This section includes all the Aliens Novels and is sorted by most recent first down to oldest. You can view a larger image of a novel by clicking the relevant cover thumbnail.
Title: Alien: Covenant – The Official Movie Novelization
By: Alan Dean Foster
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Description: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imaginations, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Title: Aliens: But Hunt
By: Jonathan Maberry
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Description: Eighteen brand new stories—exclusive to this collection—featuring the Colonial Marines in bloody conflict with the deadly Aliens. ALIENS: BUG HUNT will send the marines into deep space, to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe’s most dangerous monsters.
Title: Alien: Invasion
By: Tim Lebbon
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Description: The second original novel in an Alien vs Predator “Rage War” series, continuing from Predator: Incursion as Colonial Marines units are being wiped out—and not by the Predators. This is an attack by organized armies of Aliens.
Title: Alien: River of Pain
By: Christopher Golden
Publication Date: Nov, 2014
Description: The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The film series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph, commonly referred to as the Alien. For the first time, this novel will reveal the secrets behind the colonization of LV-426, the planet where the Alien was first found in Alien, and the setting for Aliens where a sole survivor was discovered – a young girl named Newt.
Title: Alien: Sea of Sorrows
By: James A. Moore
Publication Date: Jul 25, 2014
Description: The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley’s legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.
Title: Alien: Out of the Shadows
By: Tim Lebbon
Publication Date: Jan 20, 2014
Description: The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations … secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens… and beyond!
Title: Aliens: No Exit
By: B.K. Evenson
Publication Date: Jul 16, 2008
Description: After thirty years of cryogenic sleep, Detective Anders Kramm wakes to a changed world. The alien threat has been subdued. Company interests dominate universal trade. Terraforming is big money now, with powerful men willing to do anything to assure dominance over other worlds. But Kramm has a secret. He knows why The Company killed twelve of its top scientists. He knows why the aliens have been let loose on the surface of a contested planet. He knows that the information he has is valuable, and that The Company will do everything it can to stop him from telling his secret to the world. Haunted by memories of the brutal murder of his family, Kramm is set adrift amid billion dollar stakes . . . with aliens around every corner, waiting for him to make a mistake.
Title: Aliens: Criminal Enterprise
By: S.D. Perry
Publication Date: Jan 16, 2008
Description: Thomas Chase wakes up from cryosleep to his first day at a new job–as a pilot for a contraband drug company dropping a shipment on Fantasia, a rock-planet terraformed to hide an elaborate drug manufacturing operation. Everything from synthetic heroin to MX7 is cooked here, in protected caves guard-dogged by the savage Aliens. When Chase’s craft touches down on Fantasia, a chain of events begins that cannot be stopped. As criminals and competitors try to take over the drug empire from the dangerous kingpin, Chase and his brother Pete are caught in the crossfire . . . with the Aliens adding blood to the mix.
Title: Aliens: Steel Egg
By: John Shirley
Publication Date: September 26, 2007
Description: Before Ripley, there was a first encounter. Someone on Earth knew about the aliens. Someone battled them, and survived. Aliens and humans have fought before. When a human spaceship discovers a vast egg-shaped vessel in Saturn’s orbit, they zero in to investigate the anomaly. They force their way aboard, finding evidence of an advanced civilization of peaceful creatures, now eradicated by an unknown foe. Three teams split up to explore the ship. But already the aliens have awoken. The first of all battles unfold…
Title: Aliens: Cauldron
By: Diane Carey
Publication Date: June 13, 2007
Description: Space: the most hostile environment in the universe. In the cargo hold of the spaceship Virginia, a hive of hibernating aliens begins to awake. Meanwhile, on the Umiak, an elite troupe of cadets is forced into servitude by an unscrupulous captain taking the ship to a smuggler’s rendezvous with the eerily silent Virginia. When the cadets unsuspectingly transport the aliens onboard, they start a battle for their lives, fighting the smugglers, the captain, and the monsters who among them. The war is about to begin . . .
Title: Aliens: DNA War
By: Diane Carey
Publication Date: Apr 28, 2006
Description: In an inhospitable galaxy, the planet Rosamond 6 seems to have everything needed for human habitation: a moon, an atmosphere, a thriving biosystem. But although it looks like an oasis, it harbors a fatal secret: murderous aliens bent on wiping out every life form in their path. Anthropologist Jocasta Malvaux is eager to prove her theory that the aliens can be reasoned with, so she sets up an observation post on Rosamond 6. Amazingly, when the monsters become aware of Malvaux and her expedition, they don’t attack. What’s the reason behind the aliens’ seeming lack of interest in the humans? Are they evolving? Or are they simply lying in wait? Expanding on Ridley Scott’s classic film, Aliens: DNA War continues the chilling saga of the intrepid men and women who fight to stay alive against an opponent that sleeps, breathes, and breeds with just one goal: to kill.
