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Alien: Sea of Sorrows Coming 2014

With Alien: Out of the Shadows due out for release at the end of January, details of the second novel in the trilogy have just surfaced:

“The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley’s legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.”

Alien: Sea of Sorrows Cover Alien: Sea of Sorrows Coming 2014

Alien: Sea of Sorrows Cover

Written by James A. Moore, Sea of Sorrows is due out in July 2014 and looks like to be continuing the theme of using the Ripley family in 2014. You can currently pre-order this over at Amazon. Thanks to Ultramorph for the hint.



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Comments: 41
  1. Ultramorph
    Indeed, it looks like the third novel will be sticking to the Aliens, LV-426 roots. I wonder if it'll be some kind of hidden-history about what happened during the second film. Oh joy. (Not to judge it too harshly this early.
  2. Xenomorphine
    Well, it isn't clones. This is meant to be set before 'Aliens' and any reason to try and replicate her. 'Successors' would be a more accurate term if this was about people taking up the proverbial baton of Alien-killing (and would technically make everyone who's ever engaged in it, Hicks and Bishop, included, 'descendants'). The chosen word has very clear implications for family lineage.
  3. predxeno
    Should we take what you say literally?
    I don't see what that has to do with it. "Descendants" refers to blood line, that is the very definition of the word. "Successors" doesn't necessarily mean related by birth. The novel blurb uses the former. Someone I shared an experience with once and lived to tell about it isn't my descendant.

    Well, that was my own interpretation of it; as many people here have already said; the idea of roping Ripley's TRUE descendants into this is just one big mess, it's comic book stupid for obvious reasons, let alone the continuity issues presented with Amanda having NO kids.  Descendants being an analogy to successors makes much more sense in my opinion and is probably the path the books will actually take, but I suppose we'll find out soon enough.
  4. HuDaFuK
    I wasn't judging per se, just voicing my own dislike of the concept. To me, roping in her family is just going to create unnecessary contradictions or, at the very least, huge improbabilities.
  5. HuDaFuK
    Should we take what you say literally?
    I don't see what that has to do with it. "Descendants" refers to blood line, that is the very definition of the word. "Successors" doesn't necessarily mean related by birth. The novel blurb uses the former. Someone I shared an experience with once and lived to tell about it isn't my descendant.

    Because, according to the films, Ripley absolutely has a daughter.
    Yeah, a daughter who had no children of her own, although I admit that's only mentioned in the extended version of Aliens. It's the descendants plural bit I don't get. But even if Amanda didn't have kids, and it refers to her alone... no one's telling Ripley about how her kid fought the Xenomorphs before she died? Besides, clearly no one knows about the Xenomorphs in Aliens, so it's pretty improbable humanity has had even more contact with them between the films.
  6. SM
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    I just hate how it has to be some descendant of Ripley (which, according to the films, she absolutely doesn't have),

    Should we take what you say literally?

    Because, according to the films, Ripley absolutely has a daughter.
  7. HuDaFuK
    descendant
    /dɪˈsɛnd(ə)nt/
    noun
    1. a person, plant, or animal that is descended from a particular ancestor.

    We aren't taking it too literally at all. That's just what the word means.
  8. predxeno
    I think people are taking the "her descendants" thing too literally; when I read it, I was thinking that it was referring to Ripley's successors (basically people who will take on the mantle as survivors of the Alien and opponents of WY).  I don't think Ripley's ACTUAL descendants will be the stars of this trilogy.
  9. HuDaFuK
    Ripping off was probably the wrong word. I just hate how it has to be some descendant of Ripley (which, according to the films, she absolutely doesn't have), like they went with that because Ripley already exists and it's a ton easier than putting effort into creating a new character.

    It's the same as the first book. It's like they've put Ripley in it just because of the recognition of the name, regardless of the fact the movies pretty much render any events impossible (short of some lame "her memory got wiped" excuse). I'll still read it, but my hopes at them effectively shoehorning it into the narrative of the films (which is what they're claiming) isn't high.
  10. HuDaFuK
    The interesting thing about this is "bringing back" Ripley/her family is largely a new development with 2 books and a game that haven't even come out yet. It's not like she shows up everywhere in the EU - she's in one comic book story arc/novelization (kinda), and she got literally resurrected in 'Alien Resurrection', and then in the sequel novel to that movie, 'Aliens: Original Sin'.
    I wasn't necessarily referring to the Alien EU as a whole, or even the Alien EU specifically. It just seems to be a trend recently that rather than come up with new characters, everything seems to be ripping off the established classics, presumably because it's easier and doesn't require as much effort. And it's been happening in the Alien EU a lot lately. We have Hicks in ACM, Ripley in Out of the Shadows and now Ripley Jr. in Sea of Sorrows.
  11. Xenomrph
    The interesting thing about this is "bringing back" Ripley/her family is largely a new development with 2 books and a game that haven't even come out yet. It's not like she shows up everywhere in the EU - she's in one comic book story arc/novelization (kinda), and she got literally resurrected in 'Alien Resurrection', and then in the sequel novel to that movie, 'Aliens: Original Sin'.
    And yeah you had the option to play as her in some of the movie tie-in games (Alien Trilogy, Aliens arcade game, Alien3 console games, Alien Resurrection for PSX) but that was kind of expected.

    I'm not saying bringing Ripley's family into the EU is a good idea (it's not), let alone as heavily as they seem to be intending to with these books and games, but it's also not like it's been done constantly for the last 30 years or something. It *is* something different from what we've been seeing lately, but it's still not *good*. :P
  12. DemonicD13
    Very apropos SpeardEgaleBegle.

    The company is only doing itself a disservice by cramming in all this half baked garbage. It will continue to drive away fans until all that are left are the hardcore fanboys. Much as Lucas did with star Wars, I can't even bring myself to watch the original SW trilogy anymore.

    I fear the future of the much beloved Alien franchise is circling the drain. And here I had hoped that Prometheus and Aliens Colonial Marines might provide a renaissance. So stupid.  :'(
  13. Corporal Hicks
    I thought I'd be able to deal with the unknown history of Out of the Shadows and I was starting to come around to Isolation (assuming the game was actually good) but I'm not sure I can take a whole novel trilogy dedicated to the Ripley family hunting down Aliens.  :-\
  14. Xenomrph
    Right up until the next press release where they say they're restarting from scratch ;D

    Ah, but that can be ignored and retconned. Only things which agree to "everything is canon" is actually literal.

    That's the signature of the "everything is canon" crowd (...cult). Best way to deal with them is to ignore them. Logic & Reason does not mean to them what it means to the rest of us. Debating with them is like debating with a stone wall with a speaker pumping out a selection of prerecorded annoying, bullheaded messages mixed in with a few "la-la-la-la-la- can't hear you -la-la-la-la-la-la!".
    The irony of you of all people saying something like this is goddamn hilarious. :D
  15. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Right up until the next press release where they say they're restarting from scratch ;D

    Ah, but that can be ignored and retconned. Only things which agree to "everything is canon" is actually literal.

    That's the signature of the "everything is canon" crowd (...cult). Best way to deal with them is to ignore them. Logic & Reason does not mean to them what it means to the rest of us. Debating with them is like debating with a stone wall with a speaker pumping out a selection of prerecorded annoying, bullheaded messages mixed in with a few "la-la-la-la-la- can't hear you -la-la-la-la-la-la!".
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