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The alien invasion is a common theme in science fiction stories and film, in which a technologically-superior extraterrestrial society invades Earth with the intent to replace human life, or to enslave it under a colonial system, or in some cases, to use humans as food. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “Green people” redirects here. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Slave redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ...


The invasion scenario has been used as an allegory for a protest against military hegemony and the societal ills of the time. Wells' The War of the Worlds is often viewed as an indictment of European colonialism and its "gunboat diplomacy" —setting a common theme for some politically motivated future alien invasion stories. An invasion is a military action consisting of armed forces of one geopolitical entity entering territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objective of conquering territory, or altering the established government. ... Allegory of Music by Filippino Lippi. ... Hegemony (pronounced or ) (Greek: ) is the dominance of one group over other groups, with or without the threat of force, to the extent that, for instance, the dominant party can dictate the terms of trade to its advantage; more broadly, cultural perspectives become skewed to favor the dominant group. ... The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel (or novella) which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ... In international politics, gunboat diplomacy refers to the pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power—implying or constituting a direct threat of warfare, should terms not be agreeable to the superior force. ...


Prospects of invasion tended to vary with the state of current affairs, and current perceptions of threat. Alien invasion was a common metaphor in science fiction during the Cold War, illustrating the fears of foreign (i.e. Soviet Union) occupation and nuclear devastation of the American people. Examples of these stories include "The Liberation of Earth" by William Tenn and The Body Snatchers. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... William Tenn is the pseudonym for the science fiction work of Philip Klass (born May 9, 1920). ... The Body Snatchers is a 1955 science fiction novel by Jack Finney, originally serialized in Colliers Magazine in 1954, which describes Earth being invaded by seeds which have drifted to Earth from space. ...


It is to be noted that in fiction the aliens tend to either observe (sometimes using experiments) or invade (Plan 9 from Outer Space, and the Daleks and others in the long-running series Doctor Who), rather than help the population of Earth acquire the capacity to participate in interplanetary affairs. There have been a few exceptions, however, such as the alien-initiated first contact that begins the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, and the Vulcan-initiated first contact that concludes the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact (although notably after a failed invasion by the Borg in the rest of the film). In both cases, aliens decide to visit Earth only after noticing that its inhabitants have reached some threshold level of technology: nuclear weapons combined with space travel in the first case, and faster-than-light travel using warp drive technology in the second. Plan 9 from Outer Space Not to be confused with Plan Creepy from Outer Space is a science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... For other uses, see Dalek (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Doctor Who (disambiguation). ... First contact may refer to: In science: First contact (anthropology), a first meeting of two previously unknown cultures First contact (astronomy), the moment in astronomy during a transit or eclipse when the apparent positions of the two bodies first touch In Star Trek: First Contact (TNG episode), a fourth season... The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction film that tells the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to warn its leaders not to take their conflicts into space, or they will face devastating consequences. ... It has been suggested that Tplana-hath be merged into this article or section. ... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Look up Borg in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ... Space exploration is the physical exploration of outer-Earth objects and generally anything that involves the technologies, science, and politics regarding space endeavors. ... Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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The most well-known alien invasion scenarios involve the aliens landing on Earth, destroying or abducting people, fighting and defeating Earth's military forces, and then destroying Earth's major cities. Usually, the bulk of the story follows the battles between the invaders and Earth's armies, as in The War of the Worlds. However, not all alien invasion stories follow this plot. In some accounts, the alien invaders will covertly subvert human society using disguises, shapechanging, or human allies. In other depictions, the aliens score an overwhelming victory over humanity and the bulk of the story occurs after the aliens have taken over. Sometimes, the aliens do not come from space, but from another dimension. And in some fiction, the invaders may not actually be aliens, but demonic creatures. The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel (or novella) which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. ... “Fiend” redirects here. ...


Alien infiltration has been a familiar variation on the alien invasion theme. In the infiltration scenario, the invaders will typically take human form and can move freely throughout human society, even to the point of taking control of command positions. This type of invasion usually emphasizes paranoid fears and was very common during the Cold War, with the Communist agents suspected everywhere, but has also become common in during any time of social change and unrest. The classic examples of this would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the gradual evolution of humans to `hybrid' aliens in TV's Invasion, Threshold, the Animorphs series, Invader Zim, Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters and the John W. Campbell, Jr. short story, Who Goes There?, which was made into 1951 Howard Hawks film The Thing from Another World, with a more faithful adaptation being made by John Carpenter in 1982 as The Thing. For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film. ... Invasion is an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for only one season beginning in September 2005 before it was cancelled. ... Threshold is a science fiction drama television series that first aired on CBS in September 2005. ... This page is about the book series. ... Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez and aired on Nickelodeon. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... In 1951, Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel, The Puppet Masters, in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. ... John Wood Campbell, Jr. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ... The Thing from Another World is a 1951 science fiction film which tells the story of an Air Force crew and scientists at a remote Arctic research outpost who fight a malevolent alien being. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the 1982 remake of The Thing from Another World. ...


