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Aliens: Bug Hunt Preview Now Online!

On the 18th of April Titan Books will be releasing Aliens: Bug Hunt, the first anthology novel set in the Alien universe. Edited by Jonathan Maberry, Bug Hunt will feature short stories from returning Aliens authors such as Tim Lebbon, Dan Abnett, Yvonne Navarro, Christopher Golden and James A. Moore as well as several new comers to the property!

“The premiere short story anthology based on the movie ALIENS, featuring the Colonial Marines in deep space, doing what they do best hunting bugs! Eighteen brand new stories exclusive to this collection featuring the Colonial Marines in bloody conflict with the deadly Aliens. ALIENS: BUG HUNT will send the marines into deep space, to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe’s most dangerous monsters.”

 Aliens: Bug Hunt Preview Now Online!

The first short story in Aliens: Bug Hunt is now available online!

The first story in Aliens: Bug Hunt, Chance Encounter by Paul Kupperberg, is now available to read in full on the Google Books store (including the foreword from Jonathan Maberry). Head on over and check it out! Thanks to felix for the link.

Aliens: Bug Hunt is also available for pre-order on Amazon (US and UK). Alien vs. Predator Galaxy will also be publishing an interview with the various authors involved in the book shortly so keep an eye out for that!

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  1. ClockworkHorror
    I'm on the second Dietrich story so far. As soon as I hit Exterminators, I decided to do a read of the first paragraph of each story to see what else I might be in for.:)
    I really like how Dan Abnett writes, so I enjoyed Reaper. The setup was good, I felt, though the payoff was meh.
    It's nice to have more Alien universe literature, but I've been feeling that it lacks that grounded feel that made the first two movies really shine. Relatable, realistic characters. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I have a feeling a lot of these authors want to make the franchise more fantastical than it needs to be.
    Or they just aren't paying close enough attention.

    Did anyone else read the roll call on Golden's story and CRINGE when he got to Spunkmeyer?
  2. Corporal Hicks
    For me the highlights of Bug Hunt were Broken, Deep Background, Empty Nest, Deep Black, Distressed and Dangerous Prey. These ones really made the anthology for me.

    The only one I didn't really like was Reclamation because it seemed so obvious the bugs were supposed to be Aliens and it was setting it up as a "Hicks is gonna go get revenge for his wife in Aliens" kind of thing. Felt like a very shoe-horned kinda of connection that I really don't like. I was especially disappointed because it was Navarro who wrote it and I remember really like Music of the Spears.

    I felt like the rest were just okay. All those Sulaco marine stories bunched together with Dietrich being front and centre in two of them. All the "bug" stories being bunched together. One of the stories (Burkes, I think) even seemed to have some editor notes in it.
  3. Lonely Universe
    Ugh. I got to 'No Good Deed' & it's about as silly as it gets. Really glad they made sure to say these aren't cannon. Still enjoying the book, though maybe they could have set some ground rules to make sure things stayed believable within the somewhat realistic Alien universe. It goes full on Jekyll & Hyde lol
  4. Engineer
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    Yea sorry about that! Got a little over zealous with my last post. Lol. Thanks for the reminder; I went back and added the spoiler tags...

    But as for the rest of the stories...

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    I think it was one of the authors or something that said some of the stories would not be canon, so those that contradiction things are probably the ones that are just for fun, though canon stories can be contradictive as well  :P
    It was the lead author/editor who wrote the forward who said that. It bugged me that they never specified which were canon and which weren't. Almost like they were waiting to see fan reactions before committing to it. But really, just about every story had contradicts to the movies in some way, big or small...
  5. The Cruentus
    I think it was one of the authors or something that said some of the stories would not be canon, so those that contradiction things are probably the ones that are just for fun, though canon stories can be contradictive as well  :P
  6. SM
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  7. Engineer
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  8. Lonely Universe
    Another couple stories in. The Bishop one is great & I would accept it as canon if they deemed it so.

