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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Ripley gets her recent memories wiped near the end of ''Shadows'', as she has been suffering from BadDreams about her daughter and doesn't want to remember any of her experiences on LV-178.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Ripley gets her recent memories wiped near the end of ''Shadows'', as she has been suffering from BadDreams nightmares about her daughter and doesn't want to remember any of her experiences on LV-178.


* BadDreams: Decker suffers from these at the beginning of ''Sorrows''.

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* RealityEnsues: Owing to Ripley's pervasive habit of [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure very thoroughly dealing with]] the Aliens, the Company has little to no actual information on them, their capabilities, or the hazards of dealing with them. Resulting in many attempts to learn more about them going horribly awry because they don't know enough to take appropriate precautions.

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* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: Ash in ''Out of the Shadows'' has been keeping Ripley in stasis and her shuttle away from any rescue for 37 years, on the off chance he might pick up another signal indicating the presence of the alien lifeform he was ordered to procure a specimen of. His every action through the entire book is him still attempting to fulfill Special Order 937, nearly four decades after it was issued, and he fully intends to keep attempting to fulfill it until the heat death of the universe if need be.

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* AudioPlay: The trilogy has been adapted into "Audible Original Audio Dramas," with score, sound effects, and a pretty impressive cast bringing the stories to life. These include Creator/AlexanderSiddig as Doctor Reese, Creator/RutgerHauer as Ash, and Laurel Lefkow doing a nearly-flawless impression of Creator/SigourneyWeaver as Ellen Ripley.


** One of the chapters in ''Pain'' has a Marine telling some of the other colonists about the equipment they commonly use, including the VP78 Pistol (from ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'').

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** One of the chapters in ''Pain'' has a Marine telling some of the other colonists about the equipment they commonly use, including the VP78 [=VP78=] Pistol (from ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'').


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* MythologyGag: In ''Out of the Shadows'', Dallas is referred to as Ripley's lover. A deleted scene had Ripley propositioning Dallas for sex, because she "just needs a release." Ridley Scott had also intended to make it explicit that pretty much everyone on the ''Nostromo'' had been sexually involved with pretty much everyone else on the ''Nostromo'', [[EveryoneIsBi regardless of gender]] (Ash being the obvious exception). The ''Marion'' crew make a few half-joking references to passing the ridiculous amount of time they'll be spending in Ripley's very cramped shuttle by having lots of sex ([[TheMedic Kasyanov]] even packs contraceptives for the trip [[spoiler:when it's down to just her, Hoop, and Ripley]]).

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* DungeonCrawl: Ripley and the ''Marion'' crew venturing through then mines, derelict, and alien city is basically one of these, complete with random encounters.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Hoop makes sure to grab a bottle of bourbon for his last-ditch plan to escape the ''Marion''. "Heavy, impractical, and absolutely necessary." Even when dropping the bottle would easily save him from being blown out into space, he hangs on to it.
-->''Fuck you!'' his mind screamed. ''Fuck you! If I survive, I'm going to want a drink!''


* ForegoneConclusion: It's a given that Ripley will survive the events on LV-178, as she has to appear in the film sequels. Likewise, it's also a given that Hadley's Hope will eventually be overrun, and that Brackett's [[SequelHook pledge to stop Weyland-Yutani no matter what the cost]] will end up being a hollow threat, as they are still in full swing for a long time after the events of the third film.

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* ForegoneConclusion: It's a given that Ripley will survive the events on LV-178, as she has to appear in the film sequels. It's also fairly obvious no one else on the ''Marion'' is going to make it, since Ripley has to end the book exactly as she ended in ''Alien'' so she can be found at the start of ''Aliens''. Likewise, it's also a given that Hadley's Hope will eventually be overrun, and that Brackett's [[SequelHook pledge to stop Weyland-Yutani no matter what the cost]] will end up being a hollow threat, as they are still in full swing for a long time after the events of the third film.


