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This.Is.Ataegina! An Interview with Aliens: Phalanx Author Scott Sigler – AvPGalaxy Podcast #103

We have just uploaded the 103rd episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! For our latest episode I am joined by Scott Sigler, author of Dangerous Prey (one of the handful of shorts from Aliens: Bug Hunt that I thoroughly enjoyed) and the absolutely brilliant Aliens: Phalanx which came out at the end of February!

 This.Is.Ataegina! An Interview with Aliens: Phalanx Author Scott Sigler - AvPGalaxy Podcast #103

We discuss writing from the Alien’s point of view in Dangerous Prey, the research that went into writing a convincing combat between Aliens and a medieval society, and plenty more which you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out! Beware story spoilers though!

You can find out more about Scott by checking out his website, following him on Facebook or Twitter, or listening to his podcast – Scott Sigler Audiobooks! This episode is also available as a video interview on YouTube!

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  1. Nightmare Asylum
    Have you managed to avoid spoilers during whole month ?

    I have. It's not difficult considering no one in my waking life is reading this book, and it's easy to not click the SPOILER tags when people use them on here.

    This, basically. :D

    EDIT: A few chapters in and so far, so good. A very different experience so far from The Cold Forge (TCF is the only Titan Alien novel I've read, barring the Covenant novelization) but I'm immediately interested in this world and want to see where this goes. It was also a very nice touch, given the structure of this story, to see a map up front at the start.

    EDIT 2: Just finished chapter 15...
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  2. HuDaFuK
    Finished it off the other day. My previous comments basically sum it up - it's not among my favourite AVP reads, but it's definitely one of the best. I did enjoy it a lot, just not sure it's one I'll rush back to.

    I absolutely recommend people give it a go though.
  3. HuDaFuK
    Getting towards the end of this now.

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    Any time the Aliens are in this, it's absolutely blowing me away. (I was reading in bed last night, deep in the middle of some tense, creepy Alien shit, and a moth suddenly landed on my face. I practically hit the f*cking ceiling.) I'm less keen on the stuff in between, but that's really no slight against the book and purely down to me not caring for dungeons and dragons stuff. But as I said before, I'm really happy to see someone trying something new with the series. Even if it's not necessarily my bag, I'm glad that there are authors willing to be a bit more experimental and it's certainly among the most memorable Alien reads.
  4. maggieloveshopey
    I don’t often post here, but had to break cover to praise this one to the skies. I don’t normally have a lot of time for tie-in literature, but Phalanx is gripping, original, tense and exciting. I burnt through the whole thing in less than a day and couldn’t put it down.
  5. SM
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    It's taken a while to get going but I've just got to the first real interactions with Aliens and it's amazingly tense.

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  6. HuDaFuK
    It's taken a while to get going but I've just got to the first real interactions with Aliens and it's amazingly tense.

    Apparently to the point where it had me dreaming about being hunted by Aliens last night :laugh:
  7. razeak
    I honestly wouldn't mind to see a follow up even if it didn't involve xenos. It's an interesting world.

    Also, I'm glad they shut down the over explaining of particular aspects or mysteries of the alien.
  8. Kradan
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    Nonetheless, I still enjoyed book a lot.

    It's no-more convenient than the
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    There's got to be some give when telling the stories.

    Well, I'd say in Phalanx it seemed more convenient.
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    No worries. No-one reported it so I assume you didn't spoil it for anyone.

    Glad to know.
  9. Corporal Hicks
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    Nonetheless, I still enjoyed book a lot.

    It's no-more convenient than the
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    There's got to be some give when telling the stories.

    Oops. I'm terribly sorry, Corporal. I forgot about spoilers.

    No worries. No-one reported it so I assume you didn't spoil it for anyone.
  10. SM
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    Great interview, its cool he worked with Alex White on the book to a keep a sense continuity. I noticed the whole hook thing was taken from his previous work Dangerous Prey, nice touch.

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  11. Kradan
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    Nonetheless, I still enjoyed book a lot.

