When we first learnt that Alan Dean Foster was going to be writing a prequel novel for Alien: Covenant, I think it would be easy to forgive that we were all excited for and expecting what could only be a novel exploring the period in between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant where we finally found out what happened to Shaw, David and the Engineers.
So it came as a little bit of a shock when the synopsis for Alien: Covenant Origins was released and it was nothing of the sort. I understand now, having spoken to Alan Dean Foster for the AvP Galaxy Podcast, that 20th Century Fox wanted that direction left open for potential exploration down the line.
Regardless, I can’t fault those who are disappointed in the direction that Alien: Covenant Origins took as it’s a dark cloud of possibility that hangs over the final novel (unfairly, but it’s there). I was a little disappointed myself but I also couldn’t help but still be excited! It was Alan Dean Foster and he was writing an original Alien novel! Albeit one without any Aliens in it.