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APC Cutaway – Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

John R. Mullaney is one of the amazingly talented artists involved in the recently published Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. He is responsible for the gorgeous artwork of the weaponry and vehicles inside the book and publisher Insight Editions has just released a time lapse video of how he created the cutaway for the APC on their YouTube:

“How *did* you do that?” is a question people often ask me about my cutaway art. Now I can point them towards this…

I’m very proud to unveil the 4 minute edit of APC Cutaway. Creating the artwork, the film and its music were labours of love so it’s very exciting to finally be able to share it with you. I hope you enjoy the film.”

Completing the ink Stage using a variety of Rotring nib sizes. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing the ink Stage using a variety of Rotring nib sizes.

Completing exterior colour using layers of watercolour paint. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing exterior colour using layers of watercolour paint.

Rear section complete, then onto layering the rest of the interior colour. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Rear section complete, then onto layering the rest of the interior colour.

Detailing console array. Note Gorman's chair - I always start with the lightest colour ( in this case the blue highlights projected from the screens ) before then adding increasingly darker tones. A completed element can have upto 10 layers applied to achieve this spectrum of colour & tone. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Detailing console array. Note Gorman’s chair – I always start with the lightest colour ( in this case the blue highlights projected from the screens ) before then adding increasingly darker tones. A completed element can have upto 10 layers applied to achieve this spectrum of colour & tone.

Layering forward section colour & gunner's chair. Finding the reference detail for the gunner's chair took some detective work with Graham Langridge as it's barely glimpsed in the film. We eventually discovered that the 'Aliens' art department had used a particular model of RAF ejector seat used in over 35 types of aircraft including the De Havilland Vampire which entered service in 1945. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Layering forward section colour & gunner’s chair. Finding the reference detail for the gunner’s chair took some detective work with Graham Langridge as it’s barely glimpsed in the film. We eventually discovered that the ‘Aliens’ art department had used a particular model of RAF ejector seat used in over 35 types of aircraft including the De Havilland Vampire which entered service in 1945.

Applying initial darker tones to the forward section's red hue. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Applying initial darker tones to the forward section’s red hue.

Completing the forward section before then moving onto the digital stage. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing the forward section before then moving onto the digital stage.

It’s really fascinating to see 120 hours of work reduced to a 4 minute time lapse. The time and effort involved in producing something like this is astonishing. You can head over to John’s Facebook page to check out more of his work and if you’re interested in purchasing the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report you can purchase it over on the Sideshow website.

We will have our own preview of the book and an interview with the Alien artist, fan favourite Locusta/Markus Pansegrau over the coming weeks.



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  1. SM
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    I do wonder just how much that special case contributed to the overall price. It's apparently heavy, but I'd guess it could have been 3D printed for a cheaper amount of money.

    A sculpted Alien bust that looks nice sat on your shelf too, is heavier and more expensive.
  2. predxeno
    Lol, I just checked the Sideshow Collectibles page for this and found out that shipping and handling is $25 so that means the book will cost $350 total, but don't worry, if you sign up for the Sideshow newsletter, you get a $10 off coupon so in the end it's all worth it. :laugh:
  3. Xenomorphine
    I don't think it's just a marketing ploy, but it does feel a little arrogant. Perhaps justifiable arrogance, mind you... Have a feeling that the ultra-expensive busts and figures, which sell for hundreds at a time, probably had something to do with this. Fox undoubtedly regards this publication as a 'premium' product and that's why they're asking for a premium-rate price.

    Whether or not that eventually translates into a desire for further sales, by lowering the price and removing the added extras, is anyone's guess. Didn't the 'Alien Vault' originally sell for a lot higher than it now does?

    I do wonder just how much that special case contributed to the overall price. It's apparently heavy, but I'd guess it could have been 3D printed for a cheaper amount of money.
  4. HuDaFuK
    Book 1 and 2 are both still among the best Aliens comics.  Earth War takes a big nosedive in both writing and artwork.