    Oops. I'm terribly sorry, Corporal. I forgot about spoilers.
  12. The Cruentus
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    Great interview, its cool he worked with Alex White on the book to a keep a sense continuity. I noticed the whole hook thing was taken from his previous work Dangerous Prey, nice touch.
  13. Kradan
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    Nonetheless, I still enjoyed book a lot.
  14. SM
    Bought Phalanx yesterday. I think its one of the best Alien books so far.

    At first i thought i reading some YA fantasy novel with Xenomorphs in it, but the revelations at the end...

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    And yeah it did have a bit of a YA vibe.
  15. felix
    Bought Phalanx yesterday. I think its one of the best Alien books so far.

    At first i thought i reading some YA fantasy novel with Xenomorphs in it, but the revelations at the end...

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  17. Hudson
    Started this about a week ago, but spent most of this week feeling so ill that reading was just too much effort. As a result I'm only a few chapters in.

    Sword and shield/fantasy stuff isn't really my bag, but it's well put together so far and I really like that someone's tried a new direction instead of just setting it in another company lab. Can't say more than that because f*ck-all's happened in the few pages I've read so far :laugh: (Which is certainly not to say it's boring, it's just still busy setting things up.)

    I raised an eyebrow at the sight of a LotR style map in the front of the book, but I'm here for it. Anything that isn't the typical mad scientist yarn, which is still--when we boil it down--what Cold Forge is.
  18. HuDaFuK
    Started this about a week ago, but spent most of this week feeling so ill that reading was just too much effort. As a result I'm only a few chapters in.

    Sword and shield/fantasy stuff isn't really my bag, but it's well put together so far and I really like that someone's tried a new direction instead of just setting it in another company lab. Can't say more than that because f*ck-all's happened in the few pages I've read so far :laugh: (Which is certainly not to say it's boring, it's just still busy setting things up.)
  19. Nightmare Asylum
    Yeah... that first "trilogy" that Titan/Fox had done featuring a Ripley adventure between Alien and Aliens, Colonial Marines on LV-426 before the events of Aliens, and Weyland-Yutani existing post-Alien: Resurrection just... aren't my jam at all. I don't blame any of that on the authors themselves,  but I also couldn't bring myself to read any of these books. :-\
  20. Hudson
    This praise is all very good to hear. With the exception of Cold Forge (which I am actually in the middle of rereading now, since I haven't touched the book since the week it came out), I've never really been fond of the Alien novels either. With Alex White and Scott Sigler's work now, though, it seems like there's definitely some stuff happening here that I'm going to be immensely enjoying.

    From what I can tell, the novels are better when it's the authors that pitch their own ideas than when the author is solicited to do the job. This isn't always the case, but I feel like you can usually tell when the authors are having fun and when they're merely doing a job. That's not to say that every story pitched by the author turns out well, nor that everyone who's a hired hand doesn't have fun.

    Finally got my copy of this in the mail and I need to finish a couple unrelated books first but I'm looking forward to this one.
  21. Nightmare Asylum
    This praise is all very good to hear. With the exception of Cold Forge (which I am actually in the middle of rereading now, since I haven't touched the book since the week it came out), I've never really been fond of the Alien novels either. With Alex White and Scott Sigler's work now, though, it seems like there's definitely some stuff happening here that I'm going to be immensely enjoying.
  22. TheDerelict
    With the exception of COLD FORGE, every Alien novel so far for me has been mediocre at best and utter shite at worst.
    PHALANX is hands down the best Alien novel. Even better than COLD FORGE and didn’t think that novel would be beaten.
    PHALANX meet everyone of my expectations and then surpassed them. Just brilliant!
  23. Voodoo Magic
    Our interview with Scott is now up on the podcast! :) https://www.avpgalaxy.net/2020/03/02/this-is-ataegina-an-interview-with-aliens-phalanx-author-scott-sigler-avpgalaxy-podcast-103/

    It's also available as an interview on YouTube:



    Great interview Hicks! Scott mentioned “300” being an influence which is something I definitely thought while reading

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    I always felt 300 mixed with xenos was a good concept, as well as a Leonidas pitted against a Predator.
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