The SCI‐FI‐I‐SPY Catalogue of All Known Types of Alien

Identification: tall, slender marionettes made up of strands of luminous material

Variants: adapted to the waters of the deep ocean, or the vacuum of space, or the whatever‐it‐is of the interplanar void

Also Known As: Illucinoids, Space‐Phantoms, or Vibulivobulii

Origin: a semi‐detached dimension which may or may not be the afterlife reserved for anorexics

LOOKS: big glowing eyes (and no other facial features) plus long, glittery, boneless limbs composed of semi­transparent SFX goop C−
BRAINS: the mystery is, are they idiot savants, or just permanently wasted? 90
LETHALITY: weak as a kitten but less well armed 0.02
CULTURE: nonsensical but exquisitely detailed 94
HARDNESS: not so much soft SF as overcooked
TOKENISM: too wishy‐washy to score very much 27

Principal Exports: irradiated Ectoplasmoid mucus is a rich source of vril

Weakness: allergies (to pollen, peanuts, fists, etc.)

Diet: aether, or perhaps ether

Affiliated With: the Union of Field Observers (part time)

Not To Be Confused With: their much shorter cousins, the Zetareticuloids

See Also: the Mechanautoids, who are often very similar once peeled