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gimmie shelter

How do you be a 'safe space' for someone? Have you defeated your habit of emotionally checking out when things get hairy? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish on Jun 28, 2014 - 25 answers

What's the name of this kids' scifi anthology I remember?

I read this book of short stories years ago, and for some reason I remember most of the stories in it but have had no luck with Googling for it. Must be that the stories' premises were creative enough or caught my imagination in a particular way. The most memorable story was about trying to survive on Earth after a supernova. I'm pretty sure these are all from the same book: [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 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

Help identify this scifi short story about political revolution !

Can you identify this vaguely remembered long lost scifi short story? I read this story in London when I was a kid... but it may not be British, just English language: the basic plot goes something like this - the human narrator is telling an anecdote about the pitfalls of universal translator technologies. He relates the story of a lone human scientist (perhaps a biologist or an anthropologist) studying life on an alien planet. More plot details [and SPOILERS] in the extended explanation !!!! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Sep 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Modern Yeerk (Alien Parasite) Invasion

I'm planning an RPG for a group of friends, using the Animorphs series as inspiration. I'd like to set the game in the modern US, the modern world. I need to at least sketch out how an alien race able to parasitically take over human bodies (gaining access to their thoughts and memories in the process) would plan out the first stages of an invasion. Their eventual goal is to enslave all humans as hosts. During the first months and year of the invasion, trying to keep the invasion under wraps, who would they target and infect, how would they spread their numbers and influence? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 20, 2013 - 15 answers

When to tell a prospective partner about my immigration status?

I am residing illegally in a country (I would rather not say which one) and am dating. I reached out to a person on a dating site. We have only been on two dates, but I quite like them and the person seems very into me as well. I feel like since I asked them out the onus is more on me to tell them about my status than if they had asked me out. When should I tell? I want to wait in order to protect myself from even the slightest possibility of deportation, but I also want to be as honest and forthright as I can be to honor both the person I am interested in and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Sci-Fi Illustrated Book of Alien Planets and Creatures?

When I was a kid, I had an illustrated sci-fi book that was basically a catalog of alien planets and their exotic animal life-forms. I was able to find it on the internet again a few years ago, but have since forgotten the title. Illustrations I remember from the book: a red alien cat-like creature; a slab of rock with eyes and bloody fangs. Things I remember about the book when I looked it up recently: it was listed as a non-canonical book in another series, and was intended as a handbook for a fictional trade/commerce federation. What is this book?
posted by not_on_display on Aug 9, 2013 - 3 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

Interesting scifi / glam rock makeup looks?

Can you point me to some (non-prosthetic) scifi/fantasy makeup looks? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jan 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me find my long lost book.

Finding a long lost book with a grey cover and very sparse details. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Dec 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a keychain with an floating alien

Looking for a keychain with a floating alien. Can't do much better than that. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by robverb on Dec 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Name a celebrity that actually is an Alien from Omicron Persei

Hi! We're preparing an Hallowen party and we would like to make a series of posters stating that *celebrityname* actually is an Alien! Ziggy Stardust, Michael Jackson, Amélie Nothomb come to my mind..any other suggestion :) ?
posted by elpapacito on Oct 26, 2012 - 40 answers

What's the deal with the alien sitting on a rock?

What is meaning of the cartoon logo of an alien sitting on a rock in the MAHLI calibration image on the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover?
posted by mqk on Sep 13, 2012 - 1 answer

What was the EC Comic with this alien story?

Please identify this science-fiction EC Comics story involving a mind-controlling alien. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Apretado! Apretado!

Spanish-translation-filter. As part of this month's Mefi music challenge, I'm doing a cover of Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien in Spanish, and need translation help. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I find you if I don't even know your name?

Help me remember a pair of sci-fi/drama movies a friend recommended several years ago that I've now forgotten the titles of. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

An alien blew up my brain!

Please help me remember the name of an old scifi novel about an alien that sucks knowledge out of other people's brains, killing them. [more inside]
posted by CuJoe on Aug 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Who was Doofernel?

Where or what children's (tv show? classroom teaching guide?) is this song from? Lyrics inside... [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 27, 2011 - 0 answers

Oh dear god - what is that thing??

OMG - what the hell is that? I appear to have an alien penis (or some sort of very odd plant) growing in my backyard. Please help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Jun 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Would Earth plants grow in alien soil?

Suppose there were another Earth-like planet with an Earth-like ecosystem, but evolved totally separately from Earth's. Am I right in suspecting that we would almost certainly not be able to digest any of its plants or animals and vice versa? If we were to bring our own plants, could they grow in the soil? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Horror set in space

Looking for recommendations of horror stories set in space - movies, TV shows/episodes, books, comics, games etc. Bonus points for 'ghost ship'/'haunted house' story constructions. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 6, 2011 - 43 answers

Movie from the '80s with a floating alien brain who lives underground?

Can you help me find a sci-fi movie from the '80s with a floating brain in it? I only saw bits of it at the video store. [more inside]
posted by qbject on Jan 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Please help identify another childhood TV memory from U.K. late 70s / early 80s. Horror/drama elements.

Weird alien living-desk-lamp or exotic flower in some suburban British home. Another super-vague childhood TV memory question. U.K. late 70s/early 80s. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Jan 12, 2011 - 4 answers

What to use for firing Alien Bee's B800 + ABR800 simultaneously?

What to use for firing Alien Bee's B800 + ABR800 simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 9, 2011 - 2 answers

If I was a Q, I'd probably be a bit of a jerk, too.

Is there a quote about how a vastly superior creature who isn't a god could appear as if they were one? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on Jan 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Aliens hunting you down with nowhere to run?

