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Titan Books ‘Aliens vs. Predator: Ultimate Prey’ Anthology Coming December 2021!

The AVP franchise is getting some more love in the form of its first anthology novel: Aliens vs. Predator: Ultimate Prey. The upcoming book was announced today by Writer/Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, who put together the Predator anthology book ‘If It Bleeds’, which we loved.

It’s rather appropriate that he’ll be partnering with Jonathan Maberry for this release, as he was the editor and wrote a story for the Aliens anthology ‘Bug Hunt’. Maberry also contributed to Predator: If It Bleeds. The editing duo will be putting together 15 stories that see the Aliens and Predator clash again.

As well as editing, Bryan Thomas Schmidt will be writing one of the stories, and Jonathan Maberry will be collaborating with Louis Ozawa Changchien for a story of theirs set after Predators. Louis Ozawa’s name jumped out at us as he was the actor who played ‘Hanzo’ in Predators. 
 
 Titan Books 'Aliens vs. Predator: Ultimate Prey' Anthology Coming December 2021!
Here’s the full announcement courtesy of Bryan Thomas Schmidt: 

I am pleased to announce my return to the world of my beloved Yautja movie universe. My seventeenth anthology as editor, and 4th for Titan will be my latest collaboration with Jonathan Maberry:

ALIENS VS PREDATOR: ULTIMATE PREY, Edited by Jonathan Maberry & Bryan Thomas Schmidt is a collection of all original stories that bring these two powerful franchises into collision. These stories will be more than bug hunts or monsters fighting one another. We’re amassing a slate of diverse writers who will elevate the themes to feature tales of racism, intolerance, culture clashes, and the horrors of war. Stories will run the gamut from intense psychological drama to nail-biting paranoid horror to humor to poignant tales of people and cultures caught in the grip of war.

Authors: David Barnett – Roshni “Rush” Bhatia – Maurice Broaddus – Curtis Chen – Delilah Dawson – Jess Landry – Jonathan Maberry & Louis Ozawa Changchien – Susanne Lambdin – Seanan McGuire – E.C. Myers – Yvonne Navarro – Chris Ryall – Bryan Thomas Schmidt – Steven Sears – Scott Sigler

15 new stories set in the movie universe, coming in December 2021 from Titan Books. It’s the one anthology fans have most been requesting and Jonathan and I have wanted to do it for 3 years, ever since he did Aliens: Bug Hunt and I did Predator: If It Bleeds, both for Titan, which were great successes.

These are studio approved tie-ins. We’ll reveal more details when the time comes but this exciting project has been fast tracked for quick release and we look forward to brining it to fans.

As stated in the announcement, a slew of writers will be involved here, including some returning franchise contributors such as:

  • Bryan Thomas Schmidt who edited Predator: If It Bleeds and co-wrote its ‘Drug War’ story
  • Jonathan Maberry who edited Aliens: Bug Hunt, wrote its ‘Deep Black’ story, and wrote ‘Gameworld’ for Predator: If It Bleeds
  • Seanan McGuire who wrote Alien: Echo
  • Yvonne Navarro who wrote Aliens: Music of the Spears and contributed to Aliens: Bug Hunt
  • Scott Sigler who recently wrote Aliens: Phalanx and the ‘Dangerous Prey’ story for Aliens: Bug Hunt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has revealed to us that that Scott Sigler’s story here will be a sequel to Aliens: Phalanx!  We can’t wait to dive into this slate of stories late this year. 
 Thanks to Bryan Thomas Schmidt for the news!

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  1. SM
    Not really a fan.  There's hints of some sort of telepathy in Resurrection (the film), but I think that can be partly put down to Ripley's mental state and ultrasonics rather than telepathy.  If it was something like telepathy it'd better if it was left unlabelled.

    Doesn't even have to be ultrasonics.

