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Interview with Alex White, Author of Alien: The Cold Forge – AvPGalaxy Podcast #65

We have just uploaded the 65th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our latest episode includes an interview with Alex White, the author of the absolutely brilliant recent novel Alien – The Cold Forge!

Be warned, this chat does contain some spoilers for the book so I would recommend reading the book first and seriously, if you haven’t already, what are you waiting for?!

 Interview with Alex White, Author of Alien: The Cold Forge - AvPGalaxy Podcast #65

Alex at his book signing on #AlienDay 2018.

Alex talks about how he was inspired with the despicable Dorian Sudler and how to channel Sudler and manipulate your way into writing an Alien book! (just kidding!) We also nerd out with plenty of Alien talk, more about his time working on The Cold Forge and where exactly those eggs came from!

You can follow Alex on Twitter and you can also check out his website here. Alien: The Cold Forge is currently available to order from Amazon (UK/US) and plenty of other good bookstores. If you’ve enjoyed The Cold Forge, be sure to also check out Alex’s new original novel – A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

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  1. Perfect-Organism
    I thought the ideas of hiding in various compartments by certain characters was 100% inspired by Isolation, and to very good effect.

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    I'm surprised more people aren't discussing this book.  Just awesome.

    *Added spoiler tags. Hicks.

    Thanks for that assist in putting up the spoiler alert Hicks.  I tried to do it but it did not go up right on the iPhone.  I guess I have to type in between the spoiler warnings rather than clicking spoiler before and after the spoilery text...
  2. SM
    Finished this off last night.

    Absolutely excellent. I think the difference between this and the other Alien novels I've read is that this wasn't just a good Alien book, it was a damn good book full-stop. Great ideas, great characters and great writing from Alex White. I mean good God, Dorian was the single most exquisitely hateful villain I can recall reading about in a book, and his gradual descent from sociopath to complete and utter madman was both well-done and engrossing. Blue was also by far the most interesting protagonist of any Alien novel I've read before; her disability and the limitations it placed upon her added so much to the story, and the way she lives her life by commandeering synthetics was likewise refreshingly new and interesting.

    Some superbly tense and scary sequences - in particular, Dorian hiding in the cupboard while another of the station's staff is attacked in front of him was heart-racing. I also really liked that the Aliens were almost incidental for a lot of the story - they were just kinda there doing their thing in the background, which was a refreshing change from the norm. Yet despite this, they lost none of their threat, menace and intelligence.

    If I had any criticisms at all, it's that I thought the very end was a bit of a disappointing cliché, although it did at least leave room for a follow-up, which I'd welcome. In the grand scheme though, it's such a minor quibble it pales in comparison to everything I loved about the book.

    Yeah, can't praise this enough.

    Also, is it just me, or did some elements of this feel like they were very obviously inspired by Isolation?

    Yeah.
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  3. HuDaFuK
    Finished this off last night.

    Absolutely excellent. I think the difference between this and the other Alien novels I've read is that this wasn't just a good Alien book, it was a damn good book full-stop. Great ideas, great characters and great writing from Alex White. I mean good God, Dorian was the single most exquisitely hateful villain I can recall reading about in a book, and his gradual descent from sociopath to complete and utter madman was both well-done and engrossing. Blue was also by far the most interesting protagonist of any Alien novel I've read before; her disability and the limitations it placed upon her added so much to the story, and the way she lives her life by commandeering synthetics was likewise refreshingly new and interesting.

    Some superbly tense and scary sequences - in particular, Dorian hiding in the cupboard while another of the station's staff is attacked in front of him was heart-racing. I also really liked that the Aliens were almost incidental for a lot of the story - they were just kinda there doing their thing in the background, which was a refreshing change from the norm. Yet despite this, they lost none of their threat, menace and intelligence.

    If I had any criticisms at all, it's that I thought the very end was a bit of a disappointing cliché, although it did at least leave room for a follow-up, which I'd welcome. In the grand scheme though, it's such a minor quibble it pales in comparison to everything I loved about the book.

    Yeah, can't praise this enough.

