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Subject: Favorite Aliens
Date Posted: 3/25/2009 9:12 PM ET
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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.

Subject: best aliens
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Best aliens ever - Prador.  Read Prador Moon by Neal Asher.

AI from The Culture (Iain Banks)

from TV

Cylons from the new Battlestar Galactica

Mr. Spock

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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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 4:02 AM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 10:18 AM ET
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Nibbler - from Futurama  :)

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 7:28 PM ET
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Vernor Vinge's Tines!

Subject: Space Rangers
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 12:28 PM ET
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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.

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Heck, there was even a Usenet group.  Carey Tagawa was kewl!  I bought the six episodes on video tape.......................

Subject: Mars
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:20 PM ET
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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.

-Tom Hl.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 5:35 PM ET
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Daleks!  EXTERMINATE!

(I also really like the Ood from the newer Dr Who series.)

Subject: Dr. Who
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 6:36 PM ET
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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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Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Subject: Dr. Who
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 1:58 PM ET
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Yes!  I forgot about them!