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By your brief description, I believe the movie you're thinking about is War of the Worlds (2005) since: It is an alien invasion movie It Was released in 2005 - just over 10 years ago The aliens capture humans using their distinctive "Tripod" robots The tripod robots capture humans and place them in their "cages" for further processing [src: http://...


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This sounds like part of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. An excerpt from Wikipedia: G'Gugvuntts and Vl'hurgs Two species which existed in the distant past, a very great distance from the Milky Way galaxy. The G'Gugvuntt were enemies of the Vl'hurgs, and these strange and warlike beings are on the brink of an interstellar war, ...


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It's the 1977 anthology The Best Science-Fiction Stories; 750 pages, black cover, edited by Michael Stapleton. As for the stories you mentioned: "Let's Go to Golgotha! by Garry Kilworth: Simon was frantic. 'Harry, Harry. Look at the crowd! Look around you! There are no Jews here. No natives. The only ones here are us. The holiday-makers. Do you realize ...


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The aliens in this movie were not poisoned, per se by water. They instead acted as if they had been burned by a strong acid. Water vapor may have a similar effect but only if they are exposed to it long term. Depending on the water density in the atmosphere, it may act mostly as an irritant in the short term. Water COULD function as an acid, but it requires ...


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I believe this is the 1994 film adaptation of Robert Heinlein's novel The Puppet Masters. While the president is a character in the movie, it's actually Donald Sutherland's character, a high-level intelligence agent, who teleconferences with the suspected military leaders. He asks a general to remove his shirt, and another military official (played by Yaphet ...


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I think this is referring to a scene in "V: The Final Battle" miniseries from 1984. There is a scene when the main villain in the series (Diana) is talking to a priest (Father Andrew), after reading the bible that he gave to her. She tells him what the bible made her think and promptly shoots him.


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Let's Go to Golgotha by Garry Kilworth. Your description is accurate. The Hibbie by James Alexander. If I remember rightly the viewpoint character is a spacer who comes home to find that the woman he once loved (possibly his ex-wife) had fallen into drugs and crime and was sentenced to this enforced hibernation. We Purchased People by Frederick Pohl. Your ...


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“Basic Right” This short story by Eric Frank Russell was first published in Astounding Science Fiction (1958). If the questioner read it in an anthology roughly twenty years ago, it was probably Major Ingredients: The Selected Short Stories of Eric Frank Russell, published in 2000. It is available here. The Raidans, aliens from Sigma Octanis, invade ...


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1897: Auf Zwei Planeten, a novel by Kurd Lasswitz, translated into English as Two Planets. Some excerpts from Everett F. Bleiler's review (of a 1971 abridged English translation) in Science-Fiction: The Early Years: [. . .] While examining the seas around Greenland, the Martian airship encounters a British destroyer, and due to a misunderstanding and ...


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Anne McCaffrey's "Freedom Series" of books feature a race called the Catenni who have enslaved humanity. Freedom's Landing (published 1995) Freedom's Choice (1996) Freedom's Challenge (1998) Freedom's Ransom (2002) In Freedom's Landing, the Catteni routinely round up human troublemakers and drop them on empty planets – if they survive, the world ...


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Perhaps "The Hunters" by Walt Sheldon, first published in Startling Stories, March 1952, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in the anthology Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales edited by Isaac Asimov and Groff Conklin. It doesn't match all the details you provided: husband and wife are about to be killed but both still alive as the story ...


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I think this might be Killing Star by Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski. After aliens destroy the Earth with relativistic bombs they explain to the last human that because all civilizations are potentially dangerous, and there's really nothing to lose by exterminating them before they get too strong, it was the logical choice.


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In the official Novelisation by Dean Devlin, it's explicitly confirmed that the mothership is somehow providing remote (wireless) power to the slaved ships, including the fighters and city-ships. “If we can plant the virus in the mother ship, it would then be sent down into the city destroyers and the attack ships like this one. Okun told us that ...


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Deathday This is DeathDay by William Dietz. Its sequel is EarthRise. The most notable detail is confirmed by TV Tropes: In the Deathday and Earthrise duology, Earth is invaded by an alien race known as the Saurons. The Saurons have a Fantastic Caste System based on scale color: black-scaled Saurons (Zin) are the ruling class, brown-scaled (Kan) are the ...