    The Hicks one is fine but it seems implausible that he wouldn't have mentioned encountering a hostile organism before in Aliens. If there are things that devastating out there then the company wouldn't have as much interest in the Xenomorphs, the marines wouldn't have been so over-confident, the board at Ripley's inquest wouldn't have been so skeptical, etc...
  9. Engineer
    Does anyone know if Tim Lebbon's story (the last one, "Spite"), is a tie in to Rage Wars or not? I vaguely recall seeing that somewhere but not sure. If it is, I'm opting not to read that one until I've read the Rage War trilogy...
  10. 426Buddy
    Let's not hate wagon on the cover, it's fine. Even though I had seen the image for months, I didn't think anything of it at all until I saw the physical hardcover on the shelf. The xeno has a cute expression that reminds me of some of the classic Dark Horse art, like it knows it's up to no good lol. The choice of blues makes it look slick & its way better than what we've been getting with the Omnibus editions.

    I'm a big fan of alien art, it's something i've always loved. Unfortunately can't call this cover anything but a horribly photoshopped piece of garbage.Titan is mostly horrible when it comes to the art on their covers.
  11. Lonely Universe
    Let's not hate wagon on the cover, it's fine. Even though I had seen the image for months, I didn't think anything of it at all until I saw the physical hardcover on the shelf. The xeno has a cute expression that reminds me of some of the classic Dark Horse art, like it knows it's up to no good lol. The choice of blues makes it look slick & its way better than what we've been getting with the Omnibus editions.

    Not big on the first story but it's fine. Pretty sure the "Leapers" are supposed to be a DNA reflex breed of Xenomorphs spawned from some unknown life form on that planet. Hate when movies won't call zombies what they are & the same is true for capital 'A'-Aliens.

    Now the second story 'Reaper' is incredible. Really captures the spirit of the drop ship sequence from Aliens but ups the stakes. Then it turns expectations & delivers something totally unexpected. Great atmosphere that really feels like an extension of the second movie without relying on it's most obvious feature. I'm filing it in my head cannon!

    That's as far as I've gotten so far, but only because my job won't allow me any free time. Maybe I can sneak another chapter tomorrow. Nite
  12. HuDaFuK
    Got started on this last night. Chance Encounter was OK but nothing great. SM has already summarised what was good and bad about it. I really enjoyed Reaper, though. Loved the mystery angle to it.
  13. Engineer
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  14. Engineer
    I read about half the book last Wednesday, but been too busy to read much more. I've liked the stories overall, but there is definitely some sloppy stuff. As for the Hicks story
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    Yea actually the Hicks story is the one I really liked so far, and...
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  15. Ultramorph
    I read about half the book last Wednesday, but been too busy to read much more. I've liked the stories overall, but there is definitely some sloppy stuff. As for the Hicks story
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  16. Engineer
    I got my copy in the mail on Friday last week. I'm about half way through it, and sadly, I'd agree with the general consensus. I'm feeling disappointed with the book overall. I think there's only really 1 story I really liked so far, and a couple that would have been better if they left certain plot points out. Others are just downright terrible. I've found a few mistakes (story-wise), and typos. But one thing I caught which I found particularly distracting was a simple math error... in one story, there's talk of a $25 million payment, with half up front. Unless "half" has a different meaning in the future, I was very distracted by the fact that they say, just a few pages later, they're going to collect the other $5 million owed... ??!??!??
  17. TheBATMAN
    It's not bad for a collection of short stories, but it doesn't really expand on the colonial marines in any real meaningful way. Continuing to populate this universe with various kinds of uninteresting bugs and parasites does nothing for me either.
  18. HuDaFuK
    Sad to hear the apparent consensus that this isn't much, I had high hopes it would at least be interesting.

    Finished my current book last night so I should be getting started on this today.
  19. Hudson
    I thought the Bishop one was decent, just some missed opportunities and a terrible ending.

    This book is very poorly edited. I've caught a "Ridley" in place of Ripley, an author using the word "corp" in place of corps (as in Marine Corps), smaller typos, and one author confusingly referring to Weyland-Yutani as W-T. Also, "double-X" instead of double-Y chromosomes when referring to the Fury 161 prisoners.  ::) I've also read in an Amazon review that author's notes are left in one of the stories? If someone has caught that I'd be interested in page numbers.

