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900 - LAIRE
Laire
William Voltz


In a distant past.

The Loowians are one of the many races that have been chosen by the mysterious power that lives in the Matter Sources to disseminate the spores throughout the universe. However, they have noticed that all the races involved in this task eventually degenerate, and they suspect the powers of the Matter Source are the reason for this degeneration.

A group of severn Loowians decides to act and devises an audacious plan: they are going to impersonate the seven Mighty Ones and respond to the Call in their place. They want to meet with Laire and steal his eye, which they know is the key to the Matter Sources. Their goal is to enter the Matter Source and to try to convince the powers that send the spore ships throughout the universe that they should spare the Loowian race.

The trick succeeds and while Laire is able to kill some of the Loowians, two of them immobilize the robot and steal his eye. The Loowians quickly realize that the eye opens the door to a very specific Matter Source, and that until they have located it, the eye is of no use to them. They hide in on a planet devoid of intelligent life and put it in a container that is supposed to send an impulse every time the said planet makes a complete rotation around its galaxy, which is 226,000 years. This planet ends up being the Earth.

Laire realizes that he will never be able to return to the Matter Sources. As centuries go by, the robot decides that he will try to recover his eye on his own. He will steal Bardioc's sport ship to that purpose.

After the following Call, Laire hides on the Pan-Thau-Ra and eventually opens up to Bardioc, who tells him that he had also decided to betray his mission and create his own stellar empire. The Pan-Thau-Ra arrives in Alstogermaht and Bardioc leaves Laire on the spore ship while he goes back to meet the Timeless Ones.

While he is waiting, Laire captures some members of the insectoid race that lives nearby, the Anskians, and brings them on board. He exposes them to the On and Noon quanta in order to make them more intelligent and they become his servants.

Centuries go by and Laire realizes that something must have happened to Bardioc. He decides to take matter in hiw own hands and to steal the Pan-Thau-Ra. He takes the ship to another system made of forty-seven planets. He tries to hide the ship in hyperspace but something goes wrong and one-thirteenth of the ship remains in the normal space. Laire notices an advanced civilization on one of the moons of the giant planet Valgerspare, the Wyngians, and decides to present himself as a god in the person of the mysterious entity called the Universal Wheel.

Laire builds up a religion based on the Universal Wheel and has many Wyngian expeditions sent out in the universe in an attempt to find his eye. The section of the Pan-Thau-Ra that is in the normal space, and which received the name Quostoht, is soon occupied by other Wyngians. To them, Laire presents himself as another deity called the Lard.

The Anskians on board the Pan-Thau-Ra rebel and ambush Laire. They want to conquer Quostoht and they almost manage to cross the Pale Border before Laire tricks them and manages to kill them. However, he is now on Quostoht and can no longer go back to the heaqquarters because the Anskians are now in control.

The present

Laire explains to Rhodan that the mysterious device they planted in the headquarters was none other than himself. Rhodan quickly puts together what he knows of Bardioc and Laire's stories and the events now make sense. He tells Laire that he intends to enter the Matter Sources and the robot doesn't take long before he accepts to work with the Terrans. He gives the Terrans a shuttle so that they can go back to the Basis while Plondfair and Demeter become the new emissaries of the Universal Wheel and will attempt to make sure their civilization survives after Laire has left.

Laire tells Rhodan that he has chosen the K2 robot Augustus as his new partner.

Cedric Beust 2003-06-31

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901 - Die Zweidenker
The Double Thinkers
Ernst Vlcek


The Loowians have finished building the nine towers on Mars and the Tower Watch, Hergo-Zovran, wants to understand the Terran mentality. He decides to send Goran Vran as an observer, who lost his entelekic sense when he severed the link between the Duade and the Loowian mothership. The Terrans take Goran Vran to Imperium Alpha where Jennifer Thyron and Ronald Tekener try to get information from him.

The Loowians decide to capture a family of Terrans in an effort to learn more about their mentality. They choose a family of four, whose younger daughter, Baya, seems to have developed an ability that looks like Entelekinesy.

As Boyt Margor is improving his skills at manipulating the Eye to travel between the various hyperspace bubbles he has created, he accidently manages to merge two bubbles into a bigger one. Stunned by this result, he starts wondering how far he could push this new talent.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-02

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902 - Das Mädchen und die Loower
The Girl and the Loowian
Ernst Vlcek


Goran-Vran receives the permission to wander freely in Imperium Alpha, and he decides to break all contact with Hergo-Zovran in order not to disclose Terran secrets to his compatriots.

Tifflor manages to capture Boyt Margor's secret base but the mutant is nowhere to be found, since he is hiding in a hyperspace bubble. Margor teleports on Mars where he joins forces with Baya's father, Hawan Gherol. The mutant kidnaps the girl and tries to have the Loowians believe that it was a Terran action.

Hergo-Zovran threatens to invade the Earth if Baya is not returned. Tifflor asks Goran-Vran to go to Mars and convince his compatriots of their innocence, but as the Loowian arrives on the red planet, he recognizes Boyt Margor and identifes the Eye that the mutant is carrying on his helmet. Hergo-Zovran finally believes the Terrans and withdraws his ultimatum.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-02

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903 - Der Quellmeister
The Source Master
Kurt Mahr


A Loowian fleet called the Kairaquola and led by the Source Master, Pankha-Skrin, is looking for the Matter Source. Pankha-Skrin is looking for four signs that indicate where the Source is: a special organ that Loowians have on the top of his head should start pulsating, the source should send a regular impulse, the space around the Source should have certain properties, and finally, he should find the seven Cosmic Fortresses of the Mighty Ones in the vicinity.

Pankha-Skrin has found three of these four signs, but the Fortresses are nowhere to be seen, and the Matter Source can only be entered if Laire's Eye is fitted on certain devices that can only be found inside the fortresses. Pankha-Skrin realizes that his fleet is being followed by strangers, and he decides to surrender in an attempt to find out what is going on. His successor, Burnetto-Kup, takes command of the fleet while Pankha-Skrin is captured by the mysterious followers.

Pankha-Skrin is taken on an asteroid about 80 km in diameter, occupied by a race called the Zaphorians, ruled by Boronzot. The Zaphorians think that Pankha-Skrin is a Landlord and when he is finally brought to Boronzot, he is kidnapped by another group of Zaphorians led by a female named Salsaparu. As she explains the situation to Pankha-Skrin, Salsaparu mentions the name Murcon, who is one of the seven Mighty Ones. Pankha-Skrin realizes that the asteroid is one of the Cosmic Fortresses.

