Dallas Finds Urns on LV-246
While looking for something to tie in the characters, events, vehicles from Alien, I found the below interesting passages in the original Alien novelization that have ties to Prometheus and Alien: Covenant (see below).
“Dallas’s light fell unexpectedly on a shape that was not part of wall or floor. Moving closer, he used the light to trace its outlines. It appeared to be a smallish urn or vase, tan in color, glossy in aspect. Moving closer, he tilted his head over the jagged, broken top, shone the light inside. Empty.
Disappointed, he walked away, wondering that something seemingly so fragile had remained relatively undisturbed while other more durable substances had apparently withered and cracked.”
Alien novelization (1979), page 75.
Distress Call from the Derelict Engineer Spacecraft
“All seemed quiet and dead, though Dallas had the impression of patient power functioning smoothly somewhere behind those strangely contoured panels. And evidence of mechanical life was provided by the sight of a single metal bar moving steadily back and forth on its grooved track, though it made, according to the suit sensors, not a sound.
‘Looks like it’s still functioning. Wonder how long its been running like this’ Kane examined the device….They turned to Lambert…’It’s the transmitter. Automatic distress call, just like we imagined it might be. It looks clean enough to be brand new, though it’s likely been putting out that signal for years.’ She shrugged. ‘Maybe decades. Or longer.’”
Alien novelization (1979), page 76.
Kane’s Descent to Below Ground Level
“Out of breath again he paused in his descent to run a check of his suit instrumentation. ‘Interesting,’ he said into his pickup. ‘I’m below ground level’.”
Alien novelization (1979), page 80.
Ingeniero - One of my first topics was about the differences found in the Alien novelization. I highlighted/claimed that there is an empty urn in the pilot room which is not an egg. A black goo vase? :)
My topic didn't become popular, plus S.M started to attack me saying that the novelization is not canon.
I'm glad you brought it up.
One more thing, there is no Space Jockey in the novelization.
I'm sorry I missed your earlier topic on the Alien novelization Ati...I might have to review the comments. I was actually looking at your facehugger topic earlier for research because I knew you would have the notes translated from unreadable text and the associated images. Still good stuff.
S.M pointed out to me how close Planet 4 may be when its proximity was near the 1st recharge a while back tending towards the Covenant mission leaving Earth's orbit in early 2104. I agree with that and I missed the fact the 1st pass through the Alan Dean Foster novelization. Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Alien has to be canon.
The Space Jockey was exactly what I was looking for when reading for clues in the Alien novelization. I made it to where Dallas and Lambert made a platform to drag Kane with the disassembled tripod. They used this same tripod to drag him by cable across the egg chamber and up the tunnel he was lowered in.
I went back twice looking for the Space Jockey description. Nada. There are obvious differences in between Alien the film and Alien novelization...both considered canon. We are teasing out the parts of this that are not air tight.
Ingeniero - That scene reveals several differences:
Novel: no pilot - no pilot room - no Space jockey
Movie: no machine - no empty urn/vase/egg next to the SJ
Thanks for posting these, and bolding the part about the distress signal beacon looking brand new. Like they just assumed that the signal was old since the ship looked old. Leads me to believe, if canon, that someone (David) could have planted the eggs on the ship with the distress signal beacon thing. But that wouldn't explain how the space jockey had his chest burst open unless he was involved with the eggs prior to his death.
Thats what blew me away when i first saw alien back in 1979, i read the novel first and when i saw the SJ up on the big screen it blew my 14 year old mind! Regarding the novel not being canon, it is canon, the novel has 20th Cent.Fox brandmark on the top of the cover so it was written by foster under sanction by fox as a film/tie-in.
You are most welcome drucea.
Dallas brushes off (figuratively) the clean looking "portable" transmitter as dust free due to the electrostatic nature of the machine.
I agree airshaft_surprise. Foster, Fox, and Scott seemed to be on the same page for the whole of the novel short the Space Jockey reveal in the text.
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