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Author Topic: Ask Jeff VanderMeer  (Read 34249 times)

JeffVanderMeer
Dec 18, 2008, 03:11:20 PM
Reply #15 on: Dec 18, 2008, 03:11:20 PM
Yeah--that was a plus, seeing the Predator home world. There were parts that weren't bad, but I felt the aliens were just like...I dunno...dobermans or something. Not very interesting in that movie. More so in the first.

Good question re Dark Horse. There was zero editorial interference in what I put into my novel, but I more or less seemed to indicate he picked up a lot of stuff from his prey. Personally, I think they have scientists, but they might be slaves of a kind. I.e., other intelligent species. Or in a symbiotic relationship. Now, that'd be interesting. Or perhaps blasphemous.

Yeah, re the Alien--I always thought in the first movie it was supposed to be intelligent, which is why the subsequent approaches haven't always been of interest to me. I thought both the Space Jockey and the Alien were intelligent. And I thought the next movies would (1) show us the alien home world, (2) expand on the intelligence and origins of the Aliens and the space jockey, etc.


Corporal Hicks
Dec 18, 2008, 04:23:42 PM
Reply #16 on: Dec 18, 2008, 04:23:42 PM
They've taken on a more animalist approach, I think. Following Aliens, all the comics and EU presented them as swarming insects. But A3 and AR showed us Aliens that were like intelligent animals. A3, especially. The comparrison to lions in the dialogue and the host being a dog. I've noticed that these approach has also carried over into the novels a little. Particularly in Cauldron.


JeffVanderMeer
Dec 18, 2008, 05:41:19 PM
Reply #17 on: Dec 18, 2008, 05:41:19 PM
Then I'm just going to have to manufacture an alien that's more intelligent than that. LOL.


War Wager
Dec 18, 2008, 07:21:24 PM
Reply #18 on: Dec 18, 2008, 07:21:24 PM
In your 'Aliens' novel would you try and give a new stage/reproduction method to the life cycle? Eg like the breeding method the PredAlien had in 'AvPR'? (Also, what are your opinions on that?)


Corporal Hicks
Dec 18, 2008, 07:23:59 PM
Reply #19 on: Dec 18, 2008, 07:23:59 PM
Or the egg morphing from Alien DC. Always wanted to see more of that.


JeffVanderMeer
Dec 18, 2008, 09:44:14 PM
Reply #20 on: Dec 18, 2008, 09:44:14 PM
That sounds like a pretty cool idea re the egg. I'd like to write about aliens that have been isolated for a long time from the main "pack" so to speak, who have changed as a result.

Jeff


War Wager
Dec 18, 2008, 10:51:52 PM
Reply #21 on: Dec 18, 2008, 10:51:52 PM
That would be interesting. You mean physically changed or behaviorally changed?


happypred
Dec 19, 2008, 08:10:26 AM
Reply #22 on: Dec 19, 2008, 08:10:26 AM
Didn't some guy, O'Bannon or something, have an idea that aliens were actually sentient, as intelligent as human beings. I think aliens can be more than dumb bugs, but I'd cap it at intelligent animals, I wouldn't make them sentient save for the queen maybe.


JeffVanderMeer
Dec 20, 2008, 12:21:41 AM
Reply #23 on: Dec 20, 2008, 12:21:41 AM
I dunno, War Wager--I'd have to think it through, first.



Corporal Hicks
Dec 20, 2008, 11:06:23 AM
Reply #24 on: Dec 20, 2008, 11:06:23 AM
Didn't some guy, O'Bannon or something, have an idea that aliens were actually sentient, as intelligent as human beings. I think aliens can be more than dumb bugs, but I'd cap it at intelligent animals, I wouldn't make them sentient save for the queen maybe.

See, I find it more threatening that they could be on par (or of higher) intelligently than us. Makes them more deadly. Especially if they're sentient.


Xenomrph
Dec 20, 2008, 12:09:46 PM
Reply #25 on: Dec 20, 2008, 12:09:46 PM
If they're that intelligent, why don't they make use of technology in any significant way?


Corporal Hicks
Dec 20, 2008, 01:24:37 PM
Reply #26 on: Dec 20, 2008, 01:24:37 PM
What's point when you're a natural killing machine?


Xenomrph
Dec 20, 2008, 02:34:04 PM
Reply #27 on: Dec 20, 2008, 02:34:04 PM
Technology has all kinds of advantages that any intelligent species could utilize. Transportation, defense/protection, etc.


War Wager
Dec 20, 2008, 02:57:22 PM
Reply #28 on: Dec 20, 2008, 02:57:22 PM
You mean an Alien picking up a pulse rifle and firing away?



 

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