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Blackwinter-witch

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Posted May-22-2017 8:56 PM

The Tie-In short-story to ALIEN: Manticore.

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Set on LV-223 in the year 2137 C.E., the stranded crew of a small and seriously damaged lander-class vessel must cope with diminishing supplies, a tyrannical captain and mysteries best left undisturbed.

Let me know what you think with comments and if you enjoyed it, possibly an Upvote as well. :)

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

50 Responses to ALIEN - The Silent Dark 'The Lander'

Roger55

May-22-2017 9:38 PM

Thank you B-Witch is a script? Interesting I m going to translate it and keep for myself.  

Blackwinter-witch

May-22-2017 9:43 PM

It's not a script, short-story tie-in to my main story. :)

Something of an 'experiment'.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Roger55

May-22-2017 10:00 PM

A what? translation only to my PC.

Blackwinter-witch

May-22-2017 10:04 PM

Roger55

Apologies!! BUT I also owe you my Thanks!! Let me explain..

I forgot to put my name on it!! You last post gave me the idea to have quick check...and I discovered my omission!!

So, Thank-you Roger!!

By all means, please download a copy!! That's how I set the links!! Thank-you for your interest in my works!!

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Roger55

May-22-2017 10:15 PM

Do not worry is a nice gift for everyone here and should be fixed on top threads, congratulations!

Blackwinter-witch

May-22-2017 10:26 PM

Roger55

Thank-you for saying and the sentiments!! :)

It is a gift, never thought about that until you mentioned it, but you're right!!
I wrote this in the same mindset as I have for my Main story:
I enjoy this forum, the people here, and I wanted to give the membership something with a really good 'feel' of ALIEN, something that calls back upon the feeling and tone of the original 1979 film. :)

As to it being 'Featured', we'll have to wait and see I guess, but it would be nice, I readily admit that! :D

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

joylitt

May-22-2017 10:51 PM

I am reading it. So what is Katherine, what is a Chimeran

Blackwinter-witch

May-22-2017 11:09 PM

joylitt

I left that part nebulous as it's a short-story and the more detailed explanation is found in the Main story.

Katherine is a Chimeran, and Chimerans are Biological weapons made for Military and Elite Personal Security (Bodyguards).
They are based off Optimized Human DNA but have assorted key aspects and segments of DNA from a variety of other animals and lifeforms native to Earth, as well as wholly synthesized DNA.

They were originally made in direct competitionwith Wetland Industries Synthetics as Biologicals have an enormous edge when it comes to Instinct and Intuition which are vital in combat and threat-assessment.

 

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

joylitt

May-22-2017 11:13 PM

Blackwinter-witch Interesting. So we are talking about lineages, not individually altered individuals?

Blackwinter-witch

May-22-2017 11:20 PM

joylitt

The 1st Generation turned out to be smarter, more intelligent and far more cunning than anyone thought, and launched a massive media war vs Humanity for Liberation, and fought legally in the courts.

End result, that 1st Generation of Chimerans left earth to find their own home and started having children. It's the Early Times of Chimeran Lineages, yes. :)

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

dk

May-23-2017 12:50 AM

Blackwinter-witch Thanks- I did a brief skim and is interesting and the format is perfect. My other jobs are ramping up so I don't have much time to do anything else. Thanks again!

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 12:55 AM

dk

Then Thank-You all the more for taking time to check out my works!!
Also for the compliments!!

You're quite welcome and I sincerely hope you find it properly 'ALIEN'. :)

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

IRaptus

May-23-2017 1:46 AM

Nice work! I cant wait to read it BWW!! Im sure it will be as outstanding as all your work!

 

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 1:51 AM

IRaptus

TY for saying!! For a 'short story' it got much larger than I thought it would!! :)

It's something of an experiment as I've seen many 'tie-in' novels and such for assorted works and franchises over the years, and wanted to try it, and use it to maintain a 'sense of seperation' from the main story to drive character development.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Jim Pills

May-23-2017 3:20 AM

@BWW

Lovely page turner, should really call this a Prologue as you've tied it directly into your main novel.

Most of the story reads easily with a couple of hiccups in pacing here and there but a further proofing should iron those out.

Page5 end second para, what is 'svoluchs'? Is this a misprint, colloquialism or what..

