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Alien III is not Alien 3. Alien III is an audiobook from Audible based on the unused script for Alien III written by William Gibson.
Yes, father of cyberpunk William Gibson. Alien III was written back in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, and while it wasn’t used, it did leak online and has become something of a fan favourite.
The book begins as the Sulaco is on its return journey from LV-426 with its cryogenically frozen crew. That’s Ripley, the character played by Sigourney Weaver in the films, Newt, Corporal Hicks, played by Michael Biehn in Aliens and the android Bishop, played by Lance Henriksen.
Amazingly, what Audible has been able to do is get Michael Biehn, and Lance Henriksen back do voice the roles again. They join Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow and Keith Wickham as voice actors.
The audiobook is 2 hours and 16 minutes long.
I’m not the only person who thinks picking up a script that (unfortunately) didn’t make it to filming and using it for an audiobook is a good idea. Alien III, after being out only from the start of the month, is currently in the fourth position in the list of 36, 690 (and counting) books from Audible Studios.
Reaching the 4th position in Audible Studios list in a mighty achievement. Audible’s production company is so vast and produces so many audiobooks it is likely to be the biggest employer of actors in New York City.
The Audible Studio charts
Who is ahead of Alien III in the charts for Audible Studios?
- H. G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection – narrated by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant, Alexander Vlahos and introduced by Eli Roth.
- Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection – narrated by Stephen Fry.
- Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse – By David Mitchell and narrated by David Mitchell.
Collections clearly sell well. The Sherlock Holmes collection is an especially wise choice as it lasts 71 hours and 57 minutes. That’ll cost you £69.99 or 1 credit. Yeah, it’s worth saving the money and spending the credit. I discuss Audible spending strategies over at the 3 books that broke my Audible algorithm.
The H.G. Wells collection lasts 27 hours and 15 minutes, it’ll cost you £43.74 or one credit, and even David Mitchell’s book lasts 9 hours and 10 minutes (also one credit). In contrast, Alien III is only 2 hours 16 minutes, which makes it long for a sci-fi movie but not such a tactical choice for your one credit. It’ll cost you £11.37.
Preview Alien III
You can download Alien III from Audible.