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Alien: Inferno’s Fall – A New Novel from Titan Books Coming 2022

A new Alien novel called Alien: Inferno’s Fall from Titan Books is on its way next year. The news comes from a listing on Amazon with a release date of July 26, 2022. The novel is written by Philippa Ballantine with Clara Carija co-writing the story.

Clara Carija might be quite familiar in the community as she previously ran Studio Yutani and the Yutani Podcast. Philippa Ballantine is a New Zealand-born fantasy writer and author of the “Books of the Order,” “The Chronicles of Art” and the “Shifted World” series.

We’ve also got a blurb from Amazon about what the story entails and temporary cover art. Alien: Inferno’s Fall will take place at a mining planet where the black liquid from a Engineer ship transforms organisms below into Xenomorphs. A rescue team, led by marine Zula Hendrix, is sent to help the colonists.

The character of Zula Hendrix might be familiar to fans. She previously appeared in the 2019 novels: Alien: Isolation and Alien: Prototype as well as the comic books series’ Aliens: Defiance, Aliens: Resistance and Aliens: Rescue.

A gargantuan, horseshoe-shaped ship appears over the mining planet Shānmén, unleashing a black rain of death that creates Xenomorph-like monsters worse than the darkest of nightmares.

As war breaks out among the colonies, a huge ship appears over the UPP mining planet Shānmén, unleashing a black rain of death that yields hideous transformations. Rescue is too far away, and the colonists’ only hope appears in the form of the vessel Righteous Fury. It carries the Jackals—an elite mix of former Colonial Marines and Royal Marines. Led by Zula Hendrix, the Jackals seek to rescue the few survivors from the depths of the planet, but have they arrived time?

 Alien: Inferno's Fall - A New Novel from Titan Books Coming 2022

Alien: Inferno’s Fall is slated for release on July 26, 2022 – that’s just after Titan’s other novels: David Barnett’s Alien: Colony War and Aliens vs. Predators: Rift War from Yvonne Navarro and Weston Ochse.

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  1. Kradan
    f**k yeah, Titan, that's the way to go ! Hopefully they have big faith in that book if they go out of their way with such cover


    Quote from: RidgeTop on Mar 05, 2022, 11:23:42 AM
    I think this is fantastic, probably the best looking cover art we've received from Titan's time with Alien

    I don't understand where "probably" part comes from. Into Charybdis and Infiltrator may had a decent enough covers but this blew both of them right out of f**king water
  2. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Dec 04, 2021, 02:45:55 PM
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Dec 04, 2021, 01:44:19 PM
    Quote from: Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021, 09:39:15 PM
    You want Aliens? I'll give you f**king Aliens.

    Ridley? That you? Thanks for stopping by, I've been enjoying your The Last Duel/House of Gucci press tour! :D

    Ridley told me to tell you "Sir, f*** you, f*** you, thank you, f*** you, go f*** yourself, sorry go on"  :laugh:

    Thank you, Sir! Very much appreciated!
  3. Engineer
    Quote
    The Alien is related to the Pathogen, the Pathogen is related to the Engineers in some fashion or another. It's all still connected within the same story.

    Thank you Hicks!! This was what I was trying to say; you just articulated it far better than I did lol
  4. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 09:18:55 AM
    I just wished they'd have tied it into the franchise more with them being some sort of transmission from the Engineers or some other alien species that had come in contact with the Aliens.

    My problems weren't about it not including the Aliens - it could have been tied in more effectively with the other alien aspects of the franchise. But it was just a meh book for me. The cult, as interesting as they were, weren't particularly effect in their attempts. Walter was barely in it. The rest of the crew was barely in it. It didn't quite fit with the film, or the promotional material. And we all wanted David and Shaw on Paradise anyway.

    Oh, I meant "not a franchise tie-in at all and just be an original one off story in its own world" would have been a better use of the bones of that novel. Feels like it'd have been a decent if forgettable novel without the Alien stuff crammed in, but as is, it's a "meh" result.
  5. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Kradan on Nov 30, 2021, 02:20:30 PM
    But Goo is so unpredictable and interesting ! One can say it's like

    Spoiler
    Voodoo Magic ?  ;)
    [close]

    Well I definitely like that type of Magic. ;D

    But for me, the more Alien becomes less about the Aliens, the more this IP loses its identity and subsequently becomes less special... and starts feeling like run-of-the-mill clones of other movies with their infected zombies and grotesque Thing-like abominations.
  6. Immortan Jonesy
    Quote from: Kradan on Nov 30, 2021, 11:18:26 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 10:15:03 AM
    Quote from: skhellter on Nov 30, 2021, 09:55:32 AM
    keep psychics and telepathy away from Alien forever, please.

    This isn't WH40K.

    Been here since the original Alien 3! It's been a part of the series so long, I'm just very used to it. It's why I have no issue with it.

    I just got excited that you also think that Runner was f**king with Golic's mind via telepathy ('cause that's a theory I subscribe to) ...

