Top 10 Alien books ranked in ascending order. The list contains only items that are considered "in universe". Any "Making of Books" like Gigers Alien are not included. Graphic novels are also excluded and will appear in an upcoming list.
The book is a fictional overview of mankind's interaction with the Xenomorph as portrayed the films of the Alien franchise, and also covers the events of Prometheus. It helps to build upon the details of the film series, expanding on the characters and events shown therein, and includes numerous digital renderings of the Xenomorph, as well as recreations of in-universe artifacts and documents.
Alien: River of Pain is a 2014 novel written by Christopher Golden and published by Titan Books. It chronicles the fall of Hadley's Hope on Acheron after colonists rediscover the derelict spacecraft on the moon. As the Xenomorphs begin to ravage the settlement, the surviving colonists and the small unit of Colonial Marines assigned to the moon to provide security must fight to stay alive.
Alien: Sea of Sorrows is a 2014 novel written by James A. Moore and published by Titan Books. A sequel to Alien: Out of the Shadows, the book deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs in the abandoned mines of LV-178, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponize the creatures, eliciting the help of Alan Decker, an unknowing descendant of the long-dead Ellen Ripley.
Alien: Out of the Shadows is a 2014 novel written by Tim Lebbon and published by Titan Books. Set between Alien and Aliens, the book chronicles Ellen Ripley's involvement in a Xenomorph outbreak on the planet LV-178 and the mining vessel in orbit above it. The survivors' attempts to escape the creatures are further complicated by Ash, whose AI consciousness has survived inside the shuttle that brought Ripley to them.
Aliens: Original Sin is a 2005 novel written by Michael Jan Friedman and published by DH Press. It continues the story of Ripley 8 and the surviving crewmembers of the Betty after the events of Alien Resurrection. In 1979, science fiction and horror were brought together in director Ridley Scott's classic film Alien. The film follows the crew of a space cargo-ship, the Nostromo, who land on a hostile planet in response to a faint SOS only to discover an abandoned ship with a ravenous alien on board. Alien inspired three movie sequels, and now Aliens: Original Sin expands further on this classic story, bringing back characters like Ripley 8, the clone of Lt. Ellen Ripley, and android Call. It also sorts out unanswered questions from the movies and raises entirely new ones. Was it just coincidence that the Nostromo happened to pass by the desolate planet? Why was the alien on the crashed ship in the first place? The answers, along with intense action, chilling horror and even deeper questions await in suspense virtuoso Michael Jan Friedman's Aliens: Original Sin. Original Sin is included in the The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume Five.
Alien 3 is a 1992 novelization of the film of the same name, written by Alan Dean Foster and published by Warner Books. Fury 161 is a wretched planet a penal colony and industrial complex manned by violent prisoners. When an escape pod from the USS Sulaco crash-lands there, Ellen Ripley appears to be the only passenger left alive. Then inmates begin to die, all at the hands of another survivor. A creature which encounters Ripley, and spares her life! desperate to know why, she seeks out the answer and discovers terror unlike any she s ever known. Science fiction master Alan Dean Foster returns to the Alien universe to reveal the ultimate destinies of Ellen Ripley and her eternal foe, the xenomorph known as the Alien.
Aliens vs. Predator: Prey is a 1994 novelization of the first Aliens vs. Predator comic book series, written by Steve Perry and Stephani Perry and published by Bantam Spectra. In the story, human colonists on the planet Ryushi are caught in the crossfire between a band of wayward young Yautja and the Xenomorphs they are hunting. In order to save the survivors, the colony's leader Machiko Noguchi is forced to team up with a Predator she christens Broken Tusk in order to put an end to the carnage. Prey is included in the The Complete Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus.
Aliens: Nightmare Asylum, also known as Aliens Book 2: Nightmare Asylum, is a 1993 novelization of the comic book series of the same name, written by Steve Perry and published by Bantam Books. A sequel to Aliens: Earth Hive, the book follows Sergeant Wilks and Billie as they encounter General Spears, a psychotic Colonial Marine commander seeking to "train" an army of controllable Xenomorphs to help retake an Earth ravaged by Alien infestation. Nightmare Asylum is included in The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume One.
Aliens: Rogue was released in 1995 and is based on a comic book series with the same name. Taking place on a remote asteroid in Charon Base, it follows a mad scientist Ernst Kleist attempts to create a new breed of Alien - a hybrid king. Things don't go as planned and all hell breaks loose. Caught up in the chaos is a squad of Colonial Marines lead by sergeant Green and a starship captain Joyce Palmer. There is a great chapter about a scientist trying to spy on Kleist but it ends with his living head being placed in a jar on a shelf. Compared to the comic, it fleshes out the characters more and makes the Colonial Marines more competent. The book is action-packed and great fun. Aliens: Rogue is included in The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume Three.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is the best Aliens based book ever. First released in 1995, it covers all aspects of the Colonial Marines weaponry, armor, vehicles, ships, and tactics. In addition to the weapons seen in the movies, it invents some new ones like the M83 rocket launcher, later used in the AvP 1999 and AvP 2 video games. One of the most impressive pages is the inner and outer schematics of the Sulaco. It even involves some interviews by fictional Colonial Marines soldiers and offers an analysis of what happened on LV-426. It is highly recommended for all Aliens fans.