NewThe Alien Chronology

Last Updated: January 2, 2018

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.

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.

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.

2189

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

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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