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200 - Die Straße nach Andromeda
The Road to Andromeda
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

August 2400. Ichot Tolot, a Haluter, arrives op the base of Opposite. The Haluters are an old race of warriors, almost indestructible because they can alter their atomic structure. 50,000 year ago, they conquered the Milky Way but since then, gave up political power and live peacefully on Halut. Tolot found two men from the missing Terranian ship OMARON and brought them back to Perry Rhodan. These men have gone mad, and the disappearance of the Omaron remains a mystery. Rhodan leaves on board of the CREST II in order to find out what happened to the missing ship. Tolot joins them.

They soon discover an artificial system, made of six stars forming a hexagon. This system is actually a giant transmitter which sends the CREST 2 in another system, 900,000 light years away from the Milky Way and 600,000 light years from Andromeda. this system, named the Twin System, is also artificial: it is made of two stars around which orbit eight planets. Rhodan decides to land on a planet - called Power. They find the remnants of the OMARON, with the dead bodies of its crew. Suddenly, Power begins to disintegrate.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Since 2390 the former plophosian secret world, Opposite (Inversia), in the Whilor System has become the most important base of the Fleet. For nineteen years vessels of the Solar Fleet have been looking for Kahalo, where Perry Rhodan and his mates were brought after their abduction by Iratio Hondro. One of these vessels, the Omaron, disappears in the center of the Milky Way.

On August 15, 2400, the Haluter Icho Tolot brings to Opposite (Inversia) two survivors from the Omaron that another Haluter discovered drifting in space. The Haluters are three and a half meters tall and two and a half meters broad. They have two short legs and two pairs of arms. The lower pair can serve to run or to jump. The hemispheric head has, in addition to an ordinary brain, a second brain which serves as a large capacity computer. The three eyes are over-sensitive to the infrared. They have the teeth of a predator that can break stone or metal which are then converted into organic matter in the stomach. The Haluters can modify the atomic structure of their body so that it has the toughness of terkonite. They are almost invulnerable and can pass through obstacles like a bullet.

Tolot, who has studied the Terrans for a long time, wants to overcome by himself the murderous insanity that occurs during the lifetime of a Haluter by leading a life of battle and adventure. Atlan, who has already met some Haluters during the Methane War, does not trust Tolot.

With his wife Mory, Atlan, Pucky and Tolot, Perry Rhodan leaves for the center of the Milky Way in his flagship, the Khrest II, in order to search for the Omaron. They discover a perfect hexagon composed of gigantic blue suns. Scientists of the Khrest recognize in this hexagon a powerful transmitter. The vessel is attracted to the center of the hexagon and dematerializes.

The hexagonal transmitter projects the Khrest into the system of two yellow suns, that Icho Tolot, the only one to remain conscious, names the Twin System. It is nine hundred thousand light years from Earth in the space between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula. The two suns are surrounded by eight planets in the same orbit.

When the Khrest II is attracted to Power, the eighth planet of the system, the Haluter destroys the three pyramids (similar to those on Kahalo) at the North Pole. He can only brake the fall of the vessel at six hundred kilometers from the pole.

Tolot brings Atlan and Perry Rhodan to the pole where they discover the wreckage of the Omaron and other vessels. Following the destruction of the pyramids, Power begins to break apart while the Terrans try to repair the damage to their vessel.

Michael P. Mahoney

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201 - Sternstation im Nichts
Star Station in the Void
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The CREST II manages to take off but its Kalup engines, which can only fly over 600,000 light years, are not powerful enough to reach the Milky Way. On top of this, two strange phenomena are happening: all the water supplies disappear on board of the ship, and six of the seven planets are suddenly protected by an energy field. Only one planet - Septim - is accessible, but it looks barren.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Lieutenant Conrad Nosinsky closely studies the Transport Field that is slowly destroying the planet Power (the eighth planet of the Twin System). Its energy comes from the Twins (the two suns of the Twin System). It is projected from a desolate station on Septim, the seventh planet of the Twin System. It is from here that the destruction of Power is controlled. Nosinsky finds himself inside the Transport beam and is transported to Septim.

On 27 August 2400 the crew of the Khrest II has finally completed enough repairs so that the super battleship and flagship of the Terran Fleet can leave Power before the radius of dissolution/destruction reaches its landing site. Shortly afterwards the planet Power completely dissolves and exists no longer. Once in space the crew of the Khrest II realizes that all water reserves have disappeared and a mysterious force prevents the production of new water. All planets of the Twin System except Septim are surrounded by an orange energy shield. The Khrest II approaches Septim. At first it has the aspect of a welcoming blue-green planet but it is eventually revealed to be a gigantic, barren planet. Nosinsky comes back on board the Khrest II once it lands on Septim. Perry Rhodan decides to destroy the power station on the planet. It is believed that this station is responsible for the orange shields. After this action is successfully completed and the Khrest II returns to space, the shields change to green but remain in place around the remaining six planets. It is only a matter of time before the crew of the Khrest II dies from dehydration. They must find water if they wish to survive.

Michael P. Mahoney

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202 - Die Retter der CREST
The Saviors of the CREST
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

In the Milky Way, a rescue operation is set up, thanks to BOX-8323, a Posbi ship (the Posbis are guessed to be the most capable of resisting the transition and escape whatever danger lies beyond the transmitter). BOX-8323 enters the Sextuple transmitter and arrives in the Twin system. They rescue the CREST II crew just before they die out of thirst. Rhodan decides to keep on exploring the planets of the system in order to find out how the Twin transmitter can be used to get back to the Milky Way.

Thanks to gravitation bombs, the CREST II manages to break through the energy field of one of the planets - Sexta. The Terrans find strange devices on the surface but are unable to start them.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On 28 August 2400 the Posbi fragment vessel Box-8323, with Wuriu Sengu, Melbar Kasom, the physicist Reinhard Anficht and the mousebeaver Gecko, departs from Opposite for the hexagon transporter in order to recover the Khrest II.

At the same moment the light cruiser Ruhr travels to the Einstein Station, near the World of a Hundred Suns, in order to inform its crew. The crew of the Ruhr discovers the wreckage of an unknown cylindrical vessel.

The Box-8323 reaches the Twin System in time to save the crew of the Khrest II before it dies of thirst. In order to inform the Earth on the position of the two vessels, the unmanned robot cruiser Signal is sent back towards the Milky Way. One thousand Arkon bombs explode after it has completed its maximum possible cruise distance (range) of six hundred thousand light years. The explosion is detected by the Einstein Station.

Pucky, Gecko and Icho Tolot manage to deactivate the green energy shield of the planet Sexta thanks to the use of gravitational bombs. They destroy the energy station of the planet. The Khrest II lands on Sexta.

Michael P. Mahoney

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203 - Die Stadt der Verfemten
The City of the Outcasts
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Terrans then explore Quarta, a planet featuring a gigantic city. They find out that Quarta is actually a huge planetary jail populated by criminals from Andromeda.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Scientists who study the energy station on Sexta discover some common features with the facilities that Perry Rhodan and his companions found on Kahalo.

On 12 September 2400, the energy shields of the Twin System planets suddenly disappear. Pucky snatches some mental impulses on Quarta, the fourth planet of the Twin System. As it approaches Quarta, the auxiliary vessel C-5 is enveloped by a tractor field coming from a huge city that covers an entire continent. This is the only city of the planet. The auxiliary vessel is forced to crash land on the outskirts of this city. Quarta then surrounds itself all over again with an energy shield.

In the giant city (called Bigtown) live fifty million outcasts and criminals who come from the numerous races of the Andromede Nebula. The men of the C-5 are forced to participate in a fight to the death between hunters and prey. They finally penetrate into a pyramid and succeed in deactivating the shield of the planet. They then destroy the facilities of the pyramid. The C-3 recovers the shipwrecked victims.

Michael P. Mahoney

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204 - Das Drung
The Drung
Kurt Brand


Aboard the KHREST II, several members of the crew endure a temporary crises of asphyxia. While Rhodan and Pucky discuss some physical uneasiness with Atlan, the BOX-8323 is suddenly attacked by vessels from Quarta. The KHREST II activates all of its energy reserves, and succeeds in supersaturating the energy absorption-transformation device of the enemy, whose squadrons are put out of action. Their destruction is followed by the emission of a mysterious gravitational wave.

The medical team operates on an asphyxia victim and discovers a foreign substance that invaded all the body’s organ systems with the exception of the blood stream and seems to increase in amount very quickly. Shortly afterwards, minuscule spores are discovered everywhere aboard in the air. The parasite displays its strength by tormenting the crew of the KHREST II thereby demonstrating its domination and forcing the men into submission. Even Tolot is not spared. In spite of everything, he tries to resist the invader, and discovers that he can only achieve this when he crystallizes his body. The Drung sees, hears and feels through the body of each of the two thousand members of the crew. It reveals to Rhodan its objective: to travel to the galaxy of its origin, the Andromeda Galaxy, of which it has been banished by those that it calls the "Masters of the Island". Rhodan suspects that these “Masters” could be the builders of the solar transmitters. The Drung confirms this. To regain Andromeda, the Drung must modify the settings of the Twin transmitter, of which the control station is on the planet Quinta. It realizes that it must force the humans to seize the station for them.

The Drung orders the departure of the KHREST II for Quinta. Tolot attempts to disable the ship’s equipment, but the Drung retaliate by torturing the men. When the Haluter crystallizes and suppresses the part of the foreign organism that is in his body, the Drung, insensitive to the ethical arguments of Tolot, threaten to kill the crew. The Haluter realizes the pointlessness of his present tactics since it only results in an attack by the adversary on the Terrans. To avoid hurting the Terrans while defending himself, the Haluter leaves the KHREST II aboard a Gazelle.

In space, he eliminates the Drung from his body by crystallization, and by repeated draining of the Gazelle's atmosphere. He then lands on the Posbi cube. The Haluter returns to the KHREST II by matter transmitter, and in his crystalline shape, he begins to apply the knowledge that he gleaned while studying plans of the vessel. He adjusts the Kalup Converter so that the KHREST II dips briefly into a hyper-field whose five-dimensional vibrations affect the Drung. In spite of the danger for the human organism, the Haluter repeats the operation, until the Drung, that is incapacitated by pain and incapable henceforth to control the crew, reassembles into its basic substance and leaves the KHREST II while on the planet Chaos. Again in control of himself, Major Wiffert destroys the entity by shooting the cannons of the KHREST II.

Michael P. Mahoney

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205 - Der Wächter von Andromeda
The Guardians from Andromeda
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

October 2400. The Terrans meet with the Drung, a strange being, which tells them the giant transmitters have been created by so-called Masters of the Island, a race that rules over the Andromeda galaxy. The Twins are both a relay to Andromeda, and a trap to capture anybody who tries to reach the galaxy. On planet Quinta, the Terrans finally find the main station that controls the transmitter, but it is guarded by an army of robots, While the Terrans are fighting them, a giant cylindric ship appears through the transmitter and destroys BOX-8323. The Terrans are able to conquer the station and point the transmitter on the Sextuple system. Then, the CREST II fights the cylinder-shaped ship, destroys it and dives into the transmitter.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

With the help of a gravitational bomb, Pucky and Gecko clear the energy shield surrounding Quinta, the planet which controls the Twin transmitter. The mousebeavers damage the field generator in order to permit the KHREST II to land. The Terrans must then fight an army of robots in order to secure the control station on Quinta. Shortly afterwards a dark cylindrical spaceship materializes from the solar transmitter and destroys the BOX-8323.

Pucky tries to penetrate into the control station. In order to protect it, Dull, a mysterious temporal creature, projects Pucky into the past. Shortly afterwards Icho Tolot activates a temporal gate in the station and is projected into another time plane with Pucky, Gecko and Wuriu Sengu. With the help of his right hand, which remains in normal space, Tolot shows Perry Rhodan and the men of the KHREST II the device that permits them to come back into their original time plane. Tolot adjusts the Twin’s transmitter so that the KHREST II and its crew can travel back to the galactic hexagon in the Milky Way. The KHREST II is then attacked by the dark vessel. It succeeds in damaging the alien vessel and flees into Twin's transmission field.

Michael P. Mahoney

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206 - Die Schrecken der Hohlwelt
The Terrors of the Hollow World
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

At the last moment, the pilot of the cylindrical ship modifies the settings of the transmitter, and instead of going back into the Milky Way, the Khrest II materializes inside a gigantic hollow world. This world, baptized Horror World, is an artificial planet made of four concentric layers. In the middle is a sun, which is where the Khrest II appears. Outside, three suns form a triangle around the planet. This artificial system is located 500,000 light years from Andromeda, 900,000 light years from the Milky Way and 300,000 light years from the Twin system. The Khrest II barely escapes from energy-eating creatures and finds a tunnel through the inner planetary layer.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Before the dark vessel explodes, it is able to modify, by radio, the programming of the Twin transmitter. The KHREST II doesn't materialize in the Milky Way but in the center of a hollow planet which is given the name “Horror”. This planet orbits three suns and is composed of four concentric layers (or floors). The KHREST manages to free itself from the synchrotron field at the core of "Horror". It is then attacked by energy absorbing creatures. They are forced to flee thanks to sonic radiances.

Sergeant Fed Russo and two of his shipmates explore the interior crust of "Horror". They fall under the influence of a hypnotic amplifier that tries to prevent them from gaining control of an important station. Russo determines that the KHREST is not in the Milky Way nor in the Andromeda Nebula but between the two galaxies.

Finally the KHREST II eliminates the energy gate blocking the access shaft to the next floor. This shaft is fifty kilometers in diameter.

Michael P. Mahoney

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207 - Die 73. Eiszeit
The 73rd Ice Age
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The inner side of the second planetary layer, called "green floor" because of the greenish light that basks everything, is inhabited by two races: the Kangs and the Esquis. They are fighting a merciless war with each other. The Kangs have parapsychic powers that neutralize atomic powered machines. The Terrans eventually pull through and escape from the Kangs.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On Horror's Green Floor, named thus because of the dominant color, Don Redhorse, Cheyenne chief and captain of the corvette C-11, discovers a powerful fortress named Tara. The Terrans see creatures with a head provided with a thick tentacle as long as an arm. Because of their clothing they are baptized Esquis. They attack Tara for the 73rd time. Its inhabitants, the Kangs, beings with a serpent-formed head, answer the attack with a force-field that slows down all atomic processes. The KHREST II and the C-11 find themselves in a catastrophe. The Kangs also emit a psi-field which results in a significant fall of the temperature.

On October 16, 2400 Operation “Eskimo” begins. Two vessels of four hundred men each, commanded by Don Redhorse and Sven Henderson, leave the force-field while the outside temperature hovers at minus fifty degrees. They drag tanks equipped with heavy weapons (to include shock weapons) until they are outside the influence area of the force-field. Then they fire on Tara with the shock weapons until the force-field of the Kangs dies out and the Terran vessels themselves are brought into safety.

Michael P. Mahoney

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208 - Die blauen Herrscher
The Blue Sovereigns
Kurt Brand


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Khrest II makes its way through the second layer using its weapons and reaches the "red floor". This floor is inhabited by Esquis and guarded by three robot flying stations that attack the Khrest. Thanks to the mutants, the Terrans are eventually able to destroy them.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Kangs block with force-fields the two shafts which link up with the next floor of "Horror". The KHREST II digs a tunnel which is thirty kilometers in length with disintegrators and penetrates onto the Red floor before the Kangs are able to block this passage as well. The KHREST II falls under the power of three blue plate-shaped vessels of three kilometers of diameter that the Esquis of this floor name the Blue Sovereigns (Tyrants). Twenty-two people aboard the C-11 commanded by Don Redhorse surrender to the esqui Kraa. The Esquis, who are named Voluts here, must regularly sacrifice five among themselves to the plate-shaped robots. They need the victim's cells to activate their organic power station. Fifteen men of the C-11 present themselves as the sacrifice. They arrive inside the Blue Sovereigns (Tyrants) and destroy them.

Michael P. Mahoney

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209 - Im Banne der Scheintöter
In The Ban Of The False Killers
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

After breaking through the third planetary layer, the Khrest reaches the "yellow floor", where everything seems to have been destroyed by a nuclear war. The only survivors are seemingly innocent-looking dogs that actually have telepathetic powers, which they use to take control of the Terrans minds. Once again, Gucky and Tolot save the crew, freeing them from the influence of the animals.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On the Yellow floor the KHREST II finds the remainders of a civilization annihilated by an atomic war. Alone the Illusionist, or “False Killers”, small cubs with golden fur and multifaceted eyes, still exist. They had served as symbiotes for their rational masters while providing them with feelings. With their low capacities of teleportation they penetrate into the KHREST II. Alone Icho Tolot, Pucky and Melbar Kasom are immune when facing their hypnotic faculties. The hypnotic capabilities of the False Killers force the Terrans to believe that they live a life of joy and happiness. Tolot, Pucky and Kasom must prevent the False Killers from using the KHREST II to take vengeance on the inhabitants of the surface of "Horror" who sacrificed their masters in the distant past. With the shock beamers of the corvette C-3, Lieutenant Orson paralyzes the crew of the KHREST II. The False Killers are forced to leave the vessel by threatening them with a fictional pulmonary vibrator.

Michael P. Mahoney

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210 - Auf den Spuren der CREST
On the Trail of the CREST
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

In the Milky Way, the Terrans have built the Prometheus, a ship with an operational radius of one million light years. Along with two Posbi ships, the Prometheus goes through the Sextuple transmitter and reaches the Twin system. On the planets Chaos and Terra, the crew discovers indications that the Khrest II had been there. On Raum/Quinta, an examination of the central station reveals where the Khrest II was headed. The Prometheus and the Posbi ships are able to reach the Horror World without having to go through the transmitter and arrive there just as the Khrest II, making its way through the last planetary layer, eventually breaks free. The Prometheus then heads back toward the Milky Way with orders for Julian Tifflor, who is in charge of the Terran fleet during Rhodan's absence to occupy the Twin system and dispatch to Horror another long-range ship, the Prometheus II.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On October 3, 2400 the ANDROTEST I (PROMETHEUS I) commanded by Colonel Pawel Kotranow leaves Opposite (Inversia) and, along with two Posbi ships, follows the KHREST II through the hexagon transmitter. Built from four vessels each of three hundred meters diameter and utilizing linear propulsion, the ANDROTEST I has a range of action of one million light years. Among the crew is Omar Hawk, from the planet Oxtorne, a Terran colony with a gravity of 4.8 gs. He resembles a Terran but he has extraordinary strength due to the extreme conditions of his world. The Okrill Sherlock comes with him. Sherlock is an Oxtornian animal resembling a gigantic frog provided with eight paws and propelling itself by means of large jumps. Its tongue is eight meters long and can give out some electric discharges. With its infrared organ the Okrill is capable of detecting the heat traces of past events.

The ANDROTEST reaches the Twin System and discovers on one of the system’s planets the remainders of a shuttle. In the City of Outlaws on Quarta, the ANDROTEST I’s crew learns about Rhodan's arrival there and the threat of the Drung. They discover that two powerful vessels exploded in the Twin System. Suspecting that the KHREST II left for Andromeda by means of the solar transmitter, the crew of the ANDROTEST explores the control station on Quinta and finds the wreckage of a dark vessel. Thanks to the faculties of the Okrill Sherlock events are reconstituted. The Okrill is shown that the KHREST II has been projected into a tri-star system that is thirty thousand year-lights distant.

With the help of its linear propulsion the ANDROTEST reaches the "Horror" system on 5 November 2400. That same day the KHREST II clears the outside layer of the hollow world and arrives at the surface.

After having restocked the KHREST II, the ANDROTEST I leaves for the Milky Way.

Michael P. Mahoney

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211 - Geheimwaffe Horror
Secret Weapon Horror
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Since the Terrans have nothing to do while waiting for the Prometheus II, Rhodan decides to explore Horror's surface, despite Atlan's warning. The planet seems deserted except for two big domes on both poles. As the Khrest II approaches the ground, a beam from one of the domes hits them and the ship and its crew are miniaturized to 1/1000th of their size. The Khrest II is able to destroy the south dome before landing, but is still under the influence of the another reduction field, generated by the south pole dome.

