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June 4, 2014

ALIEN by Alan Dean Foster


The Official Movie Novelization
Alan Dean Foster
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783290153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783290154


The official novelization of the famous Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley!

A crew of spaceship Nostromo is suddenly woken up from a cryogenic sleep because of mysterious signals coming from an unknown planet and received by a ship computer. The astronauts land on the planet surface and go to investigate an alien spaceship where one of them is attacked by an alien which fasten itself on his face. When the crew returns to their ship and abandon the planet, nobody forefeels that the real horror will begin very soon ...


Alan Dean Foster Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


 The book is very well written including spelling, grammar and punctuation.  The books characters match up rather perfect with their characters in the movie.  The appear very real.This novelization appears to have been based on a very early transcript of the screenplay.    A noticeable difference was, the dead alien with the rib cage that had burst was missing.  I was wondering what happened to the alien. 
 \This book is a must for all sci-fi fans, especially those of the movies.  The descriptions were very imaginative, as the alien facehugger and illusions of its 'skelwtal hand'.    Another omission was the final form of the alien. Of course, our main character is Ripley. There is also great detail on Dallas and Parker.   Then we have Kane's death.  A strange black blotch appeared on Kane's lungs.   She says that the Company had know that the alien was there having been picked up on long range scans.  The company was hoping that an alien would accidentally be brought back to earth, by passing protocol and quarantines that a regular mission would have required. 
The book went a little slow for me and was a trite boring, especially at the start of the book.  I found all the descriptions of each cryo-sleeping crew member and their dreams just a bit too much on that subject.  I would have like more physical detail of the crew, the ship, the planet and the alien.   If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, go for it.  Don't expect a whole lot.  It's just not what I expected.  I guess because I had seen the move, I expected  much more in the book.  I think Foster's sequel ALIENS has changed a lot of the details that led the book to be slow and boring.  So if you read this book first, don't get discouraged because I believe each book gets better and better.

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

I would give this book 3 SHIELDS.



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