Identifying the Nostromo.

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Nothing gets me more excited than a well-researched, deep-dive into the major arcana of the USCSS Nostromo, that standard for haunted-house spaceships.

As you will find in Roger Strunk and Rich Bachman’s exploration into the identity of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle, they have certainly done their homework!

 

 

The familiar material is laid out well, with photos and illustrations to illuminate the narrative.

Their choice of reference material is also reassuring, and helps further create a set of dependable resources upon which fans new to ALIEN and the Nostromo can rely.

 

Even my “hairy-legged” Nostromo blueprint — cadged for Alien: The Archive — made it into the article! (You can read more about how those legs got so hairy, here.)

 

You will learn not only  about the ship (inside and out), but the crew’s clothing, official signage and insignia, fonts used for printed items seen in the film, historical context, and much more.

Plus, there are also treats in store for the dedicated Nostromo fan who reads it through to finish.

I hope we see more sites like Speculative Identities Research. Their tagline alone strikes interest:

SURVEYING VISUAL IDENTITY DESIGN AS IT APPEARS IN THE WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION STORYTELLING.

 

Edification like this is sorely missing from today’s fandom, with a few exceptions.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

Cheers!

 

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