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In this Science fiction question, I use the world "Racist" to describe the human predominance of the Empire, in Star Wars.

Someone suggested xenophobic :

Well, this is getting a bit into anecdotal territory, but every Science Fiction piece I've read used "xenophobic" to describe those that hated other species. It may be that you need to further define "foreign." All you have to do is take the existing definitions, and extend "species" to the locality qualifier. This isn't unreasonable, and given that the whole idea is something we have not had to combat yet I find it entirely accurate.
– draeath

Is there any better word to define this fictional problem?

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What do you mean, 'other' extraterrestrial species? –  Mitch Sep 19 '11 at 17:29
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I don't think there will be a "better" word than xenophobia. That's the standard word, used for antipathy towards extraterrestrials as well as just people from other countries/regions on Earth. If you wanted to exclude the latter, you could go with anthropocentric xenophobia, or perhaps terracentric/geocentric. –  FumbleFingers Sep 19 '11 at 17:39
    
@FumbleFingers Then is "Racist" acceptable? –  DavRob60 Sep 19 '11 at 17:46
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Sort of like using "alien" for people from other planets, but also for people from other contries. –  GEdgar Sep 19 '11 at 21:11

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I think xenophobic is the best choice. Take this definition:

xenophobic - having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign

Extra-terrestrials are definitely foreign and most likely strange too.

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"Xenophobic" is also often applied to the dislike of humans by other humans, so it could be somewhat ambiguous. –  Anderson Green Jan 3 '13 at 6:18

If you're looking for a word that doesn't necessarily imply a strong hatred or fear of another group (like xenophobic), but instead an elevation of one's own group to a higher level of importance, then I would lean towards anthropocentric (mentioned in a comment by FumbleFingers) as a better alternative:

Anthropocentric:

  1. considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe
  2. interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences

Another possibility may be humanocentric:

In science-fiction, humanocentrism is the idea that humans, as both beings and a species, are the superior sentients. Essentially the equivalent of race supremacy on a galactic scale, it entails intolerant discrimination against sentient non-humans, much like race supremacists discriminate against those not of their race. This idea is countered by anti-humanism. At times, this ideal also includes fear of and superiority over strong AIs and cyborgs, downplaying the ideas of integration, cybernetic revolts, machine rule and Tilden's Laws of Robotics.

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Since it's science fiction anyway, let's coin a word:

anterraphobic

(an- not + terra, of Earth + phobic)

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Nice idea, sounds good! –  Hugo Sep 20 '11 at 15:50

It seems clearest simply to say that someone is anti-alien. Not only does that spare them from having to stem xenophobic, it removes the “unreasonable fear” element of a phobia and makes clear that they are taking a position against the aliens.

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Specist?

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It's more commonly called speciesism, and usually means favouring homo sapiens over other animals on this planet. –  FumbleFingers Sep 19 '11 at 17:42
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I prefer xenophobia/xenophobic, but DavRob60 didn't want that. So I went for a word that could mean what he wanted, especially since he noted the use of the word racist (discrimination based on race). Speciesism would be discrimination based on species, and he specified extraterrestrial SPECIES. –  Rob Sep 19 '11 at 17:45
    
I certainly agree xenphobia is really the best word anyway. But speciesism has been used for some decades now with no particular implication of extraterrestrials being involved. In my experience it's often used by, for example, vegetarians, people against animal testing, etc. In short, its semantic reach has already ruled it out for the same reason OP doesn't like xenophobia. –  FumbleFingers Sep 19 '11 at 17:57

You're looking for the anti-alien slang of the future. There's bloodsucker, tentacle fu*er, eggsh**er, cold-blooded goop sniffer, and of course the timeless "alien scum". But honestly, it's going to be difficult coming up with anything poignant until we establish first contact as a species, and build a solid dislike for a particular alien species.

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The question is asking for a word to describe the concept of dislike of non-human species, not examples of how that dislike might be vocalized. –  choster Jan 10 at 22:13

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