Alien occupation can occur in many invasion stories. In short, the alien invaders win and occupy the Earth or human civilization (sometimes they even try to terraform the earth to make it suit them better), at least until a human resistance overthrows the aliens and/or their puppet governments. Many occupation stories are influenced by the real human invasions by totalitarian governments, such as Nazi Germany, in which the alien invaders support existing human government infrastructures that welcome their new alien overlords or purge opposition governments and rebuild them in their own image and the enforcement of their rule through the use of collaborators and secret police. Examples of life under alien occupation can be seen in the TV series V, John Christopher's book series, The Tripods, the comic book miniseries Slash Maraud and the Half-Life series of computer games. A puppet state is a state whose government, though notionally of the same culture as the governed people - owes its existence (or other major debt) to being installed, supported or controlled by a more powerful entity, typically a foreign power. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... V is a science fiction TV franchise created by American producer and director Kenneth Johnson concerning aliens known as The Visitors trying to take over Earth. ... Samuel Youd (born February 12, 1922 in Lancashire) is a British science fiction author. ... The Tripods TV series title card, seemingly computer-generated, but made using traditional animation The Tripods is series of novels written by Samuel Youd (under the pen name John Christopher) beginning in the late 1960s. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ...


Alien raids are short-term alien invasions. The aliens are incapable of supporting a large-scale invasion due to small numbers and instead use the shock of their arrival to inspire terror. Other stories following this line of reasoning would have the alien invaders conducting reconnaissance and probing raids on the Earth's population and especially their military forces. Also, the invaders will try to choose isolated spots, such as the desert or farmlands of rural America, as a staging area or landing zone. This type of plotline provides a better possibility of small groups, like local police and military, or even ordinary civilians, the ability to repulse the invaders and return to normal life after the event. Because of budget constraints, this variation was fairly common in the 1950s science fiction B-movies, such as It Came from Outer Space, Teenagers From Outer Space, The Blob, and Plan 9 From Outer Space. It also appears in the film Signs as they do not want the world's powers to retaliate using nuclear weapons [citation needed]. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 Science Fiction 3-D film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, and Charles Drake. ... Teenagers from Outer Space is a 1959 science-fiction B-movie about an extraterrestrial ship landing on Earth to use it as a farm for its food supply. ... For other meanings of this term, see Blob. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space Not to be confused with Plan Creepy from Outer Space is a science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... Signs is a 2002 science fiction thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. ...


The theme of beneficial alien invasion has also been explored in fiction on the rare occasion. With this type of story, the invaders, in a kind of little grey/green man's burden, colonize the planet in an effort to spread their culture and "civilize" the indigenous "barbaric" inhabitants or secretly watch and aid earthlings saving them from themselves. The former theme shares many traits with hostile occupation fiction, but the invaders tend to view the occupied peoples as students or equals rather than subjects and slaves. The latter theme of secret watcher is a paternalistic/maternalistic theme. In this fiction, the aliens intervene in human affairs to prevent them from destroying themselves, such as Klaatu and Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still warning the leaders of Earth to abandon their warlike ways and join other space-faring civilizations else that they will destroy themselves or be destroyed by their interstellar union. Other examples of a beneficial alien invasion are Gene Roddenberry's The Questor Tapes movie and his 1968 Star Trek episode Assignment: Earth, Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, the anime and novel series Crest of the Stars and David Brin's Uplift series of books. The White Mans Burden is a Eurocentric view of the world used to encourage powerful nations to adopt an imperial role. ... Cultural imperialism is the practice of promoting, distinguishing, separating, artificially injecting of the culture or language of one nation in another. ... The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction film that tells the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to warn its leaders not to take their conflicts into space, or they will face devastating consequences. ... Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... The Questor Tapes is a 1974 TV-movie about an android (portrayed by Robert Foxworth) with incomplete memory tapes who is searching for his creator and his purpose. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Arthur C. Clarke Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE (born 16 December 1917) is a British science-fiction author and inventor, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same... Childhoods End is a science fiction novel by Sir Arthur C. Clarke. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Crest of the Stars (Japanese: 星界の紋章 Seikai no Monshō) is a trilogy of space opera (some parts could classify as military science fiction/military space opera) science fiction novels written by Morioka Hiroyuki. ... Glen David Brin, Ph. ... The Uplift Universe is a fictional universe created by science fiction writer David Brin. ...


