Audio Review 48 // Alien 3 by William Gibson

Say what! Another Alien post you say, sure I can do that. I hope you are enjoying this run of Alien sci-fi as much as I am. I can promise you one thing...there is more coming. Hahahahaha. But back to today. We enter the new and unexplored world of Alien 3 by William Gibson. I was excited to listen to this so let us dive in.

Title: William Gibson's Alien 3 (Aliens / Predator / Prometheus)
Author: William Gibson.
Buy using my Amazon link: Hardcover / Audio
Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost 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.

Father of cyberpunk, William Gibson’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.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatization—directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. Onboard the military ship is the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone...

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.


This is why I love audible, they are breathing life into an unproduced screenplay that the fans have loved for years. This is a real top-shelf move by them and I really appreciate the effort. I am excited to see how the story should have progressed and ultimately moved into the Earth War book by Bantham Publishing.

It was not a perfect story and had its issues as Gibson attempted to limit the role of Ripley in the story, which he does rather well by putting her in a coma, but I feel the story lost some of its heart by doing this. Luckily we still have Newt, Hicks and Bishop for entertainment and boy did they bring it. We are finally introduced to a wider galaxy beyond Weyland Yutani and the marines, we discover rival companies and space-faring colonizers. We see that the Xenomorph isn't such a big secret after all and is in fact big business for the group who can weaponize it first. We also get to see how the xenomorph infects people in a purer form, think Prometheus film and you aren't far off.

Overall an amazing story experience, which only makes me feel sad that it wasn't chosen as the successor to Aliens. Was it perfect hell no! It suffered from far too many characters and locations, and we were jumping across non-stop, which made parts hard to follow. But it was ultimately a short, sweet, listen and something that a true fan will love to listen to.

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