A wheel-shaped flying fortress, actually 250m wide, then attacks the Khrest II, forcing it flee (it is only 1.5m large). The Khrest II evades the fortress but is then stuck on Horror. All of their equipment is out of order as a consequence of their miniaturization.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The KHREST II waits at a safe distance from the planet "Horror" for the arrival of the ANDROTEST II. On December 5, 2400 a foreign body is located. Atlan, Icho Tolot and Sergeant Miko Shenon leave with a hunter to study it. It turns out to be the remainders of a broken planet.

Discharges of energy take place close to the three suns of Horror and on the planet itself. At the north pole of the hollow world, metallic bodies are detected. The KHREST II and the two Posbi Boxes approach the planet whose surface is uniformly flat. They are attacked and the Posbi ships are destroyed. The KHREST succeeds in destroying the station at the north pole but it is forced to land. It is submitted to a compression potential (force) and reduced to a thousandth of its normal size. All instruments that operate on a fifth-dimensional basis no longer function. The appearance of the surface of the World "Horror" is the result of this shrinkage process.

Atlan's hunter returns to "Horror". While Icho Tolot is attempting to transport the greatly reduced KHREST II back to the hunter in order to move it away from the planet, the hunter itself is attacked by a space vessel. Atlan recognizes that this unidentified vessel is in fact a space fortress. The hunter is shot at. Atlan and his two companions are subjected to the compression potential and shrunk down in size.

Michael P. Mahoney

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212 - Die Mikro-Festung
The Micro-Fortress
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

In order to restore the ship's to its original size, Rhodan sends a team to the south pole to destroy the dome. The team uses antique jets, whose engines don't seem to be affected by the reduction field. However, the aircraft are attacked by flying robots and their pilots only barely make it back to the Khrest II. In the meantime, Rhodan learns that the domes were created during a war between the inhabitants of the yellow floor and those on the surface. The two peoples exterminated each other and only the robots on the surface remain.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Positronic brain of the KHREST II confirms that the shrinkage effect comes from the station at the south pole of the planet "Horror". On 18 December 2400, Don Redhorse, Lope Losar, Oleg Sanchon, Into Belchman and Zanto Aybron leave for the south pole with jet fighters that have chemical propulsion. After a short flight they are shot down by robots. These robots bring their prisoners into a primitive fortress that Redhorse baptizes Llalag. Redhorse learns that the robots are controlled by lumps of protoplasm in their head - the degenerate remnants of the original inhabitants of Llalag. While trying to free themselves, Sanchon and Belchman are killed. Don Redhorse, Losar and Aybrons reach the KHREST II with their last ounce of strength.

Michael P. Mahoney

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213 - Giganten am Südpol
Giants at the South Pole
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

A new raid is launched and manages to detonate a bomb at the south pole, but the blast is insufficient to damage the station significantly. After this new attempt fails, the team once again returns to the Khrest II, chased by the flying fortress.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

With ten chemical propulsion aircraft, a commando team leaves for the south pole of the planet "Horror" at the beginning of the year 2401. In spite of their smallness, the Terrans succeed in destroying the four domes. Yet the effects of the compression potential persist. After the destruction of the domes, the alien space fortress approaches the pole without attacking the Terrans who successfully return to the KHREST II.

Michael P. Mahoney

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214 - Der Kampf um die Pyramiden
The Battle of the Pyramids
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

In the Milky Way, the Terrans are still looking for Kahalo, where the central command of the Sextuple transmitter is assumed to be. A ship is eventually able to locate the planet but the Masters of the Islands dispatch a fleet of cylindrical ships through the transmitter at the same moment. These ships shoot some sort of death ray that destroys all life on the planet, including its inhabitants. The arrival of a huge Terran fleet prevents the cylindrical ships from destroying the Purple Pyramids, where the central station is located. Despite superior firepower, the cylinders must flee from the Terran fleet. The Terrans are now in control of the Purple Pyramids.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Terran battleship MOHICAN discovers Kahalo - a planet long searched for by the Solar Imperium. It is assumed that the control station for the Milky Way’s hexagon transmitter is located on this planet.

At the same moment, energy eruptions take place close to the solar transmitter. A cruiser, of the same type as the one met by the KHREST II in the Twin System, appears above Kahalo. It uses some sort of vibratory weapon on the planet in order to kill its original inhabitants, the "Big Heads". The MOHICAN attacks the foreign vessel. It is about to succumb to the alien space vessel (shaped like a "pencil") when other Terran units finally arrive and help it. The "pencils" are equipped with fewer weapons but the Terrans still cannot defeat them easily.

Teleporters Ras Tschubai and Tako Kakuta clear the deadly circle around the pyramids on Kahalo. They discover the control station of the transmitter in spite of the robots protecting it. The “pencils” finally flee and the professor Kalup begins to study the installation.

Michael P. Mahoney

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215 - Endstation des Grauens
Last Stop: Horror
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Using the Sextuple transmitter, Tifflor arrives and occupies the Twin system. At the same time, the Prometheus II is approaching Horror but cannot locate the Khrest II, since it is now too small to be seen and unable to send radio signals. The Prometheus II then tries to land and suffers the same fate as the Khrest II.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

With a fleet of five thousand heavy cruisers and three thousand transport units, Solar Marshal Tifflor passes through the hexagon transmitter and occupies the Twin System.

The ANDROTEST II (PROMETHEUS II) leaves the Twin System for the planet "Horror" in order to save the crew of the KHREST II. On the way to "Horror", Omar Hawk meets the mysterious Dull who gives him a preview of the past and the future showing the greatly reduced KHREST II. The Okrill Sherlock gives birth to a baby Okrill.

When the vessel reaches the Horror System during the first days of January 2401, past events are reconstructed partly with the help of Sherlock. The alien fortress attacks the ANDROTEST II. The ANDROTEST crashes on the surface of the planet and the crew is reduced in size by the compression potential.

Michael P. Mahoney

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216 - Aufbruch der Oldtimer
Departure Of The Old-Timers
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

In order to warn the Prometheus III, now on its way to Horror, so it is not struck by the reduction beam, Rhodan sets up an operation that must go back into the second planetary layer and bring back an escape pod that was abandoned there during their trip through the planet. The task is daunting, since the humans are only 2mm tall, but they successfully pilot the ship back to the surface.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

As a part of the shrinkage process on the planet "Horror", the personnel of the KHREST II are victims of a psychosis named "lunacy" - a condition whereby a person may become very aggressive at any moment. In order to procure for themselves a hypercom unit so that they can warn the ANDROTEST III (PROMETHEUS III), four chemical propulsion airplanes, nicknamed “Oldtimers”, leave on January 14, 2401 for the Red floor of the planet "Horror". They discover that the city Kraa has been destroyed but still reach their goal - two shuttles (fight shifts or "tanks") of the C-11 which had been abandoned nearby. A Bloo (a vicious spider-like animal) and some Voluts (Esquis who live on the Red Floor) who have survived the destruction of Kraa fight over one of the battleship's shuttles. After great difficulties, the mousebeavers get the other shuttle moving through the use of their telekinetic abilities. The Terrans proceed to the Yellow floor with this shuttle while at the same time coming under fire from the Voluts. They successfully reach the Yellow floor eight days after their departure from the KHREST II.

Michael P. Mahoney

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217 - Gefahr aus der Vergangenheit
Danger From The Past
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

02 2401. Using the the giant escape pod, the Terrans try to send a message to the Prometheus III, but the message is intercepted by the wheel-shaped fortress guarding Horror. The fortress captures the Khrest II and the Terrans discover that the inhabitants of the fortress are Maahks, a methane-breathing race that once populated the Milky Way. A merciless war between them and the Arkonids 10,000 years ago, was won by the Arkonids, thanks to the Converter Guns(a gift to the Arkonids from IT). The new weapon tilted the war in favor of the Arkonids and nearly all the Maahks in the galaxy were exterminated. The survivors fled to Andromeda, and now serve the Masters of the Island.

The flying fortress departs from Horror and flies through the Horror transmitter, intending to attack the Terran fleet in the Twin system. During the transition, both the fortress and the Khrest come back to their normal sizes (250km for the fortress!). The Khrest II is able to escape from within the fortress and rejoins Tifflor.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Attracted by the radio messages of the shuttle, the alien space fortress appears on the Yellow floor. The Terrans retreat to the KHREST II with their planes. The fortress attacks the KHREST II directly and takes it aboard. Its inhabitants are stocky creatures who are two meter twenty centimeters tall with a hemispheric bald head and four eyes. The two arms are tentacles which end in six fingers. They live in an atmosphere of hydrogen and methane.

With a frightening realization, Atlan recognizes that they are Maahks, the leading people of the dreaded Methane-Breathers, the same Maahks who brought the large empire of the Arkonides to the edge of the abyss around ten thousand years before at the time of the Great Methane War. Since the end of the war one believed that they had been annihilated.

When the fortress moves away from Horror it resumes its normal size. However, the KHREST II and its crew remains reduced in size. When the fortress goes through the Twin Transmitter and arrives in the Twin System, the Terrans and their vessel also return to their original size. Vessels of Tifflor's fleet fight the Maahk space fortress. The KHREST II makes a hole in the wall of its prison in the space fortress and escapes.

Michael P. Mahoney

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218 - Brennpunkt Twin
Flash Point Twin
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Maahk's flying fortress attacks Raum/Quinta. It is protected by an inpenetrable green field and uses the dreadful Converter Guns. The Terrans fight with Transformer Guns and giga Arkon bombs, the only weapons that seem to be able to penetrate the force field. They manage to keep the fortress away and retain control of the Twin System transmitter.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

In the Twin System, the Terran fleet faces the space fortress of the Maahks. The massive action of the Terran transform cannons could destabilize the system. Thus, Perry Rhodan, worried that millions of alien creatures inhabiting the planets of the system may be killed, limits the use of his greatest weapon. The green energy shield of the fortress resists all other Terran weapons. When the Maahks use their converter cannons which had, in turn, been used against them by the Arkonides during the Methane War, Ismail ben Rabat, the commander of the VOLTAIRE and Omar Hawk (along with his Okrill), are projected into an underground control station on Quinta. The space fortress expels the "pencil-shaped" spacecraft and the Maahks seize Quinta. The Terran troops defeat the Methane-breathers on the control planet and save ben Rabbat and Hawk. A massive use of the transform cannons against the fortress finally breaks its energy shield and forces it to flee.

Michael P. Mahoney

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219 - Teleporter Achtung!
Teleporter: Attention!
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

After its defeat by the Terrans in the Twin system, the fortress flies through the transmitters and arrives in the Sextuple system. It then proceeds to attack Kahalo. To destroy it once for all, Rhodan sends teleporter mutants inside the gigantic ship, where they leave a gigabomb. The operation is a success and the fortress is destroyed, but the mutants can't make it back to any Terran ship and are marooned in space.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The fortress of the Maahks, followed by the KHREST II, reaches the Orbone System by way of the Twin transmitter and threatens the planet Kahalo. At the time of an attack by the Terran flagship, Pucky, Ras Tschubai and Tako Kakuta teleport aboard the gigantic fortress, deposit an Arkonide bomb and leave the vessel (as it is breaking apart) in one of the "pencil" ships. They are discovered and disarmed. When the energy shield of the Maahk cruiser is weakened by a Terran vessel, the teleporters can flee into space, where they drift helplessly. Only five "pencils" succeed in escaping from the Terran units.

During this time more than eighty-four metal cylinders containing some dead Maahks materialize in the Twin transmitter.

Michael P. Mahoney

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220 - Der Tod von den Sternen
The Dead From The Stars
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

A few Maahks were able to leave the fortress before it was blown up by the mutants. They contact the Akonids, long time enemies to the Arkonids and the Solar Empire. The Akonids help the Maahks to settle on Metha, a desert planet with a methane atmosphere. An Akonid ship captures the marooned mutants and turns them over to the Maahks. Once on Metha, the mutants escape the Maahks and warn the Terran fleet, which then destroys the Maahk colony.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Pucky, Ras Tschubai and Tako Kakuta, who have escaped into space, reach a planet without oxygen. They discover a small unknown vessel. Shortly afterwards they teleport themselves into an approaching spherical cruiser - a vessel of the Akonides. Its commander, Artosos, detains the teleporters since his new allies, the Maahks from the five vessels that escaped, have taken refuge on the planet Metha. By cooperating with these new enemies of the Terrans, the Akonides want to take vengeance for some previous failures. Pucky runs away and sets off a strong explosion that destroys the news Maahk base and attracts the KHREST II - which has been searching for the missing mutants - to Metha.

Michael P. Mahoney

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221 - Verschleppt nach Andro-Alpha
Kidnapped to Andro-Alpha
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rhodan decides to insert spies within Maahks' ranks. He asks five Terran officers, doomed by a deadly disease called the 'Plague of the Center' to become spies. The five men pretend they are deserters and assist the Maahk's prisoners to escape. Going through the Twin transmitter, they arrive on Horror where the Maahk fleet is gathering. Their mission is to collect information on the Maahk forces and send it to the Prometheus III, hiding a few parsecs away from Horror. But the Maahks are not fooled by the stratagem. They send the five men through the Horror transmitter to a planet called Androcenter, within the Andro-Alpha nebula. Andro-Alpha is a micro-nebula orbiting around Andromeda, which is the new home of the Maahks since fleeing the Milky Way.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

In the Horror System, the Maahks gather a big fleet which has traveled from Andro-alpha, one of the small galaxies adjacent to the Andromeda Nebula.

Allan D. Mercant sends five terminally ill men - Halgor Sorlund, Hegete Hegha, Cole Harper, Son-Hao and Imar Arcus - to spy on the Horror System. They have been infected by the incurable Center Plague which they contracted during an exploration flight. During the terminal stage of this disease the body crystallizes. The knowledge of the deadly illness is removed from their subconscious during their training. As part of the covert operation, the five men apparently free five Maahks (former inhabitants of the space fortress) who are prisoners of the Terrans. The five Terran spies pretend that they are rebels and propose on their own initiative an alliance between the Earth and the Methane Breathers.

On 1 April 2401, they steal a spacecraft and escape through the Twin transmitter to the planet "Horror" from which they are transmitted immediately to the Andro Center transmitter located at the center of the Andro-alpha nebula. It is composed of three suns. Once through the transmitter, tractor beams pull the small Terran vessel onto the only planet.

Michael P. Mahoney

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222 - Die Doppelgänger von Andromeda
The Duplicates of Andromeda
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Maahks then use a special device called the multiplicator. This device allows them to duplicate human beings. The clones have all the memories of the original, but are under total control of the owner of the device. The Maahks are thus able to make five clones of the human spies. The Terran agents are then executed.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The five Maahks who came with the Terran spies to Andro Center in the Andro-Alpha Nebula are executed after a short cross-examination. It turns out that the crew of the space fortress was composed of outcasts who had, against orders, attacked Kahalo. Halgor Sorlund and his companions try to demonstrate to Grek-1, the Maahk commander, the military strength of the Earth with some video documentations but the Maahk doesn't change his hostile attitude.

After a failed attempt to escape, the five Terrans learn that the Maahks created duplicates of them with a duplicator. When it is determined that their doubles are unaware of the Center Plague, Sorlund and his men attempt to explode their spacecraft along with their doubles. The Maahks are forced to kill their five prisoners before they can be interrogated.

Michael P. Mahoney

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223 - Die fünfte Kolonne
The Fifth Column
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Maahks send the duplicates to Horror, where they rejoin the Prometheus III. They pretend they escaped from the Maahks and have vital information to give to headquarters. The Prometheus III brings the duplicates back to Kahalo via the transmitters on Horror and Twin. (note: a fifth column is another name for a spy ring.)

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney)

The five doubles return to the planet "Horror" with the Terran spacecraft by way of the Andro Center transmitter. They rendezvous with the ANDROTEST III (PROMETHEUS III). To increase the credibility of their double agents, the Maahks attack the vessel. They damage it so much that it must flee through the Horror Transmitter to the Twin System.

In their distrust towards the Maahks, Atlan and Allan D. Mercant are very skeptical about the identity of the five men but all examinations prove negative and arouse no suspicion.

When Atlan explores the huge “City of the Outlaws” on Quarta, he falls under the influence of an unknown device of the Maahks. At the last moment he is saved by Melbar Kasom and Perry Rhodan. The device is destroyed. No one suspects that this device was a duplicator.

Michael P. Mahoney

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224 - Agenten gegen das Imperium
Agents Versus The Imperium
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Upon their return, the duplicates are seen by all as heroes, except for Atlan, who is fairly familiar with the Maahks and can't believe they would have let their prisoners escape. He suspects the five agents have been brainwashed by the Methanians, but since they are in all ways identical to their originals, he cannot prove his theory. The duplicates board the ship Kitara, on their way to shore leave on Inversia. Once under way, the agents hijack the ship, kill the crew and blow up the vessel, simulating an accident. This incident confirms Atlan's suspicions. A thorough examination of the area where the accident happened reveals nothing.

In the meantime, the duplicates are joined by an immaterial sphere sent to them by the Masters of the Islands. This sphere contains a new device, the Pulse Disruptor, that allows the Maahk ships to use the Sextuple transmitter without having to materialize near it. If the Disruptor is activated, the Maahks will be able to materialize wherever they wish in the galaxy.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The KHREST II brings Halgor Sorlund, Hegete Hegha, Cole Harper, Son-Hao and Imar Arcus to Kahalo. On 11 April 2401, Atlan has the five agents examined by the Ara doctor Kostra-Nor. The Ara Physician confirms the identity of the five Terrans but he also diagnoses, to the surprise of everyone, the disappearance of all symptoms of the Center Plague. Atlan cannot prevent the departure of the KITARA with the five agents for Opposite (Inversia) when a Maahk fleet attacks Kahalo.

The doubles kill the crew of the KITARA and throw the corpses into space. Pucky searches for the KITARA with the LITUVIA but he finds no trace of the Terran vessel. The doubles simulate the destruction of the KITARA by the Maahks and begin the installation of a Pulse Disruptor (Impulse Sensor) that will permit the materialization of Maahk vessels at any location within the Milky Way. No longer will they have to materialize near the hexagonal transmitter or the planet Kahalo which are both close to the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Michael P. Mahoney

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225 - Rendezvous im All
Rendezvous in Space
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

05 2401. The Terrans chance upon the dead body of a member of the Kitara's crew, convincing Rhodan that his spies are really Maahk agents now. Meanwhile, the duplicates start the Pulse Disruptor and materialize a Maahk ship inside the Milky Way. One of the Terran ships eventually discovers the Kitara and the enemy ship but fails to capture it. The Maahk ship disappears. In order to infiltrate the Terran ranks, Grek-1, the commander of the Maahk vessel, leaves the five duplicates on the Kitara. They are rescued by the Terrans and explain that the Kitara was attacked by the Maahk ship and that they are the only suvivors. The Terrans pretend they believe them but Rhodan now knows for sure they are traitors.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The corpse of a crewmember of the KITARA is discovered drifting in space. It becomes clear to Rhodan and the other Terrans in charge that the five agents are in the service of the Maahks. The search for the KITARA restarts.

With the help of the Pulse Disruptor (Impulse Sensor) the Maahk commander, Grek-1, materializes with a vessel close to the KITARA. The device aboard the KITARA is disassembled.

The PLOPHEIA finally locates the KITARA. It discovers the foreign vessel nearby. The PLOPHEIA’s First Officer, Pol Kennan, a former friend of the real Cole Harper, secretly boards the KITARA and determines the role of the "false" Harper. When Harper rebels after having finished his mission for the Maahks, Grek-1 sends robots against the double. They kill Cole Harper, who is replaced by a new more obedient double. Kennan is seriously wounded and loses consciousness. When the KHREST II appears close to the KITARA and takes the five agents and the unconscious Kennan aboard, the Maahk vessel has long since disappeared from that region of space. Rhodan keeps the five doubles in the dark and they still believe that their real identity has not been discovered.

Michael P. Mahoney

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226 - Die Parasprinter
The Parasprinter
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Atlan suggests using two new mutants, the brothers Rakar and Tronar Woolver. These two brothers come from the world Chrystal. They are linked by a very strong telepathic connection and are able to teleport by following the energy fields between any two points in space. Rhodan implements a strategy which causes the traitors to call the Maahk ship via radio. The two "wave runners" take advantage of the communication to teleport onto the Maahk ship. There, they find out about the multiduplicator devices, but Tronar is captured by the Maahks, who pass him through the multiduplicator, creating a clone, then kill him. Rakar is able to escape.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The precarious situation forces Atlan to bring into play a secret asset of the USO, the mutants Tronar and Rakal Woolver. The two mutants from the planet Imart have green skin, purple hair and a large barrel-shaped chest. They are designated as Parasprinters (Wave Runners). They can project themselves into other places without limit of distance while using any form of energy, such as radio waves, as a means of transportation. Thus, they are not quite true teleporters. A close relationship unites the twins.