    Also, is it just me, or did some elements of this feel like they were very obviously inspired by Isolation?
  4. Perfect-Organism
    No.  It worked fine.  Great podcast BTW.  Thanks for that!  I find this book is making me read some of the interviews that Alex White did.  None of the other books really caused me to do that.  That says something.  I'm surprised more people are not discussing it here.

    I usually don't like stories that push the central story along, but this one worked so well jus in terms of how well it was written, and the character building, that it doesn't matter.  Of course this story could reconnect with Ripley's story assuming that A3 is retconned out of sequence.
  5. HybridNewborn
    The proposed audio book really gives me cause for concern.  If I don't get this as a full on Audible audio play, I will be disappointed.  I don't recall ever hearing two audio books being made of the same book, so I hope this does not spell out the death of the proper Audible play.  This book truly deserves it.

    Both Out of the Shadows and River of Pain had normal readings prior to getting adaptations. Additionally, all the readings are now done by Blackstone Audio (and have been for some time) while the adaptations are done by Audible Originals.

    I, too, hope to high heaven that this gets adapted because sweet jesus it deserves it.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    Finished reading this on Wednesday and decided to wait until I listen to the podcast before I comment.  So I listened to the podcast last night.

    This book really shows what the Aliens series can be if handled by the right person.  It was epic!  One of the best Alien books, if not the best Alien book ever written.  Thanks for that Alex, and thanks for the really great podcast.

    To me, Lucy was the Lambert of the novel.  I wonder how intentional that was.

    The proposed audio book really gives me cause for concern.  If I don't get this as a full on Audible audio play, I will be disappointed.  I don't recall ever hearing two audio books being made of the same book, so I hope this does not spell out the death of the proper Audible play.  This book truly deserves it.

    Oh, and I forgive the awkward flat headed Alien on the cover.  Is there any way I can get my hands on a copy of the instantly classic version with the erroneous 5 tubes on the Alien's back? :D

    But I do hope that Titan moves away from the artist doing their covers.  It strikes me that it may be the same artist, because there is a feel of the same cheap photoshop technique.
  7. HuDaFuK
    Finally got started on this last night. Ripped through quite a few chapters for one sitting and already liking it a lot.

    Especially liked
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    And yeah, Dorian is a c*nt and Blue is probably the most interesting hero I can recall in an Alien novel, so kudos to White.
  8. SM
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If I were to do a chapter-by-chapter COLD FORGE commentary in my newsletter, would that interest you? (<a href="https://twitter.com/Yutani_Assets?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Yutani_Assets</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/_CorporalHicks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_CorporalHicks</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/avpgalaxy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@avpgalaxy</a>)</p>— Alex White (@alexrwhite) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexrwhite/status/996183452025311236?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    Yes, please.
  9. Samhain13
    That date seems a little odd.

    Where did the author said the aliens in this novel came from? I haven't listened to the podcast yet, since it has spoilers on the history. Can you answer it here on a spoiler tag or with a PM to me?

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    Oh I see, thanks. Still it would be easier to just set the story much far into the future, that way we could just imagine the aliens came from the locations of any of the other EU stories out there.

  10. HybridNewborn
    That date seems a little odd.

    Where did the author said the aliens in this novel came from? I haven't listened to the podcast yet, since it has spoilers on the history. Can you answer it here on a spoiler tag or with a PM to me?

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  11. Samhain13
    That date seems a little odd.

    Where did the author said the aliens in this novel came from? I haven't listened to the podcast yet, since it has spoilers on the history. Can you answer it here on a spoiler tag or with a PM to me?
  12. Samhain13
    In what year is this novel suppose to take place?

    I'm a bit of a Luddite who hasn't fully come around on listening to podcasts, do do you transcripts of the podcasts? I'm sure they're a ton of extra work, and this is just me being selfish, but I just personally find it a lot faster to skim a transcript than to listen to a podcast in real-time.

    If you don't do transcripts, I'll just have to commit and listen to the podcasts. Can I get them through iTunes?

