the 1960s or earlier, read in a hardbound collection of stories, possibly all from one magazine. The spaceship was large and sent on first contact missions. It had several ...
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Looking for title of anthology about alien attack and rebuilding then future of Earth

Aliens attack because we are close in technology to them but instead of completely wiping us out they set up some shields around a few small groups so the Earth can rebuild while they advance further ...
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I'm trying to identify a short science fiction story from the 60s or 70s. Title and author unknown

I can remember only two incidents from the story: Large machines are watched emerging from the sea up a beach (This is not John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes!). At the end it is announced that God is ...
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Sci-Fi book title based on form-changing beings

I'm looking for the title of a book my mother read to me when I was young. I am sure it was a book, not 100% though as I was 8-11, around 15 years ago. MAybe a short? This was 1998-2002 or so, so not ...
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Teenage boy on an alien planet

When I was between Jr. high and high school (It was probably published between 1998 and 2006 at the latest) I read a book but I can't seem to remember the name. It had a teenage boy on an alien ...
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Analog '90s? staff on abandoned alien space station infected with religion meme

I've been looking for this story for a long time. I believe it was published in Analog Science Fiction in the 1990's. In the story, an abandoned alien space station has been discovered at another ...
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Pre-1975 children's novel: alien befriends children, opposed aliens wipe their memories

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" alien ...
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Story ID - trying to communicate with alien spaceship using patterns, but breaking patterns works

I'm looking to identify a science fiction short story I must have read, maybe ten years ago or a bit less. It must have been in an anthology, though I don't recall what other kinds of stories were ...
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Looking for author or title of this book with Earth, Mars, Revenants and chemically induced amnesia

The story is about a female star pilot who is attacked and wakes up to find the last three years of her life have been chemically wiped away. She searches for information on her son (now dead) and on ...
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Long Lost series of books read in school

I read a series of books in high school about the Earth being invaded by more technologically advanced race of aliens (aren't they all? But of course if they weren't then it wouldn't be much of a ...
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Multi-limbed aliens, debate about their intelligence

I'm almost certain I read this story in an Omni magazine collection of short stories. It wasn't the regular run of the magazine, but an oversized version with a slightly thicker, sturdier paper than ...
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Name of a fantasy/science fiction romance book about human female and humanoid lion

I am looking for a book where the female hero is kinda depressed about life. I think she recently had a breakup or so, so she was unhappy with the contemporary male species. She gave a weird Chinese ...
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Xenomorph Life expectancy

Is there any indication given in the Alien movies or literature of how long an Xenomorph lives for? It occurred to me that given a limited number of potential hosts ( as per the colony on LV-426, the ...
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Aliens contact teen girl through computer

Here is a stumper. I would have seen this movie on TV sometime between 1977 and 1980. It was on our local PBS station late night. My brother and I were allowed to stay up and watch Monty Python, and ...
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Book about human-like aliens with power of teleportation who initiate a galactic war against deficient (aka normal) humankind

Spacefaring humans meet a race that is almost identical physically. But the aliens have the ability to teleport themselves. The normal humans are judged deficient by the human race who can teleport ...
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Small aliens spaceships flying in home

Small aliens spaceships. Animated show where small toy sized spaceships flying in a kid’s room. I saw it on a kids' animated show on a TV channel in the 80s or 90s. It was like Computer Warriors: The ...
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Trying to find a book with Tiny Aliens

This book is about a guy who one day starts hearing voices in his head. The voices are clueless as to their surroundings; they don't know what anything is and are quite confused about this world (they ...
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Early 80's Sci-Fi book about an undercover alien on Earth sending footage back to his home planet

It is about an alien under cover on Earth. He looks human but is smarter and very fit. He races cars to make money. He has a camera implanted which sends back video with all he hears and sees. The ...
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Old SF novel series possibly called “Riders”

I am looking to identify a series or at least an individual volume of pulp(ish) sf. Probably, but not definitely, dating from the 1970's. I was given the volume in question by an aunt. I was a school ...
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Trying to find an old short story about two cats who are aliens

In the early '70's I used to check out a book with short stories and one of them was about two cats that were actually alien spies, and they get found out when they get high on catnip.
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Eric Flint's “Mother of Demons” Enagulishuc language rules?

I've been trying to figure out the rules for Enagulishuc, the English dialect spoken by Gukuy (and demons) in Eric Flint's 1997 first novel "Mother of Demons". The Gukuy are alien mollusks with ...
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Lost Short SF Story: Married pair of Naturalists studying life on an Alien Planet

The pair have a Philosophical discussion on whether to intervene if one of the animals/aliens being studied is in danger. One of them is for intervening and the other against altering what would have ...
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Terrans land on a planet with cat-like aliens and start going missing, two of the crew are werewolves that think it is the perfect place

I just remember a glimpse from around 40 years ago. The story may be older. An exploration space ship from Terra is landing on an alien planet. The Earthlings are coming in contact with the alien cat-...
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Shape changer in space frontier story collection

It was one of the stories in a space frontier collection. A hunter was after the most dangerous game. When killed it had the shape of a small seemingly harmless wormlike creature. But the creature ...
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Story involving aliens that invented a form of crucifixion

I read a book probably in the mid-2000s that involved some aliens that had historical influence on human society. The story itself was set in the present, or possibly the future, but it had a ...
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Kids' book about a boy in parallel universes