Burnetto-Kup arrives in the solar system where he makes contact with his compatriots.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-07

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904 - Murcons Burg
Murcon's Fortress
Kurt Mahr


Pankha-Skrin learns that the Zaphorians used to be space nomads. They were once invited by Murcon in his fortress and decided to take it over. Since then, their civilization has degenerated and only a small fraction, called the Techno-Trackers, is able to manipulate some of the technical installations. They have tried several times to leave the Fortress but every time, their flight in space ends up back in the fortress. The Zaphorians hope that the Source Master can help them escape from the asteroid.

During his exploration, Pankha-Skrin discovers the existence of a being in the fortress who seems to feed off emotional distress. Chaos and fights break off as the various tribes of Zaphorians try to kidnap Pankha-Skrin. The Source Master finally addresses them all and explains that he need to pursue his researches for the Eye attachments alone, but the Zaphorians keep on fighting.

As he is trying to escape, he meets with Tantha who offers to give him information about the past of the Zaphorians.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-08

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905 - Sendboten des Alles-Rads
Emissaries of the Universal Wheel
H.G. Francis


Perry Rhodan, Demeter and Plondfair reach the Torgnisch system and inform the Lufkians about the true nature of the Universal Wheel. The news is greeted with skepticism but soon confirmed after a quick excursion on the moons of Valgerspahre. Seeing their power threatened, the Kryn priests sabotage Rhodan's shuttle and kidnap him and Demeter when they land on Starscho.

The spaceship Tundra leaves the Base and heads for the planet Datmyr-Urgan, where it will pick up the queen Dorania who accepted to assist the Terrans in getting rid of the Anskians on the Pan-Thau-Ra.

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906 - Das Gericht der Kryn
The Kryn Trial
H.G. Francis


On Datmyr-Urgan, Galto Quohlfahrt picks up the queen Dorania and notices the dead bodies of many Anskians, killed by the protection field left by Bardioc thousands of years ago. On the Sol, Rhodan tells Gavro Yaal that he is ready to turn the ship over to the Solanians.

On Starscho, Plondfair and Demeter are sentenced to death and must fly inside the Forbidden Zone where their spaceship will explode. Laire manages to deactivate the Forbidden Zone in time and the two Wyngians return safe and sound to Starscho.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-08

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907 - Das Weltraumbaby
The Space Baby
Marianne Sydow


Back on the Sol, Rhodan learns about the existence of an impenetrable area of the spaceship. The Solanians seem to be afraid of what is happening inside but they refuse to tell Rhodan what it is about. When Gavro Yaal learns that Rhodan intends to move Seneca to the Base before returning the Sol to the Solanians, he tries to start the Sol and leave Rhodan behind, but Seneca foils his plan.

The Solanians finally tell Rhodan that Helma Buhrlo expects a baby in the mysterious area. Rhodan agrees to leave Seneca on board. The young woman gives birth to a strange-looking baby who dies shortly thereafter.

With only Solanians on board, the Sol departs.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-08

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908 - Aura des Friedens
Aura of Peace
William Voltz


Rhodan brings Dorania on the Pan-Thau-Ra and her aura of peace soon affects the Anskians. Initially hostile, they accept to meet with Rhodan and after he tells them about the history of their people, they acknowledge their new queen.

Laire tells Rhodan that he intends to move the Pan-Thau-Ra completely in hyperspace so that the biophores on board never become a threat, but after the negociations with the Anskians finally lead to a peace on the spore ship, he changes his mind and decides to use the Pan-Thau-Ra to look for his eye.

Rhodan manages to persuade Laire to come with them instead and he promises to use all the Terran resources to assist him in his quest. Laire finally accepts and reveals to Rhodan that the powers beyond the Matter Sources are called the Cosmocrats. The Terrans leave the spore ship which disappears in hyperspace soon thereafter with the Anskians on board.

Back on the Base, Roi Danton tells Rhodan that he intends to leave him to stay with Demeter. Rhodan decides to delay the departure of the Base for ten days.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-09

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909 - Die Falle der Kryn
The Trap of the Kryns
Hans Kneifel


When Demeter learns that the Base is about to leave, she decides she wants to be with Danton and she hands out her command to Plondfair, who carries on by telling the Wyngians that the young woman died. The Kryn priests make a last attempt to overthrow Plondfair but helped by Danton and Hytawath Borl, the priests are soon exposed.

On January 15th, Demeter and the Terrans are back on the Base where the young woman is finally reunited with Danton. The Base departs, starting its quest for the Cosmic Fortresses.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-09

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910 - Planet der Telepathen
The Planet of Telepaths
Clark Darlton


In his search for It, Ernst Eller locates a planet that seems to have a civilization advanced enough to provide him a spaceship with an intergalactic hyperdrive. The planet, called Sceddo, is populated by telepaths who are planning an exodus because their sun is casting radiations causing all males to become sterile. Initially greeted in a friendly way, the Sceddans decide to kill Ellert when they realize that he is hosting two personalities.

Ellert manages to escape and finally finds a spaceship. He takes off, heading for the direction where he last heard It's impulses coming from.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-14

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911 - Der Helk des Quellmeisters
The Helk of the Source Master
Ernst Vlcek


Boyt has now managed to create five hyperspace bubbles and he attempts to have a bomb explode in the Loowian's Park of the Nine Towers. The attempt fails and Margor must flee. Finally convinced that the mutant stole the eye, Hergo-Zovran accepts to negociate with the Terrans and sends Goran-Vran as an ambassador.

Margor keeps exploring new planets with his teleportation skills and he finally finds a race of humans who seem to have very aggressive tendencies on a planet he calls Jota-Tempesto. The Tempestians have a very strong affinity with Margor's psychod, which he is still wearing as an amulet.

Meanwhile, the Gondervold, the Source Master's spaceship, has arrived in the solar system. Completely out of energy, it is captured by a Terran spaceship and taken to a secret base on one of Saturn's moons. The Terrans manage to talk with Nistor, the Source Master's Helk, who turns out to be relatively friendly toward this unknwown race that speaks its language.

Margor learns about the Gondervold from one of his paraslaves and sends a few Tempestians on the secret base. The attempt to capture the Helk fails and the Tempestians are killed during the operation.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-15

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912 - Die Truppe der Berserker
The Troupe of the Berserkers
Ernst Vlcek


Tifflor captures one of Margor's paraslaves and learns about the existence of the hyperspace bubbles that the mutant created. He decides to lay out a trap for Margor: the Helk is left unguarded, except for two Sigans, and when Margor teleports on board, he is convinced that he has outwitted the Terrans and he kidnaps the Helk, who has now realized that Margor possesses the Eye.

