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2013-07-27 08:11:57 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-27 08:33:10 AM
Why not Zoidberg?
 
2013-07-27 08:33:57 AM
The Horta.
 
2013-07-27 08:36:19 AM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

/not really, I just like posting that
 
2013-07-27 08:36:33 AM
Mork
 
2013-07-27 08:38:36 AM
kildall.com
 
2013-07-27 08:40:57 AM
Can't post pics from my phone, but I always liked the giant single-celled organism in space from trek TOS.


/or the moties.
 
2013-07-27 08:45:11 AM
farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-27 08:46:12 AM
Maybe not believable but I like the Mars Attacks martians.  ack doves and all that ack
 
2013-07-27 08:48:46 AM

Shadow Blasko: Can't post pics from my phone, but I always liked the giant single-celled organism in space from trek TOS.


/or the moties.


I thought of Trek as well. The gigantic viruses from Voyager or maybe the hyper-evolved Warp 10 salamanders also from Voyager.
 
2013-07-27 09:02:00 AM
From memory from a book a SF writing:

Ancient Greeks and Romans are more alien than most authors Martians.
 
2013-07-27 09:02:56 AM
That's a thread on a message board, not an article...

...oh, it's supposed to be an article? The author just didn't include any suggestions of his own? I see...
 
2013-07-27 09:05:57 AM

Shadow Blasko: the moties.


All hail Niven! The Moties, Pierson's Puppeteers, Kizinti, Protectors, etc.

The Tines and the Skroderiders from Vernor Vinge'sA Fire Upon the Deep and the Spiders from A Deepness in the Sky.

Several choices from Babylon 5 and Farscape,
 
2013-07-27 09:09:52 AM
It... honestly depends.

In my Space Opera setting 'The Phoenix Inheritance', the Precursor-race terraformed and planetary-engineered the galaxy to be biologically similar to each other, with a few oddities here and there. The result was that the most alien of the 'Precursor-Style' intelligent aliens were no more alien in thought than Randian Libertarians, Utopian Communists, Conservative Constitutional Monarchists, Ugandans, and North Koreans.

The same goes for the biosphere, it's all fairly compatible... if you consider North American Plains-grass to be compatable with South-Asian plants and such.

Whereas the Semita, the 100% racial villains of said setting, are incomprehensible. They are true aliens.

I don't know where I was going with this.
 
2013-07-27 09:11:26 AM

Gaambit: That's a thread on a message board, not an article...

...oh, it's supposed to be an article? The author just didn't include any suggestions of his own? I see...


An increasing number of "articles" are little more than taunts, meant to start a nerd slapfight.
 
2013-07-27 09:14:40 AM
www.globalgraphica.com
 
2013-07-27 09:16:18 AM
It's a toss up: the crystalline entity or jar jar binks
 
2013-07-27 09:16:30 AM
Anything that has no resemblance to anything that ever existed on earth.
 
2013-07-27 09:19:37 AM
The Hanar from Mass Effect are pretty believable. They look nothing like a human and do not communicate with sound.
 
2013-07-27 09:21:33 AM
Hmmmm. I'm thinking something bug-like, a la the Hive from Anne McCaffrey's Tower and Hive series, or the bugs in Starship Troopers. Or, we go to another world, only to get massively sick from the aliens we *can't*, sort of a reverse War of the Worlds situation.

Honestly, it may very well turn out that the least believable is the one that we will see first. A short convo with a friend yielded the assumption that symmetry is common to everything, so of course an alien would be symmetrical. But what if asymmetry developed on that planet as a survival trait?

I'm watching all the ST:TNG with my fiance, and I have to say, just the variety of aliens so far has been pretty cool, even considering how far removed it is. . . Or I suppose I should say how little ahead of the current technology it is now. (Cool moment when realizing we were watching the show on what is essentially a version of the datapad, only more versatile, really)
 
2013-07-27 09:22:34 AM
^can't see.

