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Here’s the Plot for Prequel Novel ‘Alien: Covenant – Origins’

So what happened before the events of Alien: Covenant?

In addition to writing the novelization for Alien: Covenant, available now, author Alan Dean Foster (who also penned the original Alien movie novelizations) will soon be unleashing a brand new story that’s part of the official canon. We recently learned that the events of the novel are set between the events of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, but don’t expect to learn more about what happened with David and Elizabeth Shaw.

We now have the official plot synopsis for Alien: Covenant – Origins, and it’s a direct prequel to this year’s film rather than any kind of sequel to Prometheus.

In the new book…

As the colony ship Covenant prepares for launch, and the final members of the crew are chosen, a series of violent events reveal a conspiracy to sabotage the launch. Yet the perpetrators remain hidden behind a veil of secrecy. The threat reaches all the way up to Hideo Yutani—the head of the newly merged Weyland-Yutani Corporation—when his daughter is kidnapped. Is the conspiracy the product of corporate espionage, or is it something even more sinister?

While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife Daniels prepare the ship, Security chief Dan Lopé signs a key member of his team, and together they seek to stop the technologically advanced saboteurs before anyone else is killed, and the ship itself is destroyed in orbit.

Titan Book is releasing Alien: Covenant – Origins on September 26th.



  • Brando

    Do you consider novelizations canon (even if some of the content is different)? Or these satellite novels?

    • Darkknight2149

      This isn’t the novelisation. It’s a prequel novel from the same writer. I would imagine the novels connected to the films (prequel novels, novelisations, movie tie-ins, ETC) are a lower level of canon, since they are rarely acknowledged by the films themselves. Novels set in the Alien expanded universe (such as “Earth Hive” or “Nightmare Asylum”) are not canon. Neither are comic books, the “AVP” films, and most video games.

      Really, the only things we know that are 100% canon are the films “Alien” (1979), “Aliens” (1986), “Prometheus”, and “Alien: Covenant”, because those are the films that Ridley Scott is following. Fox hasn’t been very vocal when it comes to what is or isn’t canon in terms of the “Alien” universe.

      • Brando

        Gotcha. I just meant in general. My rule of thumb for canon is the films, just that.

  • Francesco Falciani

    that sucks i wanted to know about elisabeth

    • Darkknight2149

      Same. I either wanted a story bridging the gap between “Prometheus” and “Covenant”, or a novel simply answering some of the questions from the films. This novel (poorly titled “Origins”) seems like a pointless tale set on Earth, about the company and origins of the mission… Which is not what people want to know about.

      • Derrick

        It’s not poorly titled, since it seems to be about the origins of the Covenant launch.

      • Francesco Falciani sems that fox lost his mind…what the fuck is this novel??? nobody cares about what happenend before to covenant…people just want to know more about the events after promentheus

  • Judge Satchmo

    I think it sounds the perfect novelization. It tells you all about the things you don’t care about, and scant little about what you do. Oh and whatever aliens there might be in it feel like superfluous fan service. Just like the movie!

    Sigh, don’t listen to me, I’m bitter and old. I just really wanted to like the movie.

    If you’ll excuse me, there’s some kids on my lawn I have to yell at.

  • Darkknight2149

    So there are no Proto-Xenomorphs or answers to lingering questions? It sounds like the novel takes place completely on Earth. I didn’t expect the novel to answer much, but what’s the point of there being a prequel novel if it’s just… This?

  • Anthony DeRouen

    So there’s nothing in this novel worth reading since it won’t delve into the BIGGEST question at the end of Prometheus involving Shaw and David. Whel, that saved me some time and about 8 bucks.

  • Dean Eddie

    the worst part David didn’t invent the alien

  • Sky Commander

    Wow that sounds… an absolute waste of paper that brings nothing worth knowing to the franchise. It’s like reading a prequel to Jurassic Park and it take place entirely in the company that manufactures electric fences and they’re worried they won’t get the order shipped in time.

    • Härra Pärnits

      Oh, so you also read the novel?

      • J Jett

        he doesn’t have to have read the book to make a judgement of the book’s synopsis posted above. it sounds atrocious and like it has little to nothing to do with any ALIEN/PROMETHEUS film.

  • eddy ngaue

    Yea, can we just reboot from Prometheus because Covenant and this sad addition isn’t very appealing.

  • Karen Batista Vianna

    It seems that the people who complain when the film tries to explain its backstory and mythology are the same who complain about the lack of explanation regarding the most irrational and annoying character’s fate (really, I will never understand why people like Shaw). And the ones who complain about spoilers are seemingly the same ones who complain about a book synopsis that doesn’t spoil the story (honestly, are you really so naïve to think that the description above sums up everything contained in a whole novel?). Go figure.

    Also, it seems like these people are completely ignorant about the fact that at least most of the plot points which weren’t explained in the first and the second movies should make sense in the future, or in the novels. I really can’t understand why there’s so much hurry to have answers for every. single. question. in the same damn film when the story is supposed to be a trilogy…

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      the lack of continuity between Prometheus and Covenant was a huge flaw of Covenant, among other things, Ridley should have never listened to the complaints of people who do not even understood Prometheus in the first place

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    sounds bad and totally unrelated to the Alien universe

  • J Jett

    this book/synopsis sound god awful. it sounds like it has nothing to do with any ALIEN film other than the Weyland (the most boring/uninteresting aspect of the ALIEN universe) gig.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    I suppose there not much point in me continuing to complain about covenant or prometheus or hollywood, but as soon as I read that synopsis about a week ago it immediately sounded like so much derivative fan-fiction/hollywood hack drivel.

    It realy just sounds like a pitch someone would make trying to run down a bullet list of buzz words in front of a boardroom of 20 bean counting executive producers.

    ADF seems like he’s probably a nice enough guy, but he’s never been a good writer.
    I’ve owned a few of his books becasue he had a corner on the market for sci-fi novelizations during that star wars golden age (also having ghost written the Star Wars novel for George Lucas).

    But the best thing he ever did was that Thing novelization. Which WAS actually a fun read but maybe mostly for being based on an earlier script draft with scenes that didn’t make it into the film.
    Bringing ADF back to write some covenant crap just smacks of the same cynical nostalgia exploitation like when jar jar abrams brought back Kasdan to throw together a hack job ripoff of star wars.

  • DAVE

    That sounds boring as Hell, I thought it was going to be about the events David and Shaw experienced leading up to covenant

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