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Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson

By Pat Cadigan & William Gibson
Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson by Pat Cadigan & William Gibson digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

The first-draft Alien screenplay by William Gibson, the founder of cyberpunk, turned into a novel by Pat Cadigan, the Hugo Award-Winning “Queen of Cyberpunk.”

William Gibson’s never-before-adapted screenplay for the direct sequel to Aliens, revealing the fates of Ripley, Newt, the synthetic Bishop, and Corporal Hicks. When the Colonial Marines vessel Sulaco docks with space station and military installation Anchorpoint, a new form of Xenomorph appears. Written by Hugo Award-winning novelist and “Queen of Cyberpunk” Pat Cadigan, based on Gibson’s never-produced first draft. 

The Sulaco—on its return journey from LV-426—enters a sector controlled by the “Union of Progressive Peoples,” a nation-state engaged in an ongoing cold war and arms race. U.P.P. personnel board the Sulaco and find hypersleep tubes with Ripley, Newt, and an injured Hicks. A Facehugger attacks the lead commando, and the others narrowly escape, taking what remains of Bishop with them. 

The Sulaco continues to Anchorpoint, a space station and military installation the size of a small moon, where it falls under control of the military’s Weapons Division. Boarding the Sulaco, a team of Colonial Marines and scientists is assaulted by a pair of Xenomorph drones. In the fight Ripley's cryotube is badly damaged. It’s taken aboard Anchorpoint, where Ripley is kept comatose. Newt and an injured Corporal Hicks are awakened, and Newt is sent to Gateway Station on the way to Earth. The U.P.P. sends Bishop to Anchorpoint, where Hicks begins to hear rumors of experimentation—the cloning and genetic modification of Xenomorphs. 

The kind of experimentation that could yield a monstrous hybrid, and perhaps even a Queen.

ALIEN 3 TM & © Twentieth Century Films. All rights reserved.

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Thumbs Up“This was based on Gibson's first iteration of the script and is wildly different from the film version and various others wrote treatments after this. Hicks and Bishop are more centre stage with Ripley's roll greatly diminished (they werent sure Weaver would come back). I really liked the building on Hicks character but little to no Ripley does feel like an unforgivable sin and its like an attempt at a reset At the heart of the plot there's and really cool cold war arms race metaphor as everyone tries to weaponize the Xenomorphs but does fall a bit short of it's potential. There are several points where I felt I'd just read the same lines a few pages, which it turned out I had as there was a lot previous descriptions etc repeated at various point almost word for word, it just came across as lazy writing at points. There were some intriguing changes with the aliens themselves as the various factions became experimenting which would have been interesting to see on screen. I'm not sure this version would have been any better than the end result we got in the cinema, this book is more for really hardcore fans but I wouldn't say it's an overall great experience at the end of the day”
Easy to readFast-pacedDark settingDarkViolence

About Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan  is a science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, three-time winner of the Locus Award, twice winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and one-time winner of the Hugo Award. She wrote the novelization of Alita: Battle Angel, and a prequel novel to the highly anticipated film, Iron City. She also wrote Lost in Space: Promised Land, novelizations of two episodes of The Twilight Zone, the Cellular novelization, and the novelization and sequel to Jason X.

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