The ‘Memories of Nostromo’ Essay Series (revisited)



Not too long ago, some friends and I brought to a close an original essay series devoted to the old space tug, Nostromo. I thought it might be nice to run it again…


ALIEN (1979) is on the minds of fans around the world right now: it is the 40th anniversary of film’s theatrical release; there are official short films scuttling around like so many face huggers; and there is a new 4K Blu-ray anniversary edition on its way!

Indeed, much to think about and to consider.

The alien, in its various life-cycle forms, gets a lot of attention. As it should, given the eponymous title of the movie. But when I approached these lads (and lasses) to write an essay for the series, here was the brief:


The fateful journey of the commercial towing vehicle Nostromo — and its crew of seven — has captivated fans of science fiction and horror across known space since 1979.  Part of that attraction is the ship itself

Do you remember the first time you saw the Nostromo?

After that opening pan (so slow, with haunting soundtrack) takes us past that ringed alien world, we are shown a terse summary:



And with these words, fans of science fiction were introduced to a new kind of spaceship. It was a spaceship that:

…moved ponderously through the void like an old tanker.

…creaked and groaned, its interior throbbing with a machine heartbeat.

…was crewed by men and women who were world-weary, disagreeable, and more driven by greed than some grand prime directive.

It was a spaceship that … never returned home.



These videos were released to promote the series:





I will be re-posting the articles over the coming days. I hope you enjoy them!





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