An organism from outer space, a creature not born on Earth
A dividing wall between different compartments of a ship or other vessel
Preserved in the form of a fossil—the petrified remains of an archaic organism
The extreme limit of settled land/planets
Another word for stasis/suspended animation. The process of slowing down the life process by using chemicals or cold temperature, without killing the person. It's a way to preserve the human's vital functions.
A place on a spaceship or other vessel where sick people are cared for and made well again
A phrase repeated by Ripley in the film. She invokes the song as a luck charm.
Of, relating to, or consisting of molecules
The core beliefs of a person concerning right or wrong
MU-TH-UR 6000 (Mother)
MU-TH-UR, dubbed "Mother," by the crew, is the computer system that governs the operation of the USCSS Nostromo. This is the system that controls Stasis sleep and navigation back to Earth, awaking the crew when it receives a mysterious signal from a nearby source. It is one of the primary symbols for technology in Alien, and is used to reveal Ash's ulterior motives to Ridley. It is also highly interactive, creating high-tension situations in which the crew tries to make use of Mother to fight the Alien threat. Unfortunately, Mother is not able to save them and is used in the end to destroy the Nostromo upon the final escape.
To manipulate a force or wavelength so that it is given a single direction
Existing since the beginning of time
The isolation of individual who may be contaminated with a contagious and/or dangerous disease
Revoke, cancel, or repeal something
A feeling of pity for someone else's adversity
fair and evenly distributed
The breaking of a ship's surface.
Covering and suffocating
gather and combine
Alien Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Alien is a great
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