An excerpt from the interview:
This is DeCandido’s second story for the Alien franchise, having previously written a story for the 2017 anthology Bug Hunt, “Deep Background.” He views the appeal of both Ellen and Amanda Ripley in that they’re both strong, smart characters.
“Someone on Twitter recently described ALIEN as (and I’m paraphrasing here), ‘Nobody listens to the smart woman and then everyone dies except for the smart woman and her cat.’ One of the most appealing aspects of Ellen Ripley is that she cuts through the nonsense. ‘Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure’ is one of the greatest moments in any action movie. Amanda is cut from the same cloth, with the added bonus that she’s a brilliant engineer.”