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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446924687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446829779
  • ASIN: 0446829773
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Foster’s treatment of the source material has only enhanced my appreciation for this classic story." - Blogcritics

"The book was well written, it filled in a few gaps in the film that I didn’t know needed to be filled until I read them, and it put the film in a different context, which may color my next viewing.  If you consider yourself a fan of the film, it’s worth checking out." - Top Hat Sasquatch 

"A hell of a fun and terrifying read. It’s one I recommend to anyone who loves the film or a good old fashioned sci-fi romp through the hell in our stars." - Ravenous Monster 

“In text form the primal dread conjured by its events and themes is as timeless as the cold and empty darkness from which it spreads. 9/10.” - Starburst

“The official novelization is a stroll-back to memory lane of sweat inducing horrors.” – Retrenders

"The official novelization is a stroll-back to memory lane of sweat inducing horrors." - Retrenders

“An open door to the ALIENS universe that offers the curious even more information about the dangerous world of the films.” Suvudu

Worthy to be on your shelf if you consider yourself a fan of the film.” Retroist

"Manages to capture the emotion and terror of the film." - Geek Girl Project

"As timeless as the movie that spawned it" - Den of Geek --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster is the author of many SF adventures, the Spellsinger fantasy series and a number of film and TV tie-ins - including the hugely popular Alien novelizations. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Very deserving of a five star rating!
Frank Tibbetts
The most disappointing aspect of this book, however, is that the pacing is excessively slow and dull, particularly in the beginning.
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It is very interesting, suspensful, and dramatic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alien (Film Novelization) / 0-446-82977-3

The film novelization of "Alien" is pleasantly well-written from a technical standpoint; the book possesses correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation, which cannot always be said for film novelizations. The characters are largely true to their counterparts in the movie, and both the expanded dialogue and the internal thoughts of the crew have a ring of the genuine to them.

This novelization was apparently based on an extremely early transcript of the screenplay and there are several noticeable differences between the film and the book, which is slightly disappointing if you read film novelizations as a companion to flesh out the film more fully. Most notably, the dead alien with the chest-burst rib cage is missing - a very jarring omission which had me flipping back and forth, wondering where it had got to - and a great deal of the final plot with Ash's betrayal is different, with Ash deliberately and openly interceding to save the alien from being shot out an airlock.

Even considering the omissions, there is a great deal here for fans of the movie to enjoy. The alien facehugger is described very nicely, with frequent allusions to its 'skeletal hand' appearance. (The final form of the alien is described almost not at all, however, presumably due to vagueness in the written screenplay.) The internal thoughts of the crew are fleshed out nicely, with a particular emphasis on Ripley of course, but with flourishes that greatly humanize Dallas and Parker in particular.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Black on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was eleven, I think, when Alien came out. Being a die-hard nerd kid and into Star Trek, Star Wars, and all that, I begged and pleaded my parents to take me to this movie. They refused, saying I was too young, but we had a long-standing tradition in our family of the kids being allowed to read anything we could get our grubby little hands on, even though movies, television, and music were under tight parental control.

So, my dad let me read the book.

It scared the living crap out of me, and I have nightmares to this day about it.

Some years later, when I did eventually rent and watch the movie, it was no big deal. I found it kind of silly, actually, and HR Geiger's images never particularly bothered me. I was probably sixteen by then. Was the book really that much scarier than the movie, or did it have the effect on me that it did because I was so young? You have to understand, when I read the book, I had no idea what the plot was, had never seen any pictures of Geiger's monster, and the only image I had for the whole thing was the ominous cracking egg on the front cover. That egg, if you didn't already know, bears no resemblance at all to the pods in the movies. If anything, it looks like it's about to hatch a radioactive chicken, but that can be pretty scary stuff to an eleven-year-old with an active imagination.

And that is where Foster shines in this adaptation. He lets your imagination run wild. The pacing of the book is slow, but that kind of sucks you into that world. If the monster just jumps out at you in the first page, it's not as scary. He lets the suspense build, and when the monster does arrive, he never shows it to you, never offers a physical description.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Tibbetts on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In space, no one can hear you scream.

Seven cryogenically frozen dreamers are awakened aboard the interstellar tug Nostromo. As haziness begins to dissipate, Captain Dallas retires to communicate with MOTHER-the ships onboard computer system.

Finding themselves off course and light years away from home, MOTHER informs Dallas that an alien distress signal has been detected and that under company protocol; they are obliged to investigate it.

Landing on the uncharted planet, Lambert, Kane, and Dallas suit up to search for the signal. Finding an enormous derelict spacecraft of unknown origin, they find that the ship has crash landed.

Officer Ripley and Science Officer "Ash" stay aboard the Nostromo to record their findings, but soon lose contact with the Away Team. Ripley deciphers part of the signal and discovers that it is a warning beacon-unfortunately, it's too late.

As the team descends deeper into the belly of the vessel, Kane climbs down a shaft and discovers a chamber filled with thousands of egg pods. Touching one, it opens. Before he can react, a "thing" that looks like a skeletal hand with a serpentine tail lurches at his face and dissolves through his helmet.

Returning to the ship dragging an unconscious Kane, Dallas commands Ripley to open the hatch. She refuses on the basis that Kane must be quarantined. Ash disobeys Ripley and opens the hatch.

Several attempts are made to remove the creature from Kane's face, but the alien has deadly defense mechanisms¯one of which is a corrosive acid that nearly eats through the hull of the ship.

Hours later, Kane is found alive and well in the medical bay. The alien is dead and Ash begins to dissect it.
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More About the Author

Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.



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