    ... but then I realised you were talking about DH comics

    Mind screw and creatures, huh? seems like a perfect job for Mr. Hawley.  8)

    https://i.ibb.co/nkyxSDj/gif-7.gif
  7. Kradan
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 10:15:03 AM
    Quote from: skhellter on Nov 30, 2021, 09:55:32 AM
    keep psychics and telepathy away from Alien forever, please.

    This isn't WH40K.

    Been here since the original Alien 3! It's been a part of the series so long, I'm just very used to it. It's why I have no issue with it.

    I just got excited that you also think that Runner was f**king with Golic's mind via telepathy ('cause that's a theory I subscribe to) ...

    ... but then I realised you were talking about DH comics
  8. SiL
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 09:18:55 AM
    The Alien is related to the Pathogen, the Pathogen is related to the Engineers in some fashion or another. It's all still connected within the same story.
    That, I've got no bones with. The semantics of "well it's just the word Alien so it can be whatever; it was never just about the creature", not so much.

    There are lots of things connected within the universe that I like, that I would also feel cheated by if I picked up a book with Aliens on the title and saw that it focused solely on those elements. I just feel that if you're going to shift the primary threat away from the capital-A Alien and instead focus on the side elements you're agreeing with Scott that the beast itself is cooked and we might as well move on to something new without the baggage.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: skhellter on Nov 30, 2021, 09:55:32 AM
    keep psychics and telepathy away from Alien forever, please.

    This isn't WH40K.

    Been here since the original Alien 3! It's been a part of the series so long, I'm just very used to it. It's why I have no issue with it.

    Quote from: Nukiemorph on Nov 30, 2021, 09:51:10 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 09:18:55 AM
    It just jumped a shark with the exploding sheep. It had some truly interesting concepts with the cult and the visions - I just wished they'd have tied it into the franchise more with them being some sort of transmission from the Engineers or some other alien species that had come in contact with the Aliens.
    This is how I've always justified the psychics. I like to think it was a distress signal sent by the engineers on Planet 4 as David bombed them. Some humans are sensitive enough to pick up on this signal and they interpret it as a premonition of their own cities being overrun. The visions seemed vague enough for that, describing "black monsters flooding the streets" or something.

    It's how it is in my headcanon, but something like it should have actually been in the book IMHO.
  10. Nukiemorph
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 30, 2021, 09:18:55 AM
    It just jumped a shark with the exploding sheep. It had some truly interesting concepts with the cult and the visions - I just wished they'd have tied it into the franchise more with them being some sort of transmission from the Engineers or some other alien species that had come in contact with the Aliens.
    This is how I've always justified the psychics. I like to think it was a distress signal sent by the engineers on Planet 4 as David bombed them. Some humans are sensitive enough to pick up on this signal and they interpret it as a premonition of their own cities being overrun. The visions seemed vague enough for that, describing "black monsters flooding the streets" or something.

    But I've probably put too much thought into it because the book was boring as hell anyway, and I don't remember any exploding sheep...
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Nov 30, 2021, 01:38:50 AM
    Quote from: Stitch on Nov 29, 2021, 12:44:30 PM
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Nov 28, 2021, 10:35:14 AM
    The Covenant prequel book.
    Oh. I didn't think that one was too bad. Hell, I might even prefer it to the film.

    I think it's actually a really nice sci-fi novel. It just would have benefited from being it's own thing, frankly.

    I wouldn't go that far personally. It just jumped a shark with the exploding sheep. It had some truly interesting concepts with the cult and the visions - I just wished they'd have tied it into the franchise more with them being some sort of transmission from the Engineers or some other alien species that had come in contact with the Aliens.

    My problems weren't about it not including the Aliens - it could have been tied in more effectively with the other alien aspects of the franchise. But it was just a meh book for me. The cult, as interesting as they were, weren't particularly effect in their attempts. Walter was barely in it. The rest of the crew was barely in it. It didn't quite fit with the film, or the promotional material. And we all wanted David and Shaw on Paradise anyway.


    Quote from: SiL on Nov 30, 2021, 04:50:28 AM
    O'Bannon liked the title for that reason, yes, but again, incredibly disingenuous to act like for 40 years you could've written about any alien organism and slapped the franchise branding on it and it would've been fine. The title always referred to the creature.

    If it was a random alien, I'd perhaps see where you coming from a bit clearer, but it's not just any old random ET with Alien slapped on a cover. The Alien is related to the Pathogen, the Pathogen is related to the Engineers in some fashion or another. It's all still connected within the same story.
  12. Engineer
    It's not a difficult concept to wrap your/my head around... it's simply that I don't agree.

    It's alien.... That can mean anything not of earth... and the black goo allows that to be anything the writers want it to be, but it's still connected to Dan o'bannon's "alien" thanks to the prequels.
  13. SiL
    The whole point of David's spiel in Covenant is that the Alien isn't the pathogen - it's his invention, something new, if derivative. The Alien isn't a random, chaotic spawn like the Neomorphs or trilobytes or Deacons; it's David's precise, perfect organism.

