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New Alien Novel Out 2014

January 2014 looks to see the release of a new Alien novel written by Tim Lebbon, titled Out of the Shadows. Unlike the previous series of Alien novels (2005-2008), this novel will not be published by Dark Horse Press but Titan:

“The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations … secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens… and beyond!”

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Amazon UK has the release date as December 2013 and the retailers that have the book for pre-order at calling this #1, indicating the start of a new series. Thanks to Darwinsgirl for the news.



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  1. SM
    Dunno how it'd work though.  Anything set between Prometheus and Alien runs the risk of being wiped out by future films like what happened with Alien3 and Resurrection.  And the post Resurrection time period is the least popular for fans who want pulse rifles and dropships.  For everything in between where the only contact with Aliens is shwn in the film, there's only so many stories you can tell that can viably avoid 'history'.
  2. BountyHunter
    That's what I mean by a "Relaunch" though.  Start over from scratch with a new EU.  You can keep some of the old stuff that can be made to fit, and basically ignore everything else.  That's what Star Trek did.
  3. BountyHunter
    I know it's not 'canon' but they are now considered the official continuation of the Trek TV shows.  They did a Star Trek Relaunch years ago.  They all take place after the TV series, and events that happen in each book impact stuff that happens in other books. Also, events that happen in a TNG novel can impact a DS9 novel, or a Voyager novel, or an Original series novel.

    Yeah, the Trek EU is pretty much set up the same way as the Star Wars EU now; everything fits together.

    That is what I want for Aliens and Predator.  I find EUs like this far more enjoyable.

  4. Mr. Clemens
    They should just do a Relaunch with the Alien/Predator Eu (like they did with the Star Trek books) with everything fitting together continuity-wise.

    A perfect opportunity to completely omit the Predator from everything. I like it!  :D

    No, I meant something that accounts for everything, including the Predator, Aliens vs Predator stuff.

    I'm one of the rare people that has actually enjoyed all the films.  To different degrees, yes, but I liked them all just the same.

    Oh yes I know, I was just pulling your chain.  ;)
  5. BountyHunter
    They should just do a Relaunch with the Alien/Predator Eu (like they did with the Star Trek books) with everything fitting together continuity-wise.

    A perfect opportunity to completely omit the Predator from everything. I like it!  :D

    No, I meant something that accounts for everything, including the Predator, Aliens vs Predator stuff.

    I'm one of the rare people that has actually enjoyed all the films.  To different degrees, yes, but I liked them all just the same.
  6. Xenomrph
    We could only hope. 

    But since they won't do that, I'd rather get my "answers" in the form of big budget movie than a half assed novel trying to explain the background of what exactly the black goo, its relation with the alien, jockey motivations etc.
    I don't necessarily mean "answers" in the sense of addressing some of the specifics brought up in 'Prometheus', but since it looks like Weyland Yutani itself is going to be a focal point of this new book, I wouldn't be surprised if it namedropped Peter Weyland's death (and maybe the "public" cover-up surrounding it, since I suspect "Peter Weyland went off on a mission to literally meet god, and was never heard from again" wouldn't do well for the company's stock prices) and other "history" of the company post-Prometheus and leading up to 'Alien'. That topic is largely a blank slate even in the EU, and I doubt Prometheus 2 would really contradict any company backstory stuff they chose to make up since I imagine it won't be much of a focus of Ridley Scott's sequel.
  7. Kimarhi
    There wouldn't be a point in making Prometheus 2 if they don't answer some of these questions.  Unless they go the route of Lost and just cover the initial questions with more questions.  In which case I'll not watch anymore because if so what was the point of even making Prometheus?
  8. Kimarhi
    We could only hope. 

