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Questions tagged [first-contact]

For questions about the term "first contact", used to refer to humans interacting with an alien race for the first time in most science-fiction films, television, and literature. For the Star Trek movie, use [star-trek-first-contact].

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Can't remember name of Sci Fi first contact Novel, “solution to the Fermi paradox”

I'm looking for the name of a "first contact" novel, where humans (in the future, who are fairly advanced) receive a signal from an alien world. There's debate about how to respond, or if they should ...
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SF first contact story where it is revealed that it is humanity's destiny to merge with alien

I believe story was written between 1950-1970. I read it in a large paperback anthology in the 1980s. It was a short story - deep space encounter with alien intelligence. The first astronaut to ...
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An anthology of short stories about first contact [closed]

Years ago I remember seeing an anthology of short stories about first contact, aptly titled: "First contact" (or something like that).
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Short story, where humans encounter an alien race, tell them stories; the aliens act out the stories and kill the researchers

Can't remember author or title of the story. Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison ...
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60s-70s short story: distant future, mankind has spread throughout the galaxy, and make “first contact” with other descendants of Earth [duplicate]

I vividly remember a scene from a short story (?) I read back in the sixties or seventies, and am trying to remember the publication and title. If it sounds familiar to you, please post. The scene ...
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Illegal aliens, the string and little fruit?

In “Illegal Aliens” the assasin’s weapon of choice is a string and a little fruit. My question is this: how does the assasin use the fruit/string combo or even what the little fruits name is, if it’s ...
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Sci-fi book/series with feline aliens, and a female astronaut [duplicate]

From what I remember, the astronaut made first contact with a race of felines that live on the other side of the Galaxy. They had always been able to see Earth, but Earth couldn't see them because ...
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That's what's unique about humans among all species—“they die”

My friend read this science fiction story as a kid, probably written prior to 1970. Forgive me it's a second hand description: Earth is visited by aliens. The aliens note that every race in the galaxy ...
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Pre-1990 short story, Earth space probe (NASA?) lands somewhere like Titan and is found by a female alien

As the title says, this would have been pre-1990. A short story in which a space probe from Earth, presumably NASA, lands on a world like Titan and is found by a female member of the local species. I ...
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Woman Jesuit priest protagonist

I am looking for the title of a sf novel that features a Jesuit who is a woman? It’s a first contact scenario, I think. I remember that the priest had shaved her head as a token of her total ...
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Old story where aliens sell humans some machines to heal anything, and then disappear with their loot before we realize we've been scammed

I remember the story fairly well; I've just forgotten the title. (And the author.) I have the impression that the story goes way, way back to the 1950s, but that may be inaccurate. I first read it in ...
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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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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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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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Which first contact species reappeared? [closed]

Throughout all of the Star Trek shows, one of the constants is the appearance of new life and new civilizations. However, it is pretty rare for that new life to appear after their first appearance. ...
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Short Science Fiction story similar to “Story of Your Life”

I'm looking for a short story that's similar to "Story of Your Life", I read the story through lightspeed magazine, but can't seem to find on their site. I also think it was a lightspeed magazine ...
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80's or earlier first contact novel: scientists decode alien signal, only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead [closed]

First contact novel read in the 80's where scientists decode alien signal only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead.
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Novelette about contact with intergalactic inhabitants after interstellar jump failure

I read a novelette a long time ago, but I can't remember its name or author, in which an Earth interstellar ship has a problem during a jump from one star to another and ends up returning from the ...
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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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Short story first contact - Earth can ask anyone a question and nobody can answer

It's a short story about making first contact. I can remember than the Earth is able to ask a question, but nobody can answer it. In the end some army attacks the place they are going to send the ...
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Is there a book that covers the period between first contact and the creation of Starfleet?

In the Star Trek universe, why and how did humanity change from the time of first contact with the Vulcans to the creation of Starfleet? Is there a book that covers this time period? The basis of ...
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First contact protocol(s) in Mass Effect

I wonder, what are (or have been) first contact policies for each species in Mass Effect along the timeline ? I found some examples in the corresponding wikia, like the peacefull first contact ...
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1950s Short Story - Naive Aliens

1950s Short story. A pair of gullible aliens are on their first trip to Earth. A (seemingly) friendly human takes them under his wing and shows them the sights. They are very happy, unaware, at the ...
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Short story about a human who defies aliens who tell him to return to his planet

The short story is told from the point of view of a human captain's lieutenant, who is very nervous and timid. The captain is bold and brash. The two are on a mission to explore past their solar ...
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I'm looking for a story about card catalogs and aliens

I'm looking for a story about aliens who are about to make first contact with Earth. These aliens are definitely better than humanity. The President of Earth, or the USA, tells people to destroy ...
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Explorers find pre-industrial culture that is not conscious/self-aware

Looking for a story (maybe novelette or novella, not a novel), probably in Analog, probably in mid- to late-70's, in which extra-planetary explorers encounter a population that is intelligent but not ...
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Distant aliens receive signal with instructions on how to construct humans, long after Earth is extinct

I'm looking for a specific scifi book that I read years ago, I only partially remember the story, and I don't remember the author or the title. What I remember of the story is: An alien race picks ...
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First contact story where aliens are (discovered at the very end to be) anti-matter

Does anyone recall the name of a SF first contact story where humans encounter an alien ship, and use the weak force to define left and right. At the very end, as the human and alien space walk out to ...
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'Star Trek First Contact', small room with forcefield use/purpose?