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"Exposure" by Eric Frank Russell (first published in Astounding Science Fiction, July 1950, available at the Internet Archive):


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This is definitely Howard the Duck. The car lighter scene was fairly disturbing but I guess they had to have a disturbing scene to make up for the scene with Lea Thompson in bed with a duck.


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I am trying to find a short story I read "All the People", a short story by R. A. Lafferty, available at Project Gutenberg. It was first published in Galaxy Magazine, April 1961, which is available at the Internet Archive. in an early 1980s (or maybe late 1970s) anthology. I probably read all the stories in the book, but only one made a real impression; I ...


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Could this be The Faculty (1998)? The film features a prominent American football scene And you get to see the brain slugs entering someone and taking them over on multiple occasions (warning: NSFW - gory)


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The name of the book is No Truce With Terra by Phillip E. High. (Credit: @sueelleker) A summary can be found here: This novel begins with a scientist returning to his home only to find it impregnable -- apparently occupied by some strange being, quickly identified as an alien. These aliens seem to be metallic in nature, and to use electricity as a ...


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Could it be Earthweb by Marc Stiegler? I have the book, but it's in the (large) pile of books to be read one day so I'm going by some frenzied Googling and the Amazon summary: Someone Out There really hated humans. Twenty years ago Shiva I swept aside Earth's defenses and rained down destruction until a suicide squad boarded it and blew it to smithereens....


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"For I Am a Jealous People", a 1954 novella by Lester del Rey. It has appeared under various covers. In the early 1960s you might have read it in the 1963 printing of Star Short Novels edited by Frederik Pohl. The following summary is from a rather harsh review by Damon Knight, reprinted on p. 88 of his book In Search of Wonder: The story begins with the ...


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The novel is Invader by Albert Fay Hill and David Campbell Hill. The story matches your description at every point: alien saucers, interceptors destroyed, huge gamma-ray lasers (called Grasers), alien craft drifting by after being hit by the laser, and the need to lay out huge sums to defend against the expected next invasion. The book ends: "In general,...


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This is probably William Barton's When Heaven Fell. From the Wiki entry: Earth has been taken over by the Master Race, a galaxy-spanning empire of artificial intelligences, and the best of Earth’s survivors are recruited into the aliens' army. Athol Morrison has served for 20 years, and heads back to Earth for a brief vacation. There, he runs into old ...


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This is almost certainly "The Road Not Taken" by Harry Turtledove. Part of the plot summary from Wikipedia: The story is told through limited third person point of view, with most of the story concerning a single Roxolani captain. During a routine journey of conquest, they happen upon Earth. The Roxolani anticipate a simple and rewarding campaign, as ...


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It sounds like the first book in Timothy Zahn's Conquerors's saga. In the first book, Conqueror's Pride, alien starships attack a Peacekeeper task force and destroy it in six mintues. They capture a single commander; he is the son of a high government official (Lord Cavanagh--a member of parliament). This Lord Cavanagh recruits a former pilot who ...


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War of The Worlds is a likely candidate, but The 'glass dome' part makes me think you may be talking about 'Mars Attacks!' (IMDB Entry), a Tim Burton film. The Martian's vehicles, saucers and robots (and, indeed, even their environment suits) all had distinctive glass domes, and I think I remember people being detained in them. For an example picture, here'...


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It's the classic Sentry by Fredric Brown. Great short story! TVtropes (you are warned etc etc) calls it an example of a tomato surprise that is a story revolving on a not-mentioned crucial detail.


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Sounds like Clifford D. Simak's "Our Children's Children." The invasion was taking place in our future, and our descendants were attempting to escape to our present through time portals. And it was wheat that the child gorged on. From an Internet Archive copy of Worlds of IF (June 1973): The village had known hunger, but now the hunger ended: For ...


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Sleeping Planet by William R Burkett, Jr. (Amazon has reviews). A thoroughly enjoyable book. From Amazon: As long as "The Unaffected" fought the Llralans, Earth would not die in its sleep! Lulled into a coma by the exotic fumes from a strange plant, the people of Earth experienced terrible dreams while orange-skinned invaders quietly began taking control....


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A Trip to the City (also known as "It Could be Anything") by Keith Laumer. Originally read by me in Nine By Laumer. Available at Project Gutenberg. He was looking down into a great dark pit, acres in extent, its sides riddled with holes, the amputated ends of water and sewage lines and power cables dangling. Far below light glistened from the surface of a ...


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