Title: Aliens: Original Sin
By: Michael Friedman
Publication Date: October 10, 2005
Description: In 1979, science fiction and horror were brought together in director Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien. The film follows the crew of a space cargo-ship, the Nostromo, who land on a hostile planet in response to a faint SOS only to discover an abandoned ship with a hideous alien. Alien inspired three movie sequels, and now Aliens: Original Sin expands further on this classic story, bringing back classic characters like Ripley 8, the clone of Lt. Ellen Ripley, and Call, an android. It also sorts out unanswered questions from the movies and raises entirely new ones. Was it just coincidence that the Nostromo happened to pass by the desolate planet? Why was the alien on the crashed ship in the first place? The answers, along with intense action, chilling horror, and even deeper questions await in suspense virtuoso Michael Jan Friedman’s Alien: Original Sin.
Title: Aliens: Berserker
By: SD Perry
Publication Date: Aug 1998
Description: It is called a Berserker team–reckless, desperate volunteers recruited by the Company to destroy alien infestations. Based on the spaceship Nemesis, it consists of three brutal ex-cons who do all the grunt work and the Berserker itself, code-named MAX: an armed and armored exoskeleton powered by the living brain of what was once a human, configured into an unstoppable killing machine. When the Nemesis is sent to a massive space station, D.S. 949, the team finds an alien hive, the largest in history, with nearly a thousand hapless humans cocooned and incubated. The team mission: to destroy the aliens while leaving the terminal intact. The mission seems like suicide to the bug hunters and their small support staff. And that is perfectly fine for the Company…which wants no witnesses left to the terrifying secret of D.S. 949.
Title: Alien Resurrection
By: A. C. Crispin (Adapter), Joss Whedon
Publication Date: Dec 1, 1997
Description: At the farthest reaches of the Solar System, aboard orbiting space station Auriga, the unthinkable happens. Ripley awakes. Her last memory is her fiery death on prison colony Florina 361 – and yet she is alive. She is stronger and fiercer than ever, and she is not alone.
Title: Aliens: Music of the Spears
By: Yvonne Navarro
Publication Date: Sep 1, 1996
Description: New York City, 2214: The streets are clogged with the Jelly-addicted and the homeless, while the elite cluster in glittering office towers. Among them: the ruthless head of an entertainment conglomerate who seeks revenge by giving a maniacal artist his ultimate desire: an alien. Damon Eddington will shock the world and with his newest composition, the Symphony of Hate. Wrapped within its bizarre music can be found the most tortured of human sounds, combined with the razor-steel screams of a Homeworld alien. Yet the supreme cry continues to elude him and, obsessed with completing his musical creation and controlled by his need for the life-form’s harshest voice, Eddington knows that the sound he seeks lies deep inside the ruthless creature he has named Mozart. And he will stop at nothing to free it….
Title: Aliens: Labyrinth
By: S. D. Perry (Adapter), Kilian Plunkett, Jim Woodring
Publication Date: Mar 1, 1996
Description: Eager to work with the famous Doctor Paul Church, who is conducting experiments on a fascinating alien species, Colonel Doctor Tony Crespi and Lieutenant Sharon McGuinnes uncover a shocking truth at the space station Innominata.
Title: Aliens: Rogue
By: Sandy Schofield (Adapter), Ian Edington
Publication Date: Nov 1, 1995
Description: Welcome to the former penal colony of Charon, now an Alien hive where Professor Kleist rules, whose speciality is making people disappear. Captain Joyce Palmer and her marines are bound for Charon to stop Kleist, and only they too can stop his creation, the ROGUE.
Title: Aliens: Alien Harvest
By: Robert Sheckley
Publication Date: Aug 1, 1995
Description: This time the humans are taking the offensive! Stan Myakovsky is a once-famous scientist fallen on hard times. Now he dodges spaceship repo men and dreams of the marketability of his cybernetic ant. Then a woman named Julie Lish walks into his life. She is beautiful, mysterious, and totally amoral. She is also skilled in the arts of thievery and Oriental self-defense. What’s more, she has a plan so outrageous there might be one chance in a million to pull it off. Together Stan and Julie become the most unlikely pair of pirates in the universe. With a hijacked spaceship and a crew of hardcase misfits, they’re searching for the ultimate pot of gold at the end of a bloody intergalactic rainbow: royal jelly from an alien hive. The only problem is that the fortune lies on the universe’s most godforsaken planet. And once they get their hands on it, the’ll have to fight their way past the aliens to get off the planet alive.
