Alien Universe Timeline (with Predator and Blade Runner)

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If you ever need your fix of dark science fiction, look no further than the Alien Universe. In addition to the classic space-horror genre, certain franchises like Blade Runner and Predator may also be part of the equation. This is the Alien Universe timeline.

What’s on the Alien Universe timeline?

This timeline includes the primary entries in:

  • The Alien Franchise: Obviously the key part of this timeline is the Alien films and their tie-ins. While much of the old comics and books are no longer canon, much of the newer stuff is (similar to how Lucasfilm rebooted their expanded universe in 2014).
  • The Predator Franchise: First on this list is the Predator franchise, which are largely considered canon in this universe. However, they do often conflict with other pieces of canon in this universe. For example, The Predator should take place only a year before Blade Runner, but the two are obviously in a different place, technologically.
  • The Blade Runner Franchise: Ridley Scott confirmed that the Blade Runner films are part of the Alien Universe, so they are included as well, though as noted earlier, it does conflict a bit with the Predator films. Just roll with it.
  • Alien vs. Predator: While not canon, we do place the Alien vs. Predator films on this timeline just for fun. But keep in mind that they definitely DO NOT fit in the canon, especially since Xenomorphs are only created later in the timeline.
  • Firefly? There is some evidence to suggest that Firefly might take place some 200-ish years after the last entry on this timeline. While not included here, if you want to see it all in order, start with this timeline, then go visit our Firefly timeline.

What is Canon?

The Alien/Predator/Blade Runner franchises are littered with canonical holes and continuity problems. However, it is pretty clear that the primary Alien films, Predator films, Prometheus, and the Blade Runner films are all canon. The Alien vs Predator films are not canon, but I’ve included them anyway, just for fun. There are also a lot of video games, books, and comic books in the series. Most of these are non-canon, but Fox did endorse the recent two Alien video games as canon, so I’ve included those as well as a few more modern comics and books. So hopefully that’s not too confusing.

For those who want to see all of the comics and books that are part of the Alien/Predator timeline, I’m sorry there’s little I can do here, since this timeline focuses just on the canon. Little of the tie-in media has any care for continuity. But with pop culture’s recent glorification of “canon” there are some comics or novels that have become part of this timeline and we can expect more in the future. This timeline does, also, include the novelizations for certain films, so you can enjoy reading those at least. Here’s the Alien Universe story timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateTimeNotes
1PredatorFilmJohn McTiernan1987-06-121987
2Predator 2FilmStephen Hopkins1990-11-211997
3Alien vs PredatorFilmPaul W.S. Anderson2004-08-132004
4Alien vs Predator RequiemFilmColin Strause, Greg Strause2007-12-252004
5The PredatorFilmShane Black2018-09-142018
6PredatorsFilmNimród Antal2010-07-09
7Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?NovelPhilip K. Dick1968-04-042019
8Blade RunnerFilmRidley Scott1982-06-252019
9Blade Runner (game)GameJoseph D. Kucan1997-11-032019
10Blade Runner (comic)Graphic NovelArchie Goodwin1982-06-252019
11Blade Runner 2019, Vol. 1Graphic NovelMichael Green, Mike Johnson2019-11-192019
12Blade Runner 2019, Vol. 2Graphic NovelMichael Green, Mike Johnson2020-06-162019
13Blade Runner 2: The Edge of HumanNovelK.W. Jeter1995-10-012019
14Blade Runner 3: Replicant NightNovelK.W. Jeter1997-10-01
15Blade Runner 4: Eye and TalonNovelK.W. Jeter2001-11-30
16Blade Runner: Black Out 2022Short FilmShinichirō Watanabe2017-09-272022
17The Peter Weyland Files: TED Conference, 2023Short FilmLuke Scott2012-10-092023
182036: Nexus DawnShort FilmLuke Scott2017-08-302036
19SoldierFilmPaul W.S. Anderson1998-10-232036Considered as a spin-off of Blade Runner by the head writer, but otherwise not acknowledged as canon.
202048: Nowhere to RunShort FilmLuke Scott2017-09-142048
21Blade Runner 2049FilmDenis Villeneuve2017-10-062049
22The Peter Weyland Files: Happy Birthday, DavidShort FilmLuke Scott2012-10-092079
23The Peter Weyland Files: Quiet Eye, Elizabeth ShawShort Film2012-10-092089
24The Peter Weyland Files: 'Prometheus' TransmissionShort FilmJohnny Hardstaff2012-10-092091
25PrometheusFilmRidley Scott2012-06-082093
26Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The CrossingShort FilmRidley Scott2017-04-222094
27Alien: Covenant - OriginsNovelAlan Dean Foster2017-09-262103
28Alien: Covenant - PhobosShort FilmToby Dye2017-08-152103
29Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last SupperShort FilmLuke Scott2017-02-222104
30Alien: CovenantFilmRidley Scott2017-05-192104
31Alien: Covenant - AdventShort FilmLuke Scott2017-08-152014
32Alien: Covenant - Meet WalterShort FilmLuke Scott2017-03-10
33AlienFilmRidley Scott1979-06-222122
34Alien (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster1979-03-292122
35Alien: AloneShort FilmNoah Miller2019-04-26
36Alien: ContainmentShort FilmChris Reading2019-03-29
37Alien: HarvestShort FilmBenjamin Howdeshell2019-04-26
38Alien: Night ShiftShort FilmAidan Brezonick2019-04-12
39Alien OreShort FilmKailey Spear, Sam Spear2019-04-19
40Alien: SpecimenShort FilmKelsey Taylor2019-04-05
41Alien: Isolation (comic)Comic IssueDan Abnett, Dion Lay2014-07-012137
42Alien: IsolationGameAlistair Hope2014-10-072137
43Alien: Isolation - The Digital SeriesWeb2019-02-282137
44
Aliens: Defiance, Vol. 1Graphic NovelBrian Wood2017-02-072138
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Aliens: Defiance, Vol. 2Graphic NovelBrian Wood2017-10-102138
46
Aliens: ResistanceGraphic NovelBrian Wood2019-08-202140
47Alien: Out of the ShadowsNovelTim Lebbon2014-01-282159
48
Alien: Out of the Shadows (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs2016-04-262179
49Alien: River of PainNovelChristopher Golden2014-11-252179
50Alien: River of Pain (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs2017-04-262179
51AliensFilmJames Cameron1986-07-182179
52Alien: The Cold ForgeNovelAlex White 2018-04-242179
53Aliens (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster1986-06-012179
54Alien 3FilmDavid Fincher1992-05-222179
55Alien 3 (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster1992-06-112179
56Alien 3 (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs2019-05-302179Non-canon. Based on an unused script for the film.
57Aliens: Colonial MarinesGameBradley Thompson, David Weddle2013-02-122179
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Aliens: Dead OrbitGraphic NovelJames Stokoe 2018-04-032295
59Alien: ResurrectionFilmJean-Pierre Jeunet1997-11-262381
60Alien: Resurrection (novel)NovelA.C. Crispin1997-11-272381
61Alien: Sea of SorrowsNovelJames A. Moore 2014-07-222497
62Alien: Sea of Sorrows (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs2018-04-262497