Alien (The Movie)

Cynthia Donahey cdonahey at
Thu Jan 12 15:34:50 EST 1995

Carlisle Landel (landel at helios) wrote:
: In article <D253n1.D7o at>,
: David W Wheat <Agblade at> wrote:
: >Cynthia Donahey (cdonahey at wrote:
: >
: (snip)
: >: the body cavities of certain spiders.  Now what I want to know is if the
: >: monster in Alien is actually copied from the original, or did these people
: >: make up their own monster?
: >
: >There are hundreds, probably thousands of species that parasitize other
: >species by laying eggs in eggs, larvae, and adults.  There are parasites
: >of parasites.  I am not familiar with any that have a life cycle like
: >the aliens, where "facehuggers" emerge directly from alien eggs upon
: >approach of a suitable host.  The facehuggers are mobile, too (see
: >"Aliens").  Then the adult emerges from the host, but before consuming it.
: >That doesn't sound like biology, but like "jumping out at you" fiction.
: >However, there may be something in nature that works that way (using the 
: >host as a vector rather than a food source is common).
: >Regards,
: >David

: One of the things that really bothered me about the Alien sequels was
: that they started changing the life-cycle of the alien, which indeed
: was originally very much like that of a parasitic wasp.  (This was even more
: clear in the book version.)

: Anyway, my recollection is that adult ticks climb up into bushes and
: then go into some sort of stasis until a suitable host wanders by, and
: then they wake up and jump onto their victim.

: And there are also plenty of parasites that cycle between species at
: different stages of the life cycle--malaria comes to mind--so that bit]
: wasn't so far-fetched, either.

: All-in-all, after seeing Alien, my response was that I sure was glad that
: I'm not a spider!

: Carlisle

Well, these responses have certainly been interesting.  The Alien will
always be Icky Minnie to me/


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