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You are probably remembering District 9 (2009). From Wikipedia: The film is partially presented in a found footage format by featuring fictional interviews, news footage, and video from surveillance cameras. ... In 1982, a giant extraterrestrial spaceship arrives and hovers over the South African city of Johannesburg. An investigation team ...


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This is Diabologic by Eric Frank Russel, also identified in Funny short story on man and insect that land on new planet and irritate war-loving inhabitants and Story with the continuum hypothesis at the end. The comment about the mouse is when the protagonist, Wayne Hillder, is talking to the alien, Bulak. who has been assigned to negotiate with him: “...


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This is likely The Genesis Quest by Donald Moffitt. An alien race (The Nar) assemble humans from a stream of genetic information transmitted by radio from the Milky Way Galaxy. The resulting colony of humans spend some time integrated into the Nar society before growing restless, discovering the secret of human longevity, and embarking on the seemingly ...


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"Think Like a Dinosaur" by James Patrick Kelly The story postulates a transportation device (supervised by a dinosaur-like race of aliens) which can transmit an exact copy of a person's body to distant planets. The original body is disintegrated once reception at the destination is confirmed. In the story a woman is teleported to an alien planet, but the ...


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Being a symbiote's first host is probably best described as a vocation. The individual will spend the remainder of their life in service of the symbiote, it doesn't attract much cachet and there aren't even any particular benefits to the individual. Elma was a year ahead of Moll, but until they were assigned to the same Quad, she had never seen the Holt ...


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Could it be Mark Henrikson's Origins series? Archeologists working in the Giza plateau make new discoveries about Egypt’s past. Recorded history of the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, even Moses and the slave exodus to the Promised Land are drawn into question as they unravel the mysteries they find and encounter elements intent on preserving those secrets. A ...


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Reminiscent of James Patrick Kelly "Think Like A Dinosaur". http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?40299 The element of a failed transmission leaving the original behind is certainly present. There is a plot summary here: http://www.supersummary.com/think-like-a-dinosaur/summary/


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Could it be the 2010 film, Hunter Prey as per Movie where a prisoner escapes from a crashed ship on a desolate alien planet? A group of elite interstellar commandos crash lands on a planet while transporting an alien prisoner. Amidst shifting loyalties among the group, they must track down and recapture the escaped creature, alive. The escaped prisoner ...


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The story you describe is Hothouse by Brian Aldiss; it is also known as The Long Afternoon of Earth. It was first published as a short story then expanded into a full (fix-up) novel.


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This is Jack McDevitt's The Devil's Eye It's one of his Alex Benedict books, so it is indeed part of a series. From the link: Alex Benedict, interstellar antiquities dealer, and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, are on vacation when they receive a cryptic message from Celebrated writer Vicki Greene, whom neither has ever met, asking for help. But when they ...


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There are lots of stories like this, almost as many as the Shaggy God genre. Identifying one among the many may be difficult. For instance, the variation I know of was often read on CBC radio when I was a kid (late 70s early 80s), and in that case the aliens regarded humans as parasites living on the cars. I later learned it was the soundtrack to a 1968 ...


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This might be Ray Bradbury's "The Naming of Names" also known as "Dark They were, with Golden Eyes." Humans move to Mars and find themselves changing, I believe. I also read it in a textbook, albeit in middle school. Here's a quote from the story that mentions the eyes: The sun was hot, the day quiet. There was only an immense staring burn upon the land. ...


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Found the book! It turned out to be Planetfall by Douglas Hill, Tamora Pierce and David Garnett. The section I most remembered was the "Could you survive on an Alien Planet?" portion. From Goodreads: Sentinel of Earth: Introduces a brand new 'alien' super hero, Rasl Ca'wrn and his sidekick Mizzo. Earth is a target for evil alien villains and only the ...


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Timeline: Prometheus occurs in the years 2089 – 2093, landing on LV-223 David escapes LV-223 and creates the Xenomorphs between 2093 and 2104 Covenant occurs in the year 2104 Presumably, sometime between 2093 and 2122 the infected space jockey crashes on LV-426 Nostromo lands on LV-426 in the year 2122 in the original Alien movie. The black goo: The ...


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This is explained in The Paradise Syndrome, the 25th episode of Season 1 of The Original Series: MCCOY: Were you able to make sense out of the symbols? SPOCK: Yes. The obelisk is a marker, just as I thought. It was left by a super-race known as the Preservers. They passed through the galaxy rescuing primitive cultures which were in danger of extinction ...


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