There are some words that I found within you're first few paragraphs that could do with a bit of revision (mainly as they seem like you've just got hold of a thesaurus and want to try out all the big words there... when writing fiction use the KISS principle(Keep It Simple Stupid).You undoubtedly know what 'olfactory effluvia' is but a casual reader won't necessarily know.) Only your first few paras suffer from this, so it comes across to me that your trying too hard here to impress me the reader.

The rest of your prologue doesn't suffer from this, so the first few paras make it hard for the casual reader to get into the story. I use the casual reader as my viewpoint with fiction as it allows me to read a work without much bias or prejudgement so letting the work's themes and characters 'speak' for themselves.

So my mini-critique of your work is hopefully constructive. If I was a professional editor there'd be quite a bit of red ink but as I'm not I'll happily let it slide.(It's your baby after all!)

I would've sent this as a PM but don't know how on this site, as I feel that this would've been better as a FYEO. 

 

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 3:43 AM

Jim Pills

The Main story has a prologue already, and this story ends exactly at a mid-way point in the main story which picks it up from where it leaves off. :)
So, I couldn't call it a 'prologue' as it just doesn't qualify as such hence why I call it a 'tie-in' or 'companion' story, I guess describes it best..

Svoluch is a Russian word, derogatory term for 'bastard' particularly 'honorless bastard' or 'worthless bastard'. Say it to a Russian and that's when the knives come out, very seriously.

The Thesaurus-effect...after writing, editing, re-writing...about 2 dozen times (I am NOT kidding on that number) I threw the simple lingo out the door and just focussed on getting the paragraphs done without so many usages of the word 'and' that I'd feel like hanging myself with typewriter ribbon. :D

As for the editing, my main focus was ensuring that assorted story details, time elements, and continuity to the Main story was upheld. Folks forgive bad editing quicker than continuity errors and such. ;)

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Jim Pills

May-23-2017 5:56 AM

@BWW

O.K. tie-in it is then...

Lol it's a Russian word? Wow they wouldn't do well in Australia then where calling a good friend an ugly bastard is seen as a compliment.(Amongst friends that is)

Hanging yourself by a typewriter ribbon? What a novel idea... boomtish!

Look forgive the mini-critique I gave, I know the effort that authors invest in their work, hard mental yards and trying to get most things just so. The effort you've made is welcomed and appreciated, I love a good read and the yarn you've spun looks great.

 

Tiwaz

May-23-2017 6:37 AM

Haven't read it, yet. But I will.

By your description it reminds me of the Augments from Star Trek.

KHAAAAAN!!!! XD

Eine Theorie die nicht auf Etwas solidem basiert ist für gewöhnlich nur Geschwätz.

Tiwaz

May-23-2017 12:04 PM

Reading done! :)

I'm inclined to say it's on par with Christopher Golden or Tim Lebbon.

You however don't seem to share their occasional tediousness, wich I like. :)

Lebbon and Golden can spent "eons" on descriptions without moving the story forward. As if the reader hadn't any imagination himself.

 

Eine Theorie die nicht auf Etwas solidem basiert ist für gewöhnlich nur Geschwätz.

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 2:36 PM

Jim Pills

It's all good, your critique was properly done, it was balanced and fair, you mentioned Good and Bad.
I can accept that, NP. :)

Thank-you for you compliments!!
I am glad that you like the story, as in the end, past all the editing and such, the question of most importance is:

"Did the reader/audience enjoy the story?"

True?

So long as that is the case, then mission-accomplished. :D

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 2:47 PM

Tiwaz

LOL
The Kirk 'Khan' Bellow...that will echo on throughout all of time!! :D

Augments are augments, they're Human-Improved, kinda low-end.

Chimerans aren't Human at all, they're an entirely new species that were created unintentionally. :)
Humanity wanted a Biological-Based Expendable Asset...ended up being sued for Liberation by their new 'weapon'.
That might sound like a joke, but they used the press and global social media to truly devastating effect. It was technically a 'bloodless' war, if one discounts the riots and such amongst humanity who were divided by their own views about the issue.

Yeah, there's some similarities, unavoidable, but the differences are considerably more in number and of greater significance. ;)

There's significantly marked differences in physiognomy between male Chimerans and females, much more so than in Humans, as example. Females were optimized for Spec War and covert ops and such. Males were optimized for Battlefield conditions.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 2:54 PM

Tiwaz

Thank-You very much!!! That is quite a compliment!! :D Glad you enjoyed it!!

It took me a while to find the happy-medium of too-little vs too-much description. It's a tricky balance, and I rely on editing to truly balance it out.

