Alien Resurrection is a 1997 novelization of the film of the same name, written by A. C. Crispin and published by Warner Aspect.

As well as standard print editions, the novel was released in audiobook format in 2015, read by actor William Hope and published by Audible Studios.

Publisher's Summary

At the farthest reaches of the solar system, aboard orbiting space station Auriga, the unthinkable has happened.

Ripley awakes. Her last memory is of her fiery death on the prison colony Fiorina 361. And yet she is alive.

Her questions grow as she notices her body stronger and fiercer than she ever remembers. And she confronts the most terrifying threat of all-that she's not alone in her salvation from death's grasp.

The screaming never stops...

Differences from the Film

As with the earlier novelizations in the series, Alien Resurrection follows the plot of the extended Special Edition of the film, and includes the alternate opening[1] and many of the extra lines of dialogue, several of which refer to events from Aliens and Alien3.

  • Some portions of the novel are written from the perspectives of Ripley 8, the Cloned Queen and the Lead Alien (referred to in the novel simply as "the Warrior"), providing inner monologues detailing their thoughts and points of view. These sections make it clear both Ripley 8 and the Cloned Xenomorphs share Ellen Ripley's memories.
  • The person who kills the insect in the command module during the opening sequence is Distephano, as opposed to an unnamed character in the Special Edition of the film.[1]
  • The Ripley clone is not quite as perfect as in the film; she has Xenomorph dorsal tubes on her back, although these are removed by Dr. Wren before she gains consciousness.[2]
  • The surgery to remove the Chestburster from Ripley 8 is done with remotely operated robotic armatures, not by hand as in the movie.[3] This was originally planned for the film, but dropped due to budget constraints. The Chestburster is connected to Ripley 8 by six umbilical chords, not just one.[4]
  • In the early stages of her development after being released from her incubator tank, Ripley 8 sheds her skin at least once, like a Xenomorph.[5]
  • While she is in captivity, a mosquito bites Ripley 8 but is killed by her acidic blood.[6]
  • The picture memory recall test Ripley 8 undertakes is conducted by a Dr. Matt Kinloch, not Dr. Williamson as in the film.[7] During the test, Ripley 8 is shown a picture of a cat that reminds her of Jones.
  • Distephano is in the command module again when the Betty arrives, and is the person who talks to Elgyn over the radio while on approach.[8]
  • We find out that the crew of the Betty were mercenaries before Vriess was paralyzed on a planet called Kawlang.[9]
  • Gediman recalls the events of Alien and Aliens when talking to Ripley 8 in the mess hall, and explains that exhaustive attempts were made to locate the Xenomorph homeworld after her death on Fiorina 161, but with no success.[10] He also mentions LV-426 is now uninhabitable after the explosion seen in Aliens (even though the novelization of that film made it clear the detonation of an Atmosphere Processing Plant creates no fallout).[11] The video game Aliens: Colonial Marines also establishes that LV-426 is still habitable following the explosion.
  • When Wren and the soldiers catch Call leaving Ripley 8's cell they electrocute her with their Shockrifles, knocking her unconscious. In the film they merely restrain her.[12]
  • The man who is killed with the freeze jets in the Xenomorph holding cell is revealed to be Dr. Brian Clauss, one of the scientists on Wren's team. Before he enters the cell, he discovers several soldiers lying unconscious on the floor in the area, apparently stung and paralyzed by the Xenomorphs in the same way as Gorman and Burke in the novelization of Aliens.[13]
  • In the book, no lifeboats escape the Auriga.[14] In the film, at least one escape pod gets away safely with several soldiers and Dr. Williamson aboard.
  • Whereas Johner in the film seems almost unfazed by the Xenomorph outbreak, in the novel he is terrified of the creatures, often shaking uncontrollably with fear.[15] However, he still displays much of the bravado he does in the movie.
  • It is explained that the Cloned Xenomorphs are able to breed and grow faster than regular Xenomorphs owing to the unintentional genetic crossing that occurred during their creation.[16] When asked how many remain, Wren tells the survivors that his team originally bred twenty Xenomorphs, whereas in the film he suggests there are only twelve left (which is something he could not possibly know with any certainty at that point).[17]
  • Before finding Purvis, the survivors discover one of the labs has been turned into a small Hive and the bodies of several of the scientists, including Dr. Sprague and Dr. Williamson, are cocooned there, having been killed by Chestbursters.[18] In the film, they find only the bodies of the civilians they had brought aboard.
  • Several Xenomorph Drones are also present in the Queen's chamber, swimming in a large pool of human blood and internal organs that the Queen is suspended in.[19]
  • It is explained that the Queen does not want to give live birth, but rather it is a pure mutation of the cloning process.[20] As she howls during the process, Ripley 8 screams with her, sharing her pain through a psychic link.
  • It is explained that the Newborn is merely an infant, and will double or even triple in size within as little as a day.[21] It is a far more agile creature, able to climb along walls like other Xenomorphs. It also possesses a tail.[22] Instead of simply swiping off the front of the Queen's head, the Newborn decapitates her completely, before tearing apart and partially eating her entire body,[23] the latter of which also happens in the comic adaptation of the film.
  • A Chestburster erupts from Dr. Gediman's corpse shortly after he is killed by the Newborn.[24]
  • Ripley 8 also shares a psychic link with the Newborn and very nearly chooses to side with it, before memories of her daughter and Newt cause her to shake off her Xenomorph impulses once and for all and escape.[25] As she flees, she nervously hums "You Are My Lucky Star" (the song Ripley sings before blowing the Alien out of the airlock in Alien).
  • In the novel, two-thirds of Earth is encased in a giant orbiting space station that forms a partial shell around the planet. Earth itself is said to be largely uninhabited.[26] Instead of Africa, the Auriga crashes into the Australian outback.
  • Once aboard the Betty, Distephano considers joining the ship's crew permanently.[27]
  • The Newborn eats Distephano's brain, like Gediman, instead of tearing his head apart as in the film. After doing so, it looks at Call and laughs.[28]
  • Just before it is killed, the Newborn's soft human-like tongue turns into a Xenomorph inner jaw as Ripley 8 watches.[29] As with the Queen, Ripley 8 screams in pain along with the Newborn as it sucked out into space, sharing its agony through their mental connection, to the point where she begins bleeding from her ears.[30]
  • Despite largely following the extended Special Edition, the novel ends as the theatrical version of the movie, with the Betty still in orbit above the Earth and Ripley 8 and Call looking down at the surface from a window in the ship's hull.[31]


