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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

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

Zeroth Contact

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

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

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

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

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

We Come In Peace - Really

Science Fiction Filter: examples of unreliable aliens? [more inside]
posted by arcanecrowbar on Mar 14, 2009 - 36 answers

No One Would Have Believed...

First contact and apocalyptic sci-fi recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Feb 2, 2009 - 44 answers

I have a science fiction story stuck in my head.

Help me identify the name of this science fiction short story or novel about a human child of an interplanetary diplomat. [more inside]
posted by shadytrees on Dec 11, 2008 - 9 answers

What's this "aliens stole our metal" SF short?

Another "ID this SF story" question...a man wakes up in the night to discover (so he thinks) that all the metal in his house is gone. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Nov 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Colonization: Lost in Space?

YAWWTPCGQ (yet another "what was that PC game?" question) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Nov 14, 2008 - 5 answers

GODZILLA!!!

What are some classic, old sci-fi movies? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Oct 29, 2008 - 40 answers

Sundry Notes for an Abortive Ethnography of the Asadi of BoskVeld

Where can I find good science fiction about alien ethnographers (or 'xenologists')? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 19, 2008 - 31 answers

Sci Fi Collections

[Two Obscure SciFi Short Story Questions]
When I was a kid our family library was stocked with lots of 'Best Of' Sci Fi collections. One particular story that I half remember had something to do with the human race being enslaved by large aliens, and basically a slave revolt by humans occurs in one of the alien ships. The other story was about an alien artifact (a helmet?) and some quasi-Egyptian pyramid ruins. That's really about all I can remember, other than I remember enjoying both stories very much. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geekhorde on Jan 6, 2005 - 10 answers

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