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Alright, the moment has finally come! For all my fellow ALIEN fans, here is an awesome collector's artifact that I happen to own.

This is the unofficial novelization of ALIEN and ALIENS (or, more accurately, 'Volume I'), written and published in 1993 by a Russian author, Gleb Kireyev (under the pen name 'Alex Revenge'). Here is the annotation:

'We present you - for the first time ever in Russian - a series of novelizations of the sci-fi super bestseller franchise, ALIEN. Those who have seen the original ALIEN and ALIENS movies are already familiar with what is Volume I about.
However, Volume II of our book series contains the third and FOURTH installments of this space epic. Awaiting for you are the return of your favorite characters, edgy plotline, brutal action scenes and a lot of twists...
Warning: this book is not for the squeamish.'


Sadly, I don't have Volume II, but just think about it: the 'novelization' of the fourth movie is published in 1993, but the actual fourth movie comes out in 1997. :P So yeah, half of the annotation is a complete lie:
- it actually exists ONLY in Russian;
- this is actually not a direct novelization as is, but more like a retelling + fan fiction - more on the below;

Also, it is based on the theatrical versions of both movies, so some of the additional scenes are completely omitted. HOWEVER, there is a lot of interesting differences, too! Here are some:

- some characters have been renamed. Dwayne Hicks is now Edward Higs, Carter Burke is now Carter Burt, Kane's first name is Aegis, Vasques is now Vesqui (?), and so on;
- some of the characters bios were either altered or actually created from scratch - for example, it is revealed that Hicks/Higs and Hudson were friends since the Colonial Marines academy, and knowing how obnoxious Hudson is, Hicks/Higs swore to always protect him;
- several chapters are written from first-person perspective, and not only Ripley's! There are a couple of chapters actually written from the Aliens' point of view!
- also, in this versions, the Aliens are capable of telepathy and are described differently than in the movies;
- the romantic plotlines are not as subtle as in the movies: the book directly ships Ripley and Dallas, Drake and Vasquez, and Ripley and Hicks;
- some of the dialogue is rewritten, some lines are shifted between characters, some jokes are written from scratch;
- there's a couple chapters describing Ripley's dream sequences;
- the author even managed to insert some memorable lines of his own - for example, both books end with '...the Earth was waiting for them';
- and much much more!

It's like a fan edit that expands the movies' universe and sort of turns into Mr Kireyev's own franchise. It's actually very well written, and because of the differences above, extremely interesting to read. It's really evident that the author not only liked, but also understood the movies - even though ALIEN is not treated as a rape metaphor, and ALIENS is not treated as a Vietnam metaphor, the author instead concentrated on the feelings of fear, paranoia and psychosis, as well as on the characters' inner monologue.

Now, onto the collage below. Here are all the illustration scans from the book:
- Top row, L-R: cover art | title pictures for the books ('Book I: Sole Survivor' and 'Book II: The Planet Of Misery');
- Mid row, L-R: back bookend - I think it's Hudson, Apone and Hicks | front bookend - Dallas, Kane, Lambert;
- Bottom row, L-R: Dallas, Kane and Lambert again | Marines entering the colony | Dallas (yep, and an Alien with squid tentacles behind him);

Maybe I'll translate all those unofficial books to English some day. Maybe some day...

NOT DRAWN BY ME!!! Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original artist's name in the book.

Alien, Aliens (c) 20th Century Fox
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bushsbunny Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoW!!!! I mean, WOW!!! It would be beyond perfection if you could do scans page by page!!! I love this! Where there's a will there's a way! I'm a big Ripley/Hicks shipper, so there's nothing I wouldn't do to see more of this!!! I think I've fainted. OMG! I can't contain my excitement! Worship Boogie! 
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nikoskap Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
That's cool!
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Meljona Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ну, ничего себе!!! Это офигенно!:D (Big Grin) 
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EinhanderZwei Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Хаха, спасибо! :D Ещё бы второй том где-нибудь раздобыть... но у нас точек с, скажем так, бэушными книгами хватает, так что это просто вопрос времени. :giggle:

Кстати, именно из этого фолианта я впервые узнал слово "грёбаный", и именно отсюда я взял коронную фразу "У них там свой клуб". :D А ещё я как-то читал эту книжку своей племяннице на ночь - она сама просила. :meow: "Серёжа, а почитай, как Рипли сжигала коконы!" :giggle:
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Meljona Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Я бы тоже просила, еще ведь и с такими картинками))))))));) (Wink) :D (Big Grin) 
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EinhanderZwei Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Хехехе, Серёжа знает, какие сказки нужно читать на ночь. :meow:
Ну или...
Этому парню ты можешь позволить почитать тебе на ночь. :meow:

:giggle::D
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LAN0RA Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   General Artist
woah... that's pretty cool.... :omg: i'm so jealous...
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EinhanderZwei Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thank you dear! :meow: For a (let's be honest) bootleg product, this one has a surprising lot of interesting content and REALLY competent artworks :la:
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