Set during the events of all four Alien™ films, sending the Marines to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe’s most dangerous monsters, these adventures are guaranteed to send the blood racing—
One way or another. When the Colonial Marines set out after their deadliest prey, the Xenomorphs, it’s what Corporal Hicks calls a bug hunt—kill or be killed. Here are fifteen all-new stories of such “close encounters,” written by many of today’s most extraordinary authors.
CHANCE ENCOUNTER by Paul Kupperberg
REAPER by Dan Abnett
BROKEN by Rachel Caine
RECLAMATION by Yvonne Navarro
BLOWBACK by Christopher Golden
EXTERMINATORS by Matt Forbeck
NO GOOD DEED by Ray Garton
ZERO TO HERO by Weston Ochse
DARK MOTHER by David Farland
EPISODE 22 by Larry Correia
DEEP BACKGROUND by Keith R.A. DeCandido
EMPTY NEST by Brian Keene
DARKNESS FALLS by Heather Graham
HUGS TO DIE FOR by Mike Resnick and Marina J. Lostetter
DEEP BLACK by Jonathan Maberry
DISTRESSED by James A. Moore
DANGEROUS PREY by Scott Sigler
SPITE by Tim Lebbon
It is not hard to make me pick up anything to do with the Alien franchise, I loved it as a kid, I still look back upon Alien and Aliens with such nostalgia that befits any fanatical fan out there. When Milou recently upgraded her Audible account to premium, it opened up a lot of free to download books. This short story collection being among a lot of others. To say that I have gone on a bit of an audio book listening spree this month is an understatement. I have “read” more books this month than I have had time to write up reviews for them all. There has been a lot of great audio’s listened to during this heavy month that was not supposed to be as heavy as I hoped it would be work wise.
Enough about me, let’s talk about Bug Hunt. Some other Fan(atic) of Aliens where the Colonial Marines were involved decided to compile a short story collection from current authors he thought would be fit enough to fuel the Nostalgia Engine and I feel like he did a decent job. Some of the stories were great to get to see another perspective of some of the original Colonial Marines’ back stories, how close to the source material the authors worked and what was canon and non canon I can be no judge of, as I am not that far gone into the Alien Fanaticism as some others out there. I can also not give a break down of each individual story as I had my hands full with human waste while doing my morning rounds at the zoo. What I can say is that some stories were a total hit for me and some were a little off target, but that did not make this compilation a bad one. Some stories could have been left out in my opinion, but on the other hand was a nice indication to see what other authors decided on how to make the universe their own. one of the stories were even written by a well known Black Library author, who knows how to write military sci/fi. There was a story that read like an episode of some History channel that talks about the design and how the M41A Pulse Rifle came to existence. Another purely from the perspective of the Aliens’ point of view, Alien being from Face Hugger right through too the Queen’s. I had a lot of interest in listening to a little back story of how Hicks came to be on the mission to Hadley’s Hope.
I had an oke time listening to Bug Hunt. It was easy to follow and I enjoyed most of the shorts. I have to say that I was expecting a little bit more alien and marine action than reading about Yutani and Wayland shenanigans but the effects of corporate greed and the ultimate goal of getting that damned alien sample back for testing is a running gag that will never seize to bore me. I gave Bug Hunt a 3 out of 5 on GR as it is with most short story collections. For higher scores some one really needs to blow my socks out of the park.
Hope you are all well.