Another conception of the alien invasion theme is a demonic alien invasion, in which the invaders are Biblical or religious-inspired demonic beings, who infiltrate the Earth, attack mankind, take over human society (disguised as humans themselves) and make war upon the saints, fulfilling the events described in the Book of Revelation or another religious prophecy, occasionally invented for the story itself. Warhammer 40,000 and The Doom computer game series follows this concept. The novel Childhood's End may be viewed as a form of demonic alien invasion, because of the Overlords' devilish appearances. Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is a landmark title in the first-person shooter genre. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... Childhoods End is a science fiction novel by Sir Arthur C. Clarke. ...


Occasionally, two or more themes can be used as a combination. For example, the aliens may first infiltrate society secretly, then, after gaining human trust, they will suddenly begin destroying Earth's cities, with the humans taken by complete surprise. Another example of this is in two episodes of the popular sci-fi show Stargate SG-1 an alien race known as the Aschen befriend humans and share their advanced technology and medicine freely in exchange for stargate addresses. But it soon becomes clear that the Aschen plan to eradicate the human race slowly by making both women and men infertile so the human race dies out over generations. Another type of invasion is seen in various Godzilla films, most notably Destroy All Monsters, and also in the Monster Wars saga of Godzilla: The Series and the 2004 film, Godzilla: Final Wars. In these films, alien races take control of earth's monsters and use them to attack and destroy Earth's major cities, but are usually ironically defeated by the monsters themselves. Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... This article is about the character itself. ... Destroy All Monsters , All Monsters Charge) is a 1968 daikaiju eiga (Monster Movie). ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... Kaijū (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ...


An additional angle is provided by the concept of Alien invasion in the past, with a period of the recent or distant past serving as the scene of an alien invasion of one of the aforementioned types. The most ambitious project of this kind seems to be Harry Turtledove's alternative history Worldwar & Colonization Series , where lizard-like aliens land on Earth in 1942, bent on conquest, forcing the opposing sides of the Second World War to unite against them. In Sideslip by Ted White and Dave van Arnam, a private detective from our New York finds himself in an alternate reality where Earth is under occupation by interstellar humanoids nicknamed "Angels", who had landed in 1938, taking advantage of the confusion following Orson Wells' War of the Worlds radio program, and had ruled Earth as a colony ever since. In Starspawn by Kenneth Von Gunden, Earth is infiltrated by small parasitic aliens capable of attaching themselves to a human and controlling him or her - similar to the scenario of Heinlein's aforementioned The Puppet Masters - except that the invasion takes place in Medieval England, against the background of knights besieging a castle. In similar settings at Poul Anderson's High Crusade, an alien ship lands at a Medieval English village, but the overconfident would-be conquerors find out the hard way that they are not immune to swords and arrows; the humans take over the ship and proceed to carve out an empire among the stars, but lose contact with Earth which goes on with its familiar history. The 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact deals extensively with this theme, although the frame of reference is in the future; Borg come to Earth in 2063, approximately two to three hundred years prior to the relevant events in the Star Trek universe. Harry Norman Turtledove (born June 14, 1949) is an American historian and prolific novelist who has written historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction works. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Fans have given the name Tosev timeline to a series of Harry Turtledoves alternate history science fiction novels. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Frank Frazettas cover illustration for Ted Whites Phoenix Prime Ted White (born February 4, 1938) is an American science fiction author and editor as well as a music critic. ... Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985) is commonly considered one of Hollywoods greatest directors, as well as a fine actor, broadcaster and screenwriter. ... For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... In 1951, Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel, The Puppet Masters, in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926–July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author of the genres Golden Age. ... Book cover for The High Crusade The High Crusade is a novel by Poul Anderson. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Look up Borg in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... (Redirected from 2063) Millennia: 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium - 4th millennium Centuries: 20th century - 21st century - 22nd century Decades: 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s 2050s - 2060s - 2070s 2080s 2090s Years: 2060 2061 2062 2063 2064 2065 2066 2067 2068 2069 The Decade as a Whole This decade is expected to be called...


