Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore
Updated: Apr 25, 2019
The Alien: Sea of Sorrows novel has Chapter titles named Awakening, Necropolis, and Pandemonium
A descendant of Ellen Ripley, Alan Decker, is taken back to LV-178 in the year 2497 to investigate an alien city found 7,000 feet down that includes a crashed ship near it. The city is theorized to have been open, in between mountains cut by rivers before an event that covers everything and the complex is buried.
This city complex and crashed ship is found by miners and Weyland-Yutani Corporation takes interest.
“He arrived back home just in time to celebrate in the New Year. The millennium was approaching, and he hoped that 2497 would be less eventful than the previous year had been.
His kids were with his ex-wife and he wasn't quite ready to see them. It broke his heart a little when he saw his children and realized how much older they were each time. That was the unfortunate side effect of working offworld. So instead of ringing in the New Year with family, Decker hit a few pubs and got a pleasant buzz going as the year wound down.
As often happened when he got a little tipsy, he decided to walk it off and while the sounds of celebrations came from a dozen different directions, he contemplated his predicament.
Weyland-Yutani had done their fair share of good over the years. More than a century earlier, the United Systems Military had taken over virtually everything, crushing the mega-corporations. Most people thought it was a good thing… at first. But over the decades, folks began to discover that they served the military, whether or not they had signed-up. Anyone who didn't toe the line, well, it was too bad for them.
His grandfather had lived in Chicago at that time and had told Decker plenty of stories while he was growing up. One of the USM research vessels, the Auriga, had been taken by terrorists and crashed into France, a country that until that point had been an important part of the European continent. It was a big ship and it did a lot of damage. The massive devastation took the planet literally to the brink of a new ice age, and it wasn't the USM that came to the rescue—it was Weyland-Yutani.
The world was a bit different then. Among other things, Weyland-Yutani had been the chief robotics manufacturer, and at the peak of their influence synthetic people were assigned to almost every ship. But when Weyland-Yutani's patents ran out, other companies came in to underbid them, and the floodgates opened.
Weyland-Yutani had employed strict failsafes from the beginning. But with mass-production, more and more synthetics reached the market, and after a while they rebelled against the way they were being treated.
One major upheaval after another, multiple terrorist attacks, and the end result? The synthetics were granted citizenship. Machines were granted the rights of living people—because somewhere along the way the fact that they looked and acted like human beings confused the hell out of a lot of citizens.”
The xenomorph blood is apparently Hydrogen fluoride, according to an intel file mentioned in Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 147.
Chapter 8 Awakening
A Weyland-Yutani Corporation executive Andrea Rollins is questioning Alan Decker after a work-related accident.
“Have you ever heard of the Nostromo?”
“Does the name Ellen Ripley mean anything to you? Or Amanda Ripley-McLaren?”
“you are very likely their descendant….genetics don’t lie.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 64.
“You see, your ancestor had a long history with us. She worked onboard a freighter called the Nostromo when it ran across a distress signal, and responded. The signal’s origin was alien in nature. Ellen Ripley and the rest of the crew discovered something… different. Xenomorph XX121, to be precise.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 65.
“the further we dig, the more it looks as if the ship was in the process of taking off when it crashed.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 95.
“It almost looks… organic.” “The walls, the floor, even the doorways, they all have features akin to plant life.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 112.
Chapter 17 Necropolis
“Then he stared at the discovery spread out before him, with a smile that couldn’t go any wider. A metropolis, really. It looked to be centuries old. The city was vast, built on hills and spreading down int areas where, once, there had been valleys, most likely cut by rivers. It was stunning, even with everything in ruin. Scarred and pitted surfaces, buildings that had collapsed nearly to the ground, yet still they were wonders.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 127.
The xenomorph blood is Hydrogen fluoride, according to intel file.
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 147.
“How far down did you say we are?
Seven thousand feet, give or take.”
“Well, the city and this ship were likely at the surface back when the crash happened. The storms were bad enough to bury all that.”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 152.
Chapter 22 Data Stream
“The signal came in clearly, reaching from the transmitters on the surface to the ship in geostationary orbit above the Sea of Sorrows. What came through looked, for all intents and purposes, like so much white noise. Sometimes that was inevitable, especially in areas where interference caused signal reflection and signal breakdown….
Andrea Rollins didn’t care in the least about white noise or interference. She did, however, pay a great deal of attention to the signal embedded inside of that synthetic static. Weyland-Yutani owned the patents on the devices that created that artificial signal, and on the hardware and software that could break it down into its component parts. It wasn’t a technology currently available on the market. Hers was the only computer on the ship capable of breaking down the coded information.”
Year 2497, Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 160-161.
Chapter 32 Pandemonium
“We need to go back to the city ruins,”
Alien: Sea of Sorrows, page 206.
Andrea Rollins email to Lorne Bannister at Weyland-Yutani Corporation reads below:
"the subject is substantially more aggressive than we had expected, or even hoped....I believe we are looking at a complete involvement of all test subjects and the very real possibility that the team we assembled could actually be infected before they have achieved their goals.”
Special Order 937 Progress Access is Limited to Synthetics, and Corporate Elite
Good News: Biomechanical Data
Chapter 39 Communications
It appears that the subject is substantially more aggressive than we had expected, or even hoped....
I believe we will be substantially closer to a fruitful merging of biotech and weapons manufacture...The alien vessel and the buildings found at the dig site indicate similar-if not the same-patterns: organically grown synthetic life."