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Titan To Republish Original Aliens Bantam Novels

Throughout 2014 and into 2015 Titan Books republished all four of Alan Dean Foster and A.C Crispin’s adaptations of the Alien films to accompany their own original Alien novel trilogy. It would appear that to accompany their new Aliens vs. Predator novel trilogy, Rage War, Titan will now be republishing some of the older Bantam novels:

161015_01 Titan To Republish Original Aliens Bantam Novels

These are currently the only 3 omnibus available on the Titan website and they cover 7 of the 9 Aliens novels that Bantam published, leaving Music of the Spears and the very hard to find Berserker to potentially show up in a fourth omnibus. These novels were all adaptations of Dark Horse comic series of the same name.

The first is due for release on 19 January 2016, with the second slated for release 28 June 2016 and then finally the third on 27 December 2016. There are currently no dates for the last 2 books (Alien: Invasion and AvP: Armageddon) of the Rage War series but the first, Predator: Incursion is due out shortly on the 20th of October. Thanks to Jean-Francois Boivin from Timeline of the Alien and Predator Universe for the tip.



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Comments: 36
  1. HuDaFuK
    I've still got my first edition copies of all of the Aliens/Predator/AvP novels (and they're all in largely very good shape) sitting on my shelf, so I don't really need to re-buy any of them.

    I have copies, but if its a book I'd like to keep I'd prefer to have a nice new shiny one. The two Predator novelisations I have are seriously ratty.

    Also did Titan republish the Alien Resurrection novelization? Or just the 3 ADF ones?

    They did, earlier this year. There was a bit of a gap from the first three but they did get around to it.
  2. Xenomrph
    I wonder if they'll reprint the AvP novels, or the Predator ones (although they might hold off until Shane Black's Predator movie is closer on the horizon).

    I'd like to see them reissue the Predator novelisations like they did the four Alien ones. Predator 2 is a great read.
    I wouldn't be surprised if that happened, as well.

    I've still got my first edition copies of all of the Aliens/Predator/AvP novels (and they're all in largely very good shape) sitting on my shelf, so I don't really need to re-buy any of them.
    I actually have 2 copies of the ADF Alien movie novelizations, but that's because one copy is the UK omnibus collection that's super convenient, and the others are the individual books that I'm hesitant to get rid of because, well, they're first editions.

    Like yeah I don't really like having duplicates on my shelf because I've got barely enough space as it is, but it doesn't feel right to get rid of either copy for some reason.

    Also did Titan republish the Alien Resurrection novelization? Or just the 3 ADF ones?
  3. Ultramorph
    I'll probably pick these up. I haven't read the old Dark Horse novels in 10 years or so. It'll be cool to revisit them. I wonder if they'll eventually reprint the DH Press novels, too?

    Hopefully they reprint the Predator novels for that movie's 30th in 2017.
  4. Lonely Universe
    They really could be, I don't see why they would be reprinting them if not.

    Perhaps since F&S didn't rock the world (& in light of the approaching films) Dark Horse & Titan decided to downplay the whole reboot until they have more solid ground.

    Personally I think the original EU is too quality rich to lose most of it, give or take a few things.
  5. HuDaFuK
    I believe that the first time the names were actually changed were for the books and then comics followed suite and replaced them for the reprints. I think. I'm never too sure what the timeline is.

    Yeah, the altered characters were created for the books as they started coming out just after Alien 3, then they edited the comics and reprinted them a few years later (Earth Hive was published in 1992, the first edited version of Book One was Aliens, Vol. 1: Outbreak, published in 1996).
  6. Lonely Universe
    It's still sort of up in the air whether they are canon or not. They are definitely canon to the old EU, but that was supposed to be discontinued when Fire & Stone came out. No bother, they are worth reading anyway. You won't regret it, there's a lot of great stories in there.

    There's a thread that chronologically lists everything in the current EU.
  7. Xenomrph
    How different are the novels from the comic book versions of the stories?  I'm thinking about getting these, but I don't just want to read something that won't give me anything new.
    They're worth picking up. They expand on the plots and characters in ways that the comics couldn't (due to limitations of the medium, or length limitations, etc) and are generally better written narrative and character-wise than the comics they're based on.
    The exception in my opinion is Labyrinth, I much prefer the comic over the novel.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    I believe that the first time the names were actually changed were for the books and then comics followed suite and replaced them for the reprints. I think. I'm never too sure what the timeline is. But in general they also expand outwards from the comics too, offer more insight into pretty much every element.

    And I'd like to see them do an edition where it's Hicks and Newt and with some minor changes to their backstory. It'd never happen but it'd be nice enough to see.
  9. Perfect-Organism
    How different are the novels from the comic book versions of the stories?  I'm thinking about getting these, but I don't just want to read something that won't give me anything new.

    It's been ages since I read these and I actually never read the later volumes.  But the volume 1 which contains the Mark Verheiden series of books actually deviates somewhat from the original comics.  Hicks and Newt have been replaced with Wilks and Billie for starters.  If I remember correctly, the last story in this first volume (Female War) was significantly modified in some sections of the story.  It would be amazing if they restored Wilks and Billie, to Hicks and Newt but we won't know if they made that change till later.  It seems very unlikely to me.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    Very interesting.  From my perspective, it would be great if they re-edited these books and did away with Wilks and Billie and re-instated Hicks and Newt as per the original graphic novels on which volume 1 is based.  My feelings on this are well known.  But I don't expect much to come of this.

    Wonder how Dark Horse is involved in this and if this effects future DHP / Titan co-operation.

    I expect that these books will specifically be described as non-canon.  Even if Hicks and Newt are re-established as alive in Blomkamp's film, you can't account for the elephant-nosed aliens in volume 1 without ignoring Prometheus.

    But it is great to see that old EU is not being treated as Apocrypha and these stories still have a life.  In a subtle way it hopefully implies that some of the old stories that are outside the current canon may be, dare I say, expanded upon?
  11. Corporal Hicks
    I'm finding myself buying too many books at the minute but I plan on going back and re-reading more of the older novels when I get chance. I can't remember what I really thought of some of them - Rogue, Harvest or Labyrinth in particular.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    I've only ever seen the Bantam version of Berserker too. You know what, if they do do a fourth volume with Berserker that would be really damn good. So many people would get easy access to it. And it's one of the better books too (maybe my favourite, actually) - well worth reading.
  13. HuDaFuK
    Yep. Except Concrete Jungle for some reason, that has a different publisher's logo that I don't recognise. Definitely a British copy though because it has the UK cover art.
  14. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, good that there putting them out there again after so long.

    I'm pretty sure the last salvo of Bantam books (Berserker, Big Game and War) were never actually published in the UK - at least, I've never seen a British copy for sale anywhere. Only American imports. So if they finish off the run of these with a Volume 4 that'll probably be the first time Berserker's ever been released in the UK.
  15. Corporal Hicks
    I think they are screenshots. I miss the old painted covers too. That said, it's nice that these are seeing reprints. They're cheap and easy enough to find on eBay but this'll put them back on the book shelf in brick and mortar stores which is good.
  16. HuDaFuK
    Great, I literally just completed my collection of these the other day and now this :P

    Still, not too keen on that cover art so I'm kinda glad I have the originals. The second two look like ACM screenshots to me!
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