Area 52

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™ and ©2001 Brian Haberlin

Described by its writer as “John Carpenter’s The Thing meets M*A*S*H…Planetary meets Powers,” Area 52 is a science fiction adventure that focuses on a rag tag group of military misfits assigned to guard a computer-automated, climate-controlled warehouse hidden deep within Antarctica. Actually, the soldiers are stationed at Area 52 just in case something goes wrong. But, of course, nothing ever does. That is, until a mislabeled storage box from the 1947 Roswell crash turns out to be an alien killing machine meant to act as the fail safe for that doomed invasion, rather than the spent fuel pod everyone thought it was.

What follows is a scene straight from the movie Alien. Slowly but surely, people start to die and with the temperature outside cold enough to freeze a human body, the soldiers have no choice but to hide, fight or die. Of course, there are boxes upon boxes of the U.S. government’s otherworldly discoveries—everything from Excalibur to alien spacecraft. Think of it as Area 51’s attic—a place where items go when the government has sufficiently probed, poked, prodded and catalogued them.

Now all the survivors need to do is figure out what the items are, how they work and where the triggers are before they all end up dead.

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