Science fiction is full of hideous and bizarre aliens, but can anybody think of any beautiful aliens? Other than humanoid, that is. I wonder if there is any artist capable of creating a fictitious creature that would be beautiful by any standard, while bearing no resemblance to a human. Of course there are many creatures on earth, especially birds and fish, that are far more beautiful than humans. But has anybody created an intelligent creature, capable of advanced civilization, yet of extraordinary beauty? There would be certain prerequisites, presumably bifocal eyes and some sort of hands. As far as I know, the most idealized aliens in movies haven't gone far beyond the Roswell type, as in "Close Encounters".