This arrived in the mail yesterday! It collects 2 previously released novels "ALIENS: EARTH HIVE" and "ALIENS: NIGHTMARE ASYLUM" (which I also have) by Steve Perry, based on the Dark Horse Comic Series "Aliens: Book One" and "Aliens: Book Two". The comics were released a couple years after 'Aliens' came out, but BEFORE 'Alien3'.
Set 10 years after 'Aliens', we find a 17yr old Newt trapped in an Insane Asylum, medicated out of her mind. Hicks is a "washed-up" Marine, viewed as a failure who "allowed" his entire team to be killed under mysterious & controversial circumstances. Meanwhile, the ALIEN is discovered again, brought back to Earth, pursued by Weyland-Yutani, and worshipped by a Cult. Quickly the Aliens escape and Earth goes in the shitter. Then the fun begins!
I highly recommend picking this up and giving it a read - its what "ALIEN III" SHOULD have been!
Note 1: In the COMIC, it was NEWT & HICKS... but when they adapted the stories into novel form, 'Alien 3' had been released which pissed all over those characters & fans. So, in the novels the names are changed to "Billie" and "Wilkes". Whatever. It's easy enough to mentally change the names back while reading.
Note 2: This story is actually Parts 1 and 2 of a trilogy... however, Part 3 sucked. You can stop reading at the end of "Aliens: Nightmare Asylum" and you'll be just fine... just skip the final page, which I believe is an epilogue.