Name that book! Trapped in a museum(?). Hunted by aliens(?). Unable to leave due to some type of force field or collars. [more inside]
posted by ofcourseican on Dec 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

help me find a beloved book from my youth

(book filter) A young boy befriends a tallking dog who is actually an alien from outer space. [more inside]
posted by TLCplz on Aug 10, 2010 - 13 answers

What was the show about teens trying to stop an alien that lived inside a volcano from blowing up the Earth?

Live action teen TV show, pretty sure it was Australian, about a group of youngsters trying to stop an alien that lived inside a volcano from ending life on Earth. I remember the alien being humanoid and vaguely similar to the Predator. I saw it on Icelandic television in the early to mid 90s. It was set in modern times. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by Kattullus on May 12, 2010 - 16 answers

What are the less-obvious ramifications to applying for a gun license?

GunFilter: What, if any, are the less-obvious ramifications of getting both a concealed-carry permit (WA state), and an alien firearms license (which is required in this case to get the permit)? For example, I assume these licenses show up on police computers - might that change the way police interact with you under certain circumstances? Are there other aspects of life where these licenses, or the database entries created by them, might influence situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me Obi Wan

I need help coming up with a costume for a pre-existing alien (no inventing my own). [more inside]
posted by duckierose on Apr 6, 2010 - 24 answers

I'm looking for an old internet-video spoof that featured an alien hand-puppet with a baby-bottle nipple on it's head acting very silly

I'm looking for an old internet-video spoof of the Jeff Peckman/Stan Romenek "alien" video, which featured an alien hand-puppet with a baby-bottle nipple on its head acting very silly. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Jan 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me remember the name of this horror/sci-fi movie from my childhood (circa 1991).

I am trying to figure out the name of a horror/sci-fi movie from my childhood. It's a movie where a guy wakes up one day and he has a little alien slug/worm that lives on the back of his neck and talks to him. The alien has drilled a hole in the back of his neck and now injects a powerful narcotic/hallucinogen directly into his brain and controls the guy's life. Nobody knows about the alien slug, and at the end of the movie, he squeezes the alien slug to death and it administers a lethal dose to him, and his head blows up. Name that movie! As I'm older I realize it was a metaphor for drug addiction... and frequently try and explain the plot of the movie to people as best as I can remember. It was probably released around 1991. It may have gone straight to DVD or cable. TIA
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Oct 11, 2009 - 7 answers

No silly putty, please

What are the most alien aliens in Comics, TV or Movie SF? [more inside]
posted by signal on Sep 29, 2009 - 53 answers

What are the chances of getting a green card back?

Several years ago a friend willingly surrendered his Permanent Resident Alien card in the United States. Now he wants it back. What are his options? [more inside]
posted by msali on Aug 17, 2009 - 8 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

Space-Age Bachleor Pa-aaaah Oh God No!

Music Mix Filter: Long story short, next week the model at my event is coming dressed as the Alien Queen from the ALIEN movies. I have no idea what kind of music to play for the background. The film scores seem obvious but who wants to listen to clanking and increasing strings for 3 hours? I can either go scary-horror-sci-fi or campy-alien-novelty songs. Ideally I could do both. What kind of weird space music recommendations do you have? Gotta have songs about alien invaders?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 30, 2009 - 33 answers

Name this 1980s movie

Help me identify this movie! 1980's: the big identifying point I can remember: Teens meet an alien. Out in space, the alien gets into a confrontation with a larger alien, and the audience can't understand what's going on... Afterwards, the most laconic of the teenagers turns to the others and says, "I think that was his dad!" and they realize their alien friend is a teenager too. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jun 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Sculptor / artist who creates lifelike horror / alien scenes?

Sculptor / artist who creates lifelike horror / alien scenes? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on May 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Council of sketchy aliens?

Can anyone find this web site about alien contactees, Billy Meier style, in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by galaksit on May 15, 2009 - 0 answers

Cave Aliens 2

Yet another 80s Scifi search! But as it happens, I remember the whole movie... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Old sci-fi stumpers. Can you identify the writer/story?

Old sci-fi stumpers. Can you identify the writer/story? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by darkpony on Jan 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Maybe it was "in Vogue!" Get it? Get it?!

AlienFilter: Small clarification about this Ridley Scott classic (spolier alert, but only if you've lived under a rock for the past thirty years). [more inside]
posted by Max McCarty on Jan 11, 2009 - 12 answers

What was this book with a pink alien spaceship?

SciFiBookFilter: What was this science fiction book? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Nov 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Alien books.

There was a book that I remember seeing when I was growing up on fictional extraterrestrial life that I can not now find. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 on Sep 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Appealing, school-appropriate video game clip?

I would like to find a link for a short video clip of a video game that meets certain criteria. It will go into a presentation to elementary school teachers, as a quick backdrop to a point about interactive games that will be used in school, and that will be fun while challenging kids to think and learn. (It won't itself BE that game; it just has to plausibly look the part.) It needs to have some connection to an outer space theme. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jun 2, 2008 - 9 answers

I thought getting married would be easy...

Help me get this resident-alien marriage process/paperwork straightened out. [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Mar 8, 2008 - 15 answers

PAINTIN OF ALIEN FROM COMMUNION?

Does anyone know who created the now famous painting of an alien that is featured on the cover of Whitley Strieber's COMMUNION? [more inside]
posted by hodgman on Feb 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Can you help me find this sci-fi book series again?

Please help find the name of series of sci-fi books. It's about a guy who finds some alien artifact on Europa that helps him save Earth from a meteor. [more inside]
posted by marcocampos on Jan 27, 2008 - 2 answers

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