    Eh, I was far from thrilled, given how they're often built up by fans. Book Two looked gorgeous, sure, I'm certainly not knocking Beauvais' artwork, or Nelson's for that matter, but at the end of the day the point of a comic is to tell a story, and I thought the story in the first two was kinda lame. But I already went into my thoughts when I reviewed the novels.

    I'm still really hoping a mass-market publication of this gets announced (preferably soon).

    I stand by my opinion that one will come out eventually, and that the current denial is just a marketing ploy.
  5. SM
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    The Alien canon seems to be very fluid indeed.  From your experience in working on the W-Y book, do you have a sense that the creators would be interested in expanding the book in some way to take into account Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 once those movies come out?  I for one, would love to see all of the new objects and themes from the upcoming films given the same treatment.  While I do hope to pick up the current book at some point, that would not prevent me from picking up an expanded version eventually.  Was there ever a discussion about an expansion to accommodate the upcoming films?

    No.  Anything that might relate to the ultimate fates of Shaw or David is redacted, and the book was pretty much finished before there was any hint of Neil's movie.

    Personally, I think any stuff relating to Prometheus 2 and Alien '5' would come in a completely new publication.

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    I have a question.  There have recently been some amazing blueprints put together of the Sulaco, the APC, and the Nostromo.  The Nostromo blueprint was featured in the Alien Vault book.  I guess I just figured that the APC and Sulaco would be included with the W-Y book for some reason.  I'm guessing that is not the case?

    No blueprints.  And to my knowledge no current plans to publish them.  I'd be surprised if they didn't show up in some official capacity at some point, but Graham would know more than me on that sort of thing.

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    Without wishing to totally derail this thread... I have since read them, actaully. The original, unedited versions. I stand by all my comments in the novel reviews thread. They just aren't very good.

    Book 1 and 2 are both still among the best Aliens comics.  Earth War takes a big nosedive in both writing and artwork.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    After seeing the book page by page, I have to say I am getting more and more impressed.  This is exactly the sort of book I was hoping would be made someday.  The hard work and care that was put in by the artists makes me hope that many copies will be sold at the limited edition price, but there is also a part of me which hopes to see the book released to the mass market.

    I have a question.  There have recently been some amazing blueprints put together of the Sulaco, the APC, and the Nostromo.  The Nostromo blueprint was featured in the Alien Vault book.  I guess I just figured that the APC and Sulaco would be included with the W-Y book for some reason.  I'm guessing that is not the case?

    If they are not included in the W-Y book then this becomes O.T., but does anyone know if they are to be published somewhere eventually?
  7. Perfect-Organism
    In our discussion on "Which EU Books Are Worth Reading?" Reply #55, you say "Correct. To ensure the story actually makes some sense in the context of the films, by making Ripley an android."

    That's why they did it. I never said I agreed it was a good idea to change stuff.

    No, but you have a generally dismissive approach to the original Mark Verheiden graphic novels, which from what I gather in our recent conversations, you still haven't read.  But this is totally O.T., and well to each his own anyway.

    Thems the breaks if you're working with someone elses IP.

    Remember all the unprecedented touting of A:CM as being canon?  It doesn't rate the briefest mention in WYR, while stuff that wasn't touted as canon does.

    Yes this is true, and I think Verheiden understands things this way as well, but it would be great to see him writing something again in the Alien universe.  I haven't seen anyone author capture the cynicism of the series as well as he did.  O.T. I know.

    The Alien canon seems to be very fluid indeed.  From your experience in working on the W-Y book, do you have a sense that the creators would be interested in expanding the book in some way to take into account Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 once those movies come out?  I for one, would love to see all of the new objects and themes from the upcoming films given the same treatment.  While I do hope to pick up the current book at some point, that would not prevent me from picking up an expanded version eventually.  Was there ever a discussion about an expansion to accommodate the upcoming films?
  8. SM
    Thems the breaks if you're working with someone elses IP.

    Remember all the unprecedented touting of A:CM as being canon?  It doesn't rate the briefest mention in WYR, while stuff that wasn't touted as canon does.

  9. Perfect-Organism
    OMG!  Thank you Huda!  finally.  You admit that it makes no sense to go retconning all the old printed material.