During the cross-examination of the five doubles on 2 May 2401, Tronar Woolver passes himself off as an Akonide Secret Service officer wishing to make contact with the Maahks. He permits the doubles to send a short message to Grek-1. The Maahk Commander is distrustful and sends an impulse of destruction to his five agents. While they die, Pucky succeeds in reading their thoughts and learns that they are exact imitations of the original Terran agents.

The twin Woolvers use the radio message to jump aboard the Maahk vessel. Tronar is discovered and captured by the Maahks. When he is submitted to the effects of the duplicator, he himself dematerializes while his double is forming. Rakal immediately recognizes the double of Tronar as an imitation that lacks both his brother’s para-facalties and his brother's memories. Rakal uses dectection waves from the Terran vessel that follows the Maahk vessel to leave the cruiser and to inform Rhodan and Atlan.

Michael P. Mahoney

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227 - Der Duplo und sein Schatten
The Duplo And His Shadow
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Grek-1 executes a stratagem involving an Akonid ship and sends Tronar's clone to Kahalo. But Grek-1 isn't aware that Rakar saw the multiduplicator and knows that his brother died on the ship. The Terrans neutralize the fake Tronar and Rakar takes his place. Meanwhile, on the Maahk ship, Grek-1 is setting up a huge Pulse Disruptor, which should be able to materialize a whole Maahk fleet within the Milky Way.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Worried by the mysterious arrival of Tronar Woolver aboard his vessel, Grek-1 hesitates to send the signal initiating the invasion of the Maahks. Instead of that he sends the Woolver double aboard a captured Akonide vessel. The double destroys this vessel and leaves it just in time to be rescued by the Terrans. He states that he had been abducted by the Akonides. Rhodan, Atlan and their collaborators hide from the false “Tronar” that his cover has already been blown. They know he is Tronar’s double and a Maahk spy. Rakal Woolver must come back to the Maahk spy in his room.

Michael P. Mahoney

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228 - Die Rache des Mutanten
The Revenge Of The Mutant
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rakar Woolver eventually returns to the Maahk ship, fooling Grek-1 about his identity. He sabotages the Pulse Disruptor, which causes the Maahk fleet to materialize in the Sextuple system, where the Terran fleet is awaiting them. They are exterminated.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Terrans send to the Maahks a false message from their double saying that they can lock out the transmitter at Kahalo. The commander Grek-1 immediately recalls his agent and Rakal Woolver returns to the Maahk vessel instead of his brother’s double.

To see if the Terran blockage is already activated Grek-1 sends a small robot vessel to the planet "Horror" by way of the solar transmitter. In the Horror System, the Maahk fleet waits for the order to attack. Rakal Woolver, utilizing his wave runner faculties, destroys the Pulse Disruptor (Impulse Sensor). As a result, when the Maahk invasion begins on 19 May 2401, the vessels of the Methane breathers are surprised when they unexpectedly materialize in the Milky Way's hexagon transmitter. They can not free themselves from the transmitter’s strong gravitational field and are pulled into the gigantic stars. The waiting Terran fleet annihilates the remaining Maahk spacecraft that are not initially destroyed by the transmitter’s suns. After having damaged Grek-1's vessel so that it can not operate anymore, Rakal returns to the KHREST II.

After the failure of the Maahk invasion, Grek-1 no longer feels any loyalty to the “Masters of the Island”.

Michael P. Mahoney

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229 - Feind aus fremder Galaxis
Enemy From a Strange Galaxy
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

06 2401. Despite the loss of his fleet, Grek-1 wants to keep on fighting. But his tactics have now evolved: he realized he is not fighting against Arkonids (who are old enemies to his race) but against Terrans, against whom he has no desire for revenge. However, he holds a grudge against the Akonids, who are close to Arkonids. The hostility of the Akonids toward Rhodan convinces Grek-1 to ally with the Terrans. After many discussions via the mutants, he surrenders to the Terrans, but destroys his own ship up before doing so. At the same time, a strange phenomenon related to the special skills of the two wave runners induces the resurrection of Tronar Woolver.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The mind of Tronar Woolver, freed at the time of his dematerialization in the duplicator of the Maahks, is propelled into the past, follows the evolution of life on the planet Morka and finds himself finally in the body of a creature of Morka. Upon the death of this creature he comes back to the present. While the double of Tronar disappears, the real body reforms itself in the duplicator of the Maahk vessel. Rakal Woolver jumps aboard the vessel, reunites with his “real” brother, and damages the energy shield generators with the help of his brother thereby permitting Pucky, Ras Tschubai and Tako Kakuta to teleport aboard.

When Grek-1, who discovers the invaders, flees with his vessel, the mutants destroy the ship’s linear drive. The Maahk Commander calls the Akonides for help but he ends up fighting them when they want to seize his vessel. An interview with Pucky convinces Grek-1, who is ready to commit suicide, to allow himself to be brought aboard the KHREST II. He annihilates his vessel along with its Maahk crew in order to prevent treason. After meeting with Rhodan he renounces his intentions to commit suicide and allies himself with the Terrans.

Michael P. Mahoney 2005-02-21

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230 - Finale für Twin
Finale for Twin
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Grek-1 is taken to the Moon where he is questioned by Rhodan. Meanwhile, the Akonids learn about the Sextuple system and demand that the Terrans remove their blockade from the transmitter. In addition, they gather a fleet of 80,000 ships to impose their presence in the area. On Grek-1's recommendation, Rhodan evacuates the Sexutple system and opens the way to the Akonids, but he boobytraps the Raum/Quinta station. The Akonids enter the Twin system and try to capture Raum/Quinta, but they then face a Maahk fleet coming from Horror, on its way to take on the Milky Way. Rhodan destroys Raum/Quinta, which indefinitely isolates the Maahk and Akonid fleets in the Twin system. The Akonids lose almost all of their fleet and won't be a threat to the Solar Empire for a long time.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Akonides learn from a Terran prisoner the position of the Milky Way's hexagon transmitter. On 16 June 2401 the Akonide commander Hat-Mooh reaches this solar transmitter with eighty thousand vessels and passes through it to the Twin System. In order to prevent a war Rhodan permits the Akonides to use the transmitter. He makes preparations for the destruction of the control station on Quinta and, upon the urging of Grek-1, withdraws the Terran fleet from the Twin System.

When the eighty thousand Akonide units reach the Twin System and try to conquer Quinta, they are attacked by thirty thousand combat vessels of the extensively superior Maahks and are completely destroyed. Grek-1 sees this attack as vengeance on the Arkonides who nearly destroyed his people entirely during the Methane War. The three millions Maahks are banished forever in the Twin System with the destruction of the station controlling the transmitter. Grek-1 now sees his people as slaves of the "Masters of the Island". He is now free and finally places himself firmly on the side of Perry Rhodan.

Michael P. Mahoney 2005-02-21

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231 - Das System der Verlorenen
The System Of The Lost
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

12 2401. Grek-1, now among the Terran ranks, tells Rhodan about a solar system halfway between the Milky Way and Andromeda, the Lost System, where a transmitter can be found, which is connected to that of the Sextuple system. This system had only one planet, Kulloch, populated by Maahks, but the Masters of the Island blew the planet a thousand years ago because the Maahks had rebelled against them. The system is now therefore desert. Rhodan goes there with the Khrest II and finds out that some Maahks survived the destruction of the planet and live among its debris. They are very aggressive toward Rhodan because they think the Masters of the Island are back, and they prevent the Terrans from reaching the transmitter, located on one of the debris.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Grek-1 advises Perry Rhodan to seize the Lost System as a base for future operations. The system, whose two suns form a transmitter, is nine hundred fifty thousand light years from the Milky Way and five hundred one thousand light years from Andromeda. It has been abandoned by the "Masters of the Island". Its only planet, Kulloch (Kohnla), had been destroyed thousands of years before at the time of a punitive expedition by the Masters against the Maahks living there. The planet now forms an asteroid belt consisting of thirty thousand debris pieces.

The Terrans reach the Lost System on 18 December 2401. They discover an asteroid which holds the control station of the transmitter. It is named the "Caliph of Baghdad". A shield prevents the Terrans from entering the station in order to modify the settings. They are attacked by mutants, the Urals, Maahk descendants of the survivors of the disaster of Kulloch (Kohnla). After a massive attack by the small vessels of the Urals, the heavily damaged KHREST II retreats from the system.

Michael P. Mahoney

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232 - Die Zeitfalle
The Time Trap
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rhodan asks Bell to join him with his fleet and together, they face and defeat the Maahks. But as they come nearer to the transmitter, Gucky's ship triggers a time trap, and he is cast one thousand years back in time, while the Masters of the Island were attacking the planet. Thanks to Gucky, the Masters of the Islands suffer heavy losses and some of the Maahks manage to survive. Gucky is able to come back into the present, and Rhodan is finally able to make peace with the Maahks by convincing them they were not sent by the Masters of the Island.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

After a time limit of eight days, Reginald Bell follows the KHREST II with 322 vessels to the Lost System. When fights with the Urals take place, Pucky brings Beukla, the chief of the Maahk mutants, aboard the KHREST. Peace is restored.

The green energy shield of the control asteroid Caliph is removed thanks to the use of bombs. The corvette C-5 of Don Redhorse with Pucky and the twin Woolvers aboard is seized by a temporal field and projected one thousand years into the past. The Terrans help the Maahks of Kulloch (Kohnla) when the punitive expedition of the "Masters of the Island" arrives to destroy their planet. Pucky receives the name "The Everywhere Killer" from the Methane Breathers and this name and the legend associated with it would survive and still be remembered one thousand years later by the Urals.

Rakal Woolver returns to the present while following the energy current of the temporal field. He plants a bomb that destroys the temporal generator and permits the C-5 to come back into the present.

Michael P. Mahoney

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233 - Geheimsatellit Troja
Secret Satellite Troy
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

07 2402. Using the transmitter of the Lost System, the Terrans are teleported into the micro-nebula Androbeta, 400,000 light years away. This micro-nebula, which looks like Androalpha, orbits around the Andromeda galaxy. In order not to draw attention upon them, the Terrans build a base inside an asteroid (Troja) found within the Lost System. Inside, he stores five super-cruisers, including the Khrest II, and sends the asteroid through the transmitter. Troya reaches a the system of Beta-Triangle, and Rhodan's plan is a success : the guardians of the Androbeta transmitter are not alerted by this innocent-looking asteroid, probably captured by mistake by the transmitter.

Some time later, the asteroid is swallowed by a Moby, a kind of living planet. These Mobies are the super-guardians of Androbeta, and wander about the nebula, swallowing everything that goes by. As they are about to be "digested", the Terrans kill the planetoid from inside and are able to escape.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On 2 July 2402 the invasion of the small Andro-Beta galaxy, near Andromeda begins. The secret satellite Troy, a hollow asteroid of eight hundred thirty kilometers in diameter, arrives (by way of the Lost System transmitter) in the triangle transmitter of Andro-Beta, composed of three gigantic blue suns. In the hangars of Troy are the ANDROTEST III (PROMETHEUS III) and five combat vessels: KHREST II, THORA II, ALARIC, NAPOLEON and IMPERATOR. All five are equipped with two stage propulsion units in order for them to achieve an effective range of a half million light-years.

Shortly after their arrival in Andro-Beta, the Terrans meet a Moby, an inorganic creature of fourteen thousand kilometers in diameter. It swallows Troy. The Mobys come from Andromeda and have been installed in Andro-Beta by the "Masters of the Island". Their instinctive brains can be programmed with data in order to perform specific tasks. The gigantic creatures drift in space and feed themselves with pure energy. The crew of Troy is attacked by energy creatures that form the antibodies of the Moby. Pucky realizes that the Moby is contaminated by bioparasites and is near death. These bioparasites are responsible for the death of Andro-Beta's super-guards of which Grek-1 spoke. The Terrans ally themselves with the bioparasites and the twin Woolvers destroy the instinctive brain of the Moby. Troy leaves the dying Moby through an opening in the back of the gigantic creature.

Michael P. Mahoney

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234 - Wachkommando Andro-Beta
Watch Command Andro-Beta
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rhodan leave Troja with the Khrest II on an exploration mission. After visiting an ice planet, where strange hallucinogen crystals grow [note from Cedric : these hypno-crystals will appear again in another cycle where they will have a great importance], the Khrest II approaches a wandering Moby which doesn't seem to react to their presence. It turns out most of the Mobies are dead, and their "dead body" is used as homes by a race called the Two-Noses. They are almost humanoid and are the main people of Androbeta. Using a powerful tractor beam, the Two-Noses capture the Khrest II and all the Terrans.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The KHREST II accompanies the PROMETHEUS III (which must give a report to Reginald Bell in the Lost System) to the edge of the Andro-Beta Nebula. During the return flight, the KHREST II discovers the Celadon System. The seventh planet could serve as a logistics base. Lieutenant Finch Eyseman and the biologist Wai-Ming who study Celadon 7, a world of methane and ammonia, are subjected to the hypnosis of illusion crystals that gives them a false idea of their environment. Perry Rhodan and Jury Sedenko follow Eyseman and Wai-Ming and save them. The biologist survive solely because the crystals place him in a deep sleep, his space suit having been damaged at the time by a fall.

As the return flight to the secret satellite Troy continues, the KHREST II meets a dead Moby. When the vessel approaches the gigantic creature, it is engaged by a beam that absorbs its energy. A tractor beam brings it inside the Moby. The KHREST II is invaded by Twonosers (Two-noses). They are humanoid shaped with arms which are short and they possess two trunks provided with four fingers. Twonosers (Two-noses) have been positioned for millennia in the Andro-Beta nebula as guards by the "Masters of the Island". They are divided into three castes distinguished by the color of their trunks and are named White Noses (Trunks), Blue Noses (Trunks) and Red Noses (Trunks).

The Terrans pass themselves off as spacemen from Andromeda. An attempt to leave the KHREST II with planes fails. The entire crew of the Terran flagship is brought into captivity.

Michael P. Mahoney

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235 - Die Kaste der Weißrüssel
The Caste Of The White Trunks
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Two-Noses are divided in three races, identified by the color of their two snout-looking noses (red, blue and white). Rhodan makes believe to the Red Noses (the upper race) that the Terrans came from a planet in Androbeta and have just discovered space travel. Deeming them as primitives, the Red Noses send them into the deep recesses of the Moby, with the White Noses (the lower race).

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The crew of the KHREST II is brought by train to work on the lower floor of the Moby, the living area of the despised and oppressed White Nose (Trunk) caste. The Terrans hear talk of a Two-nose group that is rebelling against the caste system.

Icho Tolot and Melbar Kasom escape. The twin Woolvers ensure the communication link between them and the prisoners. Shortly afterwards Perry Rhodan, Atlan and fifty other crewmen succeed in escaping with four Twonoser outcasts.

Michael P. Mahoney

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236 - Im Camp der Gesetzlosen
In The Camp Of The Lawless
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Terrans are used for some time as farm workers. Eventually, Rhodan makes them rebel against the upper races. The Terrans take advantage of the civil war to get back to the Khrest II and escape from the Moby.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Perry Rhodan and his men reach the camp of the criminals (rebels). Hidden in a provision train transporting food to the upper floor, the Terrans and rebels penetrate into the domain of the dominant Red-Noses (Trunks). During the journey Rhodan hears talk about the problem of the bioparasites that the Two-Noses (Trunks) use like food.

The Woolver twins sabotage some power stations and cut the energy flow to the middle floor thereby misleading the militaristic Blue Noses (Trunks) into attacking the Red Noses (Trunks) who control the energy facilities of the gigantic creature. The Terrans give the Moby the name "Tolot". Garko the Strong, the chief of the White Nose (Trunks), sends a military force toward the upper floor. He frees his remaining Terran prisoners and seizes a train. The White Noses (Trunks) and rebels occupy the energy stations in key positions throughout the Moby. At the time of a conference with the masters of the castes, Rhodan places Garko and his son, Larkaat, a chief of the outcasts, as the leaders of a new government of the Twonosers. He also decides to resolve the parasite question.

On 16 August 2402 the KHREST II leaves the Moby “Tolot” after having destroyed the facilities producing the beam that had captured it.

Michael P. Mahoney

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237 - Die drei Sternenbrüder
The Three Star Brothers
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

08 2402. Reginal Bell, who commands the solar fleet of the Lost System, sends additional cruisers to Androbeta. These cruisers are fit with super-engines that can cross the 400,000 light years that separate the micro-nebula from the Lost Word. Thus, they don't need the transmitter. When they reach Androbeta, they are confronted to an apparently dead Moby, but actually inhabited by some sort of intelligence existing in three instances, issued from the decaying brain of the Moby. Meanwhile, in the Two-Noses Moby, the civil war is still raging. Atlan eventually decides to blow the Moby up, for fear that their war might attract the Masters of the Island's attention.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On August 10, 2402, a convoy of vessels guided by the BAGALO leaves the Lost System for Andro-Beta. All vessels use a three stage propulsion system. Every stage has a reach of two hundred fifty thousand light years. On August 16 the convoy arrives at its goal. During a reconnaissance flight the BAGALO penetrates into a Moby whose conscience is divided into three personalities because of damage inflicted by bioparasites. The first personality, “Starved”, knows food and how its digestion occurs. The second personality, “Curious”, is able to scan for food in space. The third, “Watcher”, possesses the memory of the Moby. The Terrans try to free themselves from the three brothers, who each maintain them telekinetically as captives for different reasons. The energy balance is destroyed, which in turn causes eruptions inside of the gigantic creature. The Moby explodes after the departure of the BAGALO.

The KHREST II discovers that a fleet of three thousand vessels of the Twonosers (Two-noses) approaches Moby “Tolot”. Rhodan rejects Atlan's proposition to destroy the Moby and the Twonosers living there who hold the critical secret about the presence of the Terrans in Andro-Beta. Based on Watcher’s message, the BAGALO approaches Moby “Tolot” and meets the KHREST. Perry Rhodan and Atlan decide to carry out a diversionary maneuver. Because of its unusual propulsion system the BAGALO is different from the other Terran units and can get in close to Moby “Tolot” without fear of if being identified as a Terran vessel. Fortuitously Perry Rhodan is the victim of a skull fracture and Atlan takes command. The men of the BAGALO, who, as an act of subterfuge give out signals in Maahk code, determine that the Twonoser vessels have not yet landed on the Moby. Instead, they open fire on Moby “Tolot”. When the firing stops and the Twonoser vessels do finally get ready to land, Atlan destroys Moby “Tolot” with Arkon bombs.

Michael P. Mahoney

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238 - Der Geleitzug ins Ungewisse
The Convoy Into Uncertainty
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Khrest II gets back to Troja, where it is joined by the cruisers sent by Bell. Rhodan is looking for a discrete planet where the Terrans could build a base. He finds it in the Ha'lurin system, on the second planet -- Artis, an ice world. The Terrans build the base under the ice, but one of the cruisers is spotted by a Two-Noses squadron. The cruiser successfully evades the Two-Noses, making them think it actually came from Androalpha, the Maahks micro-nebula.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The increased activity of Twonoser (Two-noses) vessels prevents direct access to Troy. The USO flagship, IMPERATOR, leaves the asteroid to find a world that can serve as a base. It finds a sun that is named after the commander of the USO vessel, Heske Alurin. The surface of the first planet of the Alurin (Ha'lurin) System shows traces of atomic destruction and is named Destroy. On the second planet, the frozen world Arctis, hangars are created in to ice to welcome some Terran vessels.

While the base “Station Louvre” is installed on Arctis, the IMPERATOR tries to give the impression that the Maahks have arrived in the Andro-Beta nebula by diversionary maneuvers and attacks on Twonoser vessels.

