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What’s the first Indian alien story?

To set a mark for written science fiction, I'll suggest Shukra Bhraman ("Travel to Venus") by Jagadananda Roy, written in 1892 and published in 1914. According to Indian Science Fiction: ...
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1960s? movie. Alien Entity gives 6-7 random people scatter around the world the power to wipe out all life in a large area around them

Sounds like The 27th Day (1957). From Wikipedia: The 27th Day is a 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film, distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was produced by Helen Ainsworth, directed ...
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Short story where interplanetary explorers find a strange planet that's weirdly suited for human life

This is surely Drop Dead, a short story by Clifford Simak, first published in Galaxy in July 1956. It indeed deals with a team of scientists surveying a new world, and being surprised by its lack of ...
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Human "alien hunter" meets a real alien

This is "The Protector" (1982) by Art Vesity, published (so far) only in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Mid-December 1982. The story opens with the protagonist, Tanner, in a bank ...
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Short story about an astronaut searching for life but they have the common cold?

"Status Extinct", a short story by Eric Brown which was also part of the answer to this question and an unaccepted answer to this one. You would have read it in Mike Ashley's 1996 anthology ...
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What’s the first Indian alien story?

The first Indian film featuring the concept of aliens was Kalai Arasi released in 1963 starring M.G Ramachandran. Kalai Arasi Wikipedia Its main plot was about aliens abducting a dancer so that she ...
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Teaching alien race about scientific method and religion

This might be Harry Harrison's "The Streets of Ashkelon". An atheist merchant/trader, John Garth, is the only human on an alien planet where the native Weskers, intelligent but ...
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(Manga) Girl in (high?) school fighting alien/monsters that are disguised as students, but erupt into large puffy monsters

Alice in the Alien World seems like a good fit. From Baka-Updates: Nogawa Izumi is a good student, and a class representative, but she has an increasingly high libido. It's gotten to the point that ...
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Story about aliens with a drugging touch who love music

I found it! It's "A Touch of Lavender" by Robin Hobb, under the name Megan Lindholm. It was first published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, November 1989. It's on the Internet ...
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'70s or '80s sci-fi movie about a team captured by aliens after their spaceship crash-lands on a planet

Could be Spacehunter: Adventure in the Forbidden Zone. From Wikipedia: Set in the early 22nd century, the film opens with the destruction of a space cruise liner by a bolt of nebular lightning. The ...
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