Notable examples

The classic treatment was The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, which was made into movies in 1953 and 2005. Another early version is The Germ Growers (1892), by Robert Potter. Other treatments have posited biological invasions (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), or cultural invasion (The Uplift Wars by David Brin). The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel (or novella) which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. ... Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946), better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film. ... The Uplift Universe is a fictional universe created by science fiction writer David Brin. ... Glen David Brin, Ph. ...


The 1988 cult film They Live uses its own alien infiltration backstory as a satire on what some perceived as Ronald Reagan's America and the 1980s as an era of conspicuous consumption, in which the hidden aliens and human members of the elite oppress poverty-stricken humans and a shrinking middle class. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... A cult film is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. ... They Live is a 1988 film directed by John Carpenter, who also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym “Frank Armitage”. The movie is based on the short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Reagan redirects here. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Conspicuous consumption is a term used to describe the lavish spending on goods and services that are acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth. ... In popular fiction and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ...


John Kessel makes use of the metaphor of alien invasion in his short story Invaders, by contrasting "the Krel's" (a fictional alien race) invasion of Earth with Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru, as if to illustrate the horror of the real event. John Kessel (b. ... “Pizarro” redirects here. ... There lies Peru with its riches; Here, Panama and its poverty. ...

  • Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
  • Footfall - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  • V - Drama about reptile aliens disguised as humans.
  • Doctor Who features numerous examples of almost all the aforementioned types of alien invasion. It should be noted that the Doctor himself, as well as several of his companions, is an alien, despite his human appearance.
  • Animorphs - A best-selling young adult book series and short-lived TV program about a group of human teenagers who are forced into fighting in an interstellar war that has been brought to Earth, featuring invasion of Earth by the parasitic Yeerks.
  • John Wyndham made an effort to depict alien invasions in ways not thought of before him. In The Kraken Wakes (published in a rather different version as Out of the Deeps), creatures from a high-density planet land in Earth's oceans and colonise the sea bottoms. Since the only environment useful to them is one where humans can't live, there is no real reason for conflict - but they do destroy a deep-sea exploration vessel, the humans react drastically with exploding an H-Bomb on the sea bottom, and from then on it is war to the death with the two sides finding various destructive ways to get at each other. Until the end of the books, the deep-sea invaders are not seen and humans have no idea what they look like.
  • In The Midwich Cuckoos Wyndham describes an alien ship landing at an English village, putting all its inhabitants to sleep and impregnating all the women. The children born of that visit have strong telepathic abilities, and upon growing up act like dangerous invaders, though in law they are nothing but a group of English children. Here, too, the identity of the aliens who planted them remains unknown until the end of the book.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still - alien invasion movie (1951), in which the alien being (played by Michael Rennie) and his robot/android demonstrate their superior technology and firepower by neutralizing all of mankind's electronic machines (i.e., cars, trucks, planes, trains, etc.). The theme of the movie is pacifism/anti-war/one-world government: the alien shows a superior technology and the governments of the world over-react and kill the alien as a perceived threat when his intention was to help the human race.
  • Half-Life 2 illustrates the effects of a prolonged occupation of Earth by an alien empire known as "The Combine",
  • Resistance: Fall of Man takes place in alternate World War Two, in which Most of Asia and Europe has been destroyed by the Chimera.
  • Killzone is in the future, where a sub-species of human, called "Helghast", invade a human colony called "Vekta", sparking a war between both races.
  • Alien Siege sees aliens demanding the lives of millions of people in return for vast amounts of knowledge and technology.
  • The video game Halo: Combat Evolved depicts a religious alliance comprised of different alien species known as the Covenant, who invade Earth's expanding empire and destroy the majority of humanity's planets. They claim that, "Your destruction is the will of the gods, and we are their instrument!" Although the reason why the Covenant are intent on human destruction has not been fully explained, the Covenant are ruthless and brutal in their attempt to wipe out mankind.
  • Independence Day - instead of the typical large fleet of UFOs, aliens used large destroyers to cover an entire city and synchronize with each other worldwide by using artificial satellites so they could strike at the same time. Also very importantly, they used one giant beam of light which strikes the ground producing a large wall of fire that destroyed anything it came in to contact with, moving in an outward circular pattern (like ripples moving out in a pond).
