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 turns the bath acidic so one needs to be quick. If the prey is to be useful as anything more than a skeleton (see Fig A)
One hazard in collecting the specimens is the number of veiny spiders that share the not so much symbiotic relationship as one that benefits the spiders themselves. A clever trick of evolution and adaptability has changed their aspect from lone clinging and presenting them back to an additional layer of camouflage.
Use of local flora: a carnivorous plant and natural sample collection
These species of pitcher plants and indeed so many of the planet’s species display robust and extremely visual versatility and the breadth of patterns and shapes cross over from plant to animal.
Insects adhere to the sticky internal walls preventing escape until decomposition or rigor mortis sets in and the prey falls to the bottom
three clear developmental stages
growth cycle, exhibited in three clear developmental stages
It is interesting to note that in Prometheus you can clearly see pitcher plants in Elizabeth Shaw’s room while she is trying to find out what killed the Engineers.
Could it be a foreshadowing? I know Ridley Scott hadn’t even conceived the sequel to Prometheus so it was just chance.
Could it foreshadow the trap David had set, he looks like he is helping her but he had more sinister plans. His actions trapping her on Planet 4? Again the sequel to Prometheus had not been written yet, but I am sure these are the sort of conclusions and symbolism people may link between the movies.
Just like the mural in the headroom, which started out as just a homage to H.R. Giger. Eventually, everything develops meaning when it’s original purpose is lost to time and lack of information. But does it really matter? This symbolism is what makes these movies fascinating.
“But in the cosmos there is balm as well as bitterness, and that balm is nepenthe.“ and “For although nepenthe has calmed me, I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.” – H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Outsider”
Pitcher of Nepenthes distillatoria. A: Honey-gland from attractive surface of lid. B: Digestive gland from interior of pitcher, in pocket-like depression of epidermis, opening downwards. C: Traverse section same.
Nepenthe is a fictional medicine for sorrow, literally an anti-depressant – a “drug of forgetfulness” mentioned in ancient Greek literature (Homer’s Oddessey) and Greek mythology, depicted as originating in Egypt.
Then Helen, daughter of Zeus, took other counsel.Straightway she cast into the wine of which they were drinking a drug to quiet all pain and strife and bring forgetfulness of every ill. – Odyssey, Book 4, v. 219–221
The Australian Pitcher Plant is the only member of the Australian genus Cephalotus.
Nepenthes pitchers hang from tendrils.
Scanning electron micrograph of a pitcher’s inner surface.
CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.5
SPECIAL ORDER 754
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 nature. Several local species of flower have immense potential for medicinal harvest.
Illustrations of David’s research I have transcribed(this is an ongoing work and will be updated as I go along), I have started adding my research to xenopedia to compile a database of Planet 4′s species and Research sent to Weyland-Yutani.
to be continued…
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20TH CENTURY FOX FINALLY UPDATED THEIR ALIENUNIVERSE.COM PAGE!
SPECIAL ALIEN DAY YUTANI PODCAST TO BE RELEASED
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AVP Galaxy for donating the Alien: Covenant Novelisation.
Perfect Organism Podcast for donating a poster.
Mitch Mitchell for donating 2 digital copies of Alien: Covenant and to Luis Lopez for donating a digital copy of Alien: Covenant and a hand-modelled clay Engineer head.
I have also included another digital copy of Alien: Covenant and my limited edition Alien: Isolation Steel Book Game with Artbook for XBOX 360.
Billy Mansel, one of the Engineer Extras from Alien: Covenant will also be answering some questions 21:00 GMT on our Yutani Alien Day page so be sure to RSVP and tune in!
ALIEN: THE COLD FORGE IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED 24TH APRIL 2018
- ALIEN: THE COLD FORGE by Alex White PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN: 9781785651939Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm Trade Paperback: 416pp Publication date: 24 April 2018All authors: Alex White
According to White’s literary agent Connor Goldsmith, THE COLD FORGE is about Blue Marsalis, a scientist with ALS who hopes experiments on xenomorphs will lead to a cure. It goes… not well. With test subjects gone rogue and a Weyland-Yutani mercenary sent to kill her, her only defence is a robot she controls remotely with her mind. It’s a tense psychological thriller with two compelling, morally complex leads (Blue and the hitman).
SYNOPSISWith the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat—the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and 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. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.
ALIENS: DUST TO DUST IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED 25TH APRIL 2018
- Courtesy of Gabriel Hardman/Dark Horse Comics
The Trono colony on LV-871 is under attack. Emergency evacuations are ordered. Evac shuttles are taking off. All twelve-year-old Maxon and his mom have to do is make it to the spaceport. Except between them and it are . . . Aliens!
When talking to CBR.com Gabriel explained, “I was actually inspired to tell the story from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy in large part because that’s the age I was when first exposed to Aliens, I didn’t want to write about Marines or anyone who seems like they could stand up to the xenomorphs. Kids lack power — they lack agency. I wanted to throw this boy into extraordinarily scary and difficult circumstances and force him to navigate it. And not tell it from the parent’s perspective, but the kid’s.”
You can pre-order this comic at your local comic book store…
SEA OF SORROWS AUDIBLE DRAMA SCHEDULE TO BE RELEASE 26TH APRIL 2018
- Alien: Sea of Sorrows An Audible Original Drama By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, Laurel Lefkow Series: Alien, Book 5 Length: Original Recording Release date: 26-04-2018 Language: English Publisher: Audible Studios
And finally the Sea of Sorrows book is getting a full audio drama release as well:
You can preorder or buy it here on the day.
SOMETHING IS COMING THIS ALIEN DAY 26.04.2018
Concept Artists Dane Hallett & Matt Hatton have dropped teasers for the much anticipated Alien Day.
In Australia, the date is written Day.Month.Year which is why the date varies from 4/26.
7 months ago Dane asked if anyone would be interested in an art book full of organisms, with a resounding yes and some months past, I suspect there will be some sort of concept art book to be released.
Even during Easter weekend, Matt Hatton got in on the teasers as well, to my delight.
For now, we can only hope and wait, and if you tune into my live stream and podcast release on Alien Day you may be able to hear as well 😉
ALIEN GAME NEWS
Fox Next Games is expected to release news on their Online Alien Shooter, but Cold Iron Studios had only been given the task of creating the game earlier this year according to Venture Beat.
In my experience, it will take much longer for a well structured and detailed game to be created, depending on the scope of Fox Next Games and Cold Iron Studios vision.
With veterans from the gaming industry with experience from games such as Metroid Prime 3 and Bio Shock Infinite, there is much anticipation this Alien Day for some news.
FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb had said in a statement. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”
More information here…
Alien: Descent VR immersive survival game available on location Orange County, California
Alien: OFF WORLD Colony Simulator available on Amazon Alexa
Fellow blogger Xenomorphing and Perfect Organism Podcast member, has made a prediction for Alien Day, he thinks the Alien movies will be remastered in 4K for release. What do you think?
4K remaster and re-release of all movies suspected as 20th Century Fox keep releasing HD trailers…
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