For those who are into aliens, this is your lucky day – Wednesday 26 April is Alien Day.
By Tim Rimington
Director Ridley Scott returns to the dark side with the release of his latest film, Alien: Covenant. With the promise of bloody gore, thrills, kills and frights on a grand scale (in apparent atonement for the lack of these in Alien: Covenant’s 2012 predecessor, Prometheus), Scott’s latest sci-fi horror romp deserves a MASSIVE celebration!
Booktopia’s resident Alien franchise and sci-fi team have selected the following Top 10 highlights from Booktopia’s vast Alien-esque catalogue across books and DVDs. Also, don’t miss the Official 304-page Alien: Covenant movie novelisation – order your copy here.
Top 10 Alien Franchise Fan-Favourites
1. Alien: Covenant
The Art of the Film
This official companion book explores all the major environments, creatures and technology that feature in Alien: Covenant. Packed with fascinating sketches, blueprints, diagrams, full-color artwork, final film frames and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, Alien: Covenant – The Art of the Film is the ultimate literary companion to this highly anticipated movie event. Hardcover 192 pages, dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 30.2… Learn more.
2. Alien: Covenant
The Official Collector’s Edition
Alien: Covenant – The Official Souvenir Edition brings you all you need to know about the making of the blockbuster movie, including stunning photography and exclusive concept art, and interviews with cast and crew including, but not limited to, Michael Fassbender. Hardcover, 96 pages, dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 20.3 x 2.2… Learn more.
3. Alien and Philosophy
I Infest, Therefore I am
The first book dedicated to exploring the philosophy raised by one of the most successful and influential sci-fi franchises of modern times.
Features contributions from an acclaimed team of scholars of philosophy and pop culture, and explores a huge range of topics that include the philosophy of fear, Just Wars, bio-weaponry, feminism and matriarchs, perfect killers, contagion, violation, employee rights and Artificial Intelligence, and much more!… Learn more.
4. Alien Next Door
In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean
You’re not a true Alien franchise fan until you own this book!
“You want me to laugh at the horrific Xenomorph?!”, we hear you scream!
This illustrated book shows the caring side to the legendary science fiction monster as he tends to Jonesy the cat, endeavours to keep his house cleaner than the Nostromo, and searches for his place on a cold, new, alien world – Earth. From facehuggers to feather dusters, discover how the perfect killing machine relaxes after a day of scaring space marines… Learn more.
The Weyland Yutani Report
Weighing in well over 1kg and covering all aspects of this hugely popular franchise’s thirty-five-year history. Contains extensive information on characters, locations and vehicles from the movies, along with an in-depth breakdown of the Xenomorph’s life cycle. Hardcover, 160 pages, published 1st July 2016, dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 23.5 x 2.4… Learn more.
6. The Art of Alien: Isolation
A high-end art book featuring over 300 images from the 2014 game in the critically and commercially acclaimed Alien franchise. Taking players back to the survival horror atmosphere of the first film. This book is the ultimate gallery of the game, a must-have for any fan. Hardcover, 176 pages, published 7th October 2014, dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 22.8 x 2… Learn more.
7. Alien : The Archive
The Ultimate Guide to the Classic Movies
A 2.3kg goliath that beautifully celebrates the Alien films, delving deep into the process of how all four pre-Alien: Covenant films were created. From the earliest script ideas to final cut, this book showcases the series in exhaustive and exclusive detail. Featuring storyboards from Ridley Scott, exclusive concept designs from Ron Cobb and Syd Mead, behind-the-scenes imagery of the xenomorphs being created, deleted scenes, unused ideas, costumes, weapons, and much more. Also includes interviews with Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, H.R. Giger, and more. 320 pages. Published: 1st October 2014, dimensions (cm): 32.4 x 25.4 x 2.8… Learn more.
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8. HR Giger
Skip that mortgage payment, cancel that interstate holiday – here’s the Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies, each signed by Carmen Giger / HR Giger Estate. Swiss artist HR Giger (1940–2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger’s biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia. The visions drew on demons of the past, as well as evoking… Learn more.
9. Alien Anthology (4 Disc) Blu Ray Boxset
This special 4-disc set includes two cuts of all four pre-2017 Alien films – eight electrifying versions in all! It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, enhanced by the unmatched clarity and pure digital sound of Blu-ray. Featuring cast and crew commentaries, isolated scores and deleted and extended scenes, this is a must-own collection for every Alien fan... Learn more.
10. Alien: Out of the Shadows (Book 1)
by Tim Lebbon
Yes, there are independant novels! An entire series, in fact.
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors. Paperback, 298 pages, dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.7… Learn more.