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Book Review: The Book Of Alien
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The Book of Alien
Written By: Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross
Published by: Titan Books
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Paperback

The Book of Alien by Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross was originally published by Heavy Metal Books in 1979. Ridley Scott’s return to science-fiction with Prometheus has sparked a renewed interest in the Alien mythos once again, so Titan Books has reprinted this 112-page art book, which features conceptual designs and illustrations that would come to define Ridley Scott‘s Alien as a science-fiction masterpiece.

The book features minimal information about the genesis of Dan O’Bannon’s script and the film’s production. Instead, The Book of Alien is an art book that focuses strictly on the visual aspects of Alien, filled with countless illustrations and photographs from the film’s production.

Artists Ron Cobb created hundreds of preliminary sketches of the interiors and exteriors of the Nostromo ship, which went through many design concepts, as well as the escape shuttle, Narcissus. Joining Cobb on the more human aspects of the film was artist Chris Foss, known for his covers of science-fiction novels and spaceship illustrations.

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‘Prometheus’ Soundtrack Reveals Plot Details
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In Space No One Can Hear You Scream…
But they can listen to it on iTunes.

If you’ve consumed every theatrical trailer, television spot, featurette, and every bit of viral marketing for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller Prometheus and you’re still chest-bursting with anticipation for more – then this one’s for you. If you’re actively ignoring Prometheus promotional materials in an effort to avoid spoilers and plot details, turn back now…

The Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available for purchase on MP3 (the CD will be out on June 12) and it’s filled with potential spoilers. Since working as music supervisor on Scott’s 2005 film Kingdom Of Heaven, Marc Streitenfeld has scored all of his subsequent films including A Good Year, Body Of Lies, Robin Hood, American Gangster, and now Prometheus.

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