Cornell was the Security Officer aboard the deep space mining vessel DSMO Marion. He was serving on the ship above LV-178 in 2159 when the miners on the planet below stumbled upon a large number of Xenomorphs deep underground in the mines. The incident eventually led to the destruction of the Marion and the loss of all but one of its crew.
Cornell was killed when the shuttle Delilah hit the Marion, its crew having been slaughtered by the Aliens.
When the Samson and Delilah took off from LV-178 with Xenomorphs aboard, Captain Jordan went to the docking bays to ensure they were secure against the incoming threat, taking Cornell with her. When the Delilah subsequently ploughed into the Marion, both Jordan and Cornell were killed in the collision, their bodies expelled into space by the resulting explosive decompression.
Personality and Traits
Cornell was a drunk, a fact that many of the Marion's crew resented. He was disliked in particular by Hoop, who made no secret of his contempt for the ship's Security Officer.
- Cornell's role in the book — a trained, armed guard who may have proven useful when confronting the Xenomorphs, but who is killed at the very beginning of the incident before he can be of assistance — bears similarities to E. R. Fazio, a Security Officer cut from Alien during its development. This similarity is likely coincidental.