Title: Aliens: Genocide
By: David Bischoff
Publication Date: Jul 7, 1994
Description: Their queen is dead and the hive mind has been left to flounder on its own. On a world bereft of its only guiding force a schism is taking place: two strains of alien, formerly united by one all-powerful mother, now divide their forces for a world-shattering, acid-drenched war. On Earth, after a generation of rebuilding in the wake of alien infestation, athletes from every corner of the world are flocking to humanity’s Goodwill Games. But some come with a dangerous new tool: a drug called Fire, distilled from the very essence of the aliens’ body chemistry. The military wants it, Pharmaceutical kingpin Daniel Grant wants it. And the only place the essential ingredient can be found is on a world convulsed by alien holocaust.
Title: Alien Omnibus
By: Alan Dean Foster
Publication Date: Oct 14, 1993
Description: An omnibus edition of Alan Dean Foster’s “Alien” science-fiction trilogy. While a computer guides their space tug, the crew of seven humans sleep – until scanners pick up a distress call from a remote dead planet. All the technology of the future cannot shield them from the nightmare of today.
Title: Aliens: The Female War
By: Steve Perry, Stephani Perry
Publication Date: Jul 1, 1993
Description: Lieutenant Ellen Ripley awoke from her long journey in space with a hole in her memory and an overwhelming drive to survive. When she meets Wilks and Billie, two battered veterans in the war against the aliens. She realizes she’s found two comrades in arms–and she’s ready to take up the fight. Only then does she discover the devastating secret that lurks behind her long sleep. When she, Wilks, and Billie prepare to meet the aliens head-on to turn a powerful alien queen against her spawn in a battle intended to save Earth, that secret becomes her greatest weapon–and her greatest liability. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, Ripley and Billie must come to terms with what it means to be an alien . . . and what it means to be human.
Title: Aliens: Nightmare Asylum
By: Steve Perry (Adapter), Denis Beauvais, Mark Verheiden
Publication Date: Apr 1, 1993
Description: Wilks, Billie, and Bueller were the last survivors of a devastating assault on the aliens’ home planet. But once their retum to the solar system made them refugees once more, fleeing Earth and its alien infestation in a desperate attempt to stay alive. Now, in an otherwise unmanned military transport, they hurtle through space. Destination: unknown. Little do they know that the cargo they carry with them is a legacy of death that they will ultimately have to face. Nor do they know that they head toward a remote colony and military outpost. This pocket of humanity at the very edges of space is at the mercy of a general names Spears with an agenda all his own. Now Billie, Wilks, and Bueller face a new nightmare, and it is nothing they could ever have imagined: a gift of madness from an alien world, unbalanced mind, and the experiences of a mysterious pilot named Lieutenant Ellen Ripley.
Title: Aliens: Earth Hive
By: Steve Perry (Adapter), Mark Verheiden, Mark A. Nelson
Publication Date: Sep 1, 1992
Description: Wilks was a space marine with a near-fatal flaw: he had a heart. Billie was a child, the only survivor of a far-flung colony outpost. Thrown together in the last hellish night of an alien invasion, Billie and Wilks helped each other get out alive. Thirteen years later Wilks is in prison, and Billie lives in a mental institution, the nightmare memories of the massacre at Rim seared into her mind. Now the government has tapped Wilks to lead an expedition to the aliens’ home planet to bring back a live alien. But the competition on Earth to develop the aliens as a new weapons system is brutal. When Wilks’s team departs on their mission, a trained assassin trails them. And what follows is no less than guerrilla warfare on the aliens’ planet–and alien conquest on Earth!
Title: Alien 3
By: Alan Dean Foster (Adapter), Vincent Ward, Larry Ferguson, David Giler, Walter Hill
Publication Date: June 1992
Description: Novelization of the third Alien movie.
By: Alan Dean Foster (Adapter), James Cameron, David Giler (Creator), Walter Hill, Dan O’Bannon
Publication Date: Jun 1986
Description: Novelization of the second Alien movie.
By: Alan Dean Foster
Publication Date: Jun 1986
Description: A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas’s space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958’s It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen’s most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film’s success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the “facehugger,” the “chestburster,” and Ripley’s climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema’s most unforgettable nightmares.