I try to give the reader's 'mental theatre' a good, solid amount of stock to work from, but not to the point of drowning them in details. I've read works like that, and also from ones where barely any descriptions are given, and learned from both.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

Tiwaz

May-23-2017 3:08 PM

Im well aware. They're not augments they're the Thundercats!

Just kidding as I was before. ;) 

Jokes aside I liked The Lander. Thinking bout it, first I thought that the chimeran-concept is a bit off. But considering Tyrell Corp. and Jack Bates (Aliens: Bug Hunt) it's not off at all.

 

Eine Theorie die nicht auf Etwas solidem basiert ist für gewöhnlich nur Geschwätz.

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 3:35 PM

Tiwaz

LOL :D
NP. Humor is one of the reasons I love this place!!
There IS feline DNA in them, amongst that of about a dozen other species. :D

Thank-You!! I initially had doubts about bringing them in, as they properly belong in one of my Original Realms, but then with the easter-egg linkages with Tyrell, and Weyland's androids, and real-world genetic science and the creation of wholly synthesized DNA...I figured 'why not?'.

I looked at what machines can do, and why a Biological-Based weapon is superior, then looked at how would such be marketted, and it all clicked, especially as it ties in to the overall 'Creation' theme.

I also wanted a Non-Human viewpoint, but didn't want an android in the mix.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

dk

May-23-2017 4:11 PM

Unfortunately I am only two pages in. Real world stuff is full swing now. I really like the set up of the situation and environment and reveal of Katherine- giving clues for the reader to imagine and figure out without coming right out with it. I am way behind but will catch up lol!

Blackwinter-witch

May-23-2017 4:21 PM

dk

The nice thing about books and literature is one can always read them when one has time, they'll always wait for you. :)

Glad you enjoyed what you've 'sampled' thus far!! :D

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

joylitt

May-24-2017 11:04 PM

Nice read. I enjoyed specially the first part: gritty, uncompromising, a survival story with an unforgiving depiction of human nature that I could see turned into a John Carpenter movie. I liked how the characters acknowledge their surroundings, something missing from the actual prequels. It is just an opinion, but I would keep more of the style of the first half throughout.

Blackwinter-witch

May-24-2017 11:20 PM

joylitt

 Thank-you!! That's a really serious compliment!! I love John Carpenter movies (The Thing, The Fog) !! So I really appreciate what you said!! :D

I tried to keep the tone from the first half, but I'm still a pretty 'amateur-level' writer and I unwillingly/unwittingly lost track of that style when things started progressing beyond a certain point.

I think a 'talent' or 'skill' is like a muscle, it needs time and exercise to build up bigger and stronger, and for right now, I'm a long ways from what I will be able to do in the future.

I'm just glad you enjoyed it!

I wrote it for my fellow ALIEN fans who want the Feel and Tone of ALIEN back again, and gave it my best effort with the limited window of time I had to work on it (Life has it's demands).
I hope to come back to it and do a Final Edit version, to fix what was affected by an unfortunately but unavoidably rushed effort.

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

IRaptus

May-28-2017 2:45 PM

Hi Blackwinter-witch

I'm not sure if you've already covered this, but Im curious as to how A:C has affected your Manticore stories, especially Manticore: Paradise? Did the film force many changes or tie in nicely with the direction you were heading?

 

 

Blackwinter-witch

May-28-2017 3:03 PM

IRaptus

GOOD question, and TY for asking!! :D

Frankly, I'm still pondering that myself. I'm working my way through examination of the link-up details, and there's some really rough edges there as ALIEN: Covenant doesn't really fit with what ALIEN established.

However, ALIEN: Manticore; Paradise will go ahead. The rough parts where congruity and continuity don't match-up can be resolved and smoothed out.

There's a LOT of questions on that world that need to be addressed, and if the studio won't do it, then I will. :) It does and doesn't match-up to the direction I was originally heading in, however it opens some doors for future stories delving even deeper into the dark mystery of the Engineer's presence in the universe.

I am adjusting some small elements and such in ALIEN: Manticore to allow a better 'alignment' with the follow-up story, so the completion and editing time has been unfortunately extended, as well we are in the middle of buying some local businesses, and that's a considerable demand on my time.

BUT I do get a good few hours work in on the story every day. So it will be completed and published.
The extension means there will be much more to the story I have to say, so the wait is due to the addition of substance. :)

*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*

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