Weyland hade lungcancer, speciellt bronkogent karcinom (varning, länk har grafiska bilder )
manuset är ganska ojämnt. Han förhindrar inte att döda Weyland eftersom det skulle vara dis hedervärdigt (på samma sätt som att döda en gravid kvinna skulle vara skamlig) beror det på att döda honom inte skulle vara värdig sin tid.
[Below: Human and Predator face off. Weyland draws himself up to his full height. He's going out with a fight. Weyland swings at Scar. Scar catches the ice axe and crumples it in his fist.]
[PREDATOR VISION: Scar sees Weyland in his distinctive heat signature vision. Like an MRI, the Predator vision scans over Weyland's wrecked body, a body riddled with disease. Like stars in the sky, the tumors are everywhere. The cancer has destroyed Weyland.]
[Scar turns away from Weyland and walks up the stairs. To Scar, he's nothing but a sick animal. Weyland is not worthy of the hunt.]
Novelleringen går lite mer i detalj.
Four years earlier, Weyland had told Max Stafford that, given forty more years on earth, the scientific research his company funded would enable Weyland Industries to open a branch in a moon base on the Sea of Tranquility. But that was before he’d been diagnosed with advanced bronchogenic carcinoma. Now, because of the cancer that was eating away his lungs, Charles Weyland no longer had forty more years. If he was lucky, he might have forty more days.
När den "skannat" honom, upptäckte Predator uppenbarligen sin sjukdom och vägrade att attackera honom.
The creature turned and stared down at Weyland. As blank eyes on the Predator’s faceplate glowed with crimson fire, the human felt a strange warmth inside his chest. Reaching out, the Predator clutched Weyland’s shoulders, held him fast and examined him from head to toe.
Then, snorting contemptuously, the creature pushed Weyland aside and turned his back on him.
Weyland understood what that meant. Somehow the Predator could sense his frailty and did not regard him as a threat — in fact, Weyland was sure that, to this monster, he was nothing more than a sick, helpless animal!