Alien – Out of the Shadows

October 12th, 1999 • Posted in Library, Novels |

Publisher Titan Books

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The official new novel set between the events of Alien and Aliens.


As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters.  But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation.  Then on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that ther was more than timonite deep in the caverns.  There was evil, hibernating – and waiting for suitable prey.

Hoop and his associates uncover a next of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on new meaning.  Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviours…

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.


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13 comments on “Alien – Out of the Shadows”

  1. Brad Lauzon says:

    Hello sir – I am partway through listening to your interview on AVP Galaxy and have already been to Amazon to pre-order your new novel.

    I LOVE the Alien universe and own and have read all of the original novels at least twice each, so you can only imagine my excitement when I found out there would be a new series of books set in this largely untapped, mysterious and wonderful universe.

    From what I have read I CANNOT wait to get a copy of the book and begin devouring it like a hungry Xenomorph!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing your book and I look forward to more in the future.

    Kind regards

    Brad Lauzon

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Brad, hope you enjoy the new novels.

  3. Leon says:

    Fantastic and look forward to reading. I have up till now all of the Alien novels and have been waiting a while for a new one. Thanks again.

  4. Frank says:

    So who did the cover art?

  5. Bender says:

    Hello, Mr.Lebbon,

    I read Out of the Shadows a few months ago and enjoyed it very much. I even wrote a (positive) review (in German) for my blog. Being a giant fan of the Alien and Predator franchises, I was very delighted to hear that you are working on a novel series based on both franchises. Any news on when Predator:Incursion might hit the shelves and if you have/had to “adjust” things (in terms of canon) in your book, now that Neill Blomkamp is making a new Alien-movie?
    Best regards.


  6. Luke arons says:

    Stunning book. Fully immersive and in keeping with the undertone of the original alien saga. A fitting infill to a lost time between the first 2 films which is totally believable. Also sets up another fork into the vast universe for another character with the ending. Totally enjoyable read written from someone who, like myself, is a true aliens fan. Look forward to reading the next 2 parts.

  7. Steve says:

    Hi, I’m fairly new to your books Tim – great stuff. I have finished the out of the shadows audio book (I think this suits my style rather than reading per se) and I really liked the various character actors used in this audio book. I’m slightly confused with the various series’ you’ve written – is there a book 2 in this series yet? Thanks

  8. Tim Lebbon says:

    Steve, Out of the Shadows was one of a trilogy, loosely linked (book 2 was Sea of Sorrows by James A Moore, book 3 River of Pain by Christopher Golden).

    I also wrote an Alien/Predator trilogy called The Rage War.

  9. Aaron Zook says:

    Tim – keep up the good work, I really enjoyed Out of the Shadows and am now working on Rage War. You have a new crop of fans in my circle of friends obsessed with Aliens/Predator.

  10. Robert Shmigelsky says:

    I really enjoyed this book. The new male main character was immediately likeable, and I thought it was a story that was actually worth being told.

    As well, I did try the Rage Trilogy, but for my tastes, the villains were too over the top.

    Having tried his hand at both an Alien and Predator book, I would definitely be interested if the author decided to write an Engineer novel, though in my humble opinion he should ignore the events of Prometheus. In my view the Space Jockey could only have been an elephant. Yes, trunks don’t have bones to fossilize, but the mask still could (going by Prometheus).

  11. John Nicholson says:

    Hi Tim,

    I’m working on an Alien related chronology project to tie together the Alien lore post 2013 reboot which I know you have played a huge part in with your novels. I was wondering if Chris ‘Hoop’ Hooper was given a specific age when you were writing the character? There are many references to previous events and his childhood in OOTS but it’s never said how old he is.

    Many thanks and I hope we get more Alien related content from you in the future.

  12. Tim Lebbon says:

    Hi John … Hoop was my character, I think I had an idea he was around early forties when I was writing him. Hope that helps.

  13. Aleksandra says:

    Have just read- I love it. Many thanks.
    Greetings from Poland 🙂

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