Alien Resurrection audiobook

Alien Resurrection audiobook.

In 2015, Audible Studios produced an unabridged audiobook of A. C. Crispin's novelization, read by actor William Hope (who played Lieutenant Gorman in Aliens). The audiobook runs for 9 hours and 54 minutes and was released on December 10, 2015, alongside similar audiobooks of Alien, Aliens (also read by Hope) and Alien3.


  • Alien Resurrection is the only film novelization from the Alien series not to be written by Alan Dean Foster. Foster was initially asked to write the book, but the author turned it down after his negative experience with the novelization of Alien3, which (much like the film it was based on) suffered from studio interference.[32]


See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 3 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  2. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 30 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  3. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 16 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  4. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 18 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  5. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 26 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  6. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 27 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  7. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 36 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  8. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 52 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  9. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 88 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  10. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 89 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  11. Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 228 (1986), Warner Books.
  12. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 101 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  13. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 117 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  14. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 125 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  15. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 135 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  16. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 143 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  17. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 139 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  18. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 148 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  19. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 211 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 216 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  21. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 119 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  22. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 258 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  23. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 220 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  24. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 228 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  25. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 232 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  26. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 234 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  27. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 250 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  28. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 256 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  29. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 264 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  30. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 270 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  31. A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 276 (1997), Warner Aspect.
  32. Alan Dean Foster. "Planet Error", Empire Magazine, April 2008, Pg 100