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June 29, 2014

ALIEN 3 by Alan Dean Foster

Alien 3

Alien #3
A Novel By
Alan Dean Foster

The Official Movie Novelization
Based on the Screenplay by
David Giler & Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson
Story by Vincent Ward
Fury 161 is a wretched planet - a penal colony and industrial complex manned by violent prisoners.  When an escape pod from the USS Sulaco crash lands there, Ellen Ripley appears to be the only passenger left alive.
Then inmates begin to die, all at the hands of another survivor.  A creature which encounters Ripley, and spares her life!  Desperate to know why, she seeks out the answer -- and discovers terror unlike any she's ever known.

Science fiction master Alan Dean Foster returns to the Alien universe to reveal the ultimate destinies of Ellen Ripley and her eternal foe, the xenomorph known as the Alien.
(from Goodreads)
Here, even the wind screams. Abandoned hulks of machinery rust in the colorless landscape. Dark, oily seas beat against a jagged black shore. And the remnants of a reentry space vehicle crash into the rough waves. In it sleeps Ripley, a woman who has battled the enemy twice. It killed her whole crew the first time. The second time, it slaughtered a spaceload of death-dealing Marines. Now on this prison planet that houses only a horde of defiant, captive men, she will have to fight the ultimate alien horror one more time.

Published June 11th 1992 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1990)
original title Alien³
ISBN 0708852408 (ISBN13: 9780708852408)
edition language English
series Alien #3, Aliens
 Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist: the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race.

Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968. His first novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx. Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth. The Tar-Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother-Not, and Flinx in Flux.

Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others. Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979. The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990. His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award (Spain) in 1993. He also won the Ignotus Award (Spain) in 1994 and the Stannik Award (Russia) in 2000.

The book was interesting.  I have already seen the move and read several of the Alien books so I kind off knew what to expect.  I did like te first part of the book where it talked about Bad Dreams.
The thing about nightmares is they keep coming back.  You can't get rid of them.  I thought that was what Ripley was going through.  Nightmare after nightmare and they just wouldn't go away.   There's nothing you can do, nothing at all.  The only partial cure is good sleep and that only feeds the nightmares.  My favorite line from the book is "This is Ripley, last surviving member of the Nostromo, signing off."
I think I've had enough Alien books.    I've come to the point where I want Ripley to have some normalcy to her life.

I was given a complimentary copy of Alien 3 from the author Alan Dean Foster and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 SHIELDS


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