Alien III – William Gibson

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Published: 30 May 2019 (Original script by Gibson arose in 1987)
Publisher: Audible
Format Read: Audible on my phone

Guys, I have been taken on a ride of some true epic, nostalgia with this Audible Original book. I have not given a synopsis as I normally do with my other reviews as I want to dive a little into the history of what could have possibly been one of the greatest movies of all time, instead of the Alien 3 we got. In order to do so, I am going to be copy and pasting some lines from GR to show what it says and then I’ll end of with my rating for this “book”.

” Father of cyberpunk William Gibsonโ€™s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third installment that might have been after being leaked online. Audible is bringing William Gibsonโ€™s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise. Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.”

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that filmโ€™s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop… 


As I might have stated in other reviews, I am a simple man, I see Alien on a cover or read the word on the spine and I am already sold. This review might come of as me seeing everything through rose tinted glasses, but that is just the experience I had with this book. I am very grateful that Milou decided to get this with her Audible credit. I have not read the original script as I did not even know such a thing existed, thank the stars for other fans of this franchise that are more clued up on this kind of stuff for bringing something like this to light. Getting the guys who played Hicks and Bishop in the Aliens movie to reprise their roles on this audio book just made the listening so much sweeter. I love the character that Henriksen portrayed and he will always go down in my books as the best synthetic ever.

The plot was gripping from the start already as we got a “what went down” report from Bishop, where he takes us on a short recap of the first two Alien movies. From there things are already taking a ride down Shit Creek. For those that know how Alien 3 starts it is pretty much the same scenario. What happens during this time is where it strays of completely from the Alien 3 we know. There is a whole background of companies and policies that is set in place, there is still Wayland Utani people wanting a live specimen for bio-weapons division. There is a different alien hybrid introduced, something that made me think that they used parts of this script in the later Alien Covenant movies (which I liked but not a whole lot). There are people trying to screw other people over all for the sake of money, power or just all out asshole-ery. All this takes place in less than three hours of audio dramatization.

Ripley makes am appearance, but she was some how shoved into the background in the original script. From what I have read up until now was either that Gibson did not like strong female characters or that the people who contacted him to write the followup to Aliens did not know if Sigourney Weaver would be on board for another Alien movie. We do get to see a better happy ending for Newt tho, which was satisfying for me. The audio drama ends on a very open ended note which did not suck at all.

I gave Alien III a full 5 out of 5 on GR and it comes highly recommended to those who are familiar with the franchise. For those that are not it is also fine as the introduction at the start gives you enough to know to enjoy the rest of the story. I thank everyone that put effort into making this a possibility and not screwing it up.

For those interested in reading any of my other Alien reviews, they can be found down below.

Alien: Sea of Sorrows- James A Moore
Alien: Cold Forge- Alex White
Alien: Out of the Shadows- Tim Lebbon
Alien: River of Pain- Christopher Golden

I hope you all are doing well
See you at the next review!



26 thoughts on “Alien III – William Gibson

  1. Whoa…this sounds really cool indeed! I did not even know this existed until I read this post, so Iโ€™m happy that you have written this post. Itโ€™s truly great they got to have both Michael and Lance reprising their roles! Great post, going to try and see if I can track this one down somewhere!
    And on a side note yep I just saw the same thing Eisenhorn being made into a TV series. So cool!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Yeah true, it could go either way. Still though, letโ€™s keep our fingers crossed. Iโ€™m still hoping for a Horus Heresy series (Game of Thrones style….๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚).

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      1. I have never ever heard of that! I went and looked it up and I have heard of the author but have read nothing by him. I see that the novels are on Project Gutenberg and so I will add the one ye recommended to me list. I will let ye know me thoughts when I read it. Arrrr!
        x The Captain

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  2. I’d heard of this mythological script, but hearing that it’s now put there and accessible – and your review saying that it’s worth the time means I’ll have to go seek it out now. Thanks!

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  3. This is cool. I read the movie novelization for Alien 3 years ago and it was so blase that I never bothered with watching the movie.

    Knowing there was an alternate script makes a lot of sense. I’m also glad that they did an audio version using Henriksen. I like him as an actor.

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  4. It’s nice to hear how much you enjoyed the audiobook, sir! I definitely appreciate that they contacted the actors to reprise their roles. It’s a nice dose of nostalgia right there. I’d be curious to see what you’d think of the comic though. I’ll definitely make a mental note for the audiobook if I ever find enough time in my schedule to sneak in one of those. Oh and I also heard that Sigourney Weaver would only play her role again if she liked the script enough or something hahah Great review, sir!

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