It’s pretty widely acknowledged that this year’s Alien: Covenant was not what people were expecting. It certainly didn’t satisfy many Alien fans looking for deeper mythology into the xenomorphs or even offer a full-on entertainment like something in the vein of James Cameron’s classic sequel. But coming this is spring is a new a novel titled Alien: The Cold Forge.
Written by Alex White and published by Titans Books, Alien: The Cold Forge is being described as a dramatic new Alien novel, where Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. Hadley’s Hope was the research and mining colony which first appeared in Aliens and later in Aliens: Colonial Marines and has a long history in the franchise from books, to comics, to film, and video games.
In Alien: The Cold Forge, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.
According to White’s literary agent Connor Goldsmith, in the book, Blue Marsalis, the novel’s main character is “is a scientist with ALS who hopes experiments on Xenomorphs will lead to a cure. It goes… not well. With test subjects gone rogue and a Weyland-Yutani mercenary sent to kill her, her only defense is a robot she controls remotely with her mind.
Alien: The Cold Forge will be available starting April 24, 2018, just in time for Alien Day.
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