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Alien(TM): Resurrection (Seafort Saga) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1997

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A.C. Crispin was the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including tie-ins to Star Trek, Star Wars, V and Pirates of the Caribbean. In 2013, she was named a Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Seafort Saga
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602297
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann's historical fantasy for young adults, TIME HORSE, is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It's the story of Danielle Tomasky, who is twelve years old and wants nothing in the world but a horse to ride. She finds a horse that turns out to be something extraordinary, and that takes her on a magnificent adventure back to a time that tests every one of Danni's equestrian skills to their limits.


A. C. Crispin's major original science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series. These books, now available as Kindle ebooks and in audiobook editions from Audible, center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth. There are seven StarBridge books: StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos, and Ancestor's World.

A. C. wrote prolifically in many different tie-in universes, and was a master at filling in the histories of beloved TV and movie characters. Over the years, she became the unofficial "Queen of Backstory." Ms. Crispin had a unique talent for writing dialog that captured the essence of those characters. She began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son, written in her spare time while working for the US Census Bureau. Shortly thereafter, Tor Books commissioned her to write what is perhaps still her most widely read work, the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries, V, which sold more than a million copies. She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein, and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.

For Star Wars, she wrote the bestselling Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn, which tell the story of Han Solo from his early years right up to the moment he walks into the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. She wrote three other bestselling Star Trek novels: Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders, and Sarek.

Crispin and noted author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together, Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith. Ann Crispin and Andre Norton were friends for nearly 30 years. Ms. Norton was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the field of science fiction and fantasy by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Andre Norton's passing brought increasing demand for her works, but a legal battle has tied up the rights to her collaborations with Ms. Crispin.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A.C. Crispin's novelization of "Alien Resurrection" is a thought-provoking, well-written book that provides a surprising amount of depth to its characters. While many novelizations have a tendency to be poorly written, Crispin has managed to adapt Joss Whedon's screenplay in such a manner that it practically appears to be an original work. Set 200 years after the events of Alien 3, "Resurrection" continues the story of Ellen Ripley and her battle against the biomechanoid monsters from the previous "Alien" outings. The novel begins with an interesting look at the cloning process, as scientists use DNA and tissue samples to grow a "new" Ripley and extract the alien embryo she was carrying at the time of her death. Crispin provides the reader with a thoughtful look at each of the characters' motivations and backgrounds, particularly the Ripley character. Ripley's struggle with her alien side and her subsequent reconciliation with her human characteristics are an enthralling subtext to the story, well-crafted and carefully thought out. Another interesting aspect of the story explored is the mother/child relationship that was a cornerstone of the second entry in the series, "Aliens." The author expounds on this subtext quite masterfully, making the reader balance his/her feelings of revulsion and horror of the alien species (particularly Ripley's "child" The Newborn) with the tender feelings of human compassion and the strength of the maternal instinct. It is doubtful that even the film will be able to provide these details, which only serve to enrich the story and provide a deeper psychological layer to the suspense and tension of what is admittedly an action piece.Read more ›
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By A Customer on December 16, 1997
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I can only reiterate what has already been written . This is a great novelisation . His intertwining of aspects of previous movies was fantastic. I loved Sigourney Weavers characterization of Ripley in Resurrection and I probably enjoyed it more after reading subtext that is included in this book. Her performance seemed even more on target and it was perfect to begin with . This book is a must read for fans of the series. Intelligently written . It's based on Joss Whedons screenplay , but Crispin makes it feel original.
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By A Customer on December 2, 1997
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One question...who can write a novelization that is better than the movie it's based on? Answer...A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O'Malley, of course. Crispin did it before in her practically epic novelization of V years ago, and now she's back, with her wonderful co-author from Silent Dances and Silent Songs, to write another. I was blown away after reading this book. Ironically, the movie didn't give this book enough credit. The book gave a lot more insight into Gediman and Wren's motives for conducting the experiments, and made Perez, Distephano and Purvis more than just meat. The story is not only given to us from the point of view of the prey (us, that is), but also from the point of view of the Aliens. Which was very unsettling, and wonderfully wicked of Crispin and O'Malley. The descriptions of the deformed cloans and the Newborn were especially vivid, and actually put the ones on screen to shame. Having read the book before seeing the movie, I cared more for Ripley and Call than I would have after only seeing the movie. Don't get me wrong, Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder were brilliant. The best parts were what they didn't say (don't take that the wrong way either). I love it when a sequel refers to its predecessors, because it ties eveything together making you think. And the book contained more of a connection with the previous movies than the movie did, which was odd. There were references to Jonesy (Ripley's cat, that was killed in the first one), Newt (the little girl, who Ripley basically adopted in the second movie, and died somewhere between Aliens and Alien3), and also Ripley's own daughter (who died not being able to see her mother again while Ripley floated in deep space for 50 years).Read more ›
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By A Customer on January 25, 1999
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Talk about making the best of a bad job! This book is definitely - no offence to the scriptwriter, Joss Whedon - an improvement on the screenplay. In the film there are some gaps you could put the Titanic through, but the book fills them in admirably. Alien3, in my opinion, detracted from the sweep of Aliens, but Alien: Resurrection redeems the series somewhat, and the novelisation is an epic in itself. A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O'Malley, I salute you.
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Most novelizations of films are little more than breathless descriptions of what happened on screen. They had more of a place years ago when people did automatically buy videos or DVDs, and once your favorite film left the cineplex, you might not see it again for years...so the novelization would let you "relive" the film. That's not necessary anymore, so the only function they can have is to fill-in information that might have been left on the cutting room floor.
A.C. Crispin makes a sincere effort with "Alien Resurrection", and it doesn't read too badly. It does fall short of a real novel in it's dramatic structure and characterization. She makes a token attempt to fill in backgrounds, even first names, for characters who in the film often are killed off before we get a chance to know them. (Personally, I think this is a flaw in the movie, as we can't possibly care about the death of a character we have barely been introduced to.)
Since the novelization came out at virtually the same time as the film was released, I am guessing that it had to be written before viewing the finished film and that it is largely based on older versions of the script and maybe rough cuts of the movie. There are numerous deviations from the finished film, none of them cosmically important but if you enjoy certain bits of dialogue -- especially some of the very humorous throw-away lines -- it is disconcerting to see them stated differently or clipped or just dropped entirely.
What I was hoping for WAS that the novelization would fill in some of the critical information gaps in the film -- especially Call's motivation in joining the smuggler crew of the Betty and heading out to the Auriga to destroy the alien breeding experiment. This is confusingly told in the film.
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