2600 - Das Thanatos-Programm
The Thanatos Program
Uwe Anton

It is six years after the end of the war against the Frequency Monarchy: These last years have been peaceful. The Trade Star JERGALL - a gift of the superintelligences ES and TALIN - was stationed in the Aurora system and now serves as a coordinating point with other galaxies of Polyport network. In the galaxy Andromeda they are discussing the idea of a local version of the Galacticum, while in the Milky Way, the number of hyperstorms rises sharply. On the Earth a new race of aliens have started showing up, called Augurs by some people.

September 5, 1469 NGE : Perry Rhodan - now no longer Terran Resident , but instead the Special Representative of the Galacticum for the Polyport Domain - holds a press conference in the Solar Residence on the renovation of the BASIS and its upcoming journey into the galaxy Anthuresta. During the conference there are failures of technology and the Residence threatens to crash, but is safely intercepted. It later turns out that there such incidents throughout the Sol system – however, the origin remains unclear.

At the same time there are mysterious deaths happening on the BASIS. All the so-called aureole effect affected victims call out shortly before their deaths for Perry Rhodan, and they also say that his son is waiting for him on the ship. On board the MIKRU-JON Rhodan heads for the BASIS, accompanied by the mousebeaver Gucky, where they learn that strangeness effects have occurred near to all the victims. The manifestation of these effects suggests that another universe is trying to penetrate theirs. A little later it becomes known that the entire Sol system has vanished.

Shortly afterwards, a stranger appears on the BASIS, who introduces himself as Ennerhahl. He warns Perry Rhodan of an impending attack by the Dosanthis, who are pursuing a plan to steal the BASIS and bringing it to an ominous shipyard. In addition, he shows Rhodan the way to a previously unknown space - the Multiverse Ocular – in which Perry Rhodan first encounters his son Delorian Rhodan, and then finds the Suit of the Universes. Delorian gives his father an enigmatic warning before vanishing again: " QIN SHI is awakened. The BOTNETZ is ready. " He also learns that QIN SHI is responsible for the disappearance of the Sol system, and that no matter what, QIN SHI may not take possession of the BASIS, as Delorian needs it for himself. He has therefore triggered the Thanatos program. Its purpose, however, remains a mystery.

Ennerhahl gives the additional information that QIN SHI may in no case get hold of the Ocular and the suit, so he advises an evacuation and abandoning of the ship. Although the ship would fall into the hands of the enemy, the suit would not. Before he also disappears, Ennerhahl passes Perry Rhodan a data crystal.

After the disappearance of Ennerhahl, the BASIS materializes in the matter bridge between two galaxies, which Perry Rhodan initially christens Chanda I and II ChandaII. A battle with the Dosanthis, who use a particular paranormal gift, generates total panic, which the crew of the BASIS can barely escape from. The BASIS is evacuated. Perry Rhodan flees along with Mondra , Pucky and Partijan Nemo aboard the MIKRU-JON. More and more enemy ships appear and attack not only the BASIS, but also the ship’s fleeing boats…

Jerry Schneiderman 2013-11-21

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