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Alien Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon Originally Imagined Very Different Xenomorphs

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AlienRipThe so-called “xenomorphs” of the Alien franchise are easily one of the most terrifying creations even to grace the movie screen. Cooked up in collaboration with Swiss surrealist artist and all-around weirdo H.R. Giger, the xenomorphs are every body-horror nightmare you can think of, blended together into a perfect killing machine that, if you’re lucky, will tear you apart instead of deciding to cocoon you as host for a chestburster. But it turns out that Alien screenwriter Dan O’Bannon’s ideas about the nature and culture of the xenomorphs were very, very different from how they have been developed in the films that followed.

We all know the life-cycle of the xenomorphs from the films. They begin as leathery eggs, waiting patiently until an organic being gets close enough, then boom, a facehugger pops out and drops an embryo down your throat. After a while the facehugger drops off, you seem fine for a while, and then a tiny chestburster bites and tears and claws its way out of your chest cavity. Off it scampers to grow into a full warrior drone or, occasionally, a queen. In O’Bannon’s original conception of the aliens, things start out the same way, but after the chestburster, we get something else entirely.

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Zombies Meet Garbage Pail Kids For Limited Edition Artist Prints

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GARBAGE FLESH EATERSYou know that thing that you believe is the coolest thing ever? Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong, because this set of prints for the Garbage Flesh Eaters, a clear zombified spoof of the Topps Company’s Garbage Pail Kids trading card series, is a thing that exists. Of course, the Kids were themselves created as a spoof of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls that took over children’s lives in the early 1980s. So maybe a few years from now, someone will be spoofing these cards, but we’ll hold off on that until it gets here. For now, let’s enjoy the gory zombie bliss.

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Alien’s Screenwriter Was Born And Serenity Hit Theaters: Today In Science Fiction

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DanWe’re trying something a little different here at GFR. Rather than the regular “This Week in Science Fiction” column, I’m going to be doing daily (or semi-daily) updates highlighting not just what’s going on in film, TV, comics, and the rest, but noteworthy science fiction landmarks on this date in earlier years. Here we go!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAN O’BANNON
Legendary science fiction screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (seen above) was born on September 30, 1946. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, O’Bannon is the chap who wrote the script for a little-seen flick called Alien. Along with director Ridley Scott and artist H.R. Giger, he helped shape the foundation of a franchise that continues being explored to this day. That credit alone would earn him a place in sci-fi history, but he also co-wrote Total Recall and the cult-classic Dark Star (the latter penned with director John Carpenter). O’Bannon passed away in 2009 at the far-too-young age of 63.