Review by Booklist Review
After the film Aliens (1986) was a smash hit, the studio began planning a follow-up. One of the writers who turned in a draft script for the third Aliens movie was William Gibson, the SF writer credited with launching the cyberpunk genre. While his version of Aliens 3 never got made, his script did get turned into a graphic novel and an audio production, both in 2019. Now comes this full-length novel, written by cyberpunk author Cadigan. The story, as concocted by Gibson, follows on from the end of Aliens: the ship containing the survivors of that film winds up at a massive space station, and mayhem ensues, with a large cast of characters and lots of running and screaming. Some of Cadigan's choices might irk hardcore Aliens fans (such as referring to Ripley as a "crazy cat-lady"), but overall it's a solid entry in the Aliens tie-in series that expands the fictional universe in a meaningful way and offers readers a chance to reacquaint themselves with some favorite characters.
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