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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Fox and the Alien

I wrote this letter sometime last year but never dated the work as it was part of a larger file. It is enough to say that it was written somewhere in the first half of 2013 and that I clearly failed to do my homework.

Dear 20th Century Fox,

Having been a lifelong fan of the Alien franchise and hearing of difficulties in the area of making a sequel to Prometheus I find need to bring some points to your attention.  I have nothing coming to me save more films in a world I have much enjoyed by doing this but that is a good enough reason.

First off, what will David and Shaw find on the Engine’s home world? A single ship would just be crushed but whatever the Engineer’s use to defend their home so it becomes clear that they either find the runes of a civilization or a civilization fending off a Xenomorphic attack.  In the case of the first we can add very little in the way of the story and in the case of the second Shaw or David must somehow be unequal capable of fighting the Xenomorphs.

Second, an expedition would certainly be sent to recover Prometheus.  Think about this, the head of a major corporation and his only hair, or her robot double, are gone. Whatever they went looking for had to be rather important or valuable. Someone is bound to come looking to raid this find or recover/ verify death/ ensure death of the company owner.

The Wayland Corporation clearly knew of the location of the ship found by the Nostromo in Alien. This would indicate that either the craft is on the world featured in Prometheus or it came from that world. As the colony destroyed by the Xenomorphs in ‘Aliens’ did not find the large buildings left by the Engineer’s it would appear as thou it came from that world and crash landed somewhere else.

In other words, friends, you have at least two movies to make. One of these will show us the Engineer home world and the other how the ship found its way to the world of Alien.

Let’s go hunting,


Richard Leland Neal


Monday, August 18, 2014

To No One I know of


I found this blurb on my hard drive and have to trace it back to 2007 because of the reference to a man named Gabe. Other than that I can tell you that I was having my most trouble with women at the time and did a few things I have trouble remembering.

When I put this down I was seeing dragons in the dust I was so exhausted. No idea what I was referring to, but I still thought it was funny. Sadly, there is no way to make out who it was written for.


“Oh, yeah, I don’t do those sorts of thinks, so I would have no idea about them. That’s what I normally ask Gabe about and get an answer that helps marginally.

“Yet I find the statement very telling of how we Americans can’t get with it when relationships are concerned. We tend to try and communicate in connotation rather then normal speech and the problem is no one knows what the heck is going on until it’s too late. 

Drives me bonkers,

Richard Leland Neal”