    She doesn't "sense" them breaking out - she outright hears them.  And her heightened normal senses could just make her able to hear things others can't.  The Queen was nearby when she was in pain.
  2. Mr.Turok
    The novelisation perhaps.  The film is more non-committal.
    Wait, how so? While its never said out loud, Ripley 8 pretty much said that she can feel them and knows that the Queen is in pain due to the live birth mutation, which as proven right later. Also the fact she can sense them breaking out and wreaking havoc on the ships, and sensing a chestburster in that one dude's chest. If that's not outright stating aliens have some form of telepathy, I have no idea what you can call that form of communication.
  3. The Cruentus
    True there is little explained about it, I recall that they say its more specifically empathy, a low-level telepath ability but the fact they have classifications means telepathy is not uncommon in that universe's time period. I just think its too supernatural to be honest. Still, I enjoyed the book so it didn't put me off.
  4. SM
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    I'm not a fan of it either, it is one of few things I didn't like in Sea of Sorrows, it is a good book and had an awesome audio drama but these supernatural aspects are so far removed from how Alien started which was fairly grounded bar a few things like travel and cryosleep. I am aware I am being nitpicky in that regard.

    I didn't mind it too much in SoS.  I think because it was left generally vague.
  5. Hunter-Killer
    The first reference that comes to mind regarding xenomorph telepathy would be the comic series for Outbreak and Earth War, where the queen can transmit thought and emotion similar to the markers in Dead space.

    I feel like it's thoroughly implied that the resolve to harvest xenomorphs is perpetuated by telepathic corruption from the brood, luring more humans to be used as incubators.

    I think it's a cool concept, gives it kind of a Lovecraft aspect.

    ...does the AVP Galaxy staff ever feel as if they are being enacted upon in their xenomorph worship?
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  6. Kradan
    I don't mind Aliens being able to communicate via telepathy. I'm even not against Queens influincing people's dreams. But when you start telling me that Queen Mother is able to f**k with people's minds lightyears from her and is also somehow connected to every f**king Xeno in bloody universe - that's when idea gets implausible and ridiculous to me
  7. The Cruentus
    Would you say that the very concepts of praetorians, palatines and queen mothers were offensive regardless of how they were depicted?

    They're not offensive, just pointless.  Fun for games but little else.

    Still need to find out where to the guards are called Palatines, definitely wasn't in the comic I checked.
    I think Praetorians can serve a purpose as either aa queen in waiting or royal guards but yeah, most extra castes are just there for EU media.

    Not really a fan.  There's hints of some sort of telepathy in Resurrection (the film), but I think that can be partly put down to Ripley's mental state and ultrasonics rather than telepathy.  If it was something like telepathy it'd better if it was left unlabelled.

    I'm not a fan of it either, it is one of few things I didn't like in Sea of Sorrows, it is a good book and had an awesome audio drama but these supernatural aspects are so far removed from how Alien started which was fairly grounded bar a few things like travel and cryosleep. I am aware I am being nitpicky in that regard.
  8. SM
    Not really a fan.  There's hints of some sort of telepathy in Resurrection (the film), but I think that can be partly put down to Ripley's mental state and ultrasonics rather than telepathy.  If it was something like telepathy it'd better if it was left unlabelled.
  9. Mr.Turok
    -and being hyperintelligent to the point that maybe these xenos are beyond simple animalistic thought, if maybe or maybe not surpasses human thought. Who knows?

    They already are.

    Some people don't think so.



    But yes it's true Alien in the graphic novel realm did the influencing humanity's thoughts thing first and as such, in addition to the religion surrounding ascending into a higher form through "glorious rebirth" so it's absolutely entitled to go that direction in the future someday.

    Alien cults are interesting and adds to the mythical eldritch aura on the alien overall. 
  10. Trash Queen
    -and being hyperintelligent to the point that maybe these xenos are beyond simple animalistic thought, if maybe or maybe not surpasses human thought. Who knows?

    They already are.

    But yes it's true Alien in the graphic novel realm did the influencing humanity's thoughts thing first and as such, in addition to the religion surrounding ascending into a higher form through "glorious rebirth" so it's absolutely entitled to go that direction in the future someday.
  11. Mr.Turok
    I adore the idea of Queen Mothers due to the simple fact they put a great dash of eldritch abomination into creatures that already exemplify a mix of fiendish biomechanical, all consuming, eldritch abominations.

