By Christopher Golden
While Ellen Ripley ultimately returns to Earth, she learns that the planet LV-426--now known as Acheron--has been colonized. yet LV-426 is the place Ripley and the team of the Nostromo discovered the unique Xenomorph--the killing laptop referred to as the Alien.
Protected via the Colonial Marines, the colonists search to terraform the storm-swept planet. such citizens are Anne and Russell Jorden, looking a fortune that eluded them on the earth. On Acheron, Anne supplies delivery to the colony's first infant. Rebecca Jordan, often referred to as Newt.
The wildcatters find a great, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of specific curiosity to Weyland-Yutani, and should be the reply to their desires. yet what Anne and Russ locate on board proves to be the stuff, now not of goals, yet of nightmares.
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