Alien: The Special Effects is a 1997 behind the scenes book covering the creation of the special effects in Alien, Aliens and Alien3, written by Don Shay and Bill Norton and published as a collaboration between Titan Books and the special effects journal Cinefex. It was published on June 27, 1997.
The book is not actually original material, but rather a collected reprint of articles on Alien, Aliens and Alien3 that first appeared in issues 1, 27 and 50 of Cinefex magazine, respectively. It offers an in-depth, insider look into how the special effects in the first three films of the Alien franchise were achieved. It also includes interviews with directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron, and the original Alien designer H. R. Giger.
- As well as the articles on the first three films that are collected in this book, Cinefex would go on to feature pieces on virtually all of the subsequent Alien films, including Alien Resurrection (#73), Alien vs. Predator (#99), Prometheus (#130) and Alien: Covenant (#153). It also covered the effects work in the original Predator (#33).