    While I do think the trait of controlling every single alien in the galaxy ever is too much, I do love how it has telepathic abilities that allows her to play mind games with people. An alien that has the ability to probe your mind, induce nightmares, and being hyperintelligent to the point that maybe these xenos are beyond simple animalistic thought, if maybe or maybe not surpasses human thought. Who knows? Death is always a certainty when one tries to understand it as past media shows. Its another wrench in the cogs to keep us guessing, another unknown that leads to more questions. Its just that alien and beyond us, as the alien should be.

    Hell, I would add further traits like the Markers in Dead Space. Say like if she was captured and contained in Weyland facility, she is just more living proof to how you simply cannot contain or control the xenos. Have her able send out multiple telepathic signals to its assault its enemies as it begins her escape plan. Those alive and afflicted with weaker wills begin to experience hallucinations and contract dementia, sending the living into a paranoid state causing homicidal and suicidal actions. See the people around her tear themselves apart, opening new opportunities to orchestrate escape and expansion for her and the hive.

    In one way, I know some might think its too much already, having more castes when the basic is already terrifying as it is, but I also see it as another reason why these things will always keep us guessing in terror, as you never know what will spring forth from its incredibly violent and ever changing dark nature.
  12. Kradan
    Personally, I think that Queen Mother is clear case of "Bigger-better" syndrome. Just an idea of creature able to influence Aliens and humans no matter how far they are is too over the top for me. Aliens are animals not space wizards
  13. Mr.Turok
    And if Aliens killed off 90% of the human population and control on the planet, I'm surprised that it didn't evolve into a Queen Mother in the first place. Usually they come about when they have near to complete control of a world. Then again, both Queen Mother and Palatines haven't been relevant on transmedia since the 90s.....damm  :'(
  14. Kradan
    I mean, yeah, there're definetly design differences - but in terms of their purpose - protecting a Queen - aren't they the same ? There's Aliens: Rogue comic and there they are called Praetorians but they look like Palatines from Female War - with tusks and all
  15. Mr.Turok
    They have them tusks, strong enough to tear apart heavy machinery and heavily armored vehicles, and apparently just as large as a regular Queen.

    Queen Mothers and Palatines should make a comeback, maybe it can help with more storytelling ideas for future Alien and AVP content. 
  16. PraetorianX101
    Woh! That’s a strong recommendation, I will give it a sniff. Thanks Kradan

    Seriously, there was just so much interesting sci-fi stuff and exotic places characters visited. I loved that trilogy. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did  ;)

    This, and Alien: Phalanx is also a must for me now. I can't believe I missed this story somehow, battle harden knights taking on "demons", has that Doom Eternal vib with the Night Sentinels fighting the demons from hell with Doomguy at the front of the action.

    I do have a question though; Is Ataegina an alternate Earth or descendants of a forgotten colony of a long lost human expedition?
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    Doing more research now, I see that the Palatine caste has returned to Phalanx which is awesome! Now it made me yearn for a Queen Mother to return to modern day media one day. The Queen Mother itself is an eldritch horror, perhaps the most truest sense of the word in the Alien mythos. I mean its so rare, a mythical being that can instill fear and horror into minds, driving them mad with nightmares of how they will meet a gruesome end. Its almost like a living Marker from Dead Space, which makes it all the more fascinating, this caste should also be explored more.

    Other than that, I can't wait for this anthology, this is amazing! More AVP content, finally!!!!!
    Having read Phalanx myself, I was under the impression that the "Royal Guards" that appeared in the novel were Praetorians, not Palatines. ??? Or at least the way they were described made them appear to be most similar to Praetorians.
  17. Mr.Turok
    I do have a question though; Is Ataegina an alternate Earth or descendants of a forgotten colony of a long lost human expedition?

    To answer that is actually a pretty significant spoiler for the book itself, so I would recommend going in not knowing the answer to this question, but if you absolutely want to know before you start reading -

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    Ohhhh thanks mate! I'm a try to resist the spoiler until my book arrives, wish me luck!  :laugh:
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