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The canonical films of the Alien franchise.

2089-93

Prometheus
The 2012 film on Blu-ray.
Prometheus is possibly also canonical in the Blade Runner universe.

2100

Alien: Covenant – Origins
Tie-in novel by Alan Dean Foster, published in 2017.
Must take place shortly after the merger of Weylend and Yutani in 2099.

2104

Alien: Covenant
The 2017 film on Blu-ray.

2122

Alien
The 1979 film on Blu-ray.
Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo
Tie-in comic by Rory Lucey, published in 2018.
Parallels the events of the movie from the point of view of the cat.

2137

Alien: Isolation
The 2014 game for Xbox 360. (Also available for PS4, PS3 & Xbox One.)
Aliens: Defiance, vol.1
Reprints Aliens: Defiance #1-6 (April 2016 – October 2016).
Aliens: Defiance, vol.2
Reprints Aliens: Defiance #7-12 (December 2016 – June 2017).

2159

Alien: Out of the Shadows
Tie-in novel by Tim Lebbon, published in 2014.

2178

Reclamation
Tie-in short story by Yvonne Navarro, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Blowback
Tie-in short story by Christopher Golden, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Broken
Tie-in short story by Rachel Caine, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.
Exterminators
Tie-in short story by Matt Forbeck, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur before the film Aliens.

2179

Alien: River of Pain
Tie-in novel by Christopher Golden, published in 2014.
Occurs shortly before Aliens.
No Good Deed
Tie-in short story by Ray Garton, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Occurs during River of Pain but is best read after.
Aliens
The 1986 film on Blu-ray.
Dark Mother
Tie-in short story by David Farland, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Occurs during Aliens but is best read after.
Alien 3
The 1992 film on Blu-ray.

2180

Zero to Hero
Tie-in short story by Weston Ochse, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Deep Background
Tie-in short story by Keith R.A. Candido, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Empty Nest
Tie-in short story by Brian Keene, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
Darkness Falls
Tie-in short story by Heather Graham, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story must occur after the film Aliens.
The Cold Forge
Tie-in novel by Alex White, published in 2018.
Has a first chapter that takes place in 2179, but the majority of the book takes place the following year.

2181

Chance Encounter
Tie-in short story by Paul Kupperberg, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.
Hugs to Die For
Tie-in short story by Mike Resnick and Marina J. Lostetter, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.
Dangerous Prey
Tie-in short story by Scott Sigler, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur after the other Bug Hunt stories.

2185

Aliens: Dust to Dust
Comic by Gabriel Hardman & Rain Beredo, published in 2019.
Date is approximate, but this story appears to occur a few years after Alien 3.

2189

Deep Black
Short story by Jonathan Maberry, published in 2017 in Aliens: Bug Hunt.
Date specified in the story as ten years after Alien 3.

2295

Aliens: Dead Orbit
Date given in story.

2379

Alien: Resurrection
The 1997 film on Blu-ray.

2496-97

Alien: Sea of Sorrows
Tie-in novel by James A. Moore, published in 2014.
 
Note: the Aliens Vs Predator films are not considered canonical in the Aliens universe due to conflicting details between them and Prometheus. A Chronology for the AVP universe can be found here.
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2 Comments

  1. where does Tim Lebbon’s Alien Invasion fall in the chronology?

    Also what Alien vs Predator: Armageddon?

    • Hi Corey. Invasion and the other novels in the Rage War trilogy aren’t listed on this page because this chronology is solely for Alien stories. You can find them listed on the Aliens vs Predator chronology.

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