After Lily loses the medical party while traveling through the Jefferies tubes, she meets Picard, and uses his phaser against him. He then takes Lily to a room, with a hatch that open into space, with ...
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First Last? Contact

I am looking for a short story published in an anthology in either 2014 or 2015 (more likely 2015). In the story, the universe is undergoing a Big Crunch and SETI suddenly begins to get thousands of ...
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How did first contact with the Klingons lead to war?

In TNG "First Contact" (the episode, not the film), Picard claims: ...there is no starship mission more dangerous than that of first contact. We never know what we will face when we open the door ...
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Cannot find simple first contact “mood” story

I read a first contact science fiction story in class in 1976 that I found fascinating but cannot find anywhere after many searches. It was perhaps written by Pohl or Asimov or Leinster ? but every ...
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Alien survives crash, dies from medicine

This is an old (1950's or 60's?) short story, possibly Soviet or European author. An alien ship crashes near an isolated village (might be a fishing village?). One alien survives the crash but is ...
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First contact with Vulcans

In Star Trek: First Contact, we find out that the first aliens that humans encountered were Vulcans. Was this fact invented for First Contact, or had it been part of the Star Trek mythos previously?...
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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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Story about linguist who deciphers alien language/script [duplicate]

I remember a short story or maybe novella about a first contact. The powers in place bring in a renowned linguist (female, iirc) and her team to help communicate with the aliens. Working off the ...
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What's the first movie in which an alien says “We come in peace”?

It occurred to me after yesterday's movie night that The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) is the earliest movie I know of where the alien actually says this. KLAATU ...
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Short story about a hole to another universe that pulls in metal

This question reminded me of a story I read in the 90s. A woman is caught shoplifting a bunch of metal items by throwing them into her purse. She has no memory, and the purse is empty. Anything metal ...
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Which novel involves vampires, burning satellites, space travel, and body modification?

About a decade ago, I encountered a novel or a novella that I cannot locate. The setting was Earth, about one century into the future. I remember vampires and a mesh of satellites around the Earth ...
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What is the origin of the term “first contact”?

This term has a long history in Star Trek: Star Trek: First Contact ST:TNG episode "First Contact" First Contact Day Also: Stargate: Atlantis episode "First Contact" Does this term originate in Star ...
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Story where the main character learns to perceive time out of order from the aliens

I read a story several years ago in which aliens come make first contact with Earth, and a bunch of scientists set to work trying to establish communication with them in various fields. The main ...
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Story About Contact with an Alien Race That Lives on a Different Time Scale [duplicate]

I remember a few months ago looking at a story about humans arriving on a planet and finding a microscopic alien race. This microscopic alien race lived on a different time scale where they aged a lot ...
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Author of story that I think was called “the Grantha Incident”

I'm trying to remember the author of a first contact story from the 50s or 60s. I think it was called "The Grantha Incident" but can't turn up anything with that title. In the story, a spaceship ...
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How come the Vulcans were not able to detect the Enterprise in First Contact?

In the movie "First contact", near the end: How come the Vulcans were not able to detect: and
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Aliens united to destroy a violent race, but the twist is that it’s humanity

I'm looking for a sci-fi short story where a crew from Earth makes first contact with an alien. The alien tells them about how all the alien races united to destroy an extremely violent/belligerent ...
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Looking for a sci-fi novel about first contact

Male author who did not typically write science fiction. Novel came out in the 1990's I think. It seemed initially to be a story about a serial killer but it turns out the protagonist was merely ...
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What did Cochrane invent?

Yes, I know: Warp drive. I know, he came up with warp-theory, but you don't "invent" a theory you "develop" it or "propose" it. So what did he invent? What was the technology that he could build upon ...
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Underground particle detector finds alien signal

I read a review in New Scientist about 5–10 years ago of a new sci-fi novel published by an author with an academic background – he may have been an astronomer or physicist – about someone working ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Although Orks, Chaos marines, etc. are always hostile to humans, they can be talked with, even if not reasoned with. Very rarely, even a (very short-lived) truce can be made with them. However, was ...
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Short Story About How 2 Astronauts Who Stop for Lunch Unknowingly Destroy the Only Lifeform on an Arid Planet

In the 70's or 80's I read a short story in which 2 astronauts looking for a nice place to eat lunch choose a spot at the pole of a small desolate planet, overlooking the world's only pool of surface ...