Media: Children's book. Cover: It had a 2D drawing of the kid and maybe some planets on the cover. Year read: 2009-2012 (as a kid in kindergarten to second grade). Written sometime between 2000 and ...
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Alien girl comes to the Earth to find 3 keys, chased by 3 alien guys all along

When I was in kindergarten I watched a British kids TV show about an alien girl who landed on Earth and was helped by 3 local kids to find the 3 keys she needed to save her dad on her planet. The girl ...
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Book about about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth, aliens refuse to give Earth helpful technology

Sometime between 1982 and 1984, I borrowed a book from the school library, which was about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth. Humanity asked for medicines and technology to help with its ...
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Short story about aliens that took the deer

I could be wrong, it was so long ago, but I thought the premise of it was that aliens had come to Earth and were communicating with people in their dreams, telling everyone they were judging to bring ...
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Book about Human-eating Alien Lizards

I am looking for a book that I read in the early 2000's in middle school. The main character was a teen girl. I don't remember how she got to where she was but she ends up finding out that everyone ...
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Book about alien ships emerging from holes in the earth

There's a book I read that I've forgotten the name of. It was sci-fi about archaeologists at a dig site finding alien artifacts. At some point giant ships emerge from holes in the earth and wipe out ...
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I'm looking for a book where a family go camping in the woods and aliens start attacking

So the book starts off with the family deciding to take a trip to a cabin in the woods. The daughter also has her best friend with her. The points I remember from the book: The father has an affair ...
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Identifying story on male human protagonist helping aliens crashed in the mountains

This is a story I read about 20 years ago, but translated so it may have been older. Can't find it by google/google books. What I remember: there was a single, human male protagonist, in the ...
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Book - Life on Earth is an alien purgatory

In the seventies I read a book that blew my mind. Here's what I remember of the plot: the first page is a warning of penalty from a galactic authority offering the threat of being nullification for ...
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Old scifi/martial arts movie about aliens repopulating after Earth is destroyed

I´m looking for the name of a live-action movie I saw a long time ago, when I was a kid. It's probably a sci-fi B or TV movie: The plot develops aboard an alien spaceship where a group of human ...
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Please help identify a first contact with aliens novel

Story is set on an earth of the relatively near future that recognises potential danger of first contact so viruses have been seeded in the outer reaches to infect the minds of aliens with a mental ...
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Looking for short story about alien scavengers chasing space whales on earth

I read this short story years ago on the net, and a lot of details have faded from my mind since then. The premise is that there are these gigantic space-borne creatures that eats just about ...
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Looking for scifi book similar to The Day of the Triffids

For years I have been searching for this science fiction novel that I read in my childhood (somewhere between the 1950s and 1970s). It is similar in concept to The Day of the Triffids. The main ...
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Alien Invasion Cartoon Movie

I need help finding the name of a cartoon (movie) which I saw in my childhood. I only have vague memories of the movie, but the details I remember are: It is about an Alien invasion, and this human ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal

Book is about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal. He gets a few friends one of them dies from an alien prisoner, I think her name was Kate. They go to a planet where barely any ...
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Is the Orville's Dann inspired by Babylon 5's Narn?

I haven't watched The Orville, but while scrolling through a three-year-old answer I noticed a picture of an alien whom I quickly identified as the character called Dann. The reason why his appearance ...
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Kids show with alien grandparents looking like elves or goblins

Just rewatched Harry Potter 1 and the bank gremlins triggered a memory flash of this show my sister used to watch in the 2000/10s (but it might be older). She used to watch a lot Disney channel and ...
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Any surviving green eyed Kaminoans in Star Wars Canon or Expanded Universe?

I read in Star Wars that the species known as the Kaminoans created a caste system based on eye-color. At the bottom of this system were those born with green eyes who were viewed as such a threat to ...
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Late 90s or early 2k movie; woman discovers an alien who disguises itself as human; she is captured to be sacrificed

I started watching where a cute women was wandering around a desert when she finds a man, far away, who is half silver humanoid kinda thing... It disguises itself with a human body while she's ...
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Looking for a story about spacemen landing on Earth who turn out to be caterpillar like aliens

I read a short story in an anthology paperback many years ago, perhaps 25-30 years, during a plane ride. The stories were probably already old at that time. It is never made clear what the spacemen ...
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Illustrated science fiction story about a astronaut infected with an alien symbiote

I read a science fiction story around the year 2000. The story was accompanied by large illustrations, and the book itself was large, bigger than a novel or trade paperback. It was about an ...
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Book that involves sentient nanotechnology integrating itself as a “digital assistant” in nine people

I can't quite place the name of this book. I thought it was The Gift, but I was wrong. The book was in English and I don't remember the year. I feel like saying more recently, circa 2017? Basically ...
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Book with a young boy, maybe teenage, who becomes friendly with aliens who upload information in to his brain

I read a book, possible several in a series, about 20 years ago in which a boy befriends aliens who upload information in to his brain. They uploaded books and useful information and things like that. ...
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SciFi movie - US town where aliens have infiltrated and control humans through a corporation

US town where aliens have infiltrated and control humans through a corporation. I think this might be an early to mid eighties movie (possibly TV movie). All the humans work for the Corporation in ...