Tifflor finally informs the Loowians about the presence of the Gondervold in the Solar System.

Back on Jota-Tempesto, Margor learns that the Tempestians have a very short lifespan, a direct consequence of their unpredictable violence outbursts. Margor learns from an Arra that the Tempestians were manipulated several decades ago by the Galactic Doctors in an attempt to create an army against the Larens. Back then, a dwarf arrived on Jota-Tempesto with a statue, which later became the Tempestians' divinity. The statue turned out to be a psychod, similar to the one that Margor carries around his neck.

Margor brings fifty Tempestians in one of his hyperspace bubbles but Nistore was waiting for him there. He immobilizes the mutant, seizes the Eye and leaves the bubble with Baya, leaving Margor stuck in hyperspace.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-15

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913 - Im Land der Riesen
In the Land of the Giants
H.G. Ewers


When he materializes back in normal space, Nistor falls into a trap laid out by Etrusians for the Larens on the planet Zaltertepe. The Etrusian colons have recently realized that Sigans are on their planet, and they are all trying to escape from a deadly mushroom that is slowly poisoning their planet.

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914 - Begegnung auf Zaltertepe
Meeting on Zaltertepe
H.G. Ewers


Baya manages to convince the Sigans to help her fix the Helk, which has been damaged during its fight against Margor. During the operation, the Sigans are attacked by Jewellys, small creatures hidden inside the Helk by Pankha-Skrin in order to protect it. The Sigans fend off the attack, fix the Helk and realize that the mushroom is caused by their anti-detection devices.

Baya decides she wants to rescue Margor from the hyperspace bubble where he is kept prisoner.

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915 - Murcons Vermächtnis
Murcon's Legacy
Kurt Mahr


Pankha-Skrin learns about the existence of a forbidden zone inside the asteroid where nobody is allowed. He heads in this direction, convinced that this is where he will find the missing device allowing him to open the Matter Source with the Eye. On the way, his companion is attacked by a bodyless creature that seems to feed of emotions. After being submitted to several tests, Pankha-Skrin finally receives a message from Murcon who tells him his story.

In a distant past

Murcon rescues a privateer called Arqualov from a wreck and brings him into his fortress. Arqualov asks Murcon to also help more of his compatriots, including his beloved, Irritt. Several decades go by and as the privateers prosper in the fortress, Murcon finally offers to give them a fleet of spaceship so they can go back home. Then the Mighty leaves to respond to the Call.

When he comes back, the privateers, who now call themselves Zaphorians, have laid out a trap for the Mighty. His spaceship explodes but Arqualov realizes that Murcon knew about the trap ahead of time and he suspects the Mighty to somehow have found a way back inside his fortress. With five of his compatriots, he goes after Murcon in the depths of the asteroid but Murcon ambushes them and turns them into bodyless creatures to punish them for their acts. They are condemned to entertain Murcon for the eternity.

The privateers find a way to break free but again, Murcon is one step ahead of them and he punishes them by giving Irritt as food to a reptilian creature he created called Kukelstuuhr. The other five privateers are condemned to create mental torment to the citizens of the fortress so they can feed off it.

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916 - Der Quellmeister und die Bestie
The Source Master and the Beast
Kurt Mahr


Pankha-Skrin finally finds the Kukelstuuhr, which is a giant lizard that Murcon once created to keep himself alive. On top of the head of the beast is a small container that Pankha-Skrin identifies as one of the attachments to the Matter Sources. The Loowian picks up one of the attachments and flees, as he is being attacked by the spirits of the four privateers who are still trying to take revenge upon Murcon. Pankha-Skrin finds the transmitter that connects Murcon's fortress to Lorvorc's. The transmitter lets him through but kills the privateers.

Ganerc-Callibso arrives in the vicinity of Murcon's castle, and even though he feels the impulses from his brother, the cosmic fortress is nowhere to be found. He notices a planet in the vicinity and after heading there, meets with a colony of the Loowians, where he introduces himself as Callibso, a servant of the Mighty Ones. After a short conversation, he identifies them as the Ruin People and realizes that he is on the right way. Suddenly, Murcon's impulses disappear as a giant ship appears near the fortress.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-30

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917 - Grenze im Nichts
Frontier in the Void
William Voltz


Pankha-Skrin rematerializes in Lorvorc's castle, which is totally devastated. He is captured by robots who obey the orders of an entity called Cerveraux, who has been in hiding for millenia. Recently, Cerveraux started undergoing a metamorphosis but he doesn't understand why.

When Ganerc-Callibso realizes that the spaceship that just arrived is none elst than the Base, he makes contact with Rhodan and joins the Terrans on board. He has now realized that his mistake on the Plane has cost him immortality, which is probably the reason why he can no longer find the cosmic fortresses. When Ganerc-Callibso tells Rhodan about the transmitter, they decide to head for Lorvorc's fortress.

When they reach their destination, Atlan, Rhodan and Ganerc-Callibso decide to find the fortress themselves, hoping that their immortality will help them. Flying a shuttle, they cross an invisible frontier and Lorvorc's castle appears before their eyes. They are soon captured by Cerveraux but Ganerc-Callibso, helped by his Suit of Annihilation, manages to escape.

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918 - Das Grab des Mächtigen
The Grave of the Mighty One
William Voltz


Pankha-Skrin escapes and helps Rhodan and Atlan to break free as well. The Terrans identify him as a descendant of the people who stole Laire's eye.

Ganerc-Callibso finds the resting place of his brother along with the attachment. Lorvorc's dead body is inside a transparent pyramid and as Ganerc gets ready to leave, an army of two hundred robots appear. Their leader confuses Ganerc with Lorvorc and gives some explanations on the past.

Fearing the retaliation from the Cosmocrats, Lorvorc decided to pass as dead. He committed suicide but implanted his cells inside the unsuspecting Cerveraux, who then started an unexpected metamorphosis. Ganerc-Callibso meets with Rhodan and Atlan as they are negociating with Cerveraux, but he arrives too late: the metamorphosis kills him and Ganerc-Callibso is powerless to stop it.

The Mighty One gives Pankha-Skrin the eye attachment that he found and he is surprised to see that the Source Master already has one attachment. When the Source Master finally manages to contact his compatriots, he gives Rhodan the coordinates of the Kairaquola, and the Terran is dumbfounded when he realizes that this location is none else than the Solar System.

