Alien: The Cold Forge is Titan’s first original full length Alien novel since Tim Lebbon wrapped up his awesome Rage War trilogy in 2016. After that we had a single disappointing anthology series with Aliens: Bug Hunt which released on Alien Day 2017.
And now Titan are back and they’re swinging hard with Alex White’s Alien: The Cold Forge. Though no stranger to science-fiction, White is a new name to Alien literature and he’s one I want back after having read his debut entry into the Alien universe.
The novel takes place almost entirely on a spacestation known as The Cold Forge (they make weapons, but without the heat!) where Dr Blue Marsalis is experimenting on the Aliens, ostensibly to weaponize them for Weyland-Yutani, and her work is interrupted when a W-Y representative shows up to get in the way. And, of course, the Aliens escape and it all goes to hell.
I’ll forgive you for thinking this sounds like Rogue, Labryinth or Stronghold. When you break it down into its constituent story beats like that Alien: The Cold Forge sounds like any number of old Alien stories. You couldn’t be more wrong though.
Alien: The Cold Forge might include all the typical tropes of an Alien story but Alex White just turns them all on their head. All of them. The Cold Forge is simply the most original and gripping Alien novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading for a long time.
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