    But since they won't do that, I'd rather get my "answers" in the form of big budget movie than a half assed novel trying to explain the background of what exactly the black goo, its relation with the alien, jockey motivations etc.
  9. Xenomrph
    Yeah, they might have to license it separately, or it might be some kind of package deal. At the least it looks like they have the 'Alien' and 'Aliens' license, but I wouldn't be surprised if they managed to get Prometheus as well. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
  10. SM
    Depends on the terms of the license I suppose.  If you write an Alien book you can't just drop Prometheus stuff in willy-nilly, without also licensing Prometheus for EU fiction (or whatever the industy term would be).  Their license may allow them to include both.  Or not.  I'm not familiar with how it all works.
  11. Jarac
    Yeah, I remember seeing this on Amazon a few days back. I hope it's actually good. The franchise really needs something good to happen to it for once (well, besides Aliens: Infestation).
  12. Xenomorphine
    Doesn't plug anything. Still doesn't explain how they missed the huge obviously alien spaceship within driving distance of the colony.

    Look at the digital mapping software you see on both the Nostromo and dropship. See all those horizontal wireframe lines? That, right there, is how they were survey-mapping worlds. Imagine how the derelict would have looked on a display like that, surrounded by all those (very derelict-like, themselves) rock formations - and that's assuming the derelict's magnetic profile wouldn't have screwed around with it even further.

    Automated software would have been looking for shapes recognisable as the kind of man-made structures we would build. Straight lines. Angular corners. What the colony looks like, basically. The derelict is a lot more organic, by contrast. Auto-mapping software would have likely misinterpreted it as a geological feature.

    Now, if the colonists had personally ventured out that way, they might have visually seen a contrast in texture, but that's different. Also unlikely, because the Jordans are being sent out there on a survey mission and Russ calls in about wanting to know if his "claim" will be honoured. Ergo, no-one's had a reason to spend a week or so getting out to that specific location. They were more focused on trying to make their own colony a survivable investment.

    Hi, the name's Standard, Chaz Standard.

    "And this is my good buddy, Cleave Hunter..."

    Corman gold, I tell you!
  13. Xenomrph
    I am quite sure that the owner of any IP is not allowed to use fan-art commercially without the consent of the artist.
    The IP-owner could conceivably sue the creators of fan-art for infringing on their intellectual property.

    It's their property, they're just being nice enough to let you play in their sandbox. Some license holders embrace that sort of thing (there have been Star Trek anthology books that were entirely fan-fiction stories), some that are fairly ambivalent towards it (Star Wars), and then there's FOX that runs the gamut of "using fan creations without giving credit" to "outright getting not-for-profit noncommercial fan websites shut down just cuz".

    All of which is within their legal purview, mind you. Doesn't mean the fans have to like it, but that's kinda how it is.
  14. Xenomrph
    I don't think it has to be used for commercial purposes - FOX owns the IP, so anyone who creates anything related to it is basically making fan-art, and FOX can do whatever they want with it.

    See also: 'Alien Vault' including the fan-made Nostromo schematic, and the Alien Anthology blu-ray including the fan-made star-map made by our very own SM.
  15. Mikey
    They don't have permission to use that artwork, it is most likely going to change, if not, legal actions will be taken.
    Is that your artwork?

    No, but I'm good friends with the artist Dan LuVisi. I informed him about the cover and he had no idea. He's talking to his legal team.

    I'd presume that Fox owns all commercially-created, licensed Alien artwork.

    It never was used for commercial purposes. I've had the conversation with Dan already.
  16. RobThom
    My point being that Alien is farthest from a Ridley creation!

    Dan, Hill, 1999, Christian, among a tribe of others that made it possible.

    Ridley or Hill have a certain amount of ownership over that,
    but not as much as they claim sometimes.
  17. maledoro
    So, if this is "Novel #1", what would "Novel #2" cover?
    Maybe something that runs concurrently with the films, but from a more corporate perspective? Though I guess that they'd have to shoehorn Aliens in there somehow.
    It doesn't help that the aliens are "away from the office".
    ;)

    I would hate for the novels to all be the Company arriving late for the party and asking, "Gentlemen: what have we learned from this?".
  18. Nightmare Asylum
    I would honestly prefer an espionage story of sorts; perhaps something playing on Weyland-Yutani's indirect dealings with the Alien as the pursue it (and by extension, Ripley) through the galaxy. Assuming that they insist on using this time period, of course.

    Could also prove to be a very interesting medium for the writers to delve more into the androids.
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