Flora: The Pitcher Plant

  PITCHER PLANT   Fig. A (plan view) Local pitcher plants proved useful in the collection of many small animals and insects to the point where often it became preferable to other methods. They are fairly aggressive and use the natural rainwater to catalyse an enzyme genetically similar to the ammonite mucus mentioned previously. This …

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Site update: Links added to The Network.

I didn’t realise Yutani was on the links page too! Check out the updated list, some really great resources there.

The Nostromo Files

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I have updated The Network (my links page) to include the following two Facebook Pages:

ASH: A Fan Fiction

The Nostromo Unplugged

If you have not browsed my links page lately, take a look. There might be something you have overlooked.

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Update 2018 (April 1) – Regarding Planets

Thanks for the mention SM.

Check out the updates to the Alien Universe map!

And thanks to Alien Theory for bringing up Xarem on our podcast together, that’s our little contribution. Canon or not 🤓

The Alien Universe Timeline

I’ve had a couple of questions recently about the location of planets on the Galactic Map, so I thought I’d expand a bit on the original entry.

Some locations are real places. These include:

Zeta Reticuli (1 and 2) – The distance between them has been exaggerated slightly for clarity.

LV-44-40 – The ‘Defiance’ comic lists the system as Zeta Doradus. The original script said Alpha Doradus, but considering the time period the comic is set (2137) and the time it took the Europa to get there (27 days), I suggested they change it to Zeta Doradus as it seemed more realistic (Alpha Doradus is a 169 light years versus 38 for Zeta). Witness the power I wield.

Cetti Epsilon IV – As per Drake’s t-shirt, this is adapted from the actual star Epsilon Ceti.
Arcturus – The source of the much vaunted poontang.

Some locations were estimates:

Fiorina 161…

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Advent Analysis

CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.5 E240F SURGICAL INVESTIGATION SPECIAL ORDER 754 EXPERIMENTAL TRIALS. Weyland-Yutani: Go ahead Covenant David: In order to help you unlock my research, I’ve included detailed illustrations and charts. For the sake of posterity. I’ve begun with a complete catalogue of the planet's natural life, such beautiful creatures, poisonous and vicious by …

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Kubrick’s Frankenstein: HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey

This is a great analysis of both Frankenstein and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Happy 50th Birthday 2001: A Space Odyssey, your Promethean themes are remembered here.

Cinema Prism

By John Thurman

It seems to have been deliberately buried.

— Dr. Ralph Halvorsen (Robert Beatty) in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Buried within Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), like the monolith found beneath the moon’s surface in the film, is the motif of the Frankenstein story. In the H. A. L. 9000 computer (“HAL”), humans have created the first artificial intelligence: a sentient, albeit synthetic, life form. But HAL’s very existence is an abomination; he is a kind of Frankenstein’s monster. While perhaps not overtly monstrous, HAL’s true character is hinted at by his physical “deformity”. Like a Cyclops he relies upon a single eye, examples of which are installed throughout the ship. The eye’s literally warped wide-angle point-of-view is

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HAL’s warped perspective

shown several times — notably in the drawings of hibernating astronauts (all of whom HAL will later murder). But as Frankenstein’s monster is a crudely-sutured…

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