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Old March 1 2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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New Canon "Alien" Book Series

Just finished reading "Alien - Out of The Shadows" and it was quite good!

For those that don't know - Fox has approved this series as officially canon, taking place between the first two films. The first one was a self contained story while the second two promise to be a little more wide-reaching in their scope. Don't want to go into too many spoilers but I'm looking forward to them.

Has anybody else read this book and is planning to pick up the other two in the trilogy? Here's hoping Fox authorizes some more to be written!
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Old March 2 2014, 02:57 AM   #2
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

Read a synopsis and it sounds horribly convoluted. I mean, Ripley having a second encounter with the Aliens between the first two movies that she conveniently forgets ever happened is just silly. Like bad fan fiction silly.

Also, I wouldn't get too hung up on anything being declared "canon". With a franchise like this, being essentially controlled by a studio rather than it's creator(s), "canon" is just whatever they happened to have lent the licence to recently. For example, I'm sure the old Earth Hive books were supposed to be canon until the fourth movie came out. After that, not so much.

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Old March 2 2014, 03:31 AM   #3
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

Hasn't Ripley been through enough before presumably being woken up, having another alien-related experience, and then having her memory of said experience wiped?

If that's not what actually happens, great, but give the poor woman a break!
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Old March 2 2014, 03:36 AM   #4
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

Yeah, that sounds horrible. They should've gone with something non-Ripley centric.
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Old March 2 2014, 03:54 AM   #5
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Read a synopsis and it sounds horribly convoluted. I mean, Ripley having a second encounter with the Aliens between the first two movies that she conveniently forgets ever happened is just silly. Like bad fan fiction silly.
Oh, then you shouldn't play Colonial Marines if you haven't already--believe me.
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Old March 2 2014, 04:19 AM   #6
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

The fact that it involves Ripley between Alien and Aliens is the only reason I've hesitated with this. I would love to read some Alien tie-in novels, but when they start sticking stories like this in between movies, when they're really shouldn't be any way for the character(s) to be involved, it annoys me. I know it's been done well in other franchises, but even then this aspect still annoys me.
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Old March 2 2014, 04:50 AM   #7
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

I'm still scratching my head over how the events at the beginning of Alien 3 are reasonably possible without some major stupid somewhere along the line. Even the novelization didn't really work for me there.

Then again, aside from the first two films my interest is largely...peripheral.
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Old March 2 2014, 06:42 AM   #8
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Old March 2 2014, 04:08 PM   #9
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Just looked up this book online. Out of curiosity, where are we getting the idea that this is "canon"? The blurb says "Officially sanctioned and true to the Alien cannon" but that doesn't really mean it is canon, does it? Hell, they spell canon wrong, but that's beside the point.

"Officially sanctioned" just sounds like a fancy way of saying officially licensed, which it would have to be otherwise it couldn't be published. And being "true to canon" sounds more like it's faithful to the source material rather than actually being canonical or anything.

As for the plot itself, I'm not bothered too much about it being about Ripley having an adventure between movies. Tie-in novels do this sort of thing all the time, the belief being readers want to read about the characters they're most familiar with. Sure, it's lame and contrived, but I guess there aren't many other marketable options.
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Old March 2 2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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Re: New Canon "Alien" Book Series

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Yeah, that sounds horrible. They should've gone with something non-Ripley centric.
...or not greenlight stories serving no purpose to a used-up franchise.
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Old March 2 2014, 09:21 PM   #11
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I always thought ALIEN fit in well with the Earth of BLADERUNNER--same feel...same replicants even, except for the blood.
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Old March 2 2014, 09:57 PM   #12
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^I think there's a reference to that in the Prometheus extras. Something about Weyland & Tyrell being acquainted and having differing views and approaches to synthetic life.

IMO it'd make sense if there were two competing companies producing synthetics, especially in the early days before one achieved a monopoly. Even that they'd be of radically differing designs since the underlying technology would be in jealously guarded patents.

Also I think Ridley has often said that as far as he's concerned, all three of his sci-fi films inhabit the same universe.
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Old March 3 2014, 12:58 AM   #13
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Just looked up this book online. Out of curiosity, where are we getting the idea that this is "canon"? The blurb says "Officially sanctioned and true to the Alien cannon" but that doesn't really mean it is canon, does it? Hell, they spell canon wrong, but that's beside the point.
That's just sad... Maybe one day spell checkers will be able to ferret out all the misuses of cannon, loose and all the other increasingly common errors.
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