Laire realizes that his eye has to be in the Solar System but despite his request to fly back there, Rhodan decides to head for Partoc's cosmic fortress instead.

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919 - Duell mit einem Roboter
Duel with a Robot
H.G. Francis


On the Base, the conflict between Laire and Pankha-Skrin escalates, even though the two fighters try to keep it discreet. Laire creates a bomb that nearly kills several Terrans while Pankha-Skrin tries to kill the robot with a gas.

In an attempt to divert the problem, Rhodan orders a mission on the planet Terzowhiele, based on clues that indicate a connection with Laire's eye.

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920 - Insel der Vernichtung
Island of Destruction
H.G. Francis


On Terzowhiele, Pankha-Skrin and Laire learn that Partoc once visited this planet and fell in love with one of the natives, for whom he decided to give up his immortality. When he left, the natives scattered in the galaxy called Erranternohre.

The Loowian and the robot eventually put an end to their fight when they realize they need each other if they want to make it back alive, since the island they are on is about to self destruct. They manage to escape and return to the Base.

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921 - Kontakt auf Scharzo
Contact on Scharzo
Clark Darlton


Ernst Ellert/Gorsty Ashdon arrive in the galaxy Krakhol, 700,000 light years from Ganuhr, where they are soon attracted toward a bright light source coming from a planet they call Scharzo. The humanoid civilization on Scharzo is experiencing economic problems and Ellert accepts to advise them in exchange for spare parts for their spaceship, which they baptized Karma.

When he gazes inside the light source, Ellert leaves the common body and is drawn in an area of space made of indistinct energetic entities. Then he returns on Scharzo where he merges again with Ashdon. The double concept leaves Scharzo and resumes his quest for It.

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922 - Invasion der Feuerkugeln
Invasion of the Fire Globes
Marianne Sydow


In February 3587, bright globes appear on the Earth and capture children from everywhere to bring them to their mother ship. The aliens are wearing blue suits and claim that they come from the Ear's future and that they need to save children from a forthcoming disaster. Dalanja, one of the kidnapped girls from India, does not believe them.

Thinking that the aliens are sent by Buddha, Dalanja's father ressurects the cult of Kali and kidnaps journalists who were investigating the UFO phenomenon.

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923 - Panik im Hyperraum
Panic in Hyperspace
Ernst Vlcek


Now that the Gys-Voolberah are prospering on Targfriffe, Hotrenor-Taak heads back to the Sol System with a metamorph on board.

In the now sealed hyperspace bubble, the paraslave scientists have created a device allowing them to regulate the angry tempers of the Tempestians. When Baya rematerializes inside the bubble, she actually appears on Iota-Tempesto where a paraslave gives her the Eye, which almost killed him when he tried to use it.

When Boyt Margor tries to collapse all the hyperspace bubbles into a big one, the stability breaks down and they all rematerialize on board Hotrenor-Taak's spaceship. Margor immediately makes him a paraslave, along with his crew. Then they head for Provcon-Faust.

Baya Margor arrives on Mars where she returns the Eye to the Loowians, and she advises Hergo-Zovran to take Sigans along with them when they finally take the trip to the Matter Sources. After the events on Zalterteppe, Baya thinks that the little humanoids will be very useful for this mission.

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924 - Lockruf der Psychode
The Call of the Psychodes
Ernst Vlcek


Back on his homeworld, Zwottertracht, Boyt Margor realizes that the psychodes he destroyed when he left were actually fakes. The real ones were hidden somewhere in the mountains by a Vincranian called Zalinorg. They find a couple of psychodes, one of them being the one that originated the Dancing Virgin.

On Gaia, Hotrenor-Taak, still under Margor's influence, organizes a psychode exhibition which soon allows Margor to take everone under his control, including Roctin-Par. Margor learns that Gota, his female companion, is expecting a baby from her. Furious, Margor chases her and the woman, considerably weakened by the psychode radiations, eventually dies.

Margor manages to locate the galactic position of Iota-Tempesto and he organizes a vast migration across the Milky Way to have all his paraslaves gathered in the dark cloud.

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925 - Boten der Finsternis
Messengers of Darkness
H.G. Ewers


Three Halutians under the influence of Margor take the psychode from Ladonnia on board their spaceship, the Onos, and head toward Varsok, an Etrusian colony. When they arrive there, all the Etrusians soon fall under the influence of the psychode.

In the galaxy Chjenjenya, Tengri Lethos is investigating a situation where all the inhabitants of the planets Luria have starved to death, hypnotized by an unknown stranger. Lethos receives a call for help from Omar Hawk, who tells him about the parapsychic manipulations happening there. Lethos leaves toward the Milky Way but his eternity ship is damaged during the trip. He finally arrives on Varsok where he finds the psychode of Ladonnia. He takes it on board but the psychic influence of the artifact is too strong for him and he loses consciousness, entering a state of dream.

In the Solar System, Tifflor learns the Nistor, the Loowian Helk, is ont its way toward Zalterteppe in order to pick up Sigans for the forthcoming expedition toward the Matter Sources.

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926 - Das Ladonnia-Psychod
The Ladonnia Psychode
H.G. Ewers


Nistor arrives on Zalterteppe and selects a few Sigans for the forthcoming expedition, among which Vavo Rassa and Rayn Verser.

Roctin-Par arrives on the Earth with a psychode baptized Nymph. He gives it to Julian in order to take the Terran under Margor's influence, but the three mutants Howatzed, Vapido and Gedan realize the danger in time and destroy the psychode.

On Mars, the Loowians launch their expedition with six Sigans, Nistor, Barya Gherol and Burnetto-Kup, the commander of the spaceship. Their first mission is to find and rescue Pankha-Skrin.

Lethos finally emerges from his dreaming state and with the help of his spaceship, he manages to neutralize the psychode. Not seeing any point in him staying in this universe any longer, Lethos uses the psychode to access a superior step of evolution, along with a race of people called the Zaphars. Lethos' Eternity ship is hurled into a sun.

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927 - Reigen der Paratender
The Dance of the Paraslaves
Hans Kneifel


Ronald Tekener and Jennifer Thyron decide to infiltrate Margor's empire and head for Provcon-Faust by sneaking on a spaceship. Unfortunately, their destination is not Gaia but Tekheter, a small moon. Margor locates them and sends his paraslaves after them. The two Terrans run away and hid in the ruins of Lakikrath, one of the originating cities of the pre-Zwottians.