    When have I ever claimed they should?

    In our discussion on "Which EU Books Are Worth Reading?" Reply #55, you say "Correct. To ensure the story actually makes some sense in the context of the films, by making Ripley an android."  This is in reference to the original material written by Mark Verheiden back around 1988.  You treat the original Verheiden material very flippantly, which you're entitled to do of course.  But why apply a logic which is aimed at trying to avoid a retcon of the W-Y book when you don't apply the same logic to the Verheiden series?  Is one work somehow more deserving of a retcon than the other?

    Have you had a chance to listen to Mark Verheiden in the recent podcast about the making of Alien 3?  He's a very good sport about all of the changes that were made to his graphic novels, but you can tell that the man was wounded by what happened.
  10. SM
    Predators don't rate a mention.

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    Thanks SM for the reply!  ;D Though it is just theorizing, the theory would not really match with Alien Isolation where all the xenos are domed and a queen is supposedly present, plus they're older than the xenos in Aliens which just throws out the age theory..  :-\
    I'd just like for a more concrete explanation for the difference, James Cameron in Aliens said it was age, A:CM and other sources said it was casts ( I like that idea the most), A:I just added more to the confusion not explaining anything even though I love the game.

    Who knows, maybe it's the environment?

    Could all of the above or none.  There's really no hard and fast definitions for this.  During the process, I was discussing the perceived intelligence of the Queen and someone mentioned that fans are going to interpret and reinterpret what they see and read in terms of the Alien, and there was no desire to quash this.  Presenting things in the forms of in-universe reports, sometimes second or third hand, written by people with their own opinions and biases avoids being definitive, and allows for growth in future projects.

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    I just think it's a fair question so that the hard work they put in does not get relegated to non-canon status.

    It's much easier to think of canon as a fluid concept when it comes to Alien (as contradictory as that sounds).  For example, the AvP films aren't referenced in the book, which would lead one to think - okay AvP and Alien aren't canonically linked.  However, Fire and Stone - which includes Predator and AvP is referenced (if only very vaguely).

    Prometheus 2 was taken into consideration while this was being written, but it was pretty much in the can before Blomkamp pitched Alien '5'.  As we've recently seen, Prometheus 2 is shooting early next year.  Despite rumours to the contrary I know nothing of the production of Alien 5, Jon Snaw.  To my knowledge it's still a long way off.

    Alien and Aliens obviously won't get 'relegated'.  I'd be surprised if Alien3 and Resurrection didn't.  Stuff has been 'relegated' since 1992, so no one should be really surprised if stuff in the future gets the same treatment.  Even though Fox are making an effort to tie everything together, films are still at the top of the pile.

    Oh, and it's not Millburn.   ;D
  11. Perfect-Organism
    Not at all.  I'm suggesting that once the new films come out, it would be great to see this book get updated to reflect the complete Alien films.  That does not negate the value of this book as it is, but it would necessitate a new format in the sense that it could no longer be in-universe if it covered multiple timelines.

    Or they could just leave it as it is and not worry about it.

    Seriously, what would be the point? If we're redoing stuff to make it fit the new film, why not go back and redo all the old comics? All the novels? Everything? Because it would be an utterly pointless enterprise. The book serves its purpose as it is.

    OMG!  Thank you Huda!  finally.  You admit that it makes no sense to go retconning all the old printed material.  They should have never retconned the original Aliens series of comics for example.  How would a retcon of this new book be any different than the retcon of the original comics?  Both are in-universe volumes.  Its not like either of them is an external commentary on the films.  These are internal works.

