Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White
Updated: Sep 24, 2020
"they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests."
The Alien: The Cold Forge synopsis above reads like the story is after the events in Aliens BigDave with the failure of Hadley's Hope and it tends tie into "weaponizing" the xenomorph in another place which would require "test subjects". Andrea Rollins (Weyland-Yutani Corporation) in Alien: Sea of Sorrows refers to the the inhabitants of LV-178 as test subjects those sent to retrieve a live xenomorph specimen on LV-178 may be infected as well.
This reference regarding the loss of the xenomorph in an attempt to weaponize it ties into what was seen in the Covenant's Special Order B88Q (Advanced Weapons Research), above. This, in my opinion, reads as if Hadley's Hope on LV-426 and New Galveston on LV-178 are trials used to weaponize the xenomorph and the test subjects in these trials are the colonists and administrators on LV-426 and LV-178.
LV-178 (New Galveston) and LV-426 (Hadley's Hope) Test Subjects
Andrea Rollins email to Lorne Bannister at Weyland-Yutani Corporation reads (Alien: Sea of Sorrows) 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.”
Alien: The Cold Forge may give us an entirely new approach toward weaponizing the xenomorph "the subject" aboard remote station RB-323. Another thing I loved regarding the Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows, and Alien: Out of the Shadows novels was that they were all released in the same year with input from 20th Century Fox.
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