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Aliens: Bug Hunt

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Publisher's Summary

When the Colonial Marines set out after their deadliest prey, the Xenomorphs, it's what Corporal Hicks calls a bug hunt - kill or be killed. Here are eighteen all-new stories of such "close encounters", written by many of today's most extraordinary authors.

Set during the events of all four Alien films, sending the Marines to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe's most dangerous monsters, these adventures are guaranteed to send the blood racing - one way or another.

Full list of authors include Paul Kupperberg, Dan Abnett, Rachel Caine, Yvonne Navarro, Christopher Golden, Matt Forbeck, Ray Garton, Weston Ochse, David Farland, Larry Correia, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Briane Keene, Heather Graham, Mike Resnick, Marina J. Lostetter, Jonathan Mayberry, James A. Moore, Scott Sigler, and Tim Lebbon.

Full cast of narrators include James Anderson Foster, Eric G. Dove, R. C. Bray, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Nicol Zanzarella, James Patrick Cronin, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Andrew Eiden, Michael David Axtell, Grover Gardner, Priya Ayyar, Peter Berkrot, Emily Sutton-Smith, Hillary Huber, Keith Szarabajka, Greg Tremblay, Kevin Kenerly, and Amy Landon.

©2017 Jonathan Mayberry (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • doug thornton
  • 06-06-18

the bug hunt

great series of stories told by the various authors. a really cool outside the box way of showing you what the Colonial Marines did elsewhere in this incredible story. very cool!

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  • Adam Winslow
  • 17-06-18

worth it

great stories great narrators awesome series for anyone who likes aliens. highly recommended and worth every penny.

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  • Andrew K
  • 16-07-18

Aliens: Bug Hunt - A Fantastical Journey in Space

Aliens: Bug Hunt is an imaginative and enjoyable look at the Alien expanded universe through the eyes of the colonial marines. As a testament to the longevity of the franchise, it is an ambitious and exciting take on the legacy brought to life on screen with the original Alien film in 1979, and then again in 1986 with its sequel Aliens. These adventures are a fun take on the source material and stay true to much of the mythos set down in previous works, both on paper and on the silver screen. However, the ones I find the most engaging and well crafted are the ones which prominently feature xenomorphs, and less so their speculative counterparts. While those sections have a magnificent and well thought out premise, especially probing the bounds of what we know to exist in this particular cinematic and literary universe, they don't have nearly the same punch or draw that the originals do. This doesn't mean that the authors behind these particular adventures didn't write well, or create memorable stories, but it does mean I was less enthusiastic about listening to them or connecting with their characters as I was when xenomorphs arrived on scene to sew their unique brand of chaos and horror. Overall I do recommend this as a great listen for anyone interested in probing the boundaries of the Aliens Franchise, getting a glimpse of the action from the side of our friends in the colonial marines.

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  • Troy Gordon
  • 24-08-18

It’s ok, bit cliche, but should expect that by now.

It’s a bunch of short stories based, essentially, on Aliens. Lots of Marines, poorly thought out plans, company men, Weyland Yutani, and Xenomorphs. It wasn’t bad, but you could skip it and be no worse off. The story from the Alien perspective was a nice change, several stories were entertaining and almost all well narrated, minus the last one where the female narrator just couldn’t really get male voices right without making them sound a bit retarded. Like a swearing Lenny armed to the teeth. It’s basically pulp action, no real suspense, but again, it’s short stories so tough to build that up properly in a universe you are probably already familiar with.

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  • Demetrius L Banks
  • 10-07-18

I really enjoyed this book!

Suspenseful, engaging & sometimes plain scary. I appreciate the fact that more than just Alien Xenomorph was featured. Number 18 story was the absolute best. The narration was also very good thank you. I look forward to the next one.

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  • dylan
  • 05-06-18

the title is at least half false advertisement

this book should have been called "stories of the colonial Marines" not aliens because literally less than half of the stories actually involved the Xenomorphs and all the good narrators had the crappy stories

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-18

Uneven but mostly good

As you would expect from a collection of short stories, it's uneven. But generally I enjoyed most of them. Unfortunately it got off to an inauspicious start with "Chance Encounter", but immediately went uphill with "Broken". My 2 favorites - "Broken" and "A More Dangerous Prey" had similar themes of telling familiar stores from a different perspective. "Broken" has the added bonus of absolutely fantastic narration by (I assume?) R.C.Bray (although in truth narrating "A More Dangerous Prey" was a daunting task pulled off well). Other favorites include "Blowback", "Exterminators", "Darkness Falls" and especially "Zero to Hero". Fun listen all in all.