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928 - Solo für einen Androiden
Solo for an Androide
Ernst Vlcek


The Milky Way is being shaken by extremely powerful space tremors, developing more than 1000 g's at their epicenter and propagating throughout the galaxy at the speed of light. The Terrans arrest a mysterious androide on the Earth, which Tifflor suspects to be part of the aliens that recently appeared in the Milky Way, which Dalanja Tharpo confirms.

Questioned by Tifflor, the androide reveals that the current events are the manifestation of an operation that aims at destroying this sector of the universe. The tremors originate from a Source of Matter being manipulated, but the androide refuses to reveal anything more and it self destroys.

Hergo-Zovran officially announces the departure of the Loowian fleet back to Alkyra 2.

Cedric Beust 2003-07-31

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929 - Die Demonteure
The Disassemblers
William Voltz


On Partoc's fortress, a team of robots sent by the Cosmocrats and called Disassemblers are busy trying to reactivate a device destined to bring the fortress back in normal space so that it can be returned to the Matter Sources. They encounter a few difficulties because Partoc somehow managed to discover the device and neutralized it.

The Base arrives near Partoc's fortress and despite the presence of the Disassemblers, Rhodan, Atlan and Laire land on the small asteroid, which turns out to be much smaller than the other cosmic fortresses they have visited so far. Atlan and Rhodan reach the place where Ganerc-Callibso buried Partoc while Laire distracts the blue androids. As Rhodan finally finds the key, the Disassemblers finish their job and the fortress starts moving.

The fortress emerges in normal space and when the androids notice the Base, they withdraw toward their mothership and observe from there. A Terran commando is sent on the fortress but Atlan and Rhodan are nowhere to be found. Pucky cannot even detect their mental impulses.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-06

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930 - Das Loch im Universum
The Hole in Hyperspace
William Voltz


When the fortress reintegrated the Einstein continuum, an interaction between the cell activators and the device made Rhodan and Atlan stay where the fortress was. They materialize surrounded by bright balls which they quickly identify as energetic particles. Rhodan realizes that the cosmic fortress was hiding in a micro universe and shrunk to microscopic dimensions. They are now floating in an energetic stream as a big particle, which they identify as a psion, slowly attracts them.

On the cosmic fortress, a fuse box explodes violently and Atlan and Rhodan appear, surrounded by an energetic aura which destroys everything surrounding them.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-06

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931 - Das strahlende Gefängnis
The Energetic Prison
Kurt Mahr


After unvoluntarily destroying partially the fortress, Atlan and Rhodan are now floating helplessly in space, still surrounded by their powerful aura. Rhodan's energetic aura reacts to the radiations emitted by a nearby sun called Mofura and he suddenly disappears. He rematerializes in the middle of a desert on an unidentified planet orbiting around a brown sun and a green one. Rhodan notices that his aura has disappeared. He baptizes the planet Green Darkness and after walking for a short while, he finds the statue of a female humanoid with a third eye on her forehead. When the green sun sets, Rhodan is cast back in normal space and his aura is restored. He also notices that only a few milliseconds have gone by, even though he spent several hours on Green Darkness.

On the Base, Hamiller designs a device similar to the one they once used to communicate with the Accalauries. They manage to communicate with Atlan and Rhodan briefly and using a bipolar field, the Base surrounds the two men with a protective aura allowing all of them to dematerialize through the linear space, as the spaceship of the Disassemblers finally open fire on the Base. They are now headed toward Mofura, which Hamiller suspects has something to do with what is happening to Atlan and Rhodan.

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932 - Statue der Macht
The Statue of Power
Kurt Mahr


Rhodan is transfered on Green Darkness again and materializes near the statue. When he reveals that he's already been here, the statue decides that he is an intruder and attempts to kill him by provoking explosions. Rhodan escapes and returns to his normal continuum soon thereafter. He notices that he is back twelve seconds before he left and concludes that he is going through a paradox-free time transmitter.

Rhodan is transfered on Green Darkness a third time but this time, he asked Hamiller to give him a time delayed bomb. He places the bomb near the statue and runs away from the explosions. As the bomb is about to explode, Rhodan notices Atlan on the planet, who has also just been transfered here. He warns his friend just in time and the statue finally explodes.

However, as the green sun sets, the two men realize that they are no longer being transfered back to their normal continuum. They realize that the third eye of the statue was probably responsible for the transfer. They find it in the rubbles and manage to return to their normal continuum, where Hamiller has finally found a way to get rid of their devastating aura. However, Rhodan and Atlan lose all memory of their stay in the strange universe.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-12

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933 - Ariolcs Vermächtnis
Ariolc's Legacy
H.G. Francis


On Ariolc's fortress, the Disassemblers are already at work. They have managed to reassemble the project, which was broken down in several thousand parts, and the fortress is now back in normal space. However, Ariolc trapped the projector and installed a device that projects his personality on anyone inside the castle. Slowly, everyone, including the chief of the disassembler team, Jagur, starts believing they are Ariolc.

The Base arrives on Ariolc's wheel-shaped fortress and notices installations that makes Rhodan think that the castle might be equipped to communicate with the Cosmocrats. An initial commando led by Ras Tschubai is soon victim of the psychic trap and Rhodan decides to send Pucky to sort out the situation.

Jagur, who finally realizes what is happening on the fortress thanks to a spacesuit he found that seems to make him immune to the radiation, concludes an alliance with Rhodan. Unfortunately, the Ilt also becomes a victim of the radiation and he decides to conquer the Base.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-13

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934 - Gucky, der Mächtige
Pucky the Mighty
H.G. Francis


Pucky brings more people on the fortress and they all become victim of the radiation. He orchestrates several sabotages on the Base and demands the surrender of the Terrans. Using helmets based on Jagur's armor, Rhodan and Ganerc-Callibso arrive on the fortress and find the resting place of Ariolc, where they find the key with the skeleton of the former Mighty.

Rhodan brings the key back to the Base and the radiations immediately stop. Rhodan gives the key to Pankha-Skrin while Ganerc-Callibo and Alaska Saedelaere leave for Derogwanian, hoping to find another missing key there.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-13

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935 - Mysterium des Weltalls
Mysteries of the Universe
Clark Darlton


On the Karma, Ernst Ellert receives psychic impulses urging him to kill Ashdon. Acrobath prevents this from happening and shortly thereafter, they reach an unknown galaxy and find blue creatures that lead them toward a place in space littered with wrecked spaceships. The Blue Wanderers are in conflict with a race of humanoids called the Volcanos over the ownership of the wreck cemetery, called Tacintherkol.

