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Aliens Goes Medieval In Alien: Phalanx Synopsis!

With Keith R.A. DeCandido’s adaptation of Alien: Isolation now on the bookstore shelves, and Tim Waggoner’s Alien: Prototype due out at the end of October, our eyes turn to next year’s recently announced Alien: Phalanx.

Author Scott Sigler announced the book via Twitter but we didn’t know anything about what the new novel would involve. A recent update to the product page on Amazon has changed this and now we have our first synopsis of Alien: Phalanx!

It’s Medieval carnage meets Alien as a pre-industrial society fights against extinction brought about by a massive infestation of Xenomorphs.

Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles, varied cultures, and conquests, vibrant until the demons rose and spread relentless destruction. Swarms of lethal creatures with black husks, murderous claws, barbed tails and dreaded “tooth-tongues” raged through the lowlands, killing ninety percent of the planet’s population. Terrified survivors fled to hidden mountain keeps where they eke out a meager existence. When a trio of young warriors discovers a new weapon, they see a chance to end this curse. To save humanity, the trio must fight their way to the tunnels of Black Smoke Mountain–the lair of the mythical Demon Mother.

While certainly a first for Alien novels, the Expanded Universe has taken the Aliens in the past with Aliens: Stalker, a one-shot comic written and illustrated by David Wenzel that pitted Vikings against an Alien!

 Aliens Goes Medieval In Alien: Phalanx Synopsis!

David Wenzel’s cover art for Aliens: Stalker.

Though it seems Phalanx isn’t going back in Earth’s history, but rather a colony world that seems to have adopted the old ways (echos of Vincent Ward’s Alien 3) or as a result of a disaster (similar to Prince of Thorns). Alien: Phalanx is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (only US, not UK so far) with a release date of February 25th, 2020.

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Comments: 40
  1. SpaceKase
    Wicked Imagery.

    It brings to mind those old epic Marine recruitment ads from the 90's/2000's.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tnJtLBQzQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyYTK_hYeEo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLKQUoykE1g

    ...which, I suppose is highly appropriate given the universe in question.

       Which, smh, could just be a sign of that fangy devil, Ol' Georgie hisself, my Unreliable Narrator, like what they did with that old comic Stalker from '98. I kinda hope that won't be the case, but in general, I loved to be surprised. So I won't knock it, 'til I've tried it. Personally though, I reeeaaally want the story to take place during those dark anarchistic times of that century of darkness following the Great Deletion.

    If the virus swept across the sphere of humanity, like an intelligent living digital plague, akin to Silver Smile, it would have reduced every colony across the Network into lawless chaos. One could only imagine, some ordinary day, people everywhere going about their business, moving at their gravity driven hypervelocities, surfing through their superluminal layers of spacetime, secure in the knowledge of their mastery of the heavens. But on this auspicious day, every single human ship and orbital station across the full span of our exceeding reach, some 500 or more light years in every direction from Old Mother Sol, simultaneously opening. Each and every hatch and linked-in coupling; Beep. Click. Swooosh. And then there was no more dominion of man. Imagine the aftermath of something like that. Some 200 or more colonies of humanity, each descending into its own particular and nuanced flavor of technologically catalyzed hell.

    Sure, there'd be outliers, pockets of luddites, space bound preppers, their paranoia finally vindicated, and they may very well be just fine for a while, that is until the vacuums of power start filling in once more. From there on out it's all Mad Max and Necromonger cults, space-faring gigachurches sailing in on massive conversion arks, just waiting to bring the light of the TrueTrue to every still living world full of the great unwashed sinners. Not to mention the actual plagues cutting swathes through those last vestiges of survivors, hope you've got some hardcopy med texts lying around, and close at hand.  And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? All the while, our old chitinous fams down there, oozing and clicking away in the basement, just waiting for that one right stone to be lifted up by just that one right person. Sigh... one can dream.

    But I been tricked before, and lurking ever in the shadows is that Ol' Georgie just waitin' once again, to unreliably narrate our precious could-be hours into old wooden coulda-beens ones.

    But we shall see. In truth, every one of these authors are rad for doing what they do, and regardless of one's destination it's always fun seeing the path one takes to get there. Over the years some incredible stories have come from the most unlikely of places. So yes, regardless; I'm really looking forward to this one.

    Give 'em hell, Scott!

    Someone jokingly said to me that the big twist for this story would be is if this entire story is a DnD campaign played by a bunch of kids who decided to have their characters go into a Xenomorph Hive as part of their in-game story... Admittedly, that would be a good twist. Ha ha ha ha!!


    Yasssss! As long as the climactic scene has an homage to Tom Hanks from Mazes and Monsters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfxXug5ZMdk
  2. Resident4ever
    There was a short comic (Aliens: Tourist Season), where a whole planet converted to a western world (Franchise Planet 1889). The tourist dressed in authentic clothes, the only sign of modern technology was some robot horses.