Michael P. Mahoney

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239 - Welt unter heißer Strahlung
World Under Hot Radiation
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

09 2402. Rhodan decides to explore the first planet of the Ha'lurin system. It is baptized Destroy and looks like it was devastated by a nuclear holocaust. Pushing the investigation further, Rhodan is stunned to discover Laurins dwelling beneath the surface. This confirms the origin of the Laurins, which had always been suspected to come from Andromeda. The Masters of the Islands sent the Laurins to invade the Galaxy three centuries ago. After the Laurins failed, the Masters of the Islands exiled them on Destroy, and then destroyed the planet. The surviving Laurins are now hiding to escape from the Masters.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

With the Corvette C-17, Perry Rhodan, Pucky, Icho Tolot and thirty other Terrans land on the planet Destroy. Shortly after the landing the corvette is attacked by small, unidentified vessels and is destroyed. The Terran commando team meets mutant descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the planet.

Pucky discovers five hundred thousand mutated Laurins living under the surface of the planet. They no longer have the ability to become invisible. He learns that the Laurins are originally from the Andromeda nebula and that they were once allies of the "Masters of the Island". For twenty thousand years they tried to conquer the Milky Way with a hollow planet sheltering some Luxides (Laurins?). As they failed later, on orders from the Masters, to destroy the Central Protoplasm of the World of a Hundred Suns, they were expelled from their home world and exiled to the remote first planet of the Alurin System. After the Laurins attempted in vain to flee to the Milky Way, the "Masters of the Island" sent a Maahk battle fleet to destroy them. Robot-vessels were stationed to guard the survivors and were equipped with devices that damaged their flex-organs indefinitely.

Perry Rhodan concludes a peace with the Laurins. While the IMPERATOR recovers the Terran commando team on Destroy it is located by a Twonoser fleet.

Michael P. Mahoney

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240 - An der Schwelle der Hölle
At The Threshold Of Hell
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

A strange hyperwave is beginning to irradiate through Androbeta. This hyperwaves wakes all the Mobies up and they start to destroy methodically all the inhabited planets of the micro-galaxy. It seems that the Masters of the Islands eventually suspected the presence of the Terrans and are going to great lengths to make sure they won't survive. A Moby attacks and destroys Destroy, and then moves on to Artis, but the Terrans are able to eliminate it thanks to the para-sprinters (the Woolver brothers). But they know all they did was gaining some time

Meanwhile, after a parapsychic experience, an OSU officer is transfered for a few hours into a parallel universe where he meets with a telepathetic robot on some dark planet. This robot explains that he has been waiting for his masters for a thousand years, but the Terran can't learn anything more.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

A fleet of one thousand Twonoser vessels appears in the Alurin System, attracted by events on Destroy. They place themselves in orbit around the first planet. Shortly afterwards a Moby emerges, giving out great deals of energy. It recharges itself on the sun and annihilates Destroy. When it threatens Arctis, the Woolver twins transport bombs inside of the Moby to destroy the gigantic creature. With the help of tractor beams the KHREST II, the THORA II, the ALARIC, the NAPOLEON and the IMPERATOR pull the Moby into the sun.

On the orders of Atlan, Lieutenant Aino Uwanok of the USO explodes rockets on Station Louvre. The energy freed into space will permit telepaths to learn what happens in Andro-Beta. Because of his inability to feel pain, Uwanok was the only one with the ability to complete this mission. At the time of the explosion the officer finds himself on another temporal plain where he discovers an old installation which is hundreds of thousands of years old. It is maintained by turtle-shaped robots. This installation can project the whole planet into a foreign temporal plain. When a destruction device triggers itself, Uwanok comes back into normal space. The Moby is destroyed.

The Maahk Grek-1 assumes that the "Masters of the Island" have activated other Mobys in order to put an end to the uncontrolled events in Andro-Beta.

Michael P. Mahoney

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241 - Fünf von der CREST
Five From The CREST
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Terrans must abandon Artis to the Mobies. They relocate on Androbeta's fringe. The Khrest II scientists calculate that there are nine possible sources in Androbeta from which the hyperwave can be emitted. Rhodan sends nine mosquitos (small and fast ships) to investigate these spots. Eight ships find nothing of interest but the eighth one discovers a system made of three aligned stars, called the Triad system. Around the central star orbits the planet Gleam [Cedric: probably called the Swamp Planet and renamed by our restless and always creative French translator. And to an English name on top of that :-)]

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The Terrans abandon their base on Arctis and leave the Andro-Beta nebula because of the danger posed by the activated Mobys. Nine space jets are sent back toward Andro-Beta to find the station sending out the activation impulses to the Mobys.

The crew of the SJ-4C commanded by Don Redhorse is composed of four individuals: the radio operator Olivier Doutreval, Sergeant Whip Gilliam, the officer candidate Chard Bradon and Corporal Brazos Surfat who is presently under arrest for his frequent lack of discipline. The SJ-4C discovers a system of three aligned suns. The central star of the Triad system possesses an ellipsoid planet. It is from here that the activation impulses are sent out. Because of its fluorescent blue atmosphere, the planet is named Gleam.

Contrary to Rhodan's orders, the SJ-4C lands on the planet. Besides having to search for the station of the "Masters of the Island", the five Terrans must face the strange fauna of the swampy world. They finally meet the humanoid Gleamors who possess a low level of civilization. The delicate pale blue creatures nourish themselves with fungi and irritate the Terrans with their abnormally pacific behavior and their songs.

Michael P. Mahoney

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242 - Das Rätsel des Sumpfplaneten
The Puzzle Of The Swamp Planet
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The exploration of Gleam reveals that the hypertransmitter is on Siren, a satellite of Gleam, that was made invisible by the Masters of the Island.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Don Redhorse realizes that the songs of the Gleamors plunge them - him and his men - into an euphoric state. When, shortly afterwards, thirty-six small spherical vessels emerge, the Terrans accompany the indigenous inhabitants who leave for the equatorial belt of Gleam in flying energy bubbles. The Gleamors disarm the Terrans who are brought onto a metallic platform. Screens showing Gleam as seen from space awaken the suspicions of the Terrans. The searched for station must be on Gleam's moon. Redhorse and his companions take the chief of the Gleamors, Loor Tan, as hostage and leave the planet with their space jet. In the atmosphere a hundred unknown vessels gather themselves.

On 15 September 2402, the CS-4C returns to the KHREST II. Telepaths inform Loor Tan that the Gleamors are the degenerate descendants of a divided people in several groups in Andro-Beta. The Gleamors call them the Mighty. Siren, the moon of Gleam, does in fact give out activation impulses to the Mobys.

Michael P. Mahoney

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243 - Raumaufklärer 008
Space Scouts 008
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

2402. Rhodan decides to destroy Siren, which is now guarded by a fleet of Two-Noses. The Terrans capture a Two-Noses vessel and can safely approach Siren. Thanks to the teleporters, Siren is destroyed with its emitter. The Mobies stop living throughout the nebula.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

In order to approach the Triad system discreetly, a commando team led by Colonel Melbar Kasom seizes a Twonoser (Two-Nose) vessel in mid September 2402. Gleam's moon, Siren, is now surrounded by three hundred thousand vessels of the Twonosers and three Mobys. When Kasom brings the captured Twonoser vessel toward Siren, a Twonoser commando team sneaks aboard and seizes the space jet 008 (CS-08) located in the Twonoser vessel's hanger. The monstrous Unklaich from the moon Yakkath (Siren) hypnotizes the space jet’s crew and, after successfully bringing the space jet and its crew back to the Twonoser flagship, brings them to hate Kasom and his men. He allows the captured space jet 008 crew to return to the captured Twonoser vessel so that they may surprise and more effectively attack Kasom and his men. Lieutenant Bob Overbeck frees himself from the hypnosis just in time and kills Unklaich.

The CS-08 attacks the Twonoser flagship and is destroyed, the Twonosers (Two-Noses) always believing Unklaich still influenced the CS-08's crew. The identity of the Terrans remains a secret.

Arkon Bombs placed on Siren by the mutants explode. The Terrans abandon the captured Twonoser vessel and return to their fleet.

Michael P. Mahoney

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244 - Die Kugel aus Zeit und Raum
The Sphere From Time And Space
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The way to Androbeta is free again. Rhodan returns to Troja, still drifting in the micro-nebula, in order to find another planet where a new base could be built. The Terrans then realize that all the Two-Noses are fleeing from Androbeta, abandoning their bases and their planets. Rhodan decides to settle in Androbeta anyway and picks Gleam as their main base. This decision causes IT to appear, and He informs Rhodan that this capital decision will take him to Andromeda and will later lead to the destruction of a "great race". On Gleam, the Terrans find Harno, their old spheric friend, who assists them in chasing psychic creatures causing them difficulties.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

After two weeks of atomic fire, the moon Siren explodes on October 4, 2402. As a result, the Mobys begin drifting without purpose and destroy most Twonosers (Two-Noses) living in Andro-Beta. The Twonoser fleet flees from the nebula.

Perry Rhodan caries out a reconnaissance flight toward the asteroid Troy with the tadpole KC-38. When he arrives on October 6, he meets the ANDROTEST III (PROMETHEUS III), which arrived there seven days earlier and now leaves with new information for the Lost System.

On the way to the planet Gleam, which Rhodan has since chosen as a new base, the Terrans make contact with the immortal of Wanderer, which makes several important announcements for their future. On Gleam Pucky meets Harno. Harno warns Pucky of an attack by Siren’s guards, who survived the destruction of their moon. With the help of Harno the Terrans defeat the artificial creatures. The KHREST II finally lands on Gleam.

Michael P. Mahoney

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245 - Notrufe aus dem Nichts
Distress Call From The Void
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

11 2402. The mutants hear a powerful psychic call for help. The scientists locate the emission on a distant planet, called Margin, on the edge of Androbeta. Rhodan goes there and finds a whole living planet, made of protoplasm. Ships sent by the Masters of the Island regularly show up, take a portion of the protoplam, and leave, causing a great pain to the protoplasm being. Talking with the planet, Rhodan finds out that Margin is actually the original protoplasm that created the Posbis and their homeworld, the World-of-the-Hundred-Suns. Willing to keep the promise he made to the Posbis in 2114, Rhodan tries to help the planet by fighting its exploiters, but it fails, and the Masters of the Islands choose to destroy the protoplasmic planet.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The base on Gleam is built. On 18 October 2402, a telepathic distress messages attracts the KHREST II to the sun Margin in the periphery of the Andro-Beta nebula. Its only planet is covered with an intelligent protoplasm creature that some of the Terrans recognize as the original mother protoplasm of the Central Protoplasm of the Posbis. Some foreign vessels arrive and seize pieces of the protoplasm mass. Perry Rhodan remembers the promise given to the Central Protoplasm of the Posbis. He decides to help the original “cell” protoplasm. Unfortunately, the protoplasm destroys the corvette C-10 which lands on the surface, believing that the Terrans are enemies. When it recognizes its mistake, the original cell permits the Terrans to access a control station on the actual rocky surface of the planet (beneath the protoplasm mass). Its destruction triggers an alarm and shortly afterwards bombs materialize in the Margin System and destroy the planet.

Michael P. Mahoney

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246 - Kontrollstation Modul
Control Station Modul
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Actually, the Masters of the Islands have decided to completely destroy Androbeta. Numerous suicide ships are sent against all the planets, where they crash and kill the population. Rhodan discovers that the pilots of these suicide ships are androids, but not from Andromeda. The robots are created on a lonely planet between Andromeda and Androbeta called Tenebria. The Terrans move to Tenebria but are repelled by missiles. A small commando manages to break through and reaches the surface of the planet.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On 1 November 2402 the Terrans discover that the solar transmitter of Andro-Beta has been destroyed following the transformation of one of its suns into a nova. That same day, spheres of energy descend on the planets of Andro-Beta and cause them to explode. Pucky and the Woolver twins remove an artificial creature resembling a jellyfish from one of these spheres. It reminds them of the androids of Gleam whose substance is identical to the jellyfish’s protoplasm. In order to conceal the Terran’s identity, duplicates of Maahks are brought into another captured sphere and the pilot of the sphere is paralyzed. This sphere leads the KHREST II, the IMPERATOR, the NAPOLEON and the ALARIC, whose spherical form has been modified, to a dark world 11,210 light years from Andro-Beta's edge. Sven Henderson, Ray Burdick, Taka Hokkado, Bron Tudd and Finch Eyseman land with a hunter. Pucky gets himself there by teleportation and encounters in a system of caves a hypnotic crystal similar to those of Celadon 7 (Greenish 7). He comes back on board the KHREST.

The Modul Baar Lun, who has the ability to transform energy into matter, supervises the production of androids. He watches as the mysterious dead Maahks brought by the sphere of energy change into balls of fire when a robot wounds them fortuitously. When the Terran hunter lands, he thinks that it is a ship of inspectors sent by the hated "Masters of the Island". For many centuries the “Masters of the Island” have threatened him with the destruction of his people in order to force him to obey their orders.

Michael P. Mahoney

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247 - Der Herr der Androiden
The Master Of The Androids
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Tenebria is under the commandment of Saar-Lun, a Modul. The Moduls were once one of the humanoid races of Andromeda, but they were enslaved by the Masters of the Island. Saar-Lun has a specific skill that allows him to turn energy into matter. The Masters of the Island force him to use his power to give life to the androids, created on Tenebria out of pieces of protoplasm taken on Margin. Saar-Lun hates the Masters of the Islands, but he is perduaded that if he rebels, the Masters will exterminate his whole race. So, he fights against the Terrans until Rhodan proves him that the Masters of the Island have already exterminated his race, and that he is the last of them. Saar-Lun surrenders and joins the Terrans. He stops producing the androids and the suicide raids stop.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Baar Lun excites his androids against the inferred spies of the "Masters of the Island". When the situation becomes hopeless, Lieutenant Finch Eyseman falls under the influence of an illusion crystal. He dreams about the past of Celadon 7 (Greenish 7). He meets Baar of the clan of the Luns who tells him that the masters of Andromeda deported the Moduls and that the oxygen world has been transformed into a poisoned world.

Pucky, who follows the five Terrans onto the obscure planet baptized Modul (Ténébria), understands what is happening. He tries to explain to Baar Lun that he is deceived by the "Masters of the Island" and that his people have been extinct for a long time. The Modul only believes him after he has been confronted by Loor Tan, the only Gleamor to have survived the destruction of Siren. Baar Lun lets the Terrans occupy Modul (Ténébria) and swears to take vengeance on the "Masters of the Island".

The ancient Modul (he is six hundred years old) states that his people once lived on the Planet of the First Exile (now known as Greenish 7). Due to their fear of the illusion crystals developed by the Moduls to make up for their aggressiveness, the "Masters of the Island" deported a part of the Moduls onto Gleam, the World of Songs. However, the largest part the Moduls was brought onto the dark world Modul (Ténébria). Baar Lun declares to the Terrans that the spheres of energy were the last weapons of the "Masters of the Island" in Andro-Beta and that the small galaxy is now in their hands.

Michael P. Mahoney

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248 - Unter Einsatz seines Lebens...
At Risk Of His Life
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Terrans are now the masters of Androbeta. But on Androalpha, the Maahks are getting more active. Grek-1 suggests that he should go spying on Androcenter, the main planet of the Maahks. There, he learns that the Masters of the Island asked the Maahks to check out all chain of transmitters that give access to Andromeda. Grek-1 is eventually spotted as a spy, but before being killed, he creates a rebellion among the Maahks, some of them willing to be freed from the reign of the Masters of the Island.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

At the end of November 2402, fleet gatherings are detected in the Andro-Alpha nebula. On the advice of the Maahk Grek-1, the KHREST II and the IMPERATOR travel to the Andro-Alpha nebula and discover that fleets of the Twonosers (Two-noses) and the Maahks are operating against other Maahk vessels. Aboard a Twonoser vessel, Grek-1, Pucky, Kitai Ishibashi and John Marshall arrive on the planet Andro Center. They learn that the "Masters of the Island" have familiarized themselves on the Maahk political situation after the appearance of the unknown vessel in Andro-Beta. Some Maahk groups have rebelled, which results in actions of destruction and punishment on behalf of the Masters. The “Golden” (Auritrans), one of the rare Maahks to have direct contact with the masters of Andromeda and who represents them in Andro-Alpha orders the reoccupation of the transmitter stations of the outside defense belt of Andromeda and the destruction of the enemy. Grek-1, who wants to lead the Maahk fight of liberation against the "Masters of the Island", presents himself to the “Golden” as the person responsible for the events in Andro-Beta. He is pursued. The two disguised Terran vessels that attack Andro Center are unable to save him. They do manage to take the three mutants aboard and return to Andro-Beta.

Michael P. Mahoney

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249 - Der Geist der Maschine
The Spirit Of The Machine
Kurt Mahr


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

12 2402. Thanks to Grek-01's sacrifice, Rhodan can let Bell know about the imminent arrival of the Maahks in the Lost System. Bell can resist several attacks, and the Terrans finally block the transmitter so that only them can use it. The chain of the transmitters is under complete Terran control : the Masters of the Islands are now besieged in their own galaxy.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Shortly after the cargo ship ANBE 3 warns of an impending invasion of the Lost System, the Maahks attack. While the Terran fleet and their allies, the Urals, repulse with difficulties the three waves of the Maahk assault, the scientists and technicians work with Icho Tolot inside of Caliph to install a device which will block the transmitter. Spectral apparitions take place in the asteroid. The engineer, Steve Kantor, meets an energy creature born in Caliph which became intelligent several thousand years ago while residing in the regulator of the central control unit. Perceiving that the Maahks threaten Caliph, the energy being in the regulator helps the Terrans. The blockage device is activated in time, thereby preventing a fourth Maahk assault fleet from materializing in the transmitter of the Lost System.

Michael P. Mahoney

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250 - Die sechste Epoche
The 6th Epoch
K.H. Scheer


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust)

In January 2403, one year after the conquest of Androbeta, Rhodan decides to venture into Androbeta with his new ship, the Khrest III. This ultracruiser is 2.5km wide and fitted with the famous SH shield [Cedric: I don't know the original name for this one, I'll just leave the initials], identical to the one used by the Maahks. The Khrest III has a range of 1.2 million light years, and is able to cross the intergalactic void.

While approaching Andromeda, Rhodan discovers a huge space station the size of a large city. The exploration of this station awakens Kalak, the only inhabitant of the city. Kalak is a Paddler.

A long time ago, these galactic engineers were building space stations that were used as stellar waystations. But one day, the Masters of the Island decided the Paddlers were becoming too powerful and attacked the stations using one of their enslaved races.

Kalak's starbase (KA-Supertarif) barely escapes destruction, but only Kalak survives. He placed himself into artificial sleep, waiting for help. He is ready to offer the use of his station to the Terrans if they help him find other Paddlers who may have survived.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

While the revolt of the Maahks against the "Masters of the Island" continues in Andro-alpha, the base on the planet Gleam is finished at the beginning of 2404. Some improved propulsion systems alleviate the restocking of the Lost System. The fleet is equipped with the new Mosquito hunters, two-seater hunters possessing a linear propulsion, a transform cannon and a hyperenergy shield (HU-Shield), developed from the Maahk energy shields.

January 5, 2404 the KHREST III, the new flagship of the Solar Imperium, lands on Gleam. It is a prototype of the Galaxy Class with a diameter of two thousand five hundred meters and a crew of five thousand men. Three linear propulsion units give the vessel a range of 1.2 million light years.

The KHREST III leaves for the first expedition into the Andromeda Nebula itself.

A platform is discovered in orbit around a small red sun very close to the edge of the Andromeda galaxy. It has an overall diameter of ninety-six kilometers and is thirty-two kilometers thick. A large belt of thirty kilometers covered with structure surrounds a landing surface. This flying spaceport is the platform KA-Inexpensive - shipyard of the cosmic engineer Kalak, of the Paddler race. He is a humanoid and is one and a half meters tall and as much wide. Paddlers can separate the elements of their body and can pass through matter. Because of these unusual faculties, the Paddlers have been pursued and shattered by the "Masters of the Island" whom Kalak calls the "Pain as One". Because of their appearance and the shape of their vessels, Kalak mistakes the Terrans for representatives of the main allies of the "Masters of the Island" who destroyed his clan eight hundred years ago. The cosmic engineer wants to take vengeance and attracts the KHREST III to the KA-Inexpensive. When he recognizes his mistake, he allies himself with the Terrans.

