Alien: Sea of Sorrows is a 2018 audio drama adaptation of the novel of the same name, directed by Dirk Maggs and starring Stockard Channing, Laurel Lefkow, Tony Gardner and John Chancer. It was published by Audible Studios on April 26, 2018, to coincide with Alien Day.
Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston.
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures, eliciting the help of Alan Decker, who is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation lurking deep beneath the planet's toxic desert, dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.
Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe — a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn't understand why the company needs him until his genetic heritage comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago one of his ancestors fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on his forbear, 'the Destroyer', Ellen Ripley... and all her descendants.
Differences from the novel
Like the previous audio adaptions, this version also contains significant differences.
- The introduction is different, as the audio begins with a dream and Decker is kidnapped from his apartment. Whereas the latter happens after he is hospitalized after empathically detecting the Xenomorphs while working on LV-178.
- Also during the interrogation and Rollin's "offer" to Decker, no fight take place between Decker and Manning, the latter simply telling Decker that what happened to him wasn't personal. In the novel, Manning and Decker come to blows.
- Colleen has a slightly bigger role, discussing the two different alien races on LV-178, whereas in the novel her presence is minimal and only given focus after her death.
- The plan to find and capture the Xenomorphs was already in place before Decker discovered them with his empathic link. With W-Y letting the Xenomorphs reach the surface to make the capturing a specimen easier.
- DiTillio's fate is extended and is accompanied by Joyce, the pair are briefly able to converse and attempt to use the comms to contact Manning before they are attacked by Facehuggers. In the novel, Ditillio is alone and is attacked by a Facehugger seconds after waking.
- Dr. Silas's fate is also different as well as the circumstances of it. While he still uses explosives to seal the elevators and prevent the Xenomorphs from reaching the surface, Silas commits suicide due to being impregnated. In the novel, he is killed in cold blood by one of the mercenaries in retribution for his actions.
- Elway had a more significant role in the audio version, whereas in the novel he is only mentioned after being subdued by a Facehugger.
- Petey and Perkin's relationship is romantic, whereas in the novel, she was close to him but otherwise in a sexual relationship with another member of the team.
- The confrontation with the queen is slightly different as The Queen tries to influence Decker, causing him to freeze.
- Adams and Elway are subdued differently, in the novel, they were distracted by the Queen's roar but in the audible version, Adams is attacked while trying to remove acid coated armor from one of her teammates, while Elway is taken by surprise.
- Decker and Manning also try to help Adams instead of leaving her to be subdued.
- Decker also doesn't notice the difference between the different parasites, in the novel he points this out to Manning, instead the audio version has Dr. Koburn point it out to Rollins over the comms.
- Perkins and Petey also have an extended death scene and taking place at the finale.
- Luke Rand's fate takes place at the same time as Perkins, she briefly converses with him before seeing him get impregnated.
- Rollin's status as a possible synthetic is less ambiguous as Decker and Manning talk to her about it.
- She is also somewhat more villainous as she plans to keep the hive intact, despite the presence of three colonies on the planet.
- The Sea of Sorrow's destruction is done differently as Decker using his influence on Petey is what causes the nuclear explosion, as noted above, Rollins instead decides to keep the hive intact.
- Manning is more amiable towards Decker, even offering him a drink after the events. In the book, Manning is angry at Decker's attempt to kill the specimens and consequently Adams and Elway.
- Instead of emailing a W-Y member, Rollins is informed over the intercom by Dr. Koburn that Adams is carrying a Queen.