Once again, Ellert receives signals from It and as he feels the urge to kill his host again, Harno appears and rescues the double concept. Harno left from Alkyra II and guided by It's impulses, arrived in Tacintherkol. Harno takes Ellert in the middle of Tacintherkol. Harno designates Acrobath as the guardian of Tacintherkol and assigns him the task to maintain the peace between the Volcanos and the Blue Wanderers. The Karma resumes it course.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-13

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936 - Die letzten Flibustier
The Last Pirates
Marianne Sydow


A group of pirates attacks a GAVOK's base but their attack fails. Seven of them escape on the planet Dennos III where robots from an unknown ship capture them. They are taken on a planet calle Varovaar and tell the pirates that they serve an entity called the Device. The robots think that the recent tremors that shook the Milky Way are a sign that the army of Garbesch is about to strike again. They think that the pirates are part of Garbesch's army and they proceed to question the seven men in an attempt to learn more about Garbesch's plans.

During the questioning, the robots start a program destined to create replicas of the pirates, with the intention to build an army to resist Garbesch.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-18

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937 - Planet der Ebenbilder
Planet of the Clones
H.G. Ewers


The seven pirates are taken to a different planet and are now questioned by their own clones, who are still trying to find out about Garbesch's plan. In order to buy time, one of the pirates tells them that Garbesch is gathering forces in the Easter part of the Milky Way. Two clones infiltrate the group but they are soon discovered.

Meanwhile, Tifflor is leading the search for the criminals and identifies two of them on the planet Crish, in the Danvor system. Tifflor has just received reports from the scientists confirming that the space quakes shaking the galaxy with increasing violence actually originate in the hyperspace.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-18

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938 - Armada der Orbiter
The Armada of the Orbiters
H.G. Ewers


Cern Jost, Tifflor's agent, soon discovers that unknown spaceships have landed on every planet where the criminals have been spotted.

On Churuude, the name of the planet where they are being kept prisoners, the seven pirates manage to escape by stealing a device causing hallucinations on the robots, who call themselves "Orbiters". During their escape, they find an army made of millions of their clones, who represent a terrifying threat for the people of the Milky Way. They hide on one of the spaceships, hoping they can warn the mankind in time.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-18

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939 - Das Rätsel von Lakikrath
The Riddle of Lakikra
Ernst Vlcek


Since they have been transfered to Provcon-Faust, the Tempestians are slowly losing their aggressivity, but Boyt Margor doesn't pay attention to the fact, as he is increasingly under the influence of the psychodes. Hotrenor-Taak, who is partially escaping Margor's influence, decides to help the Tempestians and to that effect, he steals the Dancing Virgin, their psychode.

Margor doubts that the bodies found in Lakikrath belong to Jennifer Thyron and Ronald Tekener, since they couldn't find the cell activators. He intensifies their researches.

Tekener and Thyron discover several female pre-Zwottians, something they thought was impossible. The females are actually intelligent creatures who, along their life, turn into males and then lose their intellectual capabilities. The female takes the two Terrans to the Eye of the King, a massive psychode that is not under Margor's influence.

The Eye of the King once belonged to Tezohr, the last king of the pre-Zwottians, who taught his people to create preplasma which later became the psychodes. At the end of his reign, all the psychodes were destroyed except a hundred of them. Tezohr manifests himself through the Eye of the King and promises the Terrans to help them.

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940 - Geburt einer Dunkelwolke
The Birth of the Dark Cloud
Ernst Vlcek


Thyron and Tekener learn from Tezohr the history of Provcon-Faust...

In a distant past, the pre-Zwottians were living peacefully, waiting for the wild hordes to attack the Milky Way. They called themselves Laandians and lived in the kingdom of Arla Mandra, made of twenty-two suns connected by immaterial bridges. The Petronians, also called Galactic Engineers, proposed to turn the third planet of the sun Thoto into a dust cloud in order to protect the kingdom. At the same time, Tezhor, who was still a female then, developed the ability to create paraplasma and received from a mysterious voice the instructions to take his people to a new level of consciousness by transfering their psychic energy into Provcon-Faust's dust cloud. The cloud would later become a powerful beacon destined to serve some mysterious purpose.

One million Laandians transfered their consciousness inside the cloud, leaving behind their psychic energy in the form of psychodes. Feeling betrayed, the Petronians attacked the place containing the psychodes. Most of them were destroyed and the Petronians were hurled into a different dimension by the Laandians.

A greenhouse effect caused by the contact between the atmosphere and the dust cloud turned the once flourishing planet Ailand into a wasteland where the ancestors of the Laandians settled. They called themselves the Zwottians and were the male counterparts of the Laandians.

Boyt Margor was conceived under the influence of Tezohr and he received a psychode when he reached the age of six. When he showed signs of degenerescence, Tezohr paired him up with Bran Howatzer, who was supposed to counterbalance his tendencies. It was not enough, however, and Margor escaped the influence of Tezohr, who later transfered his consciousness inside the dust cloud.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-18

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941 - Pakt der Paratender
The Pact of the Paraslaves
Ernst Vlcek


With the assistance of the Eye of the King, Ronald Tekener manages to control all of Boyt's paraslaves in Provcon-Faust, as an offensive of the LFT against the para-mutant is building up outside the cloud. Jennifer Thyron reaches a colony of the female pre-Zwottians.

Hotrenor-Taak, who sees in Margor someone capable of ruling over the Milky Way, decides to learn more about the psychodes. He makes a pact with Tekener in order to intensify their research.

Margor has heard about the arrival of the Eye of the King and has his twenty-eight psychodes transfered in his admiral ship, the Moonbeam. Tekener realizes that Hotrenor-Taak is still under the influence of the para-mutant and gets ready to paralyze him before the attack starts.

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942 - Der Margor-Schwall
The Margor Torrent
Ernst Vlcek


Jennifer Thyron discovers that the female pre-Zwottians are under the influence of a Petronian device. The galactic engineers left it there in order to control the females in the advent that they would learn about their past.