Michael P. Mahoney

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251 - Die Armee der Biospalter
The Army Of The Biodecomposers
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

01 2404. Three space ships approach the Terran fleet. They come from Ollura, a nearby planet. These ships are very primitive, they fly below the speed of light and it took them several years to reach this point. They are piloted by dwarves, the Bio-Decomposers. Their technological level being very low, Rhodan lets them come aboard, making a dramatic mistake : using hypnotic powers, they capture the Khrest III and only Rhodan and a few others manage to escape from them.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Eleven days after the landing of the KHREST III on KA-Inexpensive, three pyramidal vessels land on the platform. They shelter one thousand five hundred gnomes with twisted backs and other body parts. Perry Rhodan considers them innocuous and lets them come aboard the KHREST. They are named Biodecomposers because of their regeneration abilities. At the time of their resurrection the Biodecomposer’s deaths turn their bodies into a cellular mass from which is born a new creature having the same body form and the same memory as their predecessor (basically making them immortal). The crew of the KHREST III is affected by the gas emitted at the time of regeneration. Influenced hypnotically by the gnomes, the Terrans are forced to take off with the KHREST III. Bitzo, the chief of the Biodecomposers, orders them to travel to the Biodecomposer’s world of origin, Ollura. During the flight Major Don Redhorse understands, based on the example of the intoxicated Sergeant Brazos Surfat, that alcohol can protect them from the influence of the Biodecomposers.

Perry Rhodan, Atlan and Pucky remain on the platform shop of Kalak. Kalak asks them to protect Kildering, the sacred object of the Paddlers, against the Biodecoposers. With the cosmic engineer they follow the KHREST III aboard the Mosquito hunter CM-C-23.

Michael P. Mahoney

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252 - Die Welt der Regenerierten
The World Of The Regenerated
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

With the Terran crew under their complete hypnotic control, the Bio-Decomposers force the Khrest III to go to Ollura. Rhodan follows them there and with Kalak's help, he can gain control of the Khrest III and free his men. But tough fights ensue and all the Bio-Decomposers must be exterminated. Rhodan fears that the Masters of the Island might be alerted that the Terrans have entered their territory.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On 17 January 2404, the Mosquito hunter reaches Ollura, the only planet of the sun Ollus, the world of the Biodecomposers. It turns out that they are the degenerate descendants of space travelers who were shipwrecked on the planet. Rhodan makes contact with Kildering, a living computer created by the cosmic engineers. Kildering helps Rhodan and his companions while delivering some important information. They meet Don Redhorse who left the KHREST III with Whip Gilliam after the landing on Ollura. Through the consumption of alcohol, they had been immunized against the hypnosis of the Biodecomposers. In the meantime Gilliam has been killed while facing the inhabitants of Ollura.

While Atlan, Pucky, Kalak and Redhorse penetrate into the KHREST III and neutralize the crew with a neuro-gas, Rhodan becomes involved in an aerial fight with the Mosquito hunter. He must abandon the hunter which explodes and destroys Boltra, the city of the Biodecomposers. Kildering is annihilated. The Biodecomposers are finally defeated and the KHREST III recovered.

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-01-22

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253 - Vorstoß in die Dunkelwelt
Venture Into The Dark World
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rhodan simulates a nuclear accident on Ollura in order to fool possible Masters of the Islands spies there. The plan works : three ships appear to examine examine Ollura, and leave. Rhodan decides not to stay around. Respecting the promise he made to Kalak, the Terrans set on a search for other stations built by the Galactic Engineers. According to Kalak, another station might have escaped to the Masters of the Islands by hiding in a nearby gas nebula. The Khrest III follows his directions and finds the Emerald system. On its second planet, covered with a thick forest, they find a wrecked station. The jungle turns out being a unique vegetal being capable of thought, who captures Rhodan and some other Terrans.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On January 23, 2404, two days after the KHREST III left Ollura, vessels controlled by the "Masters of the Island" visit the Ollus System. On the demand of Kalak, the flagship of Perry Rhodan leaves for a green sun in the middle of a nebula. For eight hundred years, a planet orbiting this sun was the shelter of a platform of the Paddlers. Before the KHREST III arrives in the nebula named Hades a cylindrical vessel is located. Aboard are the remains of a humanoid being whose body is covered with plant tumors.

Captain Finch Eyseman operates the corvette KC-15 inside of the nebula. It lands on Bengal, the second planet of the sun Emerald. On Bengal they are welcomed by Ollok, the master of the OL-Helpful platform shop where his people have, for nearly three hundred years, battled against a collective plant intelligence reigning in the jungle. Among the plant creatures of Bengal are the Botas, hideously transformed Paddlers.

The KC-15 crashes. The survivors fall to the power of the plant creatures with the exception of Pucky and Baar Lun. They call the KHREST III in vain for help.

Michael P. Mahoney

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254 - Die Geistersonne
The Ghost Sun
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

As Rhodan and his friends are escaping from the Emerald vegetal being, the Khrest III is surrounded by a series of hallucinations that make the ship drift away from the second planet. The source of these fantasies is identified as coming from Emerald I, where a powerful being is trying to hypnotize them. After destroying it, the Khrest II gets back on Emerald II. Meanwhile, on the planet, Rhodan finds out that the Paddlers who survived the crash have been fighting the Emerald being for the past 800 years. With the Terrans help, they escape and destroy Emerald II.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Pucky and Baar Lun ally themselves with the Paddlers of Ollok to protect themselves against the plant monsters of Bengal. Survivors of the KC-15 are plunged into a “virtual” world.

The plant entity that reigns on the first planet of Emerald, feels menaced by the KHREST III. It deceives the Terran vessel with the projection of a sun. When the crew realizes the deception and that the vessel is captured by a field of the Bluul, teleporters explode an arkonide bomb on Emerald 1. The field dies out and the KHREST III rushes to the aid of the survivors of the KC-15. They are taken aboard with the six thousand Paddlers of OL-Helpful.

Michael P. Mahoney

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255 - Sperrzone Andromeda
Forbidden Zone: Andromeda
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

03 2404. Thanks to Kalak, Rhodan gains some knowledge on the Andromeda topography. In its center, a 20,000 light years wide sphere is a restricted area. This sphere is surrounded by a 500 light years wide crown, home of a people that forbids the access to the inner sphere to anyone. This people is called the Tefrodians. Rhodan decides to head for the center of the galaxy. When they reach the Tefrodians' realm, the Terrans confronts a ship and captures four Tefrodians. The Terrans are stunned to see how the Tefrodians look like them, not only biologically and physically, but also technologically. The four Tefrodians almost escape and are killed in their attempt.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

A Terran courier vessel reaches the KA-Inexpensive platform, in orbit around Ollus. It announces that the revolt of the Maahks in Andro-Alpha spreads.

On March 6, 2404 the KHREST III penetrates for the first time into the Andromeda nebula. The "Masters of the Island" have designated a sphere of 20,000 light years of diameter around the center of the Andromeda Galaxy as a forbidden zone. When the men of the KHREST III explore a damaged Geidses vessel very close to this zone, a Tefrodian vessel emerges. It looks surprisingly like a Terran cruiser. The vessel attacks them and is destroyed. Four surviving Tefrodians are brought aboard the KHREST III. The Tefrodians, also named Guards of the Center, and who have the confidence of the "Masters of the Island", are similar to humans. After a medical exam, the four prisoners are freed. While three of them quickly find the death, the Tefrodian named Hokota succeeds in leaving the KHREST with a Mosquito hunter. Before being shot down and killed, he warns a Tefrodian station by radio about the presence of the powerful KHREST III.

The Tefrodian admiral, Ramolo, thinks that Hokota saw the "Masters of the Island" themselves and that he has been punished.

Michael P. Mahoney

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256 - Im Reiche der Zentrumswächter
In The Empire Of The Center Guards
Clark Darlton


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Rhodan decides to go on Tefrod, the Tefrodian's main planet, to gather information on the Masters of the Island. But the planet is closely protected and the mutants do not represent a significant advantage over the Tefrodians since these also have mutants. The expedition is a complete failure, but Rhodan and the commando are able to escape. Rhodan learns that no Tefrodian has ever seen a Master of the Island, except for their chief, the Virth, who lives in an extremely well protected island.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The survey of the dead Tefrodians shows that they have some stronger cervical parts than Terrans. In addition, an enigmatic para-gland is discovered.

The Tefrodians allow the merchant cruisers of only fifty out of thirty-five thousand worlds of alien races to approach their main world. This forces the Terrans to seize the Tefrodian vessel IKUTU in order to go to Tefrod, the capital of the Tefrodians. Tefrod is the third planet of the sun Tefa inside of the five hundred light year wide warning zone that surrounds the forbidden sector of Andromeda.

Perry Rhodan, Atlan, Andre Noir, Pucky and Icho Tolot land with the IKUTU on the spaceport of the capital city, Vircho. While trying to penetrate into the forbidden government island, Rhodan is captured. He succeeds in escaping but the Tefrodians isolate the IKUTU with shields. Thanks to the intervention of Icho Tolot, Perry Rhodan and his companians are able to rejoin the IKUTU and regain the KHREST III by transmitter.

The Tefrodians react to the sight of the Halutian with an incredible panic.

Michael P. Mahoney

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257 - Der Dreitöter
The Three-Killer
William Voltz


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Meanwhile, in Androalpha, the rebellion sparked by Grek-1 is gaining in strength. The Maahks rebels have defeated those obeying the Masters of the Island, and are now about to attack Andromeda. A mosquito departs from KA-Supertarif, now a solar base, to inform Rhodan of the latest events, but it is spotted and shot down by the Tefrodians. It is marooned on a planet that looks desert at first sight. Further investigation reveals that the planet holds subterranean factories where the Tedroders create very little spheric devices. The Tefrodians locate the escaped crew and try to capture them, but the Khrest III rescues them.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

Two days after the departure of the KHREST III, the IMPERATOR, parked on KA-Inexpensive, receives a message according to which Maahk rebels have destroyed the Andro Center transmitter. The partisans of the "Masters of the Island" in Andro-Alpha have been completely defeated.

The corvette KI-33, commanded by a captain of the USO, Arl Tratlo, is sent to inform Perry Rhodan on the KHREST III. Tratlo carries the honorary name of "Three-Killer" because he succeeded in killing on the same day on his homeworld, Meredi IV, a saurian Tarak, a Randler (looks like a Grisly Bear) and a Sechsflugler (Six Flyer). A deep enmity reigns between Tratlo and his first officer, Lieutenant Kaarn Baroon, the "Genius of Reyan", who is a famous poet, painter and composer.

After ten days of flight the KI-33 is shot down by the Tefrodians when it penetrates into the forbidden zone of Andromeda. On a planet that they name Mon-Repos, the men discover an automatic installation producing some objects that are shaped like currency (coins). Tratlo and Baroon become friends while fighting the Tefrodians. After the KHREST III has saved the men of the KI-33, it is determined that the currency shaped objects are hyper-receptors.

Michael P. Mahoney

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258 - Die Mikro-Henker
The Micro-Hangmen
H.G. Ewers


ORIGINAL SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

Now aware of the imminent arrival of the Maahks in Andromeda, Rhodan decides to step aside to see how the confrontation between them and the Tefrodians will turn out. A first stellar battle takes place, won by the Maahks. Rhodan takes advantage of the outcome of the battle to capture a Tefrodian ship. The members of the ship fight like lions and just as they are about to fall in the hands of the Terrans, suddenly drop dead. Examining the dead bodies, the Terrans find out that the Tefrodians have, implanted in their brain, the small devices discovered previously by the crew of the mosquito. These devices allow the Masters of the Islands to have full control, including death, over the Tefrodians, even remotely, using hyperwaves. During the fight, Rhodan discovered on a desert planet a little robot, calling itself Log, who possesses paranormal skills (teleportation and telepathetic).

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On March 22, 2404, Arl Tratlo comes back to the KA-Inexpensive with new information. The KHREST III is parked behind the sun Magnetizer, situated close to the Atrun system in the forbidden zone of Andromeda. It receives a mysterious impulse stream.

On March 23, a Maahk fleet attacks the Atrun system. A bitter battle begins. The Maahks use their converter cannons and the Tefrodians their anti-polar cannons. A Terran commando team penetrates into the damaged Tefrodian cruiser, ASKAHA. The vessel is hidden on the planetoid Runaway. A group of five hundred technicians and crewmembers from the KHREST III begins the exploration of the Tefrodian ship. Doctor Arthur determines while studying a dead Tefrodian that a hyper-receptor has been implanted in his brain. It is linked to the para-gland by semi-organic connections. Arl Tratlo discovered micro-devices of this type on Mon-Repos. Shortly afterwards, hyper-impulses activate these receptors and force the surviving crewmembers of the ASKAHA to fight the Terrans. Before the failure of their escape attempt the Tefrodians receive an impulse from the "Masters of the Island" that kills them all.

Perry Rhodan and Icho Tolot discover inside Runaway the mysterious robot telepath, Log, whose small black body is composed of an ovoid trunk with short legs and a spherical head.

Michael P. Mahoney

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259 - Der unheimliche Roboter
The Uncanny Robot
H.G. Ewers


OLD SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

As the war between Tefrodians and Maahks tilt in favor of the Tefrodians, whose anti-polar gun turns out to be more efficient than the Maahks convert guns, Rhodan tries to use the captured Tefrodian starship as a Trojan horse to break into their realm. But the Tefrodians send this ship for repair through a giant transmitter. The attempt is a complete failure and Rhodan and his men will only barely escape. The Khrest III, which also went through the transmitter, is uncovered and followed by a whole Tefrodian fleet. The Terrans eventually lose their pursuers.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

The psy-robot Log, capable of telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation and other unusual-faculties, receives the nickname of “Lucky” on behalf of Pucky. On March 28, 2404, Log announces to the cosmic engineer Kalak that his constructors, the Gene Modulators, descended from the Paddlers, who had changed into the collective intelligence of the planet Bengal.

On March 30 the ASKAHA is still in the Atrun System. Suddenly, the vessel is picked up by the annular field of a "situation transmitter". It has been activated after the space battle against the Maahks in order to gather shipwrecks. The Tefrodian cruiser is transported into the binary system of Redeye. A tractor-beam brings the vessel onto the fifth planet named Terminus (Terminal). A five-dimensional field produced by the KHREST III disrupts the link with the transmitter. P ucky and Log teleport themselves into the central positronic of the planet Terminus. Log succeeds in damaging it and the Terrans trapped on the ASKAHA are able to escape back to the KHREST III.

Michael Mahoney

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260 - Gespenster der Vergangenheit
Ghosts Of The Past
Kurt Mahr


OLD SUMMARY (Cedric Beust):

The Terrans realize that the Tefrodian transmitter actually sent them within the forbidden area. As the Khrest III is hiding near a planetary system, the Terrans discover a strange planet, inhabited by immortal humans that were kidnapped throughout different eras on the Earth. These Terrans, completely apathetic, seem to have lost all notions of time. Some have been living on this planet -- called History -- for centuries. This human zoo is guarded by Tefrodians who are all alike.

NEW SUMMARY (Michael Mahoney):

On April 5, 2404 the KHREST III detects transmitter activity in a neighboring system. The Wave-Runners, Rakal and Tronar Woolvers, use the signals and arrive on a planet inhabited by men from different time periods of Terran history. They have been removed from Earth by unknown beings and have been placed on this world. The planet receives the name “History” by the two mutants.

The arrival of the Woolver twins causes significant unrest. A group of Tefrodians arrive in order to restore order. A corvette of the KHREST III lands and takes the two mutants aboard as well as Major Bari Staunder who was brought to History in 2327 during the war with the Blues.

Michael Mahoney

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261 - Die Fabrik des Teufels
The Factory Of The Devil
Kurt Mahr


All of a sudden, the device that was responsible for the immortality of the inhabitants of History stops working, causing their death. Then, the Khrest III is attacked by Tefrodians ships. During the skirmish, the Terrans learn that the Tefrodians think the Khrest III is actually a Haluter ship. But, according to Ichot Tolot, the Haluters don't know about the Tefrodians. Thanks to its transform cannons, the Khrest III wins the fight, but heavily damaged, it has to find out shelter on a planet called Multika, where a little Tefrodian base is found. As the repairs start, a commando is sent out to find more about the planet, and the Terrans discover that the Tefrodians possess multiduplicators. This accounts for the strange likeness of the guardians of History : the Masters of the Island use the multiduplicators to create, in the central area of Andromeda, an army of faithful and disciplined clones.

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262 - Der Meisterplan
The Master Plan
William Voltz


A little later, while fleeing away from the galactic center, the Khrest III attends a fight between Maahks and Tefrodians. A strayed Tefrodian ship, the Susama, is then spotted. Kallak thinks it might contain multiduplicators, so Rhodan tries to capture it. It is actually a trap laid out by the Masters of the Island. The trap succeeds and the Tefrodians are able to retrieve the molecular imprints of Gucky, Andre Lenoir and Ichot Tolot. To prevent this, Rhodan follows the Susama, which tries to flee toward the galactic center.

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263 - Sieben Stunden Angst
Seven Hours Of Fear
William Voltz


With the Khrest III hard on its tail, the Susama hides near Big Blue, a blue giant. The Tefrodians create a hundred clones of Gucky and Andre' Lenoir, who teleport into the Khrest III to capture it. But the Terrans, aware of the threat, are able to repel the attack and the Khrest III eventually destroys the Susama.

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264 - Die Invasion der Toten
The Invasion Of The Dead
K.H. Scheer


Rhodan decides to explore Vario, the only planet of the blue giant. But this planet is actually another trap laid out by the Masters of the Island : the Khrest III is cast 50,000 years into the past. Only a small pod is able to escape. The Khrest III is then taken to the center of Andromeda where it is sent back into the Milky Way through another giant transmitter. It arrives near Kahalo where the crew is arrested by a human-like people : the Lemurs. Pretending they are Tefrodians, Rhodan and Atlan learn that that have arrived in the middle of the war between the Haluters and the Lemurs. These Lemurs possess a huge galactic empire and came from a lost continent on the Earth : Lemuria, which was located in the Pacific ocean. They are losing the war against the Haluters, and for the past century, have been evacuating progressively the Milky Way toward Andromeda (where they are called Tefrodians). They are the creators of the transmitters, and not the Masters of the Island. Akonids and Arkonids are actually desendants from the Lemurian colonies that successfully evaded the Haluters, while the Terrans are direct descendants from the Lemurs who could survive on the Earth after the war against the Haluters. Thanks to the time transmitter, the Masters of the Island were able to create a bridge between the Lemurian's Milky Way and the present Andromeda. They have spies among the Lemurs and capture the brightest of them to send them into the present, where they are then cloned and used are officers in the Tefrodians ranks.

Striving to rejoin the present, the Terrans (pretending they are Tefrodians come back to help their Lemur brothers against the Haluters) talk the Lemurs into allowing them to land on the Earth. But the Khrest III is quickly identified by the spies from the Masters of the Island on the Earth.

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265 - Das Zeitauge
The Time Eye
H.G. Ewers


While a Terran commando, accompanied with Log, is left on Lemur, the Khrest III makes an attempt to get back to the present through the time transporter on Kahalo. But the Lemurs have understood that the ship is not a Tefrodian ship and prevent it from approaching Kahalo. Meanwhile, the Terran commando discovers that the Lemurs have created a time device, called the Eye of Time. Thanks to Log's parapsychic skills, the are able to capture it. Log then merges itself with the computer that commands the Eye of Time, creating a new being: the Drung (see #204).

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266 - Die Tempel von Darak
The Temple Of Darak
H.G. Ewers


Pursued by a Lemur fleet, the Khrest III hides within the galactic center. The Terrans find another stellar base of the Paddlers, MA-Genial. The base is also trapped in the past by the Masters of the Islands. The Terrans help the Paddlers to repel a Haluters attack and the Paddlers become their allies.

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267 - Rückkehr in die Gegenwart
Return Into The Present
Kurt Mahr


Hiding near Redpoint, a red giant in the galactic center, the Khrest III's crew has no clue as to how to rejoin the present. Rhodan sends the Woolver twins on a secret mission to capture Frasbur, one of the Masters of the Island, acting as a secret agent on Kahalo. The Woolvers attend a meeting between Frasbur and Regnal-Orton, another Master of the Island on an inspection visit. They learn that the Masters of the Island are humans and have cell activators. An attempt to capture Regnal-Orton fails, causing his death. Hiding in the ship of the Masters of the Island, the twins are brought back into the present, in Andromeda. There, they join Reginald Bell, on board of the supercruiser General Deringhouse who was patroling in the Vario area.

