Prep for ‘Prometheus’ with ‘The Book of Alien’ and ‘Colonial Marines Technical Manual’

The Book of Alien
The Book of Alien © Titan Books 2012

In 1979, director Ridley Scott revolutionized the sci-fi genre with his landmark film Alien. The movie’s realistic future mixed with Swiss artist H.R. Giger’s grotesque alien design, terrified viewers. Using Scott and Giger’s work as a foundation, James Cameron created the action-packed sequel Aliens in 1986. Although Cameron’s film concentrated less on horror, he introduced equally grounded and imaginative technology to the same universe.

Sadly the franchise declined with the following sequels, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. However this weekend, Ridley Scott hopes to revitalize science fiction horror with his epic flick Prometheus, which is rumored to an Alien prequel. In preparation for my viewing of the film, I checked out two paperbacks recently re-released by Titan Books: The Book of Alien and Aliens – Colonial Marines Technical Manual.

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Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for I have also contributed pieces to In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .

2 thoughts on “Prep for ‘Prometheus’ with ‘The Book of Alien’ and ‘Colonial Marines Technical Manual’

  • June 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I want that Colonial Marine book…sounds great! 🙂

    • June 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      My friend who’s a big fan of Aliens had the original copy and when he found out it was coming back into print, he was ecstatic. His face lit up like a kid’s on Christmas morning haha.

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