No, Hollywood hasn’t gotten THAT desperate – yet – but a new illustrated book does tell the story of Jonesy, the cat from 1979’s sci-fi movie milestone Alien.

Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo is an 80-page illustrated book by New Jersey teacher and artist Rory Lucey, which lets us into the goings-on of the story from the point of view of the ginger cat. It also dials down the scary in favour of a more playful vibe – at last, somebody was thinking of the children!

For those not up with the programme, Ridley Scott’s Alien saw the seven-person crew of space freighter Nostromo gradually dwindle at the tentacles of HR Giger-inspired alien creatures. The only – oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT – survivors were Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Jonesy.

The inspiration for coming up with the story was simple. As Lucey told io9, he wished to show Alien to his wife and, “She only wanted to know one thing before we began: ‘Does the cat die?’”

Here’s an example of the very cool artwork, from the book which is available now.

Alien - Jonesy

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