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268 - Stoßtrupp in Zeit und Raum
Assault Detachment In Time And Space
Clark Darlton


When informed of the situation, Bell decides to dispatch a commando to help Rhodan. This commando is made of the Woolvers, Tako Kakuta and Lemy Danger. Using a trick, the Terrans bring the Maahks to attack Vario, and use the confusion to send the commando into the past. Thanks to the mutants, the commando successfully escapes the Lemurs on Kahalo. As Lemy Danger joins the Khrest III, Tako and the twins teleport on Kahalo to try to capture Frasbur again.

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269 - Jagd auf den Zeitagenten
Hunt For The Time Agents
Clark Darlton


When Rhodan learns of the recent events, he sends back Gucky, Lemy Danger and the new commando on Kahalo to assist the three mutants. Meanwhile, Kato and the Woolvers fall into a trap laid out by Frasbur. The arrival of the commando allows to free the three mutants in extremis. Frasbur is captured and everybody gets back to the Khrest III.

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270 - Ultimatum an Unbekannt
Ultimatum: Unknown
K.H. Scheer


Questioning Frasbur, the Terrans discover that there is another time transmitter on the sixth planet of Vega. This transmitter is less powerful and will only allow time shifts of five hundred years in the future. They also learn that Vega VIII, which the Terrans visited during the quest for IT in the very first episodes, is a Lemur colony that was destroyed by the Haluters. The Ferrolians are thus descendants of the survivors, who mutated because of the radiations. The Lemurs are most likely the ancestors of all people in the Milky Way.

The Khrest III is suddenly uncovered and attacked by the Lemurs. Rhodan decides to head for the Vega VI transmitter, hoping that in the near future, the Lemurs will have been defeated by the Haluters and will no longer be a threat to the Terrans. With a surprise attack, the Khrest III destroys the small base of the Masters of the Island on Vega VI, activates the time transmitter and leaps five hundred years toward the present.

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271 - Die Welt der Körperlosen
The World Of The Disembodied
H.G. Ewers


While the Terrans are exploring Pigell (Vega VI), they are attacked by weird living clouds, which are able to teleport the Terrans to random places on the planet. The Terrans eventually join together and, using semi-intelligent dinosaurs dwelling on the planet, are able to communicate with the living clouds and make peace with them.

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272 - Flaggschiff in Not
Flagship In Distress
H.G. Ewers


A new danger arises for the Terrans : strange energy-absorber mosquitos neutralize the Khrest III while tentacular plants and flame thrower snakes attack them. Rhodan eventually finds out that all these attacks are commanded by a cave race of bat-looking humans. These creatures, the Icas, actually came from Andromeda. They were created by a group of Paddlers specialized in genetics, who were themselves genetically modified. They were banned in time and space by the Masters of the Island and attacked the Terrans because they confused them with Tefrodians.

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273 - Unter den Gletschern von Nevada
Beneath The Glaciers Of Nevada
William Voltz


During the fight against the creatures of Pigell, a Terran commando is strayed and is forced to flee through a transmitter. The Terrans arrive on the Earth, where they meet with the few descendants of the survivors of a war against the Haluters. They try to survive on this forsaken Earth, wholly covered with ice.

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274 - Zwischen Feuer und Eis
Between Fire And Ice
William Voltz


The Masters of the Island, alerted that the Vega transmitter was used, take advantage of the arrival on the Earth of the Terran commando to lay out a trap for the Khrest III. One of them, Toser-Ban, uses the commando as a bait and attracts the Khrest III on the Earth, where he tries to destroy it. Thanks to a lucky turn of events, the trap fails and the Terran commando is safely rescued.

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275 - Der Flug nach Barkon
The Flight To Barkon
Clark Darlton


In the present, Mory Abro is worried about the whereabouts of her husband. She has the idea to consult the Barkonids. Since Barkon left the Milky Way thousands of years ago, its inhabitants might have kept information on the state of the Galaxy at the time where Rhodan is. With Bell's help, she prepares an expedition to find Barkonis, still wandering between the two galaxies. The expedition first meets with Luxids [Cedric: which Rhodan already faced during the Posbi cycle], all dead by now, short of finding energy.

The ship then reaches Barkonis, buzzing with activity, which is unusual. The Terrans learn that the Tefrodians arrived shortly before them and proposed to the Barkonids to fit generators on the planet, which would allow them to reach the Milky Way within a few weeks. In exchange, they asked the Barkonids to take with them a race of giant amoebas. The Barkonids accepted the deal.

The Terrans realize that this whole affair is a trap : the amoebas bear a deadly germ that would be fatal to all lifeforms in the Milky Way. Alerted, the Barkonids sacrifice themselves by destroying their planet.

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276 - Irrweg durch die Zeit
Lost In Time (Wrong Track Through Time)
Kurt Mahr


To save Rhodan and the Khrest III, Bell manages to send into the past via the Vario transmitter a ship, the Dino-3, a giant cargo carrying three kalup engines. The end goal is to fit the Khrest III with these engines so that it can reach Andromeda without having to go though the transmitter, and from there, use the Vario transmitter to get back into the present. When the Dino-3 arrives into the past, the Khrest III is no longer there. The crew of the cargo ship understands that the Khrest III is five hundred years in the future. They abandon the Dino-3 near Redpoint, leaving telepathetic beacons in the nearby area, tuned on the mental frequences of the mutants, so that only they will be able to unlock the ship.

Then the men of the Dino-3 board on a pod and set on a five hundred light-year trip with a nearly relativistic speed. This way, only a few months will have elapsed for them during the actual five hundred years. They hope they will find the Khrest III at the end of their journey.

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277 - Befehle aus der 5. Dimesion
Commands From The 5th Dimension
K.H. Scheer


On the Khrest III, the mutants detect the telepathetic beacons left by the Khrest III. The men of the Khrest III find the cargo ship and fit the new kalups. But the Dino pod is nowhere to be found. After fruitless searches, the men of the Dino-3 are definitely considered as missing [Cedric: actually, they are not dead and will play a key role in a future cycle, but their whereabouts won't be explained in this cycle].

With its brand new engines, the Khrest III crosses the intergalactic chasm and joins Andromeda. On its way, it discovers giant platforms, built by the Maahks. These stations are used as relays by the fleeing Maahk fleet. The Terrans are witnessing how the initially Andromedan Maahks were chased by the arrival of the Lemurs, and how they fleed toward the Milky Way where, 30,000 years later, they will confront the Arkonids.

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278 - In geheimer Mission auf Lemuria
On A Secret Mission In Lemuria
William Voltz


Rhodan thinks that only a Master of the Island must know how to get back into the present. Therefore, a commando disguised as Lemurians go to Lemuria, the main planet of the Andromeda Nebula, in order to capture a Master of the Island. The commando finds out that the Tamrat (Lemur minister) Nevis-Latan is actually a Master of the Island. They try to capture him but fail.

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279 - Die Bezwinger der Zeit
The Conquerors Of Time
William Voltz


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Disguised as Alarians and with the support of Tannwander (carefully hypnotized by Andre Noir), Rhodan learns that Nevis-Latan plans to retire for some time in his submarine to go scuba-diving. They decide they will use this opportunity to capture him. Meanwhile, the KHREST III is hiding close to a nearby star, informed of the progress of the small team of nine persons led by Rhodan on Lemuria. They happily welcome the news that a Master of the Island was identified, but only Icho Tolot doesn't seem to share their enthusiasm. Asked about this, he says the presence of Nevis-Latan on Lemuria precisely in this time and place is highly suspicious. He suspects a new trap laid out by the Masters of the Island to capture them once and for all.

John Marshall sets out in a Mosquito and heads for Lemuria, in order to let Rhodan know about Icho Tolot's deductions. He manages to send a compressed message and get Rhodan's acknowledgement just before being destroyed by the Lemurian's air defenses, and heads back safely to the KHREST III.

Rhodan maintains the initial plan: they will capture Nevis-Latan on board of his submarine. Pucky and Kakuta are assigned this dangerous mission, and will have to teleport into the submarine and neutralize the Master of the Island (now known to have powerful defenses against psychic attacks, as Rhodan learned when the previous Master was killed some time ago). Both mutants teleport into the submarine and are able to neutralize the Master of the Island a split second before he activates his defenses. The other seven members of the team invest the submarine.

Back to consciousness, Nevis-Latan displays the usual morgue and self-confidence toward Rhodan. He has no doubt about the robustness of his psychic block and doesn't fear Rhodan's mutants questionings. However, Atlan and Rhodan decide to use the psychobeamer (something I don't know how it was translated in English. It's a device that appeared in the very first issues of PR and that scans the deep recesses of someone's mind, often leaving them mentally dead). The operation works, and Nevis-Latan supplies vital information about how the temporal field works.

However, only Masters of the Island from the "real time" can activate it, so Rhodan needs to find a trick to lead them to teleport the KHREST III back into its time. He convinces Nevis-Latan to tell his colleagues that some new telepathic parasite has been discovered, and that a ship filled with them is about to leave Lemuria. These hypothetical parasites are able to harmlessly give their host telepathic capabilities. The message is transmitted and the Masters of the Island from beyond time confirm that the ship will be sent back to the "real time".

Encouraged by the cooperation of Nevis-Latan, Perry Rhodan decides to push a little further and starts questioning him about his people, who they are and where they live. Another mental block shows up and Nevis-Latan is on the verge of becoming completely insane. Rhodan decides to leave the questions aside for the moment.

They reintegrate the KHREST III and head for the location of the temporal field. The ship is set to maximal alert before making the transition, Rhodan being almost certain that a trap is awaiting them. The transfer through time happens, and as soon as it reappears, the KHREST III devastates Vario and its temporal station. The attack seems to have taken the Lemurians and the Tefrodians completely unaware. The KHREST III makes its way through the Tefrodian fleet and enters linear space, heading back home. With Vario and its temporal station destroyed, the MdI have no way to communicate with their time agents. It's the first positive score for the Terrans in their fight against the Masters of the Island.

Rhodan resumes Nevis-Latan's questioning and pushes it further. The mental block is immediately activated, and is too strong for the brain of Nevis-Latan. The only information Rhodan get before Nevis-Latan dies is the number of Masters of the Island left: seven! Given the conditions under which this information was obtained, Rhodan is unsure about its value, though.

Perry Rhodan heads back for Andro-Beta, more than ever decided to uncover the secrets of the Masters of the Islands, but unaware that a new threat has emerged in the very heart of his empire while he was absent.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-279.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-08

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280 - Die Weltraumdetektive greifen ein
The Space Detectives Intervene
H.G. Ewers


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Perry is back home in Andro-Beta after successfully destroying the time station that had cast them back in time on Vario/Lemuria. He is getting ready to see his wife, the Plophosian Mory Abro, who announced her arrival to see him after such a long time. She is not coming alone, though: Homer G. Adams is accompanying her, and Rhodan knows that there must be a good reason if he decided to leave Terrania.

At the same time, the Galactic Engineer Kalak unexpectedly materializes in Andro-Beta. Kalak had been asked by Rhodan to roam the fringe of Andromeda and let them know if any move from the Masters of the Island is detected. All sensors indicate that a precipitate hyperjump forced him to leave his assigned mission. When he reaches Andro-Beta, Kalak tells Rhodan that he was forced to flee because the Tefrodians were massing a huge fleet of ships on the verge of the galaxy.

In the Milky Way, two private investigators, McKay and Marat land on planet Oyun, where they must contact one of their agents. They found him dead and are both kidnapped separately shortly after.

In Andro-Beta, Homer G. Adams speaks in front of the Terranian leaders. He draws their attention on the fact that the Andromeda campaign is costing a lot of money to the government. However, this is not the reason why he traveled to Andro-Beta. Recently, fake money has been flooding through the thousand worlds that are part of the Terranian empire. The Terranian money is made of a metal extracted from a planet whose location is kept secret, and which is fiercely guarded by robots and ships. Perry Rhodan is stunned to see that the fake money is indeed indistinguishable from the original one. The Empire is on the edge of financial breakdown.

Back on Oyun, McKay and Marat manage to capture one of their kidnappers but the building blows up and they barely escape. Their prisoner dies in the explosion. They were able to pick a clue, though, that indicates that the plot is originating from Yales Inc, a financial organization based in the capital. This company seems to be involved somehow in the fake money.

Meanwhile, Rhodan left Gleam and is back on Terrania through the Lost World giant transmitter. Terranian's experts are at a loss understanding how the money could be counterfeited. However, one of them gives the key to the riddle to Rhodan by mentioning that all the fake bank notes are similar as far as their imperfections. It then occurs to Rhodan that the Tefrodian's multiduplicator device might be at work, although he never considered it could be used on something else than live beings. Reginald Bell then contacts Rhodan to let him know he will be shortly joining him with two investigators that might have valuable information regarding the affair.

On their way to Terra, Bell, McKay and Marat are attacked by four humans bearing the uniform of the Galactic Defense, in the very heart of the Terranian administration. They manage to get rid of them and the subsequent discovery of the dead bodies of the "original" guards will confirm that the Tefrodans have a foothold in the very heart of the empire, and worse, that they brought a multiduplicator with them. The economy of the Empire is collapsing, the solar is no longer considered as valuable money and people, led by Rusumans (aka Springers), are resorting to the swapping of goods to buy things.

Rhodan has all the mutants, currently on Kahalo, sent back to Terra in order to secure his surroundings. They are the only ones who can detect duplicates, and still, it is a long process. An extraordinary session of the Terranian worlds is set up, and Rhodan is very close to being voted down, but after explaining exactly what forces are at work and how dangerous the threat posed by the Masters of the Island is, he is finally maintained at the head of the Empire. At the very last moment of his speech, he barely escapes being shot, thanks to Pucky and Baar Lun, the Modul. The author of the attempt is a well-known member of the Galactic Intelligence Agency (successor organisation of the SIA), and there is but one conclusion to draw: he was duplicated and the mutants were not able to detect him. The head council of Terra is now most likely infested with Andromedan clones, and Rhodan has no way to find them.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-280.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-09

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281 - Kampf in der Tiefsee
Battle In The Deep Sea
H.G. Ewers


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

After Homer Adams depicts the dramatic situation in the Empire, Perry Rhodan realizes that his financial advisor is at his wits end and needs a complete rest before he can be operational again. With Homer's agreement, Rhodan sends him to a specialized hospital where he will hopefully be able to recover from the recent pressure that was put on him. Marat and McKay, the two detectives that uncovered the counterfeiters on Oyun in the previous episode, are assigned the delicate task to watch after him and make sure the Tefrodian agents don't get a chance to kill him or replace him with a clone (less likely option since Homer bears a cell activator).

The secret clinic is located at the bottom of a very deep sea, not far away from the lost Lemuria continent that sank 50,000 years ago. On their arrival, a singer in a night-club is murdered. It turns out she was actually a Terran agent, so the two detectives are immediately on guard. They decide not to leave Adams one second alone. They are both quickly seduced by women working there, and however wary they are, McKay is found later unconscious in his room. He won't remember anything except having been invited to drink a whisky with a woman. They come to the conclusion that he was hypnotized. Adams is still here, wearing his activator.

Meanwhile, Rhodan is taking steps to avoid the complete devaluation of the Empire currency. He creates state banks where all the money used to pay workers is to be deposited. This measure solves a part of the problem, but no solution exists to track down all the fake money that keeps pouring through the empire, since it can't be distinguished from the original one.

Worried about Adams' whereabouts, Atlan joins the hospital and contacts the detectives. When told about the recent events, the detectives feel that Atlan is suspicious about something but he won't tell them anything. McKay and Adams go hunting. As they are fighting against one of the monstrous animals that dwell in the depths, Adams disappears with the submarine and leaves McKay alone. McKay triggers the alarm and just as Atlan is about to come to the rescue, the submarine reappears, with Adams on board, apparently in good shape. Atlan asks McKay not to disclose his presence in the hospital to Adams.

Back in the base, a bomb explodes and Atlan is almost killed in the explosion. He decides to get back to Terrania and informs Rhodan that he suspects Adams to have been replaced by a clone. An operation is set up with all the mutants (who have all been recalled from various places in both galaxies in the meantime) to identify the Tefrodians and their alleged base in the vicinity of the secret clinic on Guam.

Meanwhile, in the Perseids Cluster, five hundred light years away from Sol, a Springer ship is spotted by a Terranian vessel, and when asked to stop for a routine inspection, tries to escape. It is quickly neutralized and captured. On board, the Terranian captain finds spare pieces of unknown origin. When the incident is brought before the Terranian leaders, it turns out the pieces are supposed to fit in a Tefrodian multiduplicator. The destination of the Springer vessel is the third planet of the Iago sun.

In the base, the trap for the fake Adams is laid out. McKay escorts him for another sea hunting session, and Lemy Danger silently trails them. Adams neutralizes McKay with a gas and heads for the Tefrodian base. Once there, McKay is imprisoned and questioned. When he was about to be disposed of, he receives the unexpected help from a deserter Tefrodian. In the meantime, the Terranian forces have begun to invade the base with the help of the mutants (the Tefrodians didn't think there were any mutants left on Terrania and therefore, were caught unaware). A bomb supposed to destroy the whole base is disarmed, and Rhodan finally conquers it.

A lot of fake money is discovered, along with a multiduplicator device. This is a partial victory for the Terranians, since the real Adams is nowhere to be found.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-281.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-09

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282 - Die Spur zu Jagos Stern
The Trail To Jago's Star
Clark Darlton


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Whereas Perry Rhodan is busy traveling throughout the Empire to prepare the citizens to the suspected forthcoming offensive from the Masters of the Island, Pucky has been alerted by the Springer incident, who was arrested with unknown material on his board, which turned out to be spare pieces for a multiduplicator. With the permission of Rhodan and a plophosian ship lent to him by Mori Abro, Pucky sets sail to Jago 3, with Wuriu Sengu and Andre Noir on board, pretty confident that this planet might be a secret base of the Masters of the Island.

On their arrival there, they learn about foreign ships that were spotted recently by one of the colons. They start their investigation in the mountain where the ships landed, and quickly feel that something is wrong because none of them is able to fully exploit their mutant capabilities : Pucky is having a hard time teleporting, and Sengu senses some resistance in the ground below their feet beyond which he can't seem to "see" anything. This is enough clue for Pucky who decides to ring the alarm and report to Rhodan that he uncovered a Tefrodian base.

Rhodan takes the incident very seriously and quickly decides to raid the base. But he insists on the offensive being as harmless as possible, so that they can gather as much information on the Masters of the Islands position in the Milky Way as possible. The attack is planned on midnight, and Pucky is given a tank of sleeping gas which he must spread throughout the base before the Terrans attack, so that the base can be captured intact.

Pucky teleports into the base and as soon as he arrives, realizes that he can no longer teleport, nor use any other mutant skills. Worried, he nevertheless proceeds to find the main air dispatcher in order to leave the tank there. After some difficulty, he manages to find it and opens the valves of the tank.

A few minutes after the gas has started to propagate, his abilities are restored, and he immediately feels a greater resistance to his parapsychic scan in a precise point in the base. He teleports there and finds out the central point of the base, where a Master of the Island is busy watching the monitors displaying the Terranian attack. A matter transmitter is sitting in the middle of the room.

Pucky enters the room and asks the Master of the Island to surrender. Surprised but not worried, the man turns to Pucky, watches him for a moment, and then walks toward the transmitter, confident in his shield protecting him from Pucky's weapon. Pucky has no choice but to destroy the transmitter. When the man sees the transmitter turn into molten metal, some panic shows in his eyes, and he takes advantage of the blast to disappear. Pucky chases him through the base but eventually loses him. The Master of the Island jumps into a ship and easily breaks through the Terran fleet, before vanishing into linear space.

Meanwhile, the base is successfully captured by the Terrans, and its self destruction is avoided in the nick of time by a patrol of robots. A multiduplicator is found, along with heaps of fake money.

Among the prisoners is an Anti, who seems to possess much more information than what he tries to make believe. During the final debriefing, Pucky informs Rhodan of a suspicion he had during this mission.

A matter transmitter as powerful as the one he destroyed, and probably connected somewhere in the Great Void, and maybe even to Andromeda, is a huge device, which roots go very deep into the ground, and probably even occupies a big part of the base itself. The only possible conclusion is that the Masters of the Island must have invented a way to reach the Milky Way without needing a matter transmitter, or this transmitter couldn't have been brought here in the first place.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-282.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-09

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283 - Flucht vom Giftplaneten
Flight From The Poison Planet
Kurt Mahr


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Four months have passed since the Jago operation. Homer G. Adams is held prisoner with five other key characters of the Terran administration on an unknown ammoniac planet, allegedly in the Milky Way. The intentions of the Tefrodians are unclear at that point, they don't seem to be really interested in questioning them. The Terrans suppose that the only point in their captivity is that the Masters of the Island replaced them with duplicates, who must now have deeply infiltrated the Terranian govermnent.