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  • C Christopher Taylor
  • 20-06-18

Aliens fans don't miss this!

If you like the Aliens universe, you'll probably not want to miss this collection. I didn't find a bad one in the bunch!

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  • Virago
  • 11-06-19

Xenomorphs Everywhere!

This is an excellent collection of stories based on the Colonial Marines as seen in the movie, Aliens. In each tale we were are introduced to new characters and different units of the marines. We're taken to different planets and moons and met with xenomorphs other than the ones we're familiar with. It's funny and terrifyingly realistic that no matter how dangerous humans know something to be, there is always some corporate "genius" willing to take the risk of killing everyone if it'll make them a profit. And no matter how many scientist and marines die, or how many ships and facilities are destroyed, the corporations will keep trying to find a way to profit off the xenomorphs.

I loved that we basically witness the "birth" of Bishop, as he was discernibly different from his "brothers", though they were built to be identical. In one story we learned how he came to be with Apone and his mischievous band of jarheads. The main reason I bought this audibook was because of the promise of adventures with Hicks, Hudson and crew. I wish there had been more, but I did enjoy what there was.

The theory of the mutations of the offspring of the face-huggers varying based on the host was fascinating. Getting different and sometimes more terrifying versions of xenomorphs was jarring. But the most interesting was seeing the story from the xenomorphs' point of view. It just reminded you that they were only doing what they were built to do, they were just trying to survive just like any species. I ended up feeling bad for them, which I guess was the point.

The stories were all well written and interesting. "Interesting" is such an inadequate word. *sigh* They were...engrossing. My only wish was that there had been more adventures with Hick and co. The voice actors did an excellent job bringing the characters and the worlds to life.

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  • Jennifer W.
  • 05-06-19

Excellent Addition

An amazing addition to the franchise. I loved how each short story was narrated by a different person, and how each short story was so different from the others. Highly recommend that anyone who has seen and enjoyed Aliens check this selection out.

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  • S. Morris
  • London, UK
  • 13-05-19

New Stories, New Terrors

Alien: Bug Hunt is a collection of short stories, presumably fan fiction, and chosen from hundreds that were submitted. I've not read any fan fiction before in this franchise so wasn't quite sure what to expect. Still, I thought I'd give it a shot to see how well or otherwise my understanding of the Alien universe was manifested in this collection. Perhaps one of the factors that swung me in favour of getting this was simply down to seeing R.C Bray listed as one of the narrators. That man could narrate a shopping list and make it sound slick!

I assume that all stories included here were written by amateur writers which is always nice to see. There are some skilfully written stories here worthy of the best professional authors I've read. Further, when the writer has a sound understanding of the universe for which they write and knows how to properly harness the mystery and tension associated with this universe then the result is compelling.

On the whole the quality is excellent. However, given the number of rejected submissions, there were one or two - one in particular I shall not name - that fell short in my view. The one I refer to was a commendable effort but clearly wasn't up to par in both writing style and story. To me, it stood out as poor especially with respect to some basic understanding. One of the most common things non sci-fi people get confused about is the difference between star systems and galaxies. I've heard a number of times people say things like "Oh yeah, Captain Kirk, he would visits different galaxies every episode.". Perhaps I'm being picky but if you're going to write science fiction then at least understand some fundamental aspects of the medium in which you're stories reside. The aforementioned weak story sees the protagonist now residing on a "terra farmed" (shouldn't that be 'Terra formed?') planet in the Andromeda galaxy! As I recall, the Andromeda galaxy is some 2 million light years distant from the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. I cannot say I am an expert in the workings of the Alien universe but I'd guess that the need for Hyper sleep for journeys between planets would indicate that ships in that universe do not even reach light speed let alone go FTL. So, how long would it take to go intergalactic? Hmmm ... right. If you do not fully understand such things then I really think you should not be writing stories and then that story to be included in a professionally published work. Harsh perhaps but I believe you need to be fully versed in what you're writing in first.

There were a couple of other stories with minor oddities or errors. One story would refer to a pulse rifle then a plasma rifle so didn't seem quite sure of which genre it was writing in. Wasn't plasma rifle a Terminator thing?

