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Would Like to Recall Name of Specific Arcade Game Early '90s

It was an upright arcade game, but played like a board game. You and some (allegedly) hyper intelligent extraterrestrial take turns placing tokens (colonies, energy nodes, whatever) on a series of boards that change from round to round. Tokens next to the token you place get 'flipped' to your color. There was console art depicting spacey aliens with pseudopods. [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking sci-fi baseball story from my youth

I'm hoping the hive mind can help me identify a sci-fi baseball short-story I read a few decades ago, probably in the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Am i receiving alien transmissions?

So i finally got my turn table hooked back up and got a phono preamp. Awesome! But now i'm having mysterious interference, and receiving radio signals on it(!?!?)... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jun 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Can Nuclear Weapons Kill Xenomorphs?

Can Nuclear Weapons Actually Kill Xenomorphs? Is it, in fact, the only way to be sure? It seems like they can handle a lot of physical battering, which makes me wonder if nuking the site from orbit in Aliens would ACTUALLY have killed them. If you are answering this question, please support any assertions by citing some part of the Alien canon; I have no use for whimsical uninformed opinions here; I'm a very busy person.
posted by Greg Nog on May 28, 2014 - 29 answers

What was this game?

I'm wondering if you can recall a certain indie game about multiple generations of flying creatures peacefully growing flowers on an island. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

What short story did I read in SF&F?

A girl (tween? early teen?) visits an alien planet (possibly blue and rocky?) and loses a ring. She has to explain what a ring is-- like a tiny bracelet for your fingers, which are the little arms that come out of the end of my arms-- to the sympathetic aliens, who have cup-shaped hands. I read this in Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine some time in the early or mid-nineties. What's the title, author, or volume? Sure regretting tossing those back issues when I moved!
posted by blnkfrnk on Jan 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Name that sci-fi short story (aliens discussing humans)

Do you remember reading a short science fiction story where aliens were regretting their decision to exterminate humanity? [more inside]
posted by ana scoot on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I make a baby doll look like HR Giger's Alien?

For a costume I need an alien. I would like to take a plastic baby doll, maybe 16", and modify it to look like an alien, preferably HR Giger's Alien from Alien. [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Help ID a scifi story about aliens and a quarantined Earth

Can you help my friend identify this scifi short story about aliens and a shield around the earth? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for stories where humans are the monsters.

Many monsters in fiction are scary in large part because of their inherent, biological abilities: acid blood, teeth, claws, wings, etc. Inspired by this tumblr thread (via this Omni article), I'm looking for stories in any genre that avoid or (preferably) subvert this trope, making humans out to be inherently frightening, gross or dangerous.
posted by Skorgu on Aug 23, 2013 - 38 answers

Best Art Bell episodes?

I grew up listening to late-night spooky radio like Art Bell and George Noory. Recently on a road trip I burned a few CDs sort of at random to keep me company. Now I'm interested in digging through the archives to find the best episodes ever. Do any stand out to you? Please share!
posted by blandcamp on Jul 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for a clip of a man channeling aliens on a British talk show.

I'm looking for a clip of a man claiming to channel aliens from a BBC-style talk show I am pretty sure I saw here on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Daft Punk - Contact sample source

Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there." When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Spirals in the Alps

A new age-y community in the Alps based around/obsessed with spirals or some kind of spiral mechanisms? Did I dream this? [more inside]
posted by Bektashi on Apr 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Zeroth Contact

Where can I get some absentee alien stories? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Possibly a dumb question about Alien/Aliens.

On a recent rewatch of the original Alien and Aliens films, I realized something puzzling. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Feb 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Whither aliens without food?

Just finished watching the Alien series (again). I've always been curious, what did they live on for sustenance? Their awesome power and quickness suggests a significant need of caloric intake, but how this was handled was never clear. [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Why do we have cats AND Melmacians have cats?

In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 21, 2012 - 7 answers

One hunts a squamp with bait.

BookFilter: sci-fi novels with "menagerie worlds." [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Goosebumps-like book

A sci-fi teen book from the 90's? [more inside]
posted by lain on Aug 22, 2012 - 11 answers

What do cats do when the Greys come for the humans?

Among narratives about visitations by the "Grey" aliens, are there any that talk about what cats do during the alien encounter? Do they just chill all cool-style? Do they FREAK OUT. Do they meow a lot or do they hiss or do they go hide someplace? Do they even try to bite the aliens (would be v. brave, imo). For the purposes of this question, let's allow both ostensibly fictional narratives and ostensibly real ones.
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Sci-fi about ancient aliens/technolgy for a 14-year-old?

Help me find more great sci-fi about ancient aliens / ancient technologies for my favorite 14-year-old avid reader. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jul 25, 2012 - 30 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

PRI at 50 Lightyears Out

Suppose an astronomer was sitting on a mirror of Earth less than 50 light years away and it was about 50 years in the future. On this mirror earth technology is similar to Earth's modern technology. What is the likelihood that their astronomers would have discovered Sol given its size and distance. How difficult would it be for a project the scale of the SETI array to listen to a 10K watt analog Earth radio station? Other details welcome. [more inside]
posted by humanfont on Jan 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me remember the name of this old obscure sci fi comic book.