A guard comes to take them before the commandant of the base. The first shock is the identity of this guard: he is a duplicate of Homer G. Adams. The commandant of the base introduces himself as Miras-Etrin, and he quickly admits being a Master of the Island. The prisoners are taken back to their room and one of them, General Strugov, begins to suspect that Miras-Etrin did not decide to unveil himself without a reason. Strugov is eventualy convinced that at least one of them is a duplicate, who took the place of the original prisoner, and who must be reporting all the captives plans to the Master of the Island. He decides to trust Homer G. Adams and together, they proceed to question discretely the other four prisoners in order to find out who the traitor(s) might be.

The manoeuver bears fruits : the duplicate is identified (Weinstein) and is unfortunately killed in the fray. Miras-Etrin immediately comes to see them, gets the dead body back and lets the original Weinstein join his comrades. Of course, the Terrans immediately suspect the newcomer to be a duplicate as well, but they do not have to work it out since the new Weinstein (Weinstein-3) turns himself in and immediately admits being a clone. He then proceeds to explain why he decided to betray Miras-Etrin.

However blindly faithful to the Masters of the Island, the duplicates have a survival instinct and Weinstein-3 is well aware that another duplicate (Weinstein-2) is at work on the Earth, where he is infiltrating the Terranian government. Whether Weinstein-2 succeeds or fails, Weinstein-3 will become useless (obviously, if Weinstein-2 is uncovered, the Terrans won't allow another duplicate to reiterate the substitution). Therefore, Weinstein-3 realized that his best chance is to ally himself with the Terrans. Convinced but still suspecting another trap from Miras-Etrin, the Terrans accept him among them but decide to leave him out of all strategic decisions they might make.

Another duplicate contacts them, the duplicate of Adams (now referred to as "Gershwin", which happens to be the "G" in Homer G. Adams). For the very same reasons as Weinstein-3, he wants to join the Terrans and proposes to help them escape if they can guarantee they will take him with them. He pretends having very valuable information on the layout of the base, which turns out to be true.

The Terrans can use a secret passage he made through the floor and from there, reach the main energy supply. A bomb will plunge the base into darkness and the ensuing confusion will allow them to steal a vehicle and reach the surface, where they will wait for rescue. How this rescue will come, General Strugov won't explain but he volunteers to achieve it.

Strugov asks Gerschwin to bring a clone of himself (Strugov-3) to him. When they meet, Strugov knocks Strugov-3 down and takes his place, pretending he's now a duplicate. Spending some time among the numerous duplicates of all the prisoners, Strugov realizes they are very badly considered by their masters. They are also very carefully trained : Tefrodians keep them under a permanent surveilance and make them notice when their behavior strays from their original's. After behaving aggressively toward one of the guards, Strugov demands to be taken before Miras-Etrin, to which the guard complies.

Miras-Etrin seems puzzled to see a duplicate behave differently, and decides to hear what Strugov has to say. Strugov then explains that it is impossible to create accurate clones of important Terran personalities if they are permanently under the orders of guards. They need to work out their authority, otherwise only mild-mannered, and therefore unrealistic, persons will be created. Miras-Etrin admits not having been in the base long enough, and therefore he didn't think too much about this. But he seems to agree. Then Strugov makes his second move : he says he wants to be sent to Earth where he will replace his first duplicate, whom, he estimates, he outperforms now. Miras-Etrin says he will give him his decision shortly.

Meanwhile, the other prisoners are almost done setting up their escape, with the diligent help of Gerschwin. Some time later, Miras-Etrin lets Strugov know that he accepted, and therefore the General will be sent to Earth alone on a ship where he will replace Strugov-2. Everything goes smoothly: a bomb is placed in the energy supply and Strugov departs on board of a Tefrodian ship. Shortly after taking off, Strugov finds out that no escape pod is present on the ship, and suddenly, Miras-Etrin's holographic image appears before him. Strugov understands that he played and lost to someone stronger than him.

Miras-Etrin explains that he has never been fooled by any of their plots. Even the duplicates who assisted him didn't actually work for him. Miras-Etrin had simply anticipated their behavior and knew they would turn themselves in to the Terrans. The escape of the prisoners has worked perfectly, they are now roaming the ammoniac-filled surface, waiting for very unlikely help. The linear drive of Strugov's ship has been deactivated. Strugov has two options : either he tries to rally the Terran territory at sub-light speed, which he will reach in forty thousand years, or he tries to send a message. But then, a bomb will immediately blow the whole ship.

Mad with rage, Strugov controls himself and decides to cast one last jab at the Master of the Island. He says that even though he was able to suppress six Terrans, billions of others are still there, and that it only took them a few years to kill three of the seven Masters of the Island. And the other four will eventually fall (which is a bluff : so far, Rhodan can only suppose that there are only four Masters of the Island left, given the conditions in which this information was obtained). However, Miras-Etrin's reaction confirms the hypothesis: he doesn't deny that there are only four of them left and disappears, leaving Strugov alone with his dilemma.

Strugov decides to try a third option: find the bomb. After some reasoning, he realizes that the bomb must necessarily be very close to the hypertransmitter. He eventually finds it in the first of the four spacesuits in the central command. He drops it in space and just as he is about to send a message, Miras-Etrin appears to him again, to congratulate him for finding one of the bombs he put on board. At first discouraged by the news, Strugov then realizes from the words used by the Master of the Island that he seems to have acted all alone (he despises the Tefrodians, who are merely servants to him). Therefore, he had very little time to put the bombs on board, and Strugov quickly deduces that Miras-Etrin had no way of guessing which spacesuit he would use. He takes the other three spacesuits, drops them into space and can then send his SOS safely. Strugov and his companions are rescued by Pucky and Ras Tschubai, but none of the duplicates materialize together with the mutants back on the Terran ship. Adams then explains what happened: It seems that some hidden genetic characteristic of the duplicates prevents them from traveling through the fifth dimension. This information, added to the fact that Rhodan now knows for sure there are only four Masters of the Island, gives the Terrans a definite edge on their enemies.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-283.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-10

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284 - Anfang gegen die Erde
Strike Against Terra
William Voltz


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Another summit conference is in the making. Perry Rhodan is more and more criticized and a growing part of the colonized worlds are thinking about voting him down from his position. Each world will send an ambassador to the conference. Rhodan expects another strike from the Masters of the Islands at this conference, and he is indeed right: Miras-Etrin is sending a hoard of duplicates toward Terra, in what he expects to be one last offensive that will bring the Terran empire to its knees.

Agents from the Secret Services are sent to escort each ambassador and keep them under a close surveillance. Al Boyer is one of them, and he quickly realizes that something is going on with the wife of Rabkob, the person he is in charge of. He suspects she might have been replaced by a clone, and his suspicion is confirmed when he finds a small metallic device in Rabkob's belongings.

He reports his finding to Rhodan who immediately sends all his mutants, asking them to search thoroughly and secretly all the ambassadors. The device turns out to be a part of a bigger machine, whose purpose remains undetermined. The mutants eventually gather the thirty-two pieces of the device, which then assembles itself automatically, in the middle of Mercant's office. The machine is immediately taken away from Terrania and abandoned into space. After some time, the weapon hasn't done anything more than emitting harmless beams.

The scientists bring the machine back and eventually conclude that this device is harmless, and was most likely used as a bait to keep the Terranian Defense busy as the conference date is closing in. Rhodan instructs the mutants to search for a second weapon, expected to be much harder to find.

Two mutants are found very heavily burned. Using spacesuits this time, the mutants keep searching and gather another round of pieces, each one guarded by a powerful radiant beam designed to kill whoever finds it.

Meanwhile, Boyer estimates that the fragments of this second weapon are still too easily found. He begins to suspect that the Masters of the Islands might once again be tricking the Terrans and a hypothesis begins to take shape. He contacts an old friend of his, who is working on the Moon with the hyper-inpotronic Nathan. He submits his hypothese and waits for the answer.

Meanwhile, the mutants have almost reconstituted the second weapon just as Nathan's answer arrives. It says that the second weapon is most likely another lure, and that Boyer's hypothesis about a third weapon has 63% of being the right one...

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-284.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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285 - Die dritte Waffe
The Third Weapon
William Voltz


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

The conference is now two days away, and Boyer is more than ever convinced that a third weapon is hidden somewhere. He decides to team with a Willy, the medusa-like beings that take care of the posbi protoplasm on the World of a Hundred Suns. He trusts the Willy and asks him to create diversions so that he can safely search the rooms of the participants.

Atlan is contacted by Boyer's former wife, also convinced of the existence of a third weapon, and decides to carry a search on his own, but Rhodan refuses to cancel the conference. Boyer and Atlan eventually join their forces but they can't find anything.

While examining the conference room, Boyer has an intuition and wonders if the TV cameras could hide this mysterious weapon, but then again, a thorough search reveals nothing.

A few thousand light years away from the Earth, Miras-Etrin is about to send a Tefrodian duplicate on a mission. The Tefrodian enters a minuscule ship and sets sail to the Earth. He must activate the bomb, which is supposed to destroy not only Terrania, but the whole Earth. The duplicate knows he will die on the mission, so Miras-Etrin doesn't trust him. On its course to Earth, the ship breaks down. The duplicate goes out to examine the engines and then reads a message from Miras-Etrin saying that the Master of the Island simply wanted to make sure he could trust him. If he hadn't tried to fix the engine, Miras-Etrin would have sent another ship to complete the mission.

One of the participants is on her way to the conference, on the morning of the third of April, 2405. She has been suffering from pains in her stomach for the past hours but decides to go anyway.

Thanks to the small size of his ship (hardly bigger than himself), the Tefrodian duplicate arrives unseen in orbit around the Earth. He docks with a TV satellite and boards it. He then waits for the conference to begin.

Boyer can't forget about his intuition and questions the TV technicians. When asked to examine their logs, they report an inconspicuous, but admittedly uncommon, failure in one of their satellites in the past hour. Boyer lets Atlan know about this. They rush into a ship and head for the satellite.

As Rhodan is beginning to speak, several participants suddenly feel violent pains in their stomach. Suddenly, spare parts of an unknown device escapes from their bodies and begins to assemble in the middle of the room, hovering several meters above the floor. Once assembled, the weapon is then immediately surrounded by a protection field.

Atlan and Boyer board the TV satellite a split second before the Tefrodian is able to activate the weapon. The Andromedan is killed during the fray, and the bomb is then taken to a safe place to be blown up. It turns out it’s similar to Arkonide bombs and that it would have ignited every single atom of hydrogen in the atmosphere.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-285.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from).

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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286 - Jagd auf die Teleporterkugel
Hunt For The Teleportation Sphere
H.G. Ewers


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

In Terrania, Rhodan is listening to a report from his chief financial officers. The situation is grim : the Terrans must give up Andromeda, or their economy will collapse. The discovery of a way to identify authentic bills from counterfeited ones is not enough to cover the expenses caused by the fleets patrolling in Andro-Alpha and Andro-Beta. An urgent message is then announced to Rhodan, coming from Kahalo, the planet that controls the main transmitter to the other galaxy. Despite the oscillating field the Terrans put in place to close the access from Andromeda, a sphere has suddenly materialized within the transmitter.

Rhodan immediately leaves for Kahalo. The sphere is less than ten meters big, and it has moved a distance of ten million kilometers since it was spotted. Rhodan dispatches five thousand ships and starts to hunt the sphere. But each time they close in, it suddenly departs and moves away.

It quickly turns out that the sphere is not using engines, but teleportation to move, a discovery that stuns the Terrans.

A small ship, with Baar-Lun the Modul on board, is part of the hunting raid. They anticipate the movement of the sphere and are able to dock their ship to it before it dematerializes again. Baar-Lun uses his paranormal abilities to fight against the teleporters inside the sphere. They eventually crash on a planet, and three shiny red small spheres escape from the ship before the Terrans can react. They quickly disappear out of sight.

The Terran fleet quickly joins and the mutants proceed with the hunt. To the general surprise, the spheres eventually teleport back into space. Two of them then commit suicide by flying into the nearby sun while the third one keeps running away, although obviously getting weaker and weaker.

The runaway sphere eventually materializes inside a Terran ship. It immediately teleports away but when doing so, takes the commander of the ship with it. When he regains consciousness, he is astray in space, but spots a wrecked Maahk ship and gets on board it. There, he finds the sphere, too weak to go any further. He then communicates with it.

Rhodan and the officers quickly join him and learn about the sphere. It explains that the three of them were working on reactivating the "Six Mothers" (the six planets that constitute the Andromedan part of the transmitter) when suddenly, they were teleported here. When asked about their ability to reactivate the transmitter, the sphere says that they are the Solar Engineers, who created the Great Transmitters that bridge the Milky Way and Andromeda. Unlike what the Terrans thought, the Lemurians did not create those transmitters, but asked the Solar Engineers to do it. Naturally inclined to that kind of challenge, they complied and are now being used by the Masters of the Island to break through the Terran blockade. The sphere suddenly disappears and kills itself by flying into the sun.

Rhodan knows that the Masters of the Island will eventually break through the transmitter and will then launch a massive invasion onto the Milky Way. Therefore, he decides to take the conflict directly onto their ground: in Andromeda.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-286.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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287 - Die Halle der Unbesiegbaren
The Hall of the Invincible
H.G. Ewers


The Terrans have come to the conclusion that their only hope is to sign a peace treaty with the Maahks. Atlan volunteers for this mission, arguing that the Arkonids have been dealing with them since several thousand years. When he arrives in Andro-Alpha, a Maahk ship immediately detects them and welcomes them. It seems the Methanian people had been expecting them for some time, coming to the same conclusion as them regarding the outcome of their struggle against the Masters of the Island.

Atlan is taken in front of the Maahk Council, in the so-called Hall of the Invicibles. He starts his psychological game by letting the Maahks know that he is an immortal, and he proves it by relating a battle he fought a thousand years ago against the ancestors of the current Maahk Elders. However, he doesn't intend to disclose his main argument yet : the existence of the multi-duplicators, about which the Maahks do not seem to be informed.

A quick scan by Wuriu Sengu reveals that out of the nine Elders who form the Council, three of them are actually duplicates. They quickly contradict Atlan, who is then forced to reveal the existence of the the multi-duplicators, frightening the Maahks who rely on their very strong natality to keep fighting the Masters of the Island. However, unable to prove his sayings, he is forced to silence and the Terrans withdraw in their quarters.

During the night, the mutants go after the three traitors in order to collect proof. Unfortunately, they are surprised by the Secret Services and brought before Grek 1, the head of the Council. To Atlan's greatest surprise, Grek 1 is completely informed of the intentions of the Terrans and even though he questioned their saying during the audition earlier, he had eventually come to believe them after having them spied by his agents. Atlan show the X Ray pictures they took of the three traitors, who clearly reveal the brain implant which is used by the Masters of the Island to keep the duplicates under their control.

The next day, Atlan exposes his evidence but pretends he hasn't identified any traitor yet. One of the duplicates then leaves the council and heads for what Atlan suspects to be a secret base, where they must have a multi-duplicator. The Maahk is discreetly followed and leads the Terrans to his base on a nearby planet, close to the sun.

Maahks and Terrans invest the base and capture its personnel. Shortly after, a treaty is signed between the two races. Rhodan can now get to the second phase of his plan : the destruction of the Andromeda transmitter.

Cedric Beust

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288 - Das Sonneninferno
The Inferno Of Stars
K.H. Scheer


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

The recent discovery of the existence of the Solar Engineers convinced Rhodan that the giant transmitters are no longer safe. Even though the Engineers went through it purely by accident, it is only a matter of time before the Masters of the Island are able to breach the blockade set by the Terrans, and thus gain a direct access to the very heart of the Milky Way. Rhodan has therefore decided that the Andromeda transmitter should be destroyed, but the task looks daunting. However, Arno Kalup, the hyper-physicist, has an idea on how they could do it.

On July 9th, 2405, a fleet of more than 100,000 ships leaves Andro-Beta and rematerializes at the very heart of Andromeda. As soon as they have arrived, one of' them -- the RAWANA -- leaves the ranks of the fleet, which goes on its way to strike a tactical planet owned by the Masters of the Island. On board, Arno Kalup is supervising the latest details in the preparation of his new weapon, based on the Wiezold effect.

Standard transform cannons are useless since whatever bomb they will teleport, the charge will immediately be vaporized when it reaches one of the six stars that form the transmitter. The Wiezold effect, which has already been tested with success in the Milky Way, consists in creating a mini-sun by mixing conventional weapons and transform cannons. This mini-sun must then be exposed to hyperinmestron waves (the name of the weapon) that will turn its particles into their opposites. The resulting anti-matter fire ball will then be hurled into the star using the acceleration of the ship.

The Maahk fleet begins its attack on the targets that were assigned to them. T'he Tefrodians fight back and inflict heavy losses in the Methanian ranks, but the diversion works, and the RAWANA can then proceed to doing its work.

On a desertic planet. Miras-Etrin, also known as Faktor IV as Master of the Island, joins two of his colleagues: Faktor III (Proht Meyet) and Faktor II (Trinar Molat). Faktor I soon joins them but on a screen, its identity still unknown. During this conference, the Masters of the Islands decide on the elimination of the Maahk race and invent a plan against the Terrans that rely on a detail that nobody ever thought of: the fact that multi-duplicators can replicate not only live beings, but ships and weapons...

The operation near the transmitter begins, and it quickly draws the attention of the Masters of the Islands, who call upon all their ships to stop the Terran offensive. The RAWANA manages to conduct the irradiation of the mini-sun until its completion. The resulting anti-matter sphere is then thrown into the third star of the transmitter. The RAWANA escapes into linear space.

The star in the transmitter collapses, quickly followed by the other five. But the Terrans had understimated the side effect of such a reaction. In no time, more than two thousand stars in the vicinity of the transmitter have turned into novae.

Unable for now to assess the exact consequences of what he has done. Rhodan flies away from the center of the galaxy.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-288.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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289 - Das System der blauen Riesen
The System of the Blue Giants
Clark Darlton


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

The corvette KC-l, with Pucky and the two waveriders on board, is flying from the maelstrom created by the explosion of the transmitter. However, hyperdimensional waves from the nearby novae damage its kalup, and they are forced to leave linear space. They quickly detect an eight-meter ship which seems to be flying away from the storm front as well. When he hears about this, Pucky immediately deduces that it must be a ship belonging to the Solar Engineers, the creators of the transmitter.

Pucky teleports on board of the ship, startling the three energetic spheres who control it. They are fleeing as fast as they can, but since they have to use their own energy to teleport the ship, they are growing weaker with every leap. First defiant toward Pucky, they eventually admit that they are out of strength and will therefore be quickly caught up by the shock wave. They reluctantly give the Terran crew the coordinates of their home system. The KC-1 takes the sphere on its board and heads for Eyhoe.

Eyhoe turns out to be another artificial system. Three suns form a triangle within which orbit the first two planets. Hoel, the home planet of the Solar Engineers, is the second planet in the system, and thus never knows darkness. As soon as they emerge from linear space, the Terrans are detected by a Tefrodian ship, led by Gerlachos, a Tefrodian. After a quick talk, the two ships agree on a truce since both their engines are greatly affected by the nearby storm. The two ships head for Eyhoe II. Pucky and the two waveriders leave the corvette on board of the Sphere Ship and land safely on the planet. However, a Tefrodian ship detects the Terran ship, and Redhorse is forced to flee.

The KC-1 hides on Eyhoe VIII, the only planet that offers acceptable living conditions for the humans. Redhorse lands the corvette at the bottom of the sea. On Hoel, Pucky tries to win the trust of the Engineers, but they are not easily convinced. It turns out they have been exploited by the Tefrodians since 10,000 years.