    Anyway, I think the book is perfect the way it is.  When new films come out it would be great to see a new edition of the book, perhaps with a different premise that still references these great illustrations but also includes the new materials.  Obviously it couldn't be an in-universe piece anymore so the text would have to change.  That does not negate the value of this current W-Y book.
  12. TheBATMAN
    Or perhaps the new film will not be part of the old series. Just a standalone, what-if sequel to Aliens that has no bearing whatsoever on anything else. Minor details might be amended to official materials to introduce some new organisations and characters that are introduced in the movie but the actual core-story may be unofficial, it's just too early to tell. Blomkamp has already stated has he not that Alien 3 is not being retconned and that Weaver is not playing Ripley 8 so unless the characters are being de-aged for a pre-Alien 3 adventure I don't see how this can be canon.
  13. HuDaFuK
    Not at all.  I'm suggesting that once the new films come out, it would be great to see this book get updated to reflect the complete Alien films.  That does not negate the value of this book as it is, but it would necessitate a new format in the sense that it could no longer be in-universe if it covered multiple timelines.

    Or they could just leave it as it is and not worry about it.

    Seriously, what would be the point? If we're redoing stuff to make it fit the new film, why not go back and redo all the old comics? All the novels? Everything? Because it would be an utterly pointless enterprise. The book serves its purpose as it is.
  14. Perfect-Organism
    Not at all.  I'm suggesting that once the new films come out, it would be great to see this book get updated to reflect the complete Alien films.  That does not negate the value of this book as it is, but it would necessitate a new format in the sense that it could no longer be in-universe if it covered multiple timelines.
  15. Perfect-Organism
    But I think everyone here would love to see the art and contents of this book combined with Alien 5 and Prometheus 2.

    Have you asked "everyone"?

    I for one wouldn't want that at all.

    Pretty sure everyone who worked so hard on the book would be pretty pissed off by the idea too.

    You're certainly welcome to not want a book which would feature a documentation of all the main Alien films.  I mean that would only make sense.  Who am I to judge?

    Maybe you can refrain from talking on behalf of the creators and I'll change "everyone" to "most people".  Ultimately a poll will solve the rhetorical question.

    Why don't we ask the creators if they would ever want to change the book to accommodate Alien 5 and Prometheus 2?  I'm not knocking the book.  I think it is an outstanding achievement.  I just think it's a fair question so that the hard work they put in does not get relegated to non-canon status.
  16. janenad
    Thanks SM for the reply!  ;D Though it is just theorizing, the theory would not really match with Alien Isolation where all the xenos are domed and a queen is supposedly present, plus they're older than the xenos in Aliens which just throws out the age theory..  :-\
    I'd just like for a more concrete explanation for the difference, James Cameron in Aliens said it was age, A:CM and other sources said it was casts ( I like that idea the most), A:I just added more to the confusion not explaining anything even though I love the game.

    Who knows, maybe it's the environment? 
  17. Perfect-Organism
    I think basically this draft of the W-Y book is doomed.  It will have to be retconned completely once Alien 5 comes out.  I smell a real cluster-truck brewing.  I honestly hope that in a future version of the book they include the Alien 5 and Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection films, but how could it then be presented as an "in-universe" documentary?  If W-Y puts out a documentary about two separate timelines, that smells of time-travel which is not suitable for this franchise.  Ergo, the whole book will need to be re-written.  Only the pictures will be good.

    And what if Alien 5 sucks balls? In such a case, why would you rewrite a perfectly good book just to accommodate a potentially crappy movie's canon?

    Wish somebody asked that in 1992...
  18. The Eighth Passenger
    I think basically this draft of the W-Y book is doomed.  It will have to be retconned completely once Alien 5 comes out.  I smell a real cluster-truck brewing.  I honestly hope that in a future version of the book they include the Alien 5 and Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection films, but how could it then be presented as an "in-universe" documentary?  If W-Y puts out a documentary about two separate timelines, that smells of time-travel which is not suitable for this franchise.  Ergo, the whole book will need to be re-written.  Only the pictures will be good.

    And what if Alien 5 sucks balls? In such a case, why would you rewrite a perfectly good book just to accommodate a potentially crappy movie's canon?
  19. Perfect-Organism
    It can totally stand alone as a document of the original series.  But I think everyone here would love to see the art and contents of this book combined with Alien 5 and Prometheus 2.  And that would require not just an addition to the book, but an actual rewrite and rethink.  It won't be possible top resent 2 timelines from an in-universe perspective.  Which is all just as well.  I'll probably get the second version too...
  20. The Eighth Passenger
    It is:

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  21. Perfect-Organism
    If FAS is canonised, then everything within that series is, too. Nonsensical Elden stuff, included.

