a) Introduction to the Radio Times
HR Giger spent a most of 1978 in England, and during this time was introduced to the wonders of the "The Radio Times" magazine filled with photographs and illustrations along with program listings for BBC television and radio.
It was as it were a super-highway of the British collective consciousness as when they were only focusing their minds on hand full of TV channels including BB1 and 2, ITV and later Channel 4.
It would be a magazine found in most households along with the TV times for the ITV channel and later Channel 4, until satellite TV introduced dozens of TV channels for the public to choose from
b) Giger's use of the Radio Times
From 1979 he started integrating aspects of various photographs and images into his painting from then on and the decade following.
Some images were from some time before his time on Alien, so it would seem that he was being presented some of these things by someone else who was collecting. Was there an second hand magazine shop at the time for him to visit?
What shows up in his work are such things as a photographic composition for an article about the scifi TV series Doomwatch from 1970 that looked as if it should be interesting to Giger, an image advertising a J G Ballard documentary from 1971 that would have interested Giger as a J.G. Ballard fan, and curiously there was a cover showing architecture from Hindu Kush valley from 1976, as if people had these tucked away somewhere and were giving him their old copies, or perhaps copies were lying around the pub where he stayed or Shepperton studios
After his time on Alien, I might wonder if he had found a place to buy the magazine in Switzerland, continued to receive a subscription from England, or indeed a friend from England was continuing to send him cuttings over time, but it seemed as if he was using any editorial that looked in the slightest bit interesting as visual reference.
We might be talking in terms of dozens of images from the magazine being integrated into his works over the years, but the other side to that is that whatever magazine he found interesting images in for his work, the final paintings that he would create would still be his individual work that no one else could create.
i) HR Giger's Biomechanical Landscape III "Trains" (work 418) (1979) references Radio Times cover advertising the TV series, "The Last Kingdom of the Kush" from 13th-19th March 1976
ii) HR Giger's Biomechanic Metempyschosis (1980) references the Doomwatch cover of Radio Times, 5th February, 1970
iii) HR Giger's ZDF (1980) references Radio Times illustration for West Coast Story from 29 November 1979?
iv) HR Giger's Biomechanical Landscape (Sack) (work 434) (1980) references Bellamy Down Under Radio Times cover illustration from 1-7 December, 1979 ?
v) HR Giger's "New York City XIV Factory" (1981) references Radio Times illustration for Harley Cokeliss' Crash Documentary (1971)
vi) HR Giger's Biomechanical Landscape I (work 597) (1983) also references Lesley Buckingham's "The Dog Who Ran For President" illustration from The Radio Times in 1997?
vii) HR Giger's The Net I & II (1987) references Peter Till's Radio Times illustration for 'Coping With Cuts' article from 1980?
viii) HR Giger's Demon (work 413) and Radio Times article The Big Top?
ix) HR Giger's "For Judith" (work 512) (1983) references Radio Times cover from 21st March to 1st April 1983
x) HR Giger's Landscape for Alien references a Christ being taken down from the cross like the one on the cover of the Radio Times 25-31 March 1978
xi) HR Giger's N.Y. City XVI (1981) references Radio Times cover from 7-13th March 1981 showing an illustration for Lord of the Rings radio play
xii) N.Y. City IX Jahreswechsel (1980-1981?) (work 459) references illustration by David Smith from 23rd february-1st March 1980 edition of Radio Times
xiii) N.Y. City XXII (1981) references Radio Times illustration by Clare Melinsky for "Australia: A Long Way Home" from 21 February 1980
xiv) Anima Mia (1980/81) (work 487) references an engraving from Doctor Faustus which appears in Radio Times, 7th February 1981.
xv) Totem (1983) (work 500) references Christ Taken down from the cross illustration from Radio Times 11-17 April 1981, illustration "Idea of the Holy"
xvi) The Saxophonist (1986) (work 585) references editorial illustration by Arthur Robins from the Radio Times from 23-29th April 1983 for the Eurovision Song Contest