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Alien: Isolation The Novel Bursting January 2019!

DragonCon 2018 is currently taking place in Atlanta and like 2017’s event, with the event comes the announcement of a new Alien novel. And this one is something of a surprise!

There are no further details as of yet so it’s unknown if this is an adaptation of Alien: Isolation or a sequel. While none of the games have been adapted into novels in English, Sierra & Monolith’s Aliens vs. Predator 2 was adapted in Hungarian and titled Aliens vs. Predator: Forced Chase.

 Alien: Isolation The Novel Bursting January 2019!

Keith R.A. DeCandido has previously written for the Alien universe. He wrote the short Deep Background for the anthology Aliens: Bug Hunt which you can listen to him read on the Dead Kitchen Radio podcast. You can also follow Keith on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. HuDaFuK
    I know it's OT, but canon is the film that hits the theatres right?  So which version was that?

    By all accounts, they fully intended to show the Alien exploding, it's just by the time they came to film the coda aboard the shuttle they were so critically short of funds they simply couldn't afford to do it.

    Not saying that clears up what is canon and what isn't, but it least explains why the ending might come across as more ambiguous than intended (although I personally never thought it survived anyway).
  2. SM
    In the final shooting script Ripley blasts the Alien out of the wall with the flamethrower, it advances on her through the flames, Ripley opens the hatch and it's shot into space - but moving at the same speed as the shuttle just behind it.  She fires the thrusters and the Alien is "incinerated".

    Despite the differences between the above (October 1978) and an earlier draft (June 1978 - below) and the final film, it's safe to say the people making the film wanted the Alien to be dead.  The final film can be interpreted as the Alien being dead or simply neutralised as a threat to Ripley.




    ********
    EXT. OUTER SPACE

            The burned mass of the Alien drifts slowly away.
            Writhing, smoking.
            Tumbling into the distance.
            Pieces dropping off.
            The shape bloats, then bursts.
            Spray of particles in all directions.
            Then smoldering fragments dwindle into infinity.
  3. HuDaFuK
    They dropped the mission when Zula's pain became unmanageable and their ship was falling to bits.

    As Xenomrph said, they may have justified it, but that didn't stop it feeling any less like an abrupt u-turn in the story. I have no idea if it's actually the case, but it definitely felt to me like they suddenly changed plans - and binned off the ongoing story as a result.

    The fact Extravehicular ended up having nothing to do with the main comic would seem to back that up.
  4. The Old One
    If the story is continued, in a spiritual successor or literally- I hope Tristan Jones is in charge.

    & We never see something as bland as "the terrorists" ever again, what a wasted opportunity for something new and interesting aesthetically and conceptually.
  5. SM
    Whether it's anticlimactic or not is a personal opinion, which is fair enough.  I found Hollis' fate pretty unsatisfying, after the great stuff of her removing the Queen.  But that was only really the last issue or two.

    The story, however, wasn't puzzling.  Zula lost this round, but the final panels indicated her fight wasn't over.
  6. Xenomrph
    Zula and her team of Rogue robots were bravely leading a resistance to the military's quest for Alien acquisition.  They dropped this mission on a dime and surrendered.

    There was a build-up, and a promise of a grand resistance which anticlimactically gave up the ghost.

    A good story features an arc for a character which starts on one value and progresses into another value.  Effectively, Zula's story started up the arc, and came right back down without ever crossing the apex.

    One rogue robot.

    They dropped the mission when Zula's pain became unmanageable and their ship was falling to bits.
    You can rationalize it in the plot, but it doesn’t make it less of an anticlimax. It’s not like these events randomly happened in a vacuum; the writer was in control every step of the way. He could have, you know, not made Zula’s pain unbearable, or whatever.

    Like, if the point of the second half of the series was to demonstrate the futility of defiance because something will always happen to derail it and make it fall flat, then uh, mission accomplished I guess? ???
  7. SM
    Zula and her team of Rogue robots were bravely leading a resistance to the military's quest for Alien acquisition.  They dropped this mission on a dime and surrendered.

    There was a build-up, and a promise of a grand resistance which anticlimactically gave up the ghost.

    A good story features an arc for a character which starts on one value and progresses into another value.  Effectively, Zula's story started up the arc, and came right back down without ever crossing the apex.

    One rogue robot.

    They dropped the mission when Zula's pain became unmanageable and their ship was falling to bits.
  8. Ironb4lls
    An audio drama of a game where the primary objective is to stay as silent as possible...?

    :P

    It's funny when you put it that way. But think of it more as an audio drama of a game that won major awards for incredible sound design.

    No sequel please. Too many entries between Alien and Aliens is rather spoiling things IMO. Just flesh out the characters from the game more.

    In actual fact is quite like to see the fall of Sevastopol in a bit more depth. Plenty of scope for sub plots with Ransome and the covert WY takeover.

