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The Nostromo

February 1, 2013

It’s worth noting that the space ship in Alien is named “The Nostromo,” almost certainly an allusion to Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name.

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It’s an open question just what point (or points) Ridely Scott and co. was (or were) trying to make by invoking Conrad’s work, and it might make a good place to think about a paper – e.g., how does Alien take up , address, and try to answer philosophical theme X in Conrad’s Nostromo?). That said, it’s worth noting that the novel involves mining, politics corrupted by wealth, a parasitic upper class, and meaningless death.

So it’s a lot of fun.

And all of these themes have some place in Alien. A serialized version of Nostromo was made for television about 15 years ago, but it doesn’t seem to be available either streaming or on DVD.

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