/iPad, sorry :(
 
2013-07-27 09:25:01 AM

Peki: Honestly, it may very well turn out that the least believable is the one that we will see first. A short convo with a friend yielded the assumption that symmetry is common to everything, so of course an alien would be symmetrical. But what if asymmetry developed on that planet as a survival trait?


Plants are not symmetric. Just saying.
 
2013-07-27 09:53:30 AM
Duh.  It's Alf, of course.

\either that, or Popplers
 
2013-07-27 10:06:19 AM
Asimov's extra dimensional aliens that had 3 distinct sexes until maturity.
From a very unique first contact short story that I can't remember the name of.
 
2013-07-27 10:07:25 AM
also Vorlons and Shadows from B5.
 
2013-07-27 10:07:33 AM
The aliens from Mac And Me. The most original aliens ever because they are complete and utter morons.
 
2013-07-27 10:12:38 AM
The Mooninites.
 
2013-07-27 10:13:06 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-27 10:16:08 AM
www.sesamestreet.org
 
2013-07-27 10:27:47 AM
Probably the Zerg.
 
2013-07-27 10:29:06 AM
img.photobucket.com
He's green and everything.
 
2013-07-27 10:29:32 AM
Tribbles
 
2013-07-27 10:39:02 AM
I've always been partial to those who speak English with European accents.  Ancient Romans sounded like Brits, you know.
 
2013-07-27 10:47:19 AM
#1 The Gorn

#2 The Prawns from District 9

#3 Predator
 
2013-07-27 10:51:34 AM
www.alterexa.com
 
2013-07-27 10:52:34 AM

Uncle Tractor: Peki: Honestly, it may very well turn out that the least believable is the one that we will see first. A short convo with a friend yielded the assumption that symmetry is common to everything, so of course an alien would be symmetrical. But what if asymmetry developed on that planet as a survival trait?

Plants are not symmetric. Just saying.


I think it comes down to balance being beneficial for creatures that move frequently.  Sure, balance can be done for asymmetric things as well, but it takes more control.  Granted, this only matters because of interactions with gravity, air resistance, and traction.  Even so, most creatures aren't all that symmetric when you consider their inner workings.
 
2013-07-27 10:56:01 AM
davidszondy.com
 
2013-07-27 11:01:04 AM
Niven did more than a decent job with his aliens. The Kzin, Puppeteers, the Outsiders--helium based intelligences with motives beyond the ken of life based on far warmer climes--and the Thrint and Tnuctipun and even came up with a good reason for so much of his aliens being based on similar chemistry, and the Bandersnatch.

The Moties, from his collaboration with Jerry Pournelle were impressive in not just their physical alien nature, but likewise an entirely different psychology. Niven doesn't postulate just alien critters, but what might drive these lifeforms.
 
2013-07-27 11:02:12 AM
Super intelligent shade of the color blue.
 
2013-07-27 11:02:56 AM
Paul!
 
2013-07-27 11:04:44 AM
What, no Coneheads?
 
2013-07-27 11:28:04 AM
The 4 dead aliens in the back of the '64 Chevy Malibu.
 
2013-07-27 11:28:21 AM

Uncle Bester: Asimov's extra dimensional aliens that had 3 distinct sexes until maturity.
From a very unique first contact short story that I can't remember the name of.


If I read you right, that would be Asimov's novel "Whom Gods Destroy".
 
2013-07-27 11:34:41 AM
www.wallpaper-source.com
 
2013-07-27 11:46:12 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-27 11:48:01 AM
Yars and the Qotile
 
2013-07-27 11:54:51 AM

Gaambit: That's a thread on a message board, not an article...

...oh, it's supposed to be an article? The author just didn't include any suggestions of his own? I see...


That was my first thought as well.  WTF was that?  Does someone get paid to do that?
 
2013-07-27 11:59:57 AM
t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-27 12:04:57 PM
The planet from Lem's Solaris.  The book, not the movies which were pure shiat.
 
2013-07-27 12:14:38 PM
i1142.photobucket.com
 
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