    This. I'd love to see a limited series on Netflix or Hulu or whatever, that's all about the people on the station. The series could open with the Anesidora's arrival at Sevastopol, which would be a great way to introduce the various conflicts between Waits, Marlow, Ransome, and Lingard. We'd get to know a family on the station - maybe it's that guy whose wife is named Claire, or maybe it's from the POV of the reporter, Julie Jones. The gradual collapse of civil order, the formation of factions, and the rapid deterioration of the relationships between crew members would make for interesting TV even without the presence of a murderous alien. The final few episodes' arc would cover the events from the game itself, culminating in the big finale, though hopefully a little more fleshed out.

    Plus, it'd be fun to bring back William Hope as Waits, and maybe some of the other cast members.
  9. Perfect-Organism
    Zula and her team of Rogue robots were bravely leading a resistance to the military's quest for Alien acquisition.  They dropped this mission on a dime and surrendered.

    There was a build-up, and a promise of a grand resistance which anticlimactically gave up the ghost.

    A good story features an arc for a character which starts on one value and progresses into another value.  Effectively, Zula's story started up the arc, and came right back down without ever crossing the apex.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    They each have their own stories.  Defiance is Zula's story; Isolation is Amanda's story.  Why does the black woman have to be the "back-up character"?

    And it wasn't a short random encounter - they became friends and she helped Amanda out on tech jobs while she was doing rehab at Luna.

    You had to go there. ::)

    There were no racial undertones to what I was saying, but rather the fact that Ripley is a name that is established in the series as a central character.  That is why she would be a main character if the series were to include both characters prominently.

    The way it is, is contrived as most people say.  Perhaps there were plans to give Ripley a greater central role?  It seems that the story suffered from the same issue as the original Aliens: Colonial Marines series, whereby the series had a direction, and then held way through the ship sailed in a different direction leaving fans puzzled.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to the novel, and hope that it features the story from the game but expands it significantly..
  11. The Old One
    Of course they encountered them separately, it's the fact they encountered them in two completely different instances;
    Both miraculously the singular survivors of their own encounter with the same deadly Alien.
    While also both having an unrelated personal relationship.
    It's that which I believe is contrived and I do not buy it.
  12. Xenomrph
    It was a mistake.
    Too ultimately coincidental that they would both encounter the Alien, separately.
    It's contrived and I believe it was a misstep.

    As was not having the entirety of Defiance under Tristan Jones.

    Well they both would have encountered the Alien separately even if Amanda Ripley hadn't cameoed - 'Alien Isolation' came out before the comic, and the comic was always intended to be about Zula and since the word "Aliens" is in the title, the odds are pretty good that she'd encounter an Alien at some point. :P

    Definitely agree on the second point, though.
  13. The Old One
    It was a mistake.
    Too ultimately coincidental that they would both encounter the Alien, separately.
    It's contrived and I believe it was a misstep.

    As was not having the entirety of Defiance under Tristan Jones.
  14. Xenomrph
    I'd have been okay with it even just being a "random encounter". It visually helps establish a timeframe of when things are going in relation to other things. Cameos are cool and I'm okay with them. :)
  15. SM
    They each have their own stories.  Defiance is Zula's story; Isolation is Amanda's story.  Why does the black woman have to be the "back-up character"?

    And it wasn't a short random encounter - they became friends and she helped Amanda out on tech jobs while she was doing rehab at Luna.
  16. Perfect-Organism
    I think that a short random encounter with Amanda was silly.  However, Zula could have been a great back-up character in an Amanda story.  If the intent was to create a cohesive story tying the two characters together, then it would have worked.  Otherwise, this was another element of Defiance that failed.  It could have literally developed into a story from Zula's point of view as a back-up character and how she relates to Amanda's bigger story.  I just don't like shoehorning...
  17. SM
    She just worked there.  There's nothing to suggest she grew up there.

    I liked how they linked Zula and Amanda. It gives the 'EU' a bit more cohesion between titles and media.
  18. Nostromo
    Kick ass storyline and perfect timeline. Wish this would have been selected as a movie trilogy, although prequels are always interesting..

    Add the Defiance storyline as a tie in and wow.
    Amanda Ripley being involved in Defiance was contrived, and Defiance unfortunately totally fell apart in the second half.

    You're right, when one mentions Defiance, they should also add an asterisk, with issues 1-6 and without the constant wasted space and chatter of Zula's health problems. Great locations and story though, in the first 6 issues.
  19. SM
    Amanda Ripley being involved in Defiance was contrived, and Defiance unfortunately totally fell apart in the second half.
    Just a cameo in the beginning would have been fine, but they started to mention her a lot and she was supposed to be the best friend on Zula, which was just too much.

    Amanda was Zula's only friend - so therefore was best friend by default.

    Defiance takes place entirely after Isolation (apart from the flashbacks).
  20. The Cruentus
    From what I remember of that comic, Zula used to follow Amanda about on gateway or some other station I believe. So it was set before Isolation but I remember Isolation telling us that Amanda spent most of her time working in the area her mother disappeared. Gateway is right by earth which is no where near the Zeta Reticuli.
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