    Of course, depending on what the new 'Alien' film does in regards to the previous two, this entire book might soon be rendered irreconcilable with new canon, regardless. :)

    This is exactly what I just pointed out in another thread.  But it should be mentioned here.

    So there are some rumours that since "Fire and Stone" is mentioned in the W-Y book, that Predators are also mentioned in the W-Y book.  Is this true?  Is there any mention of predators in the W-Y book?  That would be pretty lame IMO.

    As I just explained in the other thread, the report makes reference to the events of Aliens: Fire and Stone, ergo Predator: Fire and Stone must also have happened.

    Yes and its appropriate to bring the predator comment into this thread totally.  I think basically this draft of the W-Y book is doomed.  It will have to be retconned completely once Alien 5 comes out.  I smell a real cluster-truck brewing.  I honestly hope that in a future version of the book they include the Alien 5 and Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection films, but how could it then be presented as an "in-universe" documentary?  If W-Y puts out a documentary about two separate timelines, that smells of time-travel which is not suitable for this franchise.  Ergo, the whole book will need to be re-written.  Only the pictures will be good.

    The idea of Elden doesn't bother me as being potentially canon.  But the execution would need to be totally different.  Elden was actually pretty well done for a comic book but there is no way that would ever fly in film.  Is Elden really canon?  Seriously?
  22. HuDaFuK
    So there are some rumours that since "Fire and Stone" is mentioned in the W-Y book, that Predators are also mentioned in the W-Y book.  Is this true?  Is there any mention of predators in the W-Y book?  That would be pretty lame IMO.

    As I just explained in the other thread, the report makes reference to the events of Aliens: Fire and Stone, ergo Predator: Fire and Stone must also have happened.
  23. Xenomorphine
    If FAS is canonised, then everything within that series is, too. Nonsensical Elden stuff, included.

    Of course, depending on what the new 'Alien' film does in regards to the previous two, this entire book might soon be rendered irreconcilable with new canon, regardless. :)
  24. Perfect-Organism
    So there are some rumours that since "Fire and Stone" is mentioned in the W-Y book, that Predators are also mentioned in the W-Y book.  Is this true?  Is there any mention of predators in the W-Y book?  That would be pretty lame IMO.
  25. SM
    The novel is the original (and only) source for Thomas to my knowledge.  I don't think it was any script draft and ADF made it up.  I always thought it was a nickname.
  26. HuDaFuK
    I deliberately didn't correct his first name.  Between Jonathan Clemens, Jonathan Gediman, Johner - too many 'Johns'.  And as Danelle was using an established precedent for naming (used on some prisoners and the Prometheus crew as well) I thought Dom suited him better anyway.

    That's fair enough, was just something I noticed.

    The subject of names came up with Kane and the other Nostromo crew too.  They're all like 'Arthur Dallas', 'Ellen Ripley', but Kane was Gilbert Ward 'Thomas' Kane.  I pointed it out, but they liked the full name for Kane, so it stayed.

    The first name Thomas is given in a few places, like the novel for one. I got a chuckle out of the fact they included it as an alias.
  27. SM
    Vriess 'death' - and a few other things - should be corrected if there's any future printings.

    I deliberately didn't correct his first name.  Between Jonathan Clemens, Jonathan Gediman, Johner - too many 'Johns'.  And as Danelle was using an established precedent for naming (used on some prisoners and the Prometheus crew as well) I thought Dom suited him better anyway.

    The subject of names came up with Kane and the other Nostromo crew too.  They're all like 'Arthur Dallas', 'Ellen Ripley', but Kane was Gilbert Ward 'Thomas' Kane.  I pointed it out, but they liked the full name for Kane, so it stayed.
  28. HuDaFuK
    Pretty sure I might know who SM is talking about, but I won't say. All I'll say is... the character did sort of have a first name before, but never one that was officially confirmed, just inferred, and this book now changes that for a new one.

