Alien Invasions
Everyone's quick to blame the alien
- Aeschylus


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The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells (1898)


In the original alien invasion story, an army of invading Martians lands in England, as panic and terror seize the population. As the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.





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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
by Jack Finney (1955)


On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbours, his friends, his family, the woman he loved... the world as he knew it. Classic alien invasion story filmed in 1956 and again in 1978.





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The Midwich Cuckoos
by John Wyndham (1957)


Cuckoos lay eggs in other birds' nests. In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed, except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. Soon, the human race will look as seriously outdated as the dinosaurs.





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The White Mountains [S1]
by John Christopher (1967)


Long ago, the Tripods - huge, three-legged machines - descended upon Earth and took control. The subjugated human population had no control over their thoughts or their lives. But for a brief time in each person's childhood they are not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end, unless he can escape to a place where the possibility of freedom still exists.





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Battlefield Earth
by L. Ron Hubbard (1982)


Hubbard is well known for his dominant role in Scientology, although his philosophical leanings aren't too obtrusive here. Earth has been dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader, and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges to challenge the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale.





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Ender's Game [S1]
by Orson Scott Card (1985)


Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. A race against time springs some surprises for both Ender and the invading forces.





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Blindsight [S1]
by Peter Watts (2006)


It's been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since, until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. A crew of freaks and misfits is sent out to make first contact. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find, but you'd give anything for that to be true.





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The Three-Body Problem [S1]
by Liu Cixin (2006)


During China's Cultural Revolution an astrophysicist is charged with sedition for promoting environmental policies based on Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring'. She is conscripted into a military project searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. They find some aliens with ideas of invasion, but it will take 450 years to get to Earth. Camps form both in favour and against the planned invasion.





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The Host [S1]
by Stephenie Meyer (2008)


The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading 'soul' who has been given Melanie Stryder's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.





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Rosewater [S1]
by Tade Thompson (2017)


Rosewater is a Nigerian community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome. Its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless people eager for a taste of its rumoured healing powers. A government agent - a telepathic "sensitive" with a criminal past who has seen inside the biodome - discovers that something or someone is killing off his kind.


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