    The last podcast was posted on avpgalaxy's youtube channel.
  13. Xenomrph
    Not even if you were lost in space for 57 years, then cloned 200 years later.
    He says this, and yet here we are.
    In the immortal words of the prophet Goldblum.... life finds a way. ;D

    Alex talks about where he imagined the eggs to come from in the interview btw.
    I'm a bit of a Luddite who hasn't fully come around on listening to podcasts, do do you transcripts of the podcasts? I'm sure they're a ton of extra work, and this is just me being selfish, but I just personally find it a lot faster to skim a transcript than to listen to a podcast in real-time.

    If you don't do transcripts, I'll just have to commit and listen to the podcasts. Can I get them through iTunes?
  14. Xenomrph
    What does SM usually say when he's accused of making a 180 about that?

    Something like this -> :laugh:
    I’m glad SM is as good-natured about the change as I am. Welcome to the fold, better late than never! :D

    Looking at it subjectively, I just imagined Wey Yu already had a xenomorph. Thereby allowing them to either egg morph, or wait for the creature to evolve into a queen and begin producing. The source of the eggs never really seemed like an issue to me. It's the company, they have em, nuff said.

    To go out in left field, and just for the fun of it, I'd say they have a company owned hive already, like I assumed it was in the fan film Alien: Special Order.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m right there with you on that. I like the idea that the Aliens are always lurking out there in the dark.
  15. Huggs
    Looking at it subjectively, I just imagined Wey Yu already had a xenomorph. Thereby allowing them to either egg morph, or wait for the creature to evolve into a queen and begin producing. The source of the eggs never really seemed like an issue to me. It's the company, they have em, nuff said.

    To go out in left field, and just for the fun of it, I'd say they have a company owned hive already, like I assumed it was in the fan film Alien: Special Order.
  16. Xenomrph
    There's nothing in it that contradicts Alien³ or Resurrection.
    Well other than
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    which was SM's big sticking point on why the old EU "contradicted" Resurrection.
    But I guess he's done a 180 on that position (and I couldn't be happier!). :P
    Well, not quite.

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    That doesn’t really change anything. If the only known eggs left in the galaxy were on LV426 (evidenced by Perez’s line about Ripley succeeding in wiping the Aliens out), then by SM’s long-standing logic, The Cold Forge still couldn’t have happened. If The Cold Forge’s eggs were sourced from somewhere else, that opens the door for vast swaths of the EU that were once “contradicted” by Alien Resurrection.

    Keep in mind, I am totally okay with this. I’m just pointing out that SM seems to be finally coming around on this concept, and that’s great. ;D
  17. HybridNewborn
    There's nothing in it that contradicts Alien³ or Resurrection.
    Well other than
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    which was SM's big sticking point on why the old EU "contradicted" Resurrection.
    But I guess he's done a 180 on that position (and I couldn't be happier!). :P
    Well, not quite.

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  18. HybridNewborn
    I haven't read it yet, but what I'm gathering so far is that the company obtains some eggs shortly after the events of Aliens and it's all somehow lampshaded as "classified?"

    It's unclear when or where the eggs came from, but the story is written so well that's it's really a non-issue. It is truly the pickiest of nits. And the author addresses it in the podcast if you're bothered enough to be curious.
  19. SM
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    It really was a non-issue within the story and I completely agree that it'd have detracted from the actual story. I do get why people have the question (obviously) so it's good to know that it was actually thought about by the author though.

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  20. Corporal Hicks
    Thanks all! I'm glad you're all enjoying this one.  :) Alex really was a great guest.

    I would love it if he got to write a short story on the eggs! Cold Forge, Isolation and Dead Orbit are my top three alien stories at the moment.

    I really hope we get to see Alex return! I don't really care what story he'd be back to tell, just want him back.

    In fact in series where we're often left to wonder where the Aliens come from and where the story fits in the universe, White couldn't have handled it better.

    It really was a non-issue within the story and I completely agree that it'd have detracted from the actual story. I do get why people have the question (obviously) so it's good to know that it was actually thought about by the author though.
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