Tekener arrives in the colony and destroys the device, freeing the female pre-Zwottians. Bran Howztzer, Dun Vapido and Eawy ter Gedan arrive in Provcon-Faust and meet with Tekener and Thyron. They decide to infiltrate the Moonbeam in order to bring the Eye of the King on board. On Margor's ship, Hotrenor-Taak recognizes them and has them arrested. Margor attempts to lead the Moonbeam out of Provcon-Faust but the influence of the Eye of the King is too strong and he collapses. His consciousness is transfered in the para-plasmic cloud and all the psychodes suddenly vanish. A strong mental impulse emanates from the cloud and floods the whole galaxy, which Tekener baptizes "the Margor Torrent". The mission of the Laandians is thus completed and the dust cloud can now be traverersed without the help of the Vincranians.

Hotrenor-Taak decides to take care of the Iota-Tempestians while Roctin-Paar helps the former para-slaves to return to their home. The three mutants return on the Earth and give their report to Tifflor.

2003-08-18

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943 - Der Kybsoon-Effekt
The Kybsoon Effect
Hans Kneifel


The crew of the Base starts suffering from a rare disease called the Kybsoon effect, forcing the giant spaceship to stop on a planet. Demeter seems affected by the proximity of the planet and starts behaving irrationally. She remembers a part of her past.

During her mission to search for Laire's eye, Demetre and her crew arrived on a planet where she fell under the influence of a powerful psychic radiation. She killed three natives before she regained control of her act. The natives decided to let the Wyngians go but they planted a guilty memory in her head designed to come back to her memory occasionally.

2003-08-25

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944 - Planet der Puppen
Planet of the Dolls
William Voltz


Ganerc-Callibso and Alaska Saedelaere realize that the Time Wells have been deactivated by the Cosmocrats, forcing them to use Ganerc's spaceship, the Light Cell, to reach Derogwanien. When they arrive there, they find out that the dolls have turned evil and Alaska is made prisoner, while Ganerc-Callibso tried to use his psychic energy to control them. His attempt fails.

A giant doll appears and helps Alaska escape. It is one of the seven Great Dolls that Ganerc once created to help the Mighty Ones. Alaska's Suit of Annihilation is destroyed in the process and when Ganerc is finally freed from the dolls, he tells Alaska that even if the Terrans manage to unlock the access to the Matter Sources, they will need the assistance of one of Alaska's compatriots in order to fulfill a mission from the Cosmocrats.

Alaska leaves Derogwanien using the Light Cell and the civilization of the dolls disappears inside the Time Well, now reactivated.

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945 - Die Energiejäger
The Energy Hunters
Kurt Mahr


When Alaska arrive at the rendezvous point where Bardioc's Cosmic Fortress is supposed to be, the Base hasn't arrived yet, so Alaska investigates the nearby system, where he discovers the civilization of the Vargartians, who are hunting energy whales, entities floating in space and ejected from the first planet of the system. The energy whales, also called noranes, are made of antimatter and covered by a protecting shield, allowing the Vargartians to control their energy.

Alaska makes contact with one of the Vargartians, Ongelsken, as Bardioc's Cosmic Fortress sudddenly materializes in normal space.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-25

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946 - Der sechste Schlüssel
The Sixth Key
Kurt Mahr


Alaska lands on the Cosmic Fortress as the energy discharge caused by a nearby norane makes the Drugun projector break down, thus preventing the Fortress to continue its trip toward the Matter Source. Helped by Ongelsken and a few other Vargartians who have also landed on the Fortress, Alaska tries to find the sixth key on the small asteroid.

The Drugun projector repairs itself and a short transition takes the Fortress near the second planet. Alaska finds the sixth key and returns to the Base, as Bardioc's Cosmic Fortress resumes its course toward the Matter Sources. The Base leaves the system and heads for Kemoauc's Fortress.

Shortly thereafter, a spaceship materializes in the system. It's the Drogerkond, the flaghip of the Loowians, which detected the energetic shockwaves. Not finding anything of interest, the Loowian fleet resumes its flight toward its original goal.

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947 - Der Matazema-Plan
The Matazema Plan
H.G. Francis


Jagur and group arrive on Kemoauc's Cosmic Fortress and they discover that the Drugun projector has already been assembled. Initially distrustful, and wondering how Kemoauc was able to achieve this feat, he activates the projector and the fortress emerges in the normal space. At the same moments, robots attack the group and Jagur barely escapes.

When the Base arrives at the location of the fortress, all the Terrans find is a cloud of gas leading them to believe the fortress has exploded. However, further investigation reveals that the fortress is actually hidden inside a mountain, on a planet two light-years away. Kemoauc's plan was to escape from the Cosmocrats by simulating its destruction.

As the Base approaches the planet, Icho Tolot's activator stops functioning and he gets very sick. A Terran commando manages to enter the fortress and meets with some locals of the planet, called Matazema.

2003-08-27

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948 - Wohnsitz der Götter
The Domain of the Gods
H.G. Francis


Inside the fortress, the Terrans discover a message left by Kemoauc, who explains that he used his knowledge gained in the Matter Sources in order to assemble the Drugun projector.

The Terrans conclude a pact with Jagur and resume their search for the seventh key. Jagur fixes the Drugun projector and restarts it, asking the Terrans to leave as the fortress is about to resume its final journey to the Matter Sources. Shortly after they are back on the Base, the Terrans see with consternation the fortress explode. The seventh key seems to be lost forever now.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-27

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949 - Beherrscher der Tiere
The Master of the Animals
Marianne Sydow


A group of thirty clones of the pirates, who call themselves Orbiters, are prisones of the LFT. Tifflor questions them and manages to get information about an Arkonide called Kinhmynden, who lives on the planet Durgen. Jennifer Thyron and Ronald Tekener leave for Durgen and learn that the Arkonide disappeared in the jungle two years ago.

They find the old Arkonide in the jungle, where he uses a drug to use the animals as guardians. He tells Tekener and Thyron that he once heard from an Arkonide called Fartuloon, who was Atlan's tutor, about the Hordes of Garbesch. He also mentions the name of a mysterious person called Armadan of Harpoon, who once visited the Planet with the Split Sun. Tekener and Thyron return to the Earth and report their findings to Tifflor.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-27

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950 - Testfall Olymp
Operation Olymp
H.G. Ewers


A powerful Orbiter fleet arrives near Olymp and surrounds the planet. They order the humans, who they still identify as part of the Garbesch hordes, to leave the Milky Way without delay. Anson Argyris leads the resistance on Olymp and is soon joined by Hotrenor-Taak and Pyon Arzachena, sent by Tifflor on Olymp to gather information.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-28

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951 - Ultimatum der Orbiter
The Ultimatum of the Orbiters
H.G. Ewers


Hotrenor-Taak presents himself as an enemy of Garbesch and makes contact with the Orbiters. Meanwhile, Anson Argyris rescues the seven pirates and takes them underground, in his labyrinth, where he tries once again to convince the Orbiters that the Terrans are not the Horders of Garbesch.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-27

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952 - Die Höhlen der Ringwelt
The Caves of the Ring World
William Voltz


The archeologist Marcon Sarder is headed toward the planet Burduuhn with his crew. Sarder used to work with the Arkonide Kihnmynden and because Burduuhn has rings, he thinks its sun might the "Split Sun", which would help them gather information about the Knight of the Abyss.

