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Read An Excerpt From Alien: Out Of The Shadows

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Alien Out of the ShadowsPrometheus may not have been the triumphant return to Ridley Scott’ s Alien universe that we all had hoped, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to go back, and if we get to hang out with Ripley in the process, so much the better. This is exactly what we get in the new novel Alien: Out of the Shadows, which hits bookstores tomorrow, January 28. Below you’ll find an excerpt from the upcoming book, and while it isn’t super long, it may be enough to convince you one way or another if you’re interested in picking it up.

Written by Tim Lebbon (30 Days of Night: Fear of the Dark, Cabin in the Woods novelization), this clip comes from Hero Complex. Out of the Shadows is an “officially sanctioned” entry into the Alien cannon, bridging the gap between Scott’s 1979 film and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens. Check out the excerpt for yourself, and we can talk about it further down below.

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Epic Alien Mural Practically Climbs Off The Wall

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Alien MuralGraffiti, and street art in general, is a hit and miss proposition. Work runs the gamut from crappy, barely legible names scrawled on a sticker and slapped on a parking sign or bathroom mirror, to gorgeous, intricate murals. For the most part, even the good stuff rarely holds my attention for very long. I look at it, appreciate it for what it is, and move on, never thinking about it again. This, on the other hand, is something right up many of our alleys. A massive mural based on the H.R. Giger-designed xenomorphs from Ridley Scott’s Alien, James Cameron’s Aliens, and some other movies that don’t matter as much? Yes, you now have our full attention.

A reader named Loic L. over at Bloody Disgusting took it upon himself, or herself, to share a bunch of photos of this super intense, super awesome Alien mural. This is apparently located—or at least was, it’s entirely possible that it’s gone now, some people have no taste—on Redchurch Street in East London, if that means anything to you. What it means to me is that I’ll never have the chance to see this for myself, but that’s okay, these pictures are still pretty damn sweet.

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Alien: Isolation Screenshots Put You In Ripley’s Daughter’s POV

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Alien: IsolationWe’ve heard rumors about it since last year, but the new video game based on Ridley Scott’s Alien world, Alien: Isolation, is indeed coming down the pipeline. A creepy announcement trailer hit a few weeks ago, and that go our attention, but now Creative Assembly, the folks behind the game, have released a ton of new screenshots from the game, and they look pretty damn good.

These still images give you a good idea of the feel of the first-person POV game. What they do especially well is capture the feeling of isolation and the eerie atmosphere as you track the aliens through the empty passageways of your space ship. That weird little robot alone, which appears to be a child’s toy, is enough to give you the willies as it pops up again and again. I’m just imagining a scene where it goes off and the noise alarms you, and just as you start to breathe normal again, a nasty extraterrestrial monster shows up to ruin your day.

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Chaosmos Boardgame Allows Players To Become Masters Of A New Universe

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While it might take some time before we encounter aliens in real life, there’s now a way to do it in 60-90 minutes from the comfort of your own home. The best part is that if and when the universe ends, you’ll still be around to tell about it.

In the new board game Chaosmos, players assume the roles of aliens who are racing to find the Ovoid, an artifact that ultimately determines which civilization survives the collapse of the universe. The Ovoid is one of number of different cards that players collect, along with ones designating weapons and other equipment. Players trick and fight one another to gain information, supplies, and the coveted Ovoid, which is the one card a player needs to have in his hand when the universe goes kaput.

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Captain America Director Joe Johnston To Direct Alien Invasion Thriller Extinction

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joe johnstonWe all know how science fiction works in Hollywood, right? We get maybe one or two really original ideas a year, followed by a handful of clever riffs on worn-out ideas, followed by trope-heavy and badly acted C-movies, which make up the majority of the releases. (Occasionally there will be a few great ideas in terrible movies.) Since fans know we can almost always expect a couple of alien invasion movies in a year’s time, we can only hope that the director getting the job is the best possible one anyone could have hoped for. Mandeville and Good Universe are doing just that with the upcoming invasion film Extinction, which has pulled Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston in with its tractor beam. If nothing else, we know this film is going to look really damned cool.

Johnston is directing from a script written by Spenser Cohen, who has a couple of as-yet-unproduced action films sold to different studios. The story is being kept secret for now, but it involves a man trying to save his family as an alien invasion unfolds. We’re assuming he’s saving them from the alien invasion, sort of like Steven Spielberg’s take on War of the Worlds, but perhaps it’ll have more of an action-oriented angle, rather than just a bunch of running-away scenes.

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Laid-Off Grocery Store Employee Turns Downsizing Into An Alien Attack

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Whether you adore or abhor your job, you should probably never take it for granted, as there are many people in the world who would give anything to trade places with you. Steve Yamamoto knows exactly how quickly a job can get ripped away, as the longtime employee of grocery chain Dominick’s was one of many that lost their jobs once the company was taken out of the Chicago market by parent corporation Safeway Inc. But Yamamoto’s reaction wasn’t to go and cry in a corner, nor to rage against the corporate machine. Instead, he made a hilarious video that turns the supermarket downsizing into an alien attack, with Safeway as the giant, violent beast in the sky. But he’s not trying to be a dick about it; it’s all in good, sardonic fun!