    One goof I have noticed in this book - Vriess' character bio on the Betty crew page says he died on the USM Auriga, when he clearly didn't. It's not even a case of in-universe mixed-up or incomplete info on the part of the report writer, because a little later it mentions that he survived the incident! Whoops :) In fact, the book also gives Vriess' first name as Dom, when the novelization of the film calls him John. It's a bit strange as the other Resurrection first names in the report tie up with those that were given in the novel, and a bunch of other book-only stuff is mentioned (like Kawlang).
  29. Xenomrph
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    Sorry it's something I've picked up quite recently from the gaming groups. It essentially means in-universe reasons. Not as widespread as I thought?

    "fluff" sounds inconsequential and dismissive.
    "Fluff" is more of a tabletop gaming term, it refers to backstory fiction that has no bearing on gameplay. From a gameplay perspective, it largely is inconsequential and dismissive, but game developers/writers put it in as a way to give "flavor" or "personality" to characters/armies/whatever.

    Basically anything that's not strictly hard-line stats-and-numbers used in actual gameplay is "fluff".

    I think fluff is super-cool. I've bought several RPG/tabletop wargame sourcebooks and whatnot strictly for the fluff, with absolutely no intention of ever playing their associated games.
  30. Engineer
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    PS. If I ask what's added about terraforming, you're going to give another cryptic answer, right? Lol. :-)

    Can't give everything away, dude!  ;D

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    I know there were canonical first names for everyone in alien, and aliens...

    Were there?
    Ok, yea. Just looked around and nope! I guess there wasn't. I didn't see one for Ash (but I have a good feeling it ain't him), and a couple of characters with small roles in aliens. But I'm still assuming it isn't aliens because I'd image the first names for any of those characters would be shared with the actor/actress who portrayed them (like with most of the marines). I'm still thinking it's someone in alien 4 or prometheus...

    How about this... How much screen time did the character have?
  31. SM
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    PS. If I ask what's added about terraforming, you're going to give another cryptic answer, right? Lol. :-)

    Can't give everything away, dude!  ;D

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    I know there were canonical first names for everyone in alien, and aliens...

    Were there?
  32. Engineer
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    Come on! You can't say which character?! Can you at least specify the movie the character appears in? Lol I suspect Alien 3...

    It's not an odd numbered film...  ;)

    There's a tiny bit about terraforming but essentially the stuff about LV-426 is taken from the films.
    Ok so that leaves us with alien 4??? Prometheus would be odd numbered because it's the first in its own series? Or is that considered unnumbered which means it's not exactly odd numbered either? I think it's from alien 4!!!

    PS. If I ask what's added about terraforming, you're going to give another cryptic answer, right? Lol. :-)

    PPS. Come to think about it... Technically resurrection doesn't have "4" in the title! None of them do, except alien 3! So if "not odd numbered" is referring to the title rather than it's chronological release, you've really only ruled out 1 movie!

    I know there were canonical first names for everyone in alien, and aliens... And I now know it's not anyone in alien 3 for sure... I suppose I should look up whether there's anyone in alien resurrection who lacks an official first name or not... Damn it! You're going to make me do work for this!! Lol
  33. SM
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    Come on! You can't say which character?! Can you at least specify the movie the character appears in? Lol I suspect Alien 3...

    It's not an odd numbered film...  ;)

    There's a tiny bit about terraforming but essentially the stuff about LV-426 is taken from the films.
  34. Engineer
    SM,
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    And on another note, I previously had a small discussion with you here and on the Alien: Isolation forums (I went by the username Al Bangya over there, in case you didn't put 2 and 2 together) regarding the moon LV-426 and some of its physical/environmental properties and how it might have changed post terraforming. I also had an idea regarding why LV-426 might have been selected for terraforming in the first place. I recently re-posted my thoughts on this here hoping to spark a larger discussion, but that didn't happen. Not as many science junkies here as I thought I guess. Lol. Anyway, is there any new information about LV-426 presented in this book? Or how about the atmospheric processors and how they work? I'm curious if I should massively overhaul my ideas regarding all that in light of new information available! :-)
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