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Poking Things In The Jungle, Interview with Alien: Echo Author Seanan McGuire – AvP Galaxy Podcast #92

We have just uploaded the 92nd episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our latest episode sees regular hosts Corporal Hicks and RidgeTop joined by Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant), the author of Alien: Echo!

 Poking Things In The Jungle, Interview with Alien: Echo Author Seanan McGuire - AvP Galaxy Podcast #92

Olivia Shipp on Simon Gough’s variant cover for Aliens: Colonial Marines – Rising Threat #1.

We discuss how Alien: Echo evolved from pitch to release, the DNA reflex, what writing for Young Adult entails and plenty more!

As we discuss towards the end of the episode, you can find James A. Moore’s GoFundMe page here. James has written several entries in the Alien universe including Alien: Sea of Sorrows, The Predator: Hunters and Hunted, and the short story Distressed which was one of the better entries in Aliens: Bug Hunt! The GoFundMe is going towards James’ medical bills while he fights off cancer and every little helps!

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Comments: 19
  1. Darkness
    Finished reading the book now. Bearing in mind, I've never read young adult or even an alien novel before.

    I thought it was alright. Some things felt odd to me. How could Olivia not know that Viola was an android all this time? The whole kissing felt like motor oil thing - I thought it was going to be revealed that Kora was going to be an android or something. I'd probably have liked some more perspectives like what went on, with her father and the vessel and what happened in the colony before Olivia got back. Maybe some more friends could have tagged along with her. But it was okay. I liked the teen sort of perspective.
  2. RidgeTop
    Glad to see the comments from those who enjoyed the interview, seeing that kind of feedback is what keeps us motivated.

    Really enjoyed talking with McGuire and I hope she gets more gigs for the franchises in the future.
  3. Hudson
    Nice interview on the podcast.

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    But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Not that I know of.  I read one treatment with the xenodroid, said 'yeah, I'm not sure about this', then the next thing 'don't worry about it we're not going with it'.

    I'm not going to say it's the worst idea I've ever heard of in the franchise, because worse ideas have already been executed, but her enthusiasm for this android xenomorph was kind of hilarious when she was also insistent on the verisimilitude of animal biology w/r/t this franchise because she studied reptiles and amphibians. Seemed to be quite a double standard. "The Aliens don't eat" is a pretty stupid remark for an Fox exec/editor to make at this point, considering Alien 3 and AvPR directly show scenes of it happening (as does the EU on multiple occasions), but like...Prometheus and Covenant have made it pretty clear that this franchise is not concerned with the science of real biology.
  4. SM
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    But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Not that I know of.  I read one treatment with the xenodroid, said 'yeah, I'm not sure about this', then the next thing 'don't worry about it we're not going with it'.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    And yeah, I would take issue with an Alien that came from an android, though I wouldn't flip out over it if it was a very organic android leaning more towards replicants,

    Because of how much I fear Ridey having an Alien burst out of David, and that being where the classic design comes from, I was glad it didn't end up in here as a precedence. But I'm also a little scared it didn't end up in here because that's what they want to do!

    Really enjoyed the interview, thanks guys for making it happen. The author seems great, liked her approach and attitude about all of this. I'd definitely want to see her again and write a sequel.

    Thanks, Collating! Glad you're enjoying! I'd love to see Seanan back and pick up those threads she laid down.
  6. Still Collating...
    Really enjoyed the interview, thanks guys for making it happen. The author seems great, liked her approach and attitude about all of this. I'd definitely want to see her again and write a sequel. I do feel bad that she got no input into Olivia's later appearances. Whatever plans Fox has for Olivia, the first impression and likability of a character was thanks to the author. I really hope she get's a chance to return. For a character that's going to be in so many entries, her author that made a great first impression with Olivia's portrayal, shouldn't be just a one-off.

    And yeah, I would take issue with an Alien that came from an android, though I wouldn't flip out over it if it was a very organic android leaning more towards replicants, but I did like how she fought Fox when it came to biology. Aliens MAYBE don't need to eat to survive when they're adults, but Olivia doesn't know that and for any crazy growth a creature needs to consume matter to do it.
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