    Also, in the Aliens: Cauldron book there were pirates dressed as vikings (if I am remember correctly) + the short story in the Bug Hunt anthology (the one, where the marines sent to Fury-161), in the first pages we read about some neo viking cult, who owned a planet and a space station (again, if I remember correctly).

    However, I think we get an Aliens: Alchemy caliber story, where a colony ship crash landed in some planet, humanity is unaware about them.
  3. RakaiThwei
    Someone jokingly said to me that the big twist for this story would be is if this entire story is a DnD campaign played by a bunch of kids who decided to have their characters go into a Xenomorph Hive as part of their in-game story... Admittedly, that would be a good twist. Ha ha ha ha!!

    But yeah, the synopsis kind of does sound like it would make for a good DnD campaign.

    • It's not a wooden planet.
    • It's doesn't involved PROMETHEUS.
    • No black goo.

    Now the book has my attention... Seriously, the whole medieval world thing being infested with Xenomorphs... That is something done only once and that was more of a story inside of a story. I'm talking about Aliens: Stalker of course, but yeah... I gotta say, I am more curious on the setting than anything else. Is it too soon to ask questions about the world it's set in?
  4. Still Collating...
    Now this is an interesting premise! It's good I read Alchemy recently and found it great. So another planet with really old ways of life being attacked by aliens seems like a refreshing take for a novel. Liking the unique approach, even thought I don't find them necessary at all for a good book, once in a while is a good idea.

    Really really looking forward to this.
  5. Immortan Jonesy
    • It's not a wooden planet.
    • It's doesn't involved PROMETHEUS.
    • No black goo.

    • That's why I had said:

    https://i.imgur.com/9KXHrTb.png

    • I had in mind the idea of ​​medieval societies struggling in a wasteland / isolated world, with Alien infestations.
    • My personal fantasy was that some remnants of humanity are living in a medieval / steampunk-like space station orbiting the wasteland planet. But also, I used to fantasize that there were other humanoid cultures living in the dangerous desolate world. Maybe human mutants or hybrids.


    But again, that's why I had said #almost. I never claimed to have exactly the same idea. Rather a remotely similar fantasy. That's all  :P

    But I offer my apologies if my reply was inappropriate. I'm sorry.
  6. Immortan Jonesy
    Woohoo! my wishes will be fulfilled, almost ( I've read the premise, so don't worry ;)). Reposting from the thread "How far into the future is too far for Alien and Predator settings?":

    "Bring me the post-apocalyptic Earth thousands of years in the future, after the black goo bombs have fallen and dark magic has come back into the world. The whole place is a deadly wasteland (comes to mind Mad Max Fury Road and Stephen King's The Dark Tower). The last humans are living in a wooden planet."

  7. Nightmare Asylum
    Set it hundreds of years after Resurrection, this planet was seeded some time after Earth so its people are not nearly as advanced, have some Earth-human or Engineer vessel crashed on this world years ago and that's the source of the weapons (and/or of the Alien eggs)......
  8. RakaiThwei
    If its literally a book about another human species created by engineers... hell I'm up for it.  That’s really interesting.

    Although I would like to get away from the whole Prometheus thing, that would be interesting but I hope that if that is the case, it's not mentioned in the story.

    But it would be interesting to see an expedition ship come down and then humans with advance tech come across these Medieval Times people and just go "WHAT THE F----!" because that would be interesting!
  9. RakaiThwei
    This actually is interesting...

    I MIGHT pick this up for the premise alone. You'd expect something like this for Predator, but ALIEN? Not so much since it's usually been rooted in the future.
  10. Nightmare Asylum
    ET species is essentially going to be us, but having evolved under a different set of conditions on a different world that the Engineers seeded at a different point in history.

    I would be willing to bet money that that's the route this one goes.
  11. Xenomorphine
    Posted this over on Facebook. I had the idea that maybe this is set way after Rage War and this planet is one of the distant colonies that got cut off when they shut down the drop holes. Maybe it just reverted over time as resources ran out and they couldn’t get resupplied.

    You don't revert to ye olde castles and mediaeval living standards just because you get cut off. You keep with the technology you already have and advance it where you are able to. Especially medical expertise/technology.

    It'll probably just be about an ET species, except you won't realise it until the author makes that clear, right at the end. Wouldn't be anything new. We've had ET-centric stories before in the comics.

    I've also been saying for a while that I think someone could adapt 'Beowulf' into an 'Alien' story and it could be really cool if done right. This might be something essentially along those lines. Wouldn't be surprised if it took that and some other legendary stories as creative inspiration.
  12. Ultramorph
    Posted this over on Facebook. I had the idea that maybe this is set way after Rage War and this planet is one of the distant colonies that got cut off when they shut down the drop holes. Maybe it just reverted over time as resources ran out and they couldn’t get resupplied.
  13. Perfect-Organism
    One of the worst (or best... depending on your point of view) designed Citroens ever.  It featured a Maserati engine.

     :D

    He's the man who seems to be maintaining the Aliens timeline, with some sort of relationship over at Fox.  Nobody knows for sure.  He may work for Weyland-Yutani.
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