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Celebrate Alien Day With Radio Drama That Takes Place Between First Two Films

by Joe Buchholz on Apr 25, 2016 at 06:05 AM

Audible has announced that Tim Lebbon’s novel Alien: Out of the Shadows will be adapted into a multicast dramatization complete with extensive sound design. The unabridged audiobook will release on April 26, also known as Alien Day, named in honor of planet LV-426 where Ripley clashed with a colony of xenomorphs.

Alien: Out of the Shadows bridges the story between Ridley Scott’s Alien and Aliens, and is the first in a trilogy of canonical books. The audiobook adaptation will feature performances by Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins), Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum, Kingsman), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series), and a full supporting cast. The actors will be accompanied by rich sound design cues, including hoarse conversations over radio static and xenomorphs skittering in overhead vents.  

The story follows a group of miners on the arid planet LV178, which houses a resource called trimonite in seemingly uninhabitable caves. After a shuttle collides with their ship leaving them stranded, the miners quickly discover that the caverns host a nest of vicious Xenomorphs. The only hope for salvation lies in the sole surviving member of the salvage ship Nostromo, Ellen Ripley.

You can listen to a sample to see if this is something you're interested in. In order to listen to the entire Alien: Out of the Shadows drama, you’ll need to subscribe to Audible’s monthly subscription audiobook service and grab the book here.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Alien Day, Zen Studios will be releasing pinball tables themed after Alien’s classic sci-fi universe on April 26. For more information about the upcoming film Alien: Covenant, click here.