** In ''Sorrows'', Decker is told that both Ripley and [[VideoGame/AlienIsolation her daughter, Amanda]] had both previously combatted the xenomorphs and survived.

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** In ''Sorrows'', Decker is told that both Ripley and [[VideoGame/AlienIsolation her daughter, Amanda]] had both previously combatted the xenomorphs and survived. In ''Shadows'', Ash's report notes that Amanda Ripley's ship had once docked at Sevastapol station as well.


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** In ''Sorrows'', Decker states that both Ripley and [[VideoGame/AlienIsolation her daughter, Amanda]] had both previously combatted the xenomorphs and survived.

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** In ''Sorrows'', Decker states is told that both Ripley and [[VideoGame/AlienIsolation her daughter, Amanda]] had both previously combatted the xenomorphs and survived.


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* DidNotGetTheGirl: In ''Sea of Sorrows'', Decker falls in love with the boisterous but friendly merc Adams. Close to the end of the novel, [[spoiler:Adams is impregnated by a Royal Facehugger and her body is taken by Weyland-Yutani, who have no intentions of trying to save her]].


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* ShoutOut: In ''Sea of Sorrows'', one of the mercenaries examines a dead Xenomorph and declares it to be "[[Franchise/{{Predator}} an ugly motherfucker]]."


* TheBadGuyWins: In ''Sea of Sorrows'', [[spoiler:the novel ends with Weyland-Yutani successfully acquiring a Xenomorph Queen chestburster and Drone chestburster]].



** One of the chapters in ''Pain'' has a Marine telling some of the other colonists about the equipment they commonly use, including the VP78 Pistol (from ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'').



** One of the chapters in ''Pain'' has a Marine telling some of the other colonists about the equipment they commonly use, including the VP78 Pistol (from ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'').

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** One In ''Sea of the chapters Sorrows'', Adams [[spoiler:is impregnated by a Royal Facehugger, previously seen in ''Pain'' has a Marine telling some of the other colonists about the equipment they commonly use, including the VP78 Pistol (from ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'').''Film/Alien3''[='=]s Assembly Cut]].



* InsectoidAliens: The Xenomorphs are repeatedly compared to eusocial insects, not only due to their exoskeletons but their hive-building behaviour and caste system - the ''Marion'' crew encounter and kill a young Queen.

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* InsectoidAliens: The Xenomorphs are repeatedly compared to eusocial insects, not only due to their exoskeletons but their hive-building behaviour and caste system - the ''Marion'' crew encounter and kill a young Queen.Queen, and the mercenaries hired by Weyland-Yutani in ''Sea of Sorrows'' encounter a fully-grown one.



* ItsPersonal: The xenomorphs themselves get this in ''Sorrows'', as they go after Decker because of his lineage to Ellen Ripley.

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* ItsPersonal: The xenomorphs themselves get this in ''Sorrows'', as they go after Decker because he is a descendant of his lineage to Ellen Ripley.


* CanonDiscontinuity: According to 20th Century Fox, the ''Shadows'' trilogy effectively wipes most (if not ''all'') of the previous ExpandedUniverse content from canon, as they wanted to present a more unified, coherent universe for the franchise. It very nearly did this to the third and fourth films, but Fox changed its mind at the last minute and forced a rewrite to include references to them.

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According to 20th Century Fox, the ''Shadows'' trilogy effectively wipes most (if not ''all'') of the previous ExpandedUniverse content from canon, as they wanted to present a more unified, coherent universe for the franchise. It very nearly did this to the third and fourth films, but Fox changed its mind at the last minute and forced a rewrite to include references to them.them.
** Certain elements of ''Out of the Shadows'' are contradicted by ''Film/AlienCovenant'', throwing the novel's canonical status into question.


** The ''Samson'' and ''Delilah'', the two mining ships featured in the first book, named after characters from Greek mythology.

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** The ''Samson'' and ''Delilah'', the two mining ships featured in the first book, named after characters from Greek mythology.the Bible.

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