    I'm not, at any point, trying to convince anyone to agree with me. I'm not, at any point, saying I don't understand other people's take on the matter.

    But I am genuinely surprised so many people seem to act like it's a difficult perspective to wrap their heads around.
  14. Nightmare Asylum
    The breadth of what constitutes as "The Alien" has expanded with each entry, though, with additional interpretations/additions to the creature's mutable nature often drawing upon what came before and, in turn, carrying over and influencing future variants. The Queen in Aliens, the dog/ox-born Alien in Alien 3 and the wide array of implications that come along with it taking traits from its host, the Newborn in Alien: Resurrection, the Pathogen and its myriad of spawn in Prometheus, the Neomorphs in Alien: Covenant... all of this represents the creature we originally met in Alien in some alternate, but still directly related, form.
  15. SiL
    O'Bannon liked the title for that reason, yes, but again, incredibly disingenuous to act like for 40 years you could've written about any alien organism and slapped the franchise branding on it and it would've been fine. The title always referred to the creature.
  16. SiL
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Nov 30, 2021, 02:48:35 AM
    We still don't know if there'll be zero Aliens.
    Which is exactly why I asked and am still waiting for an answer one way or another. I've not actually written off the book yet.

    QuoteSilly hill to gripe on imo.
    I'm not really griping on anything. I made one or two comments explaining my feelings and the rest has been mostly responding to people's direct replies to said feelings.

    People are more hung up about me saying I'd like Aliens in my Aliens novels than I am at the prospect of there not being Aliens in my Aliens novels.


    Quote from: Engineer on Nov 30, 2021, 03:08:07 AM
    There WILL be aliens in it... it says so in the synopsis... it's just a question of which aliens we're going to see: big chap, ridged, deacons, neomorphs or something else entirely...
    This is pretty disingenuous considering the title has meant the Alien character itself for most of the last 40 years.
  17. Engineer
    There WILL be aliens in it... it says so in the synopsis... it's just a question of which aliens we're going to see: big chap, ridged, deacons, neomorphs or something else entirely...
  18. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: SiL on Nov 30, 2021, 02:21:18 AM
    So do androids; still wouldn't like an android-centred Alien novel with no Aliens.

    We still don't know if there'll be zero Aliens. There could be all sorts of asspulls to get one in there - not to mention having no idea who exactly is piloting the donut.

    Quote... I'm surprised ... people [seem] to act like wanting Aliens in an Alien novel is some kind of hot take.

    I think they can get away with the very occasional one that inhabits that world without the monster being front and center and still use the branding to communicate to people what franchise it's related to. The "Prometheus" label is a missed opportunity yes, but it is what it is. Silly hill to gripe on imo.
  19. SiL
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Nov 30, 2021, 02:02:02 AM
    Yeah, but black goo, neomorphs and The Alien all appear in the same film
    So do androids; still wouldn't like an android-centred Alien novel with no Aliens.

    QuoteIt just seems like a really odd thing to get hung up on.
    I'm not getting hung up on anything, however
    Quote from: SiL on Nov 28, 2021, 08:57:53 PM
    ... I'm surprised ... people [seem] to act like wanting Aliens in an Alien novel is some kind of hot take.
  20. [cancerblack]
    Yeah, but black goo, neomorphs and The Alien all appear in the same film, and apparently even the tangential tie-ins that share the universe are branded A L I E N at the minute. It just seems like a really odd thing to get hung up on.
  21. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: SiL on Nov 28, 2021, 11:03:26 PM
    Maybe the guy at the party standing in the corner while everyone else enjoys the party?

    I'll be back with this tomorrow.

    Quote from: Stitch on Nov 29, 2021, 12:44:30 PM
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Nov 28, 2021, 10:35:14 AM
    The Covenant prequel book.
    Oh. I didn't think that one was too bad. Hell, I might even prefer it to the film.

    I think it's actually a really nice sci-fi novel. It just would have benefited from being it's own thing, frankly.
  22. Kradan
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Nov 29, 2021, 12:59:30 PM
    For me, Fire and Stone failed mostly because they couldn't really give any definitive storytelling because of Covenant. It was all wishy-washy, uncertain storytelling like Prometheus itself. Though I still really loved Elden - but then the writers didn't even know why/how that mutation worked, it just did. Life and Death I really enjoyed.

    For all its problems in story department Fire & Stone at least tried to do something new with all these crazy mutations and exploring what Black Goo might be while Life & Death I felt steped back to safe and generic "Marines vs Aliens pew pew pew".
  23. BlueMarsalis79
    Yeah it is a pity honestly, speaking of DNA Reflex though I thought Aliens Phalanx did it perfectly, with the Vootervert one still being essentially an Alien like we know them but with clawed hands and feet that can shape into shovels for burrowing.

    Hope we see more of that in the future with the Alien adapting potentially useful traits into itself.

    Rather than "hurr durr big animal with horns makes a big alien with horns" that I find dull.

    Hope we also see this with the Neomorphs in this, with them as previously depicted taking on traits from their earliest incubation, for example the first we see developing spines to break through the host's spine.
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