I'm trying to find a specific old comic which details the history of an alien humanoid civilization. [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Nov 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Shiftin'.

Bookfilter: Books where protagonists are transformed into animals/aliens/etc for extended periods? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Nov 10, 2011 - 29 answers

Life at Half-Speed

Name that sci-fi short story I read as a child. [more inside]
posted by minifigs on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Another bug hunt

Where can I find Reebok Alien Stompers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by speednoisemovement on Oct 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Book Id: Sci Fi series with aliens and plague

Book ID: Trying to find a sci-fi trilogy or series I started in the 90s. Set on earth, there was a black plague that had something to do with an alien race. The pyramids were involved. I think a pyramid may have been on the cover. Very vague I know, but that is about all I can remember. Thanks!
posted by meta87 on May 30, 2011 - 3 answers

MovieFilter: Medieval Civilization vs. Aliens From Outer Space

Help me find movies that pit a medieval civilization against scary aliens from outer space. [more inside]
posted by mysterpigg on May 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Need help IDing a sci-fi novel about the building of an interstellar transport network, a mean ship AI, and first contact with an unknowable alien intelligence

Can you help me identify this SF novel? Female protagonist is employed overseeing the construction of a transportation network into deep space. She has to deal with the ship's AI who is trying to turn her son (also a crew member) against her. They run into a very strange intelligent creature and try to figure out how to keep from destroying it with their gateway network, while also carefully monitoring the amount of time that she spends outside of suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Apr 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find this abduction story!

A few years ago, I heard a segment on NPR/Seattle Public Radio about two men who claimed to have been abducted by aliens some number of years ago. I'm not sure if it was a This American Life story (but I don't think it was based on what I found of the show archives), a NPR story, or a Seattle Public Radio story. I am trying to find a recording of that piece now and/or more information about the story it covered. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Apr 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Aliens are coming. How soon do we find out?

If an alien spaceship was approaching earth, how soon would we detect it? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Mar 28, 2011 - 19 answers

missing a quote about lisp

Looking for a quote about Lisp and aliens. [more inside]
posted by DU on Dec 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Game Over, Man, Game Over

What was this 90s space marine video game from my youth? [more inside]
posted by Menthol on Dec 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Semi-humourous sci-fi short story ID

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction (?) short story that I read about 10-15 years ago. Basically, a bunch of prominent citizens of Earth (including Miss Universe) are summoned to Mars to be harangued by a sarcastic alien who tells them they're all doomed. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Nov 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Do you know this film about goblins/aliens?

I'm trying to identify a scary TV programme/film I saw as a child with goblins/aliens. Possibly Australian. [more inside]
posted by distorte on Nov 16, 2010 - 3 answers

I Want To Believe again

Scariest X-Files episodes? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Oct 29, 2010 - 40 answers

Treatment doc for Aliens?

Treatment document for James Cameron's Aliens? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Oct 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me find a short story about aliens meeting humanity

I'm looking for helping finding a short SF story I once read, possibly on Infinity Plus. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 28, 2010 - 0 answers

Suggestions for stories featuring nonhuman main characters?

Anyone know good examples of stories with nonhuman points of view? Bonus points for having no human characters at all. [more inside]
posted by vienaragis on Sep 22, 2010 - 55 answers

Aliens kidnapped my house.

Television movie from the mid to late 80's. Probably on Nickelodeon.a About a kid that gets kidnapped by aliens. [more inside]
posted by iamck on Sep 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Space aliens visit earth to experience emotions

About a month ago I heard a partial interview with a short story author (male) and one of the stories was about aliens who come to Earth to experience emotions by inhabiting our bodies. They vacation here because our life span is very short compared to theirs. They were very,very tall on their planet. This story has been stuck in my mind. I emailed NPR and they couldn't figure it out either. Help!
posted by wennagain on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story?

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story? (potentially NSFW description) [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Jun 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Give Me Anime-Induced Nightmares Again

Help me identify a anime from my childhood about a superhero alien with boob death lasers. [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Oct 19, 2009 - 2 answers

In space no one can here you scream, he wrote

What's the best literary equivalent of Alien/Aliens? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 9, 2009 - 21 answers

Thanos is intriguing. Who else?

In your opinion, who are the best alien super-villains? Difficulty: I'm only interested in those that originated from comic books. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jul 23, 2009 - 25 answers

UFOs on the Gulf Coast

Looking for reports of UFO sightings and alien encounters in Gulf Shores, Alabama. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Jun 2, 2009 - 4 answers

things cadbury never taught me about

Advise-an-alien-filter: Easter version [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 7, 2009 - 26 answers

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