  • The X-COM series depicts a series of massive alien invasion attempts on Earth, first by the hostile Sectoids, then later by bizarre creatures from another reality. The tone of each of the games is dark and tense with occasional moments of levity to break up the relentless fear. Enemy Unknown is the first in the series. Aliens known as Sectoids launch covert strikes against Earth-based targets from their base in the Cydonia region of Mars. X-COM is formed to research and defeat the alien threat, finally achieving its objective by reverse-engineering alien technology and destroying the Martian base. In the sequel, Terror From the Deep, an ancient Sectoid ship which has crash-landed beneath the ocean begins to awaken, reviving legions of Sectoids adapted to live underwater. The last true sequel is Apocalypse, which takes place many years after the Sectoid threat has been neutralised. In Apocalypse, the aliens are from another dimension rather than another planet.
  • The X-Files features a long-developing plotline focussing on an alien invasion assisted by an international syndicate of high-ranking shadow government operatives.
  • Mars Attacks! can be considered a parody of this genre.
  • In Crysis, an alien ship crashed into Earth, and generates an ice sphere which freezes everything in its vicinity while deploying alien machines to fight against both U.S. and North Korean militaries.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a fleet of Vogon "constructor" ships, resembling giant flying yellow bricks (symbolizing bulldozers) demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass. They do it in mere minutes by circling the Earth with all of their ships and firing at once; humanity is annihilated with no resistance.
  • In Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict, the Taelon race came to Earth and solved many of the worst problems of mankind, but were later revealed to have a hidden agenda of turning human beings into weapons to be used in their own war themes.
  • Destroy All Humans!, the popular video game for Playstation 2 and Xbox portrays an alien invasion scenario. However, rather than playing as a human, the player controls Cryptosporidium-137, a Furon alien, in an attempt to take over Earth and annihilate the human race.
  • Keroro Gunsou, Five alien frogs are stranded on Earth (or Pokopen, as they refer to it), and have yet to regroup with one another. Keroro, the main character, is taken by the Hinata family, and ends up becoming a servant to them, as well as a friend of Fuyuki Hinata. Most of the frogs regroup, but far too often, they get sidetracked in various activities with the humans. Even when they finally get serious about their mission, it still gets botched somehow.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (game), The Black Arms aliens, lead by Black Doom, invade the earth so Black Doom can get the seven chaos emeralds and warp their vessel, the Black Comet, to earth so it can release a paralyzing gas over the entire planet. Humans and other intelligent life, like Sonic and the other anthropomorphic animals, can then be consumed by his alien spawn without any resistance.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, creepsome alien creatures known as shroobs attack the Mushroom Kingdom of the past. The Mario Brothers of the present use Time Holes to go to places in the past in order to fight against the shroobs, along with their young past-selves.
  • In Superman II, Superman (who is an alien himself) has to fight off three extremely powerful people from his home planet (Krypton), including General Zod, who intends to put the Earth under his rule via Kryptonian superpowers.
  • Command and Conquer 3 features an alien invasion by an alien race (known as the Scrin, although their identity is not made clear during the game) that is triggered by a detonation of a substance called Liquid Tiberium, set off by the prophetic madman/dictator Kane. The aliens' true purpose was to wait at the edge of the Solar System until Earth had been completely overrun by Tiberium. Kane lured them to Earth earlier in order to seize their knowledge and technology for his own ends. The aliens are presented as being unprepared for a total war against humanity and, as such, attempt to distract local armies long enough for them to finish the construction of 19 interstellar gateways called 'Threshold towers'.
  • In El Eternauta, one of the most influential comics series of the 20th century, the real invaders remain hidden controlling everything from the distance.
  • In Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, mankind has made contact with an insectoid alien race known colloquially as "Buggers." The buggers have attempted to invade Earth twice, having been narrowly defeated the second time by a man named Mazer Rackham, and the threat of the third bugger invasion looms large over the Earth. They build a space training facility to train young kids, namely Ender, to defeat the buggers.
  • In the game Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, aliens serve a SMALL role. They came to the Milk Farm and wanted to abtuct the cows. Link (Which is the main character of the series) helped the ranch owner's little sister to keep the aliens away.
  • Signs(film) is the story of one small American family living through an alien invasion

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See also

For the song by Muse, see Black Holes and Revelations. ... In fiction, an interstellar war is a war between combatants whose respective headquarters lie in different star systems. ... The Battle of Dorking (1871) triggered an explosion of invasion literature. ... An Outside Context Problem or an OCP is any problem outside a given organisation or societys experience, with an immediate, ubiquitous and lasting impact upon an entire culture or civilisation. ... “Green people” redirects here. ... Planetary defense, or planetary defence, is the concept of protecting Earth (or another planet) from extra-terrestrial threats such as near-Earth objects or alien invasions. ...

External links

  • Alien Invasion
  • Reuters: How to prepare for alien invasion
  • Disclosure Project
  • - How to Survive an Alien Invasion - Pop Culture

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