    Made it through several more:

    Deep Background

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    Empty Nest
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    Darkness Falls
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    Hugs to Die For
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    Deep Black
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    Finished it, and of the last three, Dangerous Prey is really good and the other two are forgettable. Overall I'm disappointed.

  20. Engineer
    Also lol @ "Here are fifteen all-new stories" on the back (in bold, exactly like that) when the book actually contains eighteen stories :laugh:

    Perhaps they aren't counting some stories as "all new." For example, Dark Mother isn't really new, it was just a different perspective for the final moments of one character from the movie. Kinda trying to give them the benefit of the doubt here... lol
  21. Hudson
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  22. SM
    RE: Exterminators

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  23. Hudson
    Deep Background on the other hand, I just enjoyed pretty well. That's more of what I was looking for, original stories with original characters. It ties in with film canon if you want, but it doesn't bend over backwards to integrate at the expense of the story like some of the gimmicky movie tie-ins are doing.
  24. SM
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  25. Hudson
    Finished the first two now. Although i am enjoying them, i am really not likng how many different alien speices there seem to be in this universe now. What i loved about The Alien series is that it gives you the impression that alien life is a drastically rare thing. This book, so far, has introduced three new species and it seems, by what others are saying, many more are featured. It cheapens things, for me, a little.

    It certainly doesn't explain how they failed so bad in the film if the Colonial Marines spend most of their time battling monsters already. Cheapens is the right way to describe it. Gonna try and get through some more of these tonight. I mostly want to read Sea of Sorrows and River of Pain, but I'm already 2/3 in.
  26. Russ840
    Finished the first two now. Although i am enjoying them, i am really not likng how many different alien speices there seem to be in this universe now. What i loved about The Alien series is that it gives you the impression that alien life is a drastically rare thing. This book, so far, has introduced three new species and it seems, by what others are saying, many more are featured. It cheapens things, for me, a little.
  27. Hudson
    Call me crazy, but this book might actually be getting worse as I progress:

    Blowback
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    Exterminators
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    No Good Deed
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    Zero to Hero
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    Dark Mother
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    Episode 22
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    I think the overall thing disappointing me so far is that instead of this being true to a document like the Technical Manual and expanding upon what was established there, it's just trying to emulate Starship Troopers.
  28. HuDaFuK
    Eugh, I was really hoping against hope the cover wouldn't look so ass once I actually had it in my hands... but it does.

    Also lol @ "Here are fifteen all-new stories" on the back (in bold, exactly like that) when the book actually contains eighteen stories :laugh:

    Looking forward to giving it a read in the not-too-distant future though.
  29. SM
    The Hicks story started well, ended a bit on the nose.

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  30. Hudson
    Finished Broken and Reclamation. Broken is pretty good, probably my favorite of the first four so far. The ending is really bad though, very tacked on and unnecessary. Also, silly and logistically improbable.

    Reclamation didn't do a whole lot for me either and also seemed unnecessary in terms of developing character motivation. I don't feel like I really got anything new or interesting from the character development we were exposed to. Just felt silly.
  31. Ultramorph
    Reading "No Good Deed," surprised when it said
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    Having finished the story, that's the least surprising part!  :laugh:

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    Well,
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  32. SM
    London was the protagonist, but he was a bit too one dimensional
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    And yeah, I did note the lack of Marines in the story too.  As I said above - had some good bits and some not so good bits.
  33. Hudson
    Came in the mail today. First off, very handsome volume. I imagined it would be a smaller format like the other Titan books, but the larger page format is fine too.

    Read the first two stories so far. The first one feels phoned in to me, like the author isn't much of a fan. The second one was better and more relevant (what did the first one have to do with Colonial Marines?), but I didn't find the end to be very satisfying. Seemed to suffer from a lack of clear protagonist/focus. I wasn't really sure who to care about the most. Both well-written so far.
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