Aliens: Original Sin is a 2005 novel written by Michael Jan Friedman and published by DH Press. It continues the story of Ripley 8 and the surviving crewmembers of the Betty after the events of Alien Resurrection.
Not counting the children's book Cyberantics: A Little Adventure from 1992, Original Sin is the first novel in the Alien franchise not to be an adaptation of a comic book. All subsequent novels would similarly be original stories rather than adaptations.
THE ADVENTURES OF ELLEN RIPLEY CONTINUE!
What the crew of the Nostromo found was an alien life form — a hideous, slavering killer, quicker and more powerful than anything they had known before. Only Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley managed to escape with her life, destroying the Nostromo rather than give the monster a chance to reach Earth.
But she hadn't seen the last of the breed. Now, centuries after the death of the original Ripley, her clone has taken up the fight. And she has found, with the help of an android named Call, a brutal hired gun named Johner, and a paraplegic mechanic named Vriess, that there is more to the Alien horror than meets the eye...
In this all-new Ripley novel, best-selling author Michael Jan Friedman asks the unasked questions that pierce the alien mystery to its seething acid-chamber of a heart — leaving nothing in Ripley's universe the same.
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- Aliens: Original Sin is one of few stories in the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator franchise to be set in the 24th century advanced time period of Alien Resurrection. Other examples include the comics Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt and Alien vs. Predator: Civilized Beasts, and the non-canon crossover comic Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator. Several recent novels have been set even further into humanity's future, starting with the book Alien: Sea of Sorrows.
- Original Sin was the first Aliens novel to be an original story; all previous books were adaptations of Dark Horse comic books. It was also the first Aliens novel to be published by DH Press (not counting the children's book Cyberantics: A Little Adventure from 1992), taking over from Bantam.