I hadn't heard anything about this, so I picked this up on a massive special as a gamble thinking it might be pretty average and a bit of a cash-in on the franchise given the hype for the prequel movies. Aliens (not just the Xenomorphs we know well), Colonial Marine action and yet more corporate skullduggery for about the same price as a coffee, what could go wrong?
I was surprised to find that this collection is quite good, with every story well written and paced, with interesting twists and good characters within the limitations of a short format. Asides from bug hunting there's a lot of detail behind the Alien universe, telling us more about the aliens, the USMC and the corporation in this dystopian future, and how the three interact.
If you were wondering, some of the characters of "Aliens" are revisited, giving us additional back (or forward) story for them. This could have degenerated into fanfic-level territory, but each character is dealt with sensitively and entirely in character to the original. I'm not sure if these stores are canon, but they're good enough to be be canon if they aren't. I particularly enjoyed a revisit to Burke's fate and was most entertained by "Dangerous Prey" by Scott Sigler, which in a first (afaik) presents the Alien side of the story, and provides a lot of explanation about their history, culture, society, ecology and communication from the viewpoint of one alien trying to survive against 'dangerous prey'. Fascinating stuff.
In the author summary at the end it was revealed that some of the authors ( Dan Abnett, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, James A. Moore and Yvonne Navarro ) are also responsible for other recent Aliens-universe works, some I've already purchased and have on my to-read list. Based on these stories I have high hopes that those will be just as good.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 31 May 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07D2H3KJG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,569 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)