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Started thinking about the various aliens over the years wondering what everyone's favs are
Here are mine:
Kudos go to David Brin. The Uplift War and Startide Rising introduce a host of aliens he has come up with, many of which do not follow the standard humanoid form. Contactin Aliens gives illustrations of some of the more common ones in the universe. Some of the highlights include Tandu, Kanteen, Brothers of the Night, Gubru and Thennanians.
Puppeteers from Ringworld and related series by Larry Niven
A non humanoid species, multi heads, nonviolent. Definitely a mold breaker.
The Black Cloud from The Black Cloud by Fredrick Hoyle.
About the most unique intelligence I remember - a star system sized cloud who has trouble believing life could exist on planets.
Martians from War of the Worlds by HG Wells
It seems mundane now, but this species set the bar for aliens for decades
Shadows from Babylon 5 the TV show by J. Michael Straczynski
They were pretty creepy the first couple times I watched the series.
Aliens from Alien the movie by HR Giger
Another Alien that set the mold. this is the modern prototype for Aliens
Horta from Star Trek the original series, Devil in the Dark written by Gene L. Coon
As a child I was enthralled by the rock creature. It still hold up as an original alien.
Hammerhead from Star Wars:A New Hope by George Lucas
At 6 years old, this was the first alien I clearly remember. It sill looks different from 99% of what's out there today. (for the purists out there, sorry I don't remember Lucas new name for the character :( )
So share your favs, argue what's best.
Best aliens ever - Prador. Read Prador Moon by Neal Asher.
AI from The Culture (Iain Banks)
Cylons from the new Battlestar Galactica
Zylyn - from a short lived TV series from the mid 90s, Space Rangers
Aeryn Sun, Peacekeeper from Farscape
hmm, I'll have to think some more, this was a hard question...........................
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I can't believe anyone even remembered Space Rangers, I did watch all what, three, four episodes? when it came out.
Heck, there was even a Usenet group. Carey Tagawa was kewl! I bought the six episodes on video tape.......................
The Horta return in Devil in the Sky by Greg Cox and John Gregory Betancourt, Star Trek Deep Space Nine #11.
My favorites were the Ray Bradbury's Martians - as in The Martian Chronicles, or even better as in Dark They Were And Golden-Eyed. And then there were Robert Charles Wilson's Martians in Spin. And how about Kim Stanley Robinson's Martians in his Mars trilogy. O yeah. I vote for all the post-terrestrial human Martians throughout science fiction.
Oh, that reminds me, remember those aliens who were like statues and could only move when you weren't watching? Those were so incredibly
C R E E P Y !
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