Science fiction author Alan Dean Foster, famous for having written novelizations of movies such as the original Star Wars and Alien³, wrote a novel based on The Dig. An audiobook version of the novel was also released.

The novel is not completely consistent with the game, and sections of the story are presented from the point-of-view of the indigenous alien civilization, something not seen in the game. The novel also provides some background detail (such as the reaction on Earth after the discovery of Attila), in addition to explaining several mysteries left unexplored in the game.

Publishers Weekly panned the novelization, claiming it was severely restricted by the fact that it was based on a computer game, in which the hero merely collects objects and solves puzzles [citation needed]. The review also said it suffered from stereotypical characters and a "simplistic metaphysics", again blamed on its computer game origins.