On Eyhoe VIII, Tefrodian ships are closing in on the corvette. Redhorse takes a shuttle and tries to divert them, but they don't fall for the trick. They eventually locate the KC-1 and destroy it, along with its twelve crew members. They let the shuttle go, knowing that its only chance to survive is to go on Hoel. Meanwhile, on Hoel, the Tefrodians have learned about the presence of the Terrans and they start looking for them.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-289.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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290 - Koordinaten ins Jenseits
Coordinates In The Hereafter
Clark Darlton


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Pucky, Rakar and Tronar Woolver are hiding in the recesses of Eyhoe II. First alarmed when the Engineers tell them the Tefrodians know about their presence, they calm down when they realize they are in a room with no entrance whatsoever. Only teleporters can enter, and the Solar Engineers say they don't intend to help the Tefrodians in any way.

The Tefrodians, first infuriated by the refusal from the Engineers to help them, decide to have it their way. They ruthlessly make their way through the city, destroying buildings and even killing Engineers who stand in their way.

Don Redhorse, still at large in the escape shuttle of the defunct KC-1, tries to sneak onto the planet but fails. He is captured by Mihagros, the commandant of the Tefrodian base. The Tefrodian uses his prisoner to blackmail the three Terrans: if they don't surrender, Redhorse will be shot. Pucky asks for time.

Unexpected help comes in the form of Gerlachos, the captain of the first Tefrodian ship, with whom they had made a truce. Gerlachos doesn't like the way Mihagros is handling this, and is persuaded that this is acting against the good of the Tefrodians. The Masters of the Island need the cooperation of the Solar Engineers, or they won't be able to create more transmitters. He suggests that using this argument might convince Mihagros to ease his position.

Meanwhile, the Solar Engineers are gathering to decide whether they should help the Terrans or not, and if they should stop their cooperation with the Tefrodians. Pucky is invited to the meeting, which gathers all the twenty million beings who live on the planet. They reach the conclusion that they have been fooled for too long, and that it is not their destiny to help either race. They will therefore "join with the Great Mother", meaning that the whole race will throw itself into one of the suns. Pucky is appalled when he realizes that they are about to commit a race suicide, but is unable to talk them out of doing so.

However, Pucky decides to use this information against the Tefrodians. He pretends that the Solar Engineers are now on their side and will commit suicide unless the prisoners are released. Mihagros first doesn't believe him but when the first Solar Engineers leave the planet and throw themselves into the sun, he quickly complies. As the Terrans are running low on supplies (nothing on this planet can be eaten or drunk), they remember that Redhorse's corvette should still be where he landed, and it holds a lot of supplies.

Pucky teleports near the ship only to find out a trap laid out by Mihagros, who had anticipated this move. However, it's Gerlachos who has been assigned to the surveillance of the corvette, and he lets Pucky go. Back into their hideout, he eventually convinces three of the Solar Engineers not to take part in the global suicide, telling them they might help the Terrans maintain the existing transmitters. They steal a ship and manage to fly away from Hoel. They stop one light-day away from the planet in order to observe the three suns beginning to react to the mass suicide.

However, just as the ship emerges from linear space, a recorded messages sounds in the ship. It's the voice of Mihagros, who informs them he booby-trapped the ship, which will explode in five minutes. At this announcement, the three Solar Engineers express their sorrow to the Terrans and head back for their home planet. However, the Woolver brothers are able to deactivate the bomb. The Terrans then see the Eyhoe system turn into a gigantic super-nova. Then they head back and are eventually rescued by the KHREST, which had noticed the explosion of the three stars. The Solar Engineers are no more, but at least the Masters of the Island will no longer be able to build new transmitters.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-290.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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291 - Brücke zwischen den Sternen
Bridge Between The Stars
Kurt Mahr


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Timo Benz is the commandant of a patrol ship in the Lost System. He notices a weird phenomenon coming out of the transmitter: a green light extends itself over several millions of kilometers and eventually disappears, revealing a 5km asteroid made partially of terkonite. With a small crew, he investigages the asteroid to discover a huge being, made of rock and terkonite, spelling out the letters "elpa" in morse. Terrified, the crew hastily comes back on board their ship and reports to Rhodan.

The situation in the Andromeda galaxy is dramatic: all the transmitters are beginning to show signs of decay and instability. They work intermittently and when they fail, all the ships that go through them are turned into a molten piece of rock. The asteroid discovered by Benz was one of these ships, which entered the transmitter during an instability phase. The four letters was actually a part of the name of the ship. The Terrans are alarmed, the solar fleet needs to leave Andro-Beta as soon as possible, or they will be stranded on the micro-nebula.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Mory Abro gives birth to twins.

Timo Benz departs from Andro-Beta and heads for the Lost System. A malfunction in their engine forces them to drop back into normal space and they detect a nearby planet in the inter-galactic void: Solo. Puzzled by the existence of this planet and because it is their only hope of ever making it back to their galaxy, they head toward it and are quickly greeted by a Tefrodian message enquiring about them. They pretend to be Tefrodians themselves and simulate a crash on the planet. The Helipon drops a small corvette which then sets out to attack the base.

They eventually conquer the base and find spare engines, allowing them to resume their journey to the Lost System. When they reach Calife, Benz reports about this base and its existence puzzles the Terrans. Suddenly, a huge Tefrodian fleet is detected and it is headed directly at the Calife base. The Terrans have only 150 ships left, against 15,000 from the Tefrodians. The situation is helpless. Benz must absolutely inform Rhodan about the situation before he arrives to the Lost System.

He enters the unstable transmitter and heads for Kahalo. His ship is turned into a molten rock but he manages to crash on the planet. He has been turned into a multidimensional being and merged with his ship. He manages to inform the Terrans about the Tefrodian attack in the Lost System but eventually dies. There can be only one explanation to this attack: the Tefrodians now have a way to reach across the stars without using the transmitters.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-291.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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292 - Der Bahnhof im Weltraum
The Train Station In Space
William Voltz


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

Under the attack of the Tefrodians, the twin suns of the Lost System have now melted to form a nova. Rhodan and his crew are now cut off from their home galaxy, but some hope springs when Atlan mentions the hypothese that maybe some Maahk interstellar bases are still present in the intergalactic void. These bases were used as relays when the Maahks left the Milky Way for the Andromeda galaxy 50,000 years ago.

Rhodan asks the Maahks for information about the assumed positions of such bases and then dispatches a whole fleet in the void in order to find them. While everyone assumes the base must have drifted after all this time, Redhorse is convinced that the Maahk engineers were advanced enough to be able to freeze their bases at a fixed location. He turns out to be right and locates one of these bases. He dispatches a corvette, led by Brazo Surfat, but before he can take any action, the base opens fire upon the unprotected ship and destroys it.

The corvette lands on the base only to find out that it has been taken over by far descendants of Maahks, who have come back to a barbaric state and are organizing ritual fights to gain the privilege to enter the main portion of the base. The situation is alarming for the Terrans, who are being helped by Grek-1: their oxygen supply (and methane for the Maahk) is running low and they need to find a supply. Grek-1 disappears on his personal quest, and the Terrans make contact with the primitives.

They quickly understand one of them will need to go through these ritual fights in order to gain access to the station. Redhorse decides to do it and wins almost all of his fights, but Surfat is forced to replace him for the last fight. Surfat will eventually die from his wounds but is victorious, allowing the Terrans to enter the core of the station.

Redhorse enters the forbidden section and eventually reaches the hypercom, only to find out that Grek-1 is already there. He says he already called Rhodan but that he intends to destroy him. Stunned, Redhorse realizes that Grek-1 has gone mad because of his lack of methane supply. With the help of one of the local prises, Redhorse manages to kill Grek-1 before he opens fire on the Terran fleet that has just shown up.

The stellar station is now in the Terran’s hands.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-292.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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293 - Unternehmen Central-Station
Operation: Central-Station
William Voltz


OLD INTERNET SUMMARY:

The Terrans now know that there are three more interstellar Maahk bases in the Great Void. They are regularly spaced between the two galaxies. The biggest one, Central-Station, is situated 450,000 light years away from Andromeda. Rhodan decides to attack it. He will use the fleet from the Gleam system, made up of 900 ships.

Rhodan and the fleet head for Central-Station. Before engaging in battle, a small team led by Redhorse is sent into the station. There is a lot of activity going on so their small ship goes unnoticed. However, what Rhodan doesn't know is that Miras-Etrin himself is in the base and he is readying a main strike against the Milky Way.

As soon as they enter the station, Redhorse and his team are captured since the Terrans have greatly underestimated the defenses of the base. Miras-Etrin then proceeds to question them. Using cruel torture tools, he eventually learns about Rhodan's imminent attack upon the station. Faktor IV then sees the opportunity he has been looking for. Central-Station has just received a massive reinforcement made up of the latest antipolar cannons. He will lure the Terran fleet to the station and will then open fire on them.

The Master of the Island is so confident in his victory that he lets the Terrans and the Maahk wander in the station. He then sacrifices his own fleet of 600 ships against the Terrans in order to comfort them in their superiority.

Redhorse remembers seeing a captured Maahk ship in the base. The Terrans go to see it but as they finally approach it, Miras-Etrin appears on a giant screen and laughs at them, saying he has been following them and he has always known what they were after. The Maahk ship doesn't have any hypercom. Depressed, the Terrans lose hope. Miras-Etrin resumes his surveillance of the Terran fleet.

Grek-1, soon out of hydrogen, wanders aimlessly in the Maahk ship. He eventually sits in the commandant's chair and readies himself to die. He suddenly realizes that the ship has some energy left. He opens fire with the impulse guns, causing great damage to the hangar first, and then making the whole base shake.

Rhodan has immediately understood that something is going on and retreats. He opens fire on the base. Central-Station soon gives in and the base collapses. Miras-Etrin dies in the battle.

The Terrans now have only two stations left to conquer before they can definitely bar access to the Milky Way to the Masters of the Island.

*Note - found this summary several years ago on an old internet site - http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas?CYCLO/P/PR-293.sub.html - that no longer exists (same site that the previous short summaries in the "Master of the Island" cycle that Cedric had obtained came from)

Michael P. Mahoney 2007-09-11

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294 - Die Eroberer
The Conqueror
Clark Darlton


Central-Station is no more, the base collapsed under massive nuclear explosions. Rhodan is now heading toward Midway, the second Maahk base, halfway between the Milky Way and Andromeda.

A cursory examination reveals no anti-psychic field and no special protection. The Terrans easily conquer the station and capture its commandant, a Tefrodian called Montra Matite. Impressed by how the Terrans treat their prisoners, Matite turns out to be a resistant to the Masters of the Island.

He informs Rhodan of one of the Masters of the Island's best kept secret : the existence of a planet called Multidon, used as a home base by his masters. This planet holds several thousands of multiduplicators and is the heart of the Masters invasion force. Unfortunately, a hidden system within Midway detects that Matite has betrayed his masters and instantly kills him, along with all the duplicates still alive.

On Earth, Bull and Atlan receive a messenger from Rhodan, who traveled all the distance on board a special ship equipped with extra kalups to cross the 800,000 light years that separate Central-Station from the Milky Way. Bull learns that Central-Station is now in Terrans hands and that he should head for Lookout, the third Maahk base, 400,00 light years away from Earth.

Lookout is headed by Faktor III, named Proht Meyhet. He knows about the demise of Central-Station but not yet about Midway. He expects the Terrans to show up any moment. Bull's fleet materializes nearby and intercepts a Tefrodian ship. The crew is quickly captured and hypnotized by Andre Lenoir. A small crew of mutants led by Ras Tschubai and Gucky sets foot on the base, which turns out to be protected by an anti-psychic field, incapacitating the mutants. The intervention team scatters in the base, looking for the anti-psy generators.

Meanwhile, Bull dispatches some of his ships and attacks the station. Proht Meyhet suspects this attack to be a diversion but fights back with 400 of his ships. They are lured into a trap and immobilized by Terran narco-radiants.

Gucky eventually destroys the anti-psychic generators and, now fully capable of teleportation, wreaks havoc on the base, which quickly falls into Terran hands. Carefully protected in the central command, Proht Meyhet meets with Gucky, who gives him a ultimatum. The two characters find some sympathy for each other but the Master of the Island declines the ultimatum and informs Gucky that he is going to escape. As soon as Gucky has left, the Master of the Island uses a hidden door and flies away in a small ship. He sets a bomb to destroy the station before leaving, but Gucky finds it and the Terrans then deactivate it.

Rhodan arrives on Lookout from Midway with a limited fleet and the Terrans celebrate their conquest of all Maahk bases.

Cedric Beust

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295 - Der verlorene Planet
The Lost Planet
Clark Darlton


Thanks to the information supplied by Montra Matite before he died, Rhodan now knows that Multidon is 45,000 light years away from the South border of Andromeda, 5,000 light years inside the Forbidden Zone. Multidon is in the middle of a dark cloud making navigation within very dangerous. Redhorse, accompanied by the mutants, enters the dark cloud and heads for the assumed position of Multidon.

During the flight, Pucky is contacted by Harno, the mysterious energy sphere, which asks them to change the coordinates of their destination. Harno explains that the whole course of history would be changed if they didn't obey him, so the Terrans comply. Then the strange being vanishes. The exact location of Multidon is betrayed by a strong energetic arc between the planet and its sun. The environment of the dark cloud hiding their arrival, the Terrans land on Multidon and Pucky starts the Arkonid bomb, sealing the fate of the planet.

The mousebeaver detects familiar thought patterns and realizes that Proht Meyhet is the commandant of this base. Accompanied by Ras Tschubai and Tronar Woolver, he teleports in the main base and sabotages it with bombs, but the mutants are captured by psychic traps laid out by the Master of the Island. Only Pucky manages to escape. Then he tries once again to convince Meyhet to surrender and to release the mutants, but the Master refuses. As the destruction of the planet is progressing, Proht Meyet boards his ship with the two captured mutants and takes off, decided to take them to his superiors. But Ras and Tronar break free from the cage and the ship is quickly shot down, killing Faktor III.

Cedric Beust

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296 - Die Herrin der Sterne
The Mistress of the Stars
Kurt Mahr


A Terran spaceship patrolling along the border of the dark cloud detects distress signals. They rescue the ship only to realize that there is only one live being on board, a woman. Her name is Mirona Thetin and she is incredibly beautiful. She also turns out to be extremely despiseful and refuses to talk to anyone but the commandant. Atlan complies and immediately falls in love with her when he sees her. Then she tells her story.

She is the Tamrat of Sulvy, a solar system made of seven planets. Mirona and her people quickly developed a pure hatred toward the Masters of the Island and they started a resistance movement that grew very fast. The Masters of the Island caught wind of this rebellion and they kidnapped her in order to duplicate her and replace her with a docile duplicate. She was taken to Multidon but managed to escape. However, her ship was shot down and she barely managed to reach the border of the dark cloud, where the Terrans found her.

Atlan determines that she is not wearing a cell activator, therefore she is not a Master of the Island herself. What achieves to convince him is that she tells them of a threat about to strike the Earth, which she learned from her spy network. Psycho-emitters have been secretly transferred to the Earth. These emitters affect the brain of all live beings and turn them into raging animals. Animals with a low intelligence will be touched first, and then the others.

As a matter of fact, on the Earth, insects have started attacking humans and the first deaths are announced. Soon, birds and other pets start aggressing humans. Reginald Bull leads the investigation and his agents find one emitter. After analyzing it, they are able to locate them and quickly, all the psycho-emitters are destroyed.

Cedric Beust

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297 - Superfestung Tamanium
Super-fortress : Tamanium
H.G. Ewers


The mysterious Faktor I is talking with Faktor II, Trinar Molat. Faktor I wants him to go back 435 years in the past and destroy the stranded Arkonid space ship before Rhodan finds it, therefore altering the course of the future. Although opposed to such a plan because it would have repercussions on the galactic level, Molat is forced to comply if he wants to stay alive.

Molat is the commandant of Tamanium, the main planet of the Mastesr of the Island. He remembers his past : 20,000 years ago, thirteen of the best scientists and admirals created a coalition to take control of the Lemurian empire. 8,000 years later, this government was ruling the whole Andromeda galaxy. Nothing could stop them since they had uncovered the secret of biological immortality, but they had also received as a legacy an incredible technology. Six of them brutally disappeared, and Molat wonders if Faktor I wouldn't have killed them because they had discoverd the identity of their leader.

Still in Andromeda, Rhodan tries to find a way back home, but to do this, he needs the permission from the Maahks to use their deep space stations, which were freed by Terran forces a few weeks. After difficult negociations, the Maahks agree to help him out.

An isolated Terran space ship enters an undiscovered solar system and the commandant immediately identifies it as the possible host of the Masters of the Island main planet. Unsuspecting, Molat lets the ship go.

In 1971, Hakolin, a Tefrodian admiral, has received his orders from Faktor II. He goes through the giant transmitter and arrives on Earth. He quickly identifies the Terrans as harmless and decides to explore Sol I and Sol II. When he flies over Venus, the Arkonid brain (later to be conquered by Rhodan) awakens and destroys his ship.

In the present, Rhodan and Atlan have confirmed the identity of Tamanium and a gigantic fleet heads in its direction. The first offensive is ordered but the planet is heavily defended by antipolar cannons and timeshifting fields. Added to that, Tamanium is surrounded by a red field that resists all standard weapons and also prevents the teleporters from going through. Transform cannons are useless as well : the teleported bombs seem to never rematerialize in its proximity. The Terrans have no other choice but back off.

Strayed from the fight, Pucky and Saar find a mysterious metallic sphere, 30km big. They teleport inside and discover a being in some sort of a stasis.

Cedric Beust

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298 - Amoklauf der Schläfer
The Sleepers Run Amok
H.G. Ewers


The green skin being awakens and tells his story. His name is Tengri Lethos and he is a Hathor. 2.5 million years away, the Hathors conquered the oxigen worlds of Andromeda and started a rich and peaceful civilization. They became extinct after one million years. The remaining beings scattered away in foreign galaxies and used their spiritual force, the Sanskari, to pacify worlds. 80,000 years ago, there were twelve Hathors, also called Keepers of the Light, in Andromeda. Then beings from another continuum invaded Andromeda. The Hathors fought them back and eventually won, but only two of them remained alive. They gave birth to Tengri Lethos who was then placed into a stasis until he would find a female so that the Hathors do not disappear.

Pucky explains to Tengri the situation in Andromeda and the Hathor takes them on board with their ship. Then he heads back to the Luun system where Rhodan is busy trying to find another plan to break through Tamanium's defenses. Pucky introduces the Hathor to Rhodan who asks him for assistance. But Tengri refuses, saying he cannot intervene in this conflict.

Meanwhile, Omar Hawks has an idea : since it is not possible to rematerialize anything in the proximity of the red field protecting the planet, maybe they could send a ship there with fifty gigabombs on board, protected by a fake attack on the planet. The plan is executed and as soon as the small ship arrives near the field, the bombs are detonated. The northern part of the protection field collapses.

Terran forces are dropped on the planet and eventually conquer the fortress on Tamanium. Faktor II dies during the fights.

Cedric Beust

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299 - Am Ende der Macht
At the End of a Power
William Voltz


Mirona Thetin arrives in the system of Luun and tells Atlan she needs to speak to him. First decided to send her back, Atlan accepts. The young woman tells him that she knows there are vital information on the technology used by the Masters of the Island on Tamanium, and that they should retrieve it as soon as possible. Since the Maahks won't allow the Terrans to land on the planet, Atlan and Mirona Thetin have to go there in secret.

Mirona tricks Atlan and paralyzes him. When he wakes up, she tells him that she is Faktor I, the leader of the Masters of the Island.

She explains to him that 20,000 years ago, thirteen Lemurians took control of the government. When six of them found out about her identity, she killed them. She possesses a device able to kill any of the other Masters instantly, explaining their devotion to her. Now she has one last chance to turn the tables : she is going back to Ear's past and she will destroy the Arkonid ship that started it all.

Thanks to his cell activator, Atlan recovers from his paralysis faster than Mirona Thetin thought and chases her throughout the station. She tries several times to convince him to join her and rule over the two galaxies, but Atlan refuses. After a long and perilous pursuit, Atlan eventually finds her as she is about to enter the transmitter. Since he can't use his radiant because of her individual protection field, he uses a spear he found in their museum of past races and hurts her. As she is about to die, he sees that she could have killed him at this last moment but she hesitated. She dies in his arms.

Atlan brings her dead body back and confronts Rhodan, who had found about the true identity of Mirona Thetin in between. Even though Atlan endangered the whole human race by his act, he cannot blame his long-time friend and the dead body of Faktor I is sent into space.

Cedric Beust

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