Another story, one of my favourites actually and wonderfully written and deeply atmospheric, mentioned Wayland Yutani by name and then for some reason reduced it to its acronym but rather than WY, it was WT in multiple cases. A narrator mis-read - after all, a Y might be mistaken for a T perhaps. A typo maybe as the letters are right next to one another on the keyboard. Can't say but it struck me as obvious how wrong that was.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book. I am just a bit anal when it comes to accuracy or at least being more diligent. I enjoyed this collection of stories. Two very clever stories stood out in their originality to me. One clever story took the form of a documentary such as you might see on the Discovery channel detailing the development of the M41A pulse rifle. This story exhibited all the technical accuracy and consistency with what we know and filled in the gaps with consistent and plausible information. The other was written from the perspective of a alien colony so was wonderfully insightful, well researched and totally consistent with insect behaviour patterns that would most likely fit the Xenomorph's behavioural patterns.

I also really enjoyed the Duane Hicks back story. Although clearly not canonical, it nonetheless was well written and the excitement seemed to get to the the narrator too in this one as he fairly shouted his way through the combat scenes! Still, a wonderfully dark and personal tale from a known character and it's so good that I can forget it's break with canon with respect to Hicks showing no sign of recognition when he faced the same Xenomorph in the Aliens movie. Still, a great read as I say.

Several other stories fired my imagination and dealt with other types of dangerous alien lifeforms. I like that originality. It's a huge universe out there so why not explore the countless other hostile species likely to exist and tell imaginative stories about those? Great stuff!

All in all, Alien: Bug Hunt is a clever, exciting and compelling collection of stories with just one or two exceptions. Well worth a read and it has made me hungry for more material in this dark and thrilling universe.

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  • Rob C
  • 01-06-18

Not for me

I was only 25 minutes in when I decided I couldn't handle it any more. I *thought* this was a full cast audio story, but it's not, it's multiple narrators. OK, I can accept with that, but what caused me to stop listening was the "he said", "he said", "he said". It just grates.

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  • john fraser
  • 31-12-18

not the best

individual stories were ok, but some had a lot of repetition of words like, he said, she said, he said and on and on... ruined the story telling at times

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  • Mr. S. Drane
  • newcastle, england
  • 25-06-18

Outstanding read/listen

loved it,this really expanded the universe for me more like this please ....more ..more ...!

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  • Graham Coe
  • Liverpool
  • 25-06-18

interesting look at the Alien's world

an interesting look into the world that the xenomorph creation resides in. This book is far more about the colonial marines and their look on the world(s) with the exception of Scott Sigler's addition which tells the story from the mindset of the alien which is a unique and excellent insight. Well worth the inclusion in any alien fan's collection.

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  • Xavier Rodrigrez
  • London, UK
  • 26-05-19

Anthology of Colonial Marine short stories

Great collection of original short stories, essentially fan fiction almost all told from the perspective of the Colonial Marines. Few stories however further add depth to the some of the now clichéd Evil Welyland Yutani / oh-man Vietnam era flavoured grunt stories.
One story however told entirely from the point of view of a Xenomorph is a true standout of hard sci fi incorporating the latest understanding of insect sociology to build a terrifingly realistic and believable narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

A thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories.

A thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories set within the Alien universe, definitely worth it for the original stories, but the stories revolving around characters from the movie Aliens are all outstanding diving into the backstories of Hicks, Bishop, Dietrich, Frost and more to flesh out one of the greatest Sci Fi movies of all time even further. Highly recommended!

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  • cleveleys
  • 07-05-19

not good

stories are too brief, no real point to them, i wouldnt recommend this book .

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  • andrew larcombe
  • 10-06-18

Adds to the Alien universe.

I'm an Alien fan, have been since a child, for me it great to listen to stories of the Colonial Marines. I feel this book added to the Alien universe, if your a fan, I recommend reading/listening.

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  • T34
  • 08-06-18

not a performance book.<br />

thought this was going to be another epic performance book but, instead each chapter is read by a different person. not for me.

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  • Sean Daly
  • 18-11-18

More than bugs

I loved the way this told more than just the stock standard xeno mission. Though those stories are great and definitely added to the expanded story, it was the wider world the writers played with which gave it the score I put. It was also great to have various narrators through out. Kept it from getting boring. Lots of fun, well worth the time. Enjoyed it more than the ‘sea of sorrows’ story.

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  • Gary
  • 01-04-19

Not for everyone

The multiple stories with different narrator's just threw me off, I found myself not really following the stories as carefully, while some of the stories were brilliant I felt I didn't give the attention needed for others.
Come into this audio book knowing this is multiple stories and a different narrator for each, some you will like some you won't and the stories are short.

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