Back in April, Titan Books released a new Alien novel, The Cold Forge by Alex White. For a long time it sat unread on my shelf, chiefly because I had such a large backlog of other novels that I'd yet to start. That meant I didn't pick it up until recently, but I finally got around to finishing it.
And it is absolutely excellent.
The really glaring difference between this and the other Alien novels I've read is that this isn't just a good Alien book — it's a damn good book full-stop. Great concepts, engaging characters and fantastic writing from White result in a brilliant novel that manages to be so much more than its run-of-the-mill synopsis suggests. Reading the back cover, we're led to believe this will be yet another rote tale about company sci…Read more >
Last week, I was lucky enough to attend not only an advanced press screening of , but the world premiere in London as well. (Huge thanks to 20th Century Fox for arranging all this!) As such, here is a spoiler-free review of the film for anyone curious how it matches up to the divisive last entry in the franchise and the film to which it is a sequel, .
Covenant started really well, immediately fixing one of the biggest issues I had with Prometheus — namely the characters. Whereas I found the previous film's cast to be incredibly thin, unlikable and fundamentally uninteresting, the crew of the Covenant are far more human and engaging, recalling the kind of close-knit camaraderie of the crew of the Nostromo. Above all, they come across as real people…
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Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a special Alien Day event in London, organised by 20th Century Fox and primarily geared towards building anticipation for . Along with AVPGalaxy forum member Xenomorphine, we were treated to a number of exclusive experiences, following which we were whisked to a screening of and an exclusive, 10-minute sneak peak of Alien: Covenant.
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Events began with a look around the main floor of the YouTube centre, adjacent to St. Pancras International train station, where the event was held. The main attractions here were a deep space EVA suit from Covenant and a series of fan-made artworks based around the Alien films. The EVA suit in particular impressed me with the level of detail put into it, from the various labels…
Just a fun bit of trivia about : the new book gives full names to a host of characters in the franchise, many of which had only a single name before. But in just a couple of cases, characters have now changed their identities...
Remember William Gorman? His first name was previously taken from the actor playing him, William Hope, as was the case with the majority of the Marines in (the exception being Dwayne Hicks, whose first name is given in dialogue in the extended Special Edition of the movie). While this was never outright confirmed as canon, this "name-shared-with-actor" trait was a known convention shared by the Marine characters in the film. However, his official name according to the report is now Scott Gorman — which may or may not…Read more >
Over the last few months, JANN ELDERPREDATOR and I have been coming up with a replacement for the logo or wordmark that sits at the top of Xenopedia's web page. In case anyone's unsure what the wordmark is, currently we use this:
It isn't particularly easy to make out, the text could be clearer, but above all it's been there practically since the site started — something new would be good to freshen things up.
JANN and I decided to base the new one on artwork created for the Fire and Stone series, as we felt this was a good way to reflect the addition of and the Engineers to the franchise. The major limiting factor we have struggled with is the size — the image cannot be any larger than 250 x 65 pixels, which really isn't a lot to work with.…
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