Topic Zeta 2 Reticuli is not necessarily the star system in which the Nostromo found the derelict spacecraft...
Posted Dec-22-2016 8:30 AM
Zeta 2 Reticuli is not necessarily the star system in which the Nostromo found the derelict spacecraft.
Despite the published evidence otherwise, it does not seem certain that the planetoid, on which the Nostromo set down, is in the Zeta II Reticuli system.
In the 1979 sf-horror film, Alien, the Nostromo is diverted to investigate a transmission on its way back to Earth. When the crew scan the area, the navigator (Lambert) states the following (cited by source):
LAMBERT. I found it. Just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer rim yet. [Alien. Dir. Ridley Scott. Perf. Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt. 20th Century Fox, 1979.]
IN THE SCREENPLAY:
LAMBERT Found it. Just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer rim yet. [Hill, Walter and David Giler. Alien. Revised Final Script. Oct. 4, 1978.]
IN THE NOVELIZATION:
Several minutes of intense searching and computer-cooperation produced a tight grin of satisfaction on her face. “Found it . . . and us. We’re just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer populated ring yet. Too deep to grab onto a navigation beacon, let alone a Sol traffic relay.” [Foster, Alan Dean, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, and H. Roberts. Alien. New York: Warner , 1979. Print. p. 23]
Based on this evidence, it seems that the Nostromo exited hyperspace "just short of Zeta II Reticuli", but then proceeded to the source of the transmission elsewhere, apparently in a nearby star system, probably minor.
Posted Dec-22-2016 12:40 PM
Zeta 2 reticuli is star
So it may be that
Lambert was talking
About the exact location
Of the star not he entire
System of planets
Just a guess.
I am not knowledgeable
On star systems etc.
The gas giant Calpomos
Is apparently in the
Z2R system. This is
This is the planet round
Which LV 426 and lv
Posted Dec-22-2016 3:34 PM
It just means they came out of hyperspace short of Z2R. The next nearest system is Z1R and then there's nothing else for at least a parsec, which would take decades to travel to at sublight speeds.
If they're "just short of Zeta 2 Reticuli" the star we see in the film is obviously Zeta 2 Reticuli.
Posted Feb-26-2017 5:25 PM
RE: the ever-expanding Outer Rim. If this were a real universe, it says much about the reliability of commercial merchant marine technology that the Company would entrust the expensive processing rig and its load to automation so far beyond inhabited space. I always liked the line in ADF's novelization about "ship's coming out of hyperspace ass-first", or something like that.
This further makes me think how far out the exploration missions must go, if the Solomons Circuit goes this far out, eh?
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