Sarder meets with the inhabitants of Burduuhn, creatures that look like giant butterflies. When he mentions the name of the Knight of the Abyss Armadan of Harpoon, the creatures become more friendly and tell him about one of their compatriots called Canjot, who used to be Armadan's orbiter. Then he learns about the story of Canjot and Armandan of Harpoon.

In a distant past
Armadan of Harpoon helped defeat the hordes of Garbesch with the assistance of his orbiters, one of them being called Grenodart. After the victory, Canjot meets with Armadan of Harpoon on a planet and the Knight tells him they have to part. He is afraid that besides himself, Igsorian of Veylt and Derkan of Orn, there are no more Knights of the Abyss left.

Armandan of Harpoon mentions the name of Seth-Apophis, who seems to be behind the Hordes of Garbesch. Armadan thinks that Seth-Apophis won't give up after this setback, so he installes twenty-four stations across the Milky Way in order to watch for the return of the Hordes. These stations are able to clone new troops of orbiters if ever the Hordes of Garbesch are detected in the Milky Way.

Armadan of Harpoon must now leave for a distant part of the universe to fight another war, but he leaves two items to Canjot: a memorial crystal in order to maintain the memory of his compatriots, and the skeleton of a Garbeschian, a humanoid about two and a half meter tall.

Marcus Sarder heads to the Solar System with the skeleton.

Cedric Beust 2003-08-30

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953 - Der Laser-Mann
The Laser Man
Ernst Vlcek


More Orbiter spaceships appear on Ferrol, and they are not convinced by the skeleton that Tifflor shows them: the Garbeschians can appear under many forms, and the Orbiters are still convinced that the Terrans are part of the hordes.

Anson Argyris activates a hologram and uses it to infiltrate an Orbiter crew. They are both taken to Ferrol where Argyris makes contact with the GAVOK, where he tries to convince the Ferrolians to exert patience before striking back.

2003-08-30

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954 - Die Phantom-Jagd
The Phantom Hunt
Ernst Vlcek


Using his hologram, Anson Argyris orders an Orbiter spaceship to head for the homeworld of the Orbiters. They arrive on a planet called Harpoonia and the Vario 500 manages to send a message. Spaceships from the LFT arrive on Harpoonia and demand the surrender of the Orbiters. The Vario 500 has the seven pirates sent as spokespersons. Tifflor initially thinks they are clones of the original pirates but he soon discovers his mistake and acknowledges them for the role they played.

2003-08-30

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955 - Das Rätsel der Barriere
The Riddle of the Barrier
Clark Darlton


The Foundation reaches the coordinates of the Matter Source supplied by Pankha-Skrin, but the only thing they can find is an invisible barrier surrounding what seems to be a multidimensional bubble. Pucky manages to cross the barrier by accident thanks to a fermented alcohol he made, and which alters his mental frequencies.

Pucky first lands on a deserted world and on a second attempt, discovers a planet that seems to have once hosted a technological civilization. Pucky is guided back to the Base by the common mental call of the crew and soon returns on the planet on board a shuttle with Rhodan and a small crew.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-08

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956 - Niemandsland der Träume
No Man's Land of Dreams
Hans Kneifel


Rhodan names the planet Pucky's Inn and its sun Drink. The Terran commando soon finds out that the planet's gravity constantly changes between 0.3 and 2g as they are soon attacked by animals that turn out to be hallucinations. The illusions get progressively worse and they come close to killing each other.

Pucky discovers huge installations under the surface but soon after his finding, the entire crew of the shuttle falls asleep.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-08

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957 - Der Traumplanet
The Dream Planet
Kurt Mahr


When Pucky returns to the shuttle, he finds the crew asleep and realizes he lost his ability to teleport. Only one person is awake, the archeologist Dano. Soon, a group of alien creatures enter the shuttle and take the crew with them. Pucky and Dano follow them under the surface and after listening to their conversations, they learn about the past of the kidnappers.

The people of the Valugi's were living peacefully on their planet, which was regularly shaken by earthquakes. One day, a powerful being landed on their planet and offered to make their civilization progress if they would accept to guard a precious item. The Valugi's accepted and they split in two, one part living on the surface and the other underneath. Before he left, the mysterious being left one last present: the Protector.

The Drogerkond arrives in the vicinity of the hyperdimensional bubble and penetrates it easily thanks to Laire's eye. Shortly thereafter, all the Loowians fall in a deep sleep, leaving only the Siganese and Nistor, the Helk, awake. After they land on Pucky's Inn and follow the trace of the Valugi's.

Pucky finds the device generating all the illusions and destroys it, recovering partly his faculties.

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958 - Die Gruft des Beschützers
The Crypt of the Protector
Kurt Mahr


Rhodan and his crew wake up inside a cave and make contact with the Valugis, who tell him that they were instructed by the Protector to kill any intruder who would land on the planet.

The Loowians arrive and when the Valugis realize that Nistor carries the Eye, they cease their hostilities. Pucky and Rhodan explore the caves further and discover the seventh key, left by Kemoauc. They return to the Base.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-15

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959 - Der Loower und das Auge
The Loowian and the Eye
Marianne Sydow


Rhodan is delaying the return of the Eye on board the Foundation because he wants to make sure that Laire and the Loowians will not cause any troubles. Unfortunately, Pankha-Skrin refuses all compromises: not only does he want the Eye back, but he is more determined than ever to wage a war against the Cosmocrats as soon as they will have entered the Matter Source. However, Pankha-Skrin knows that Rhodan will return the eye to Laire, its owner, so he tries to understand what laws the robot obeys in an attempt to rob it from the eye.

On Pucky's Inn, Rhodan manages to convince Nistor to give him the Eye and then he orders the return on the Base to hand it to Laire. The robot accepts to take the Terrans beyond the Matter Source and he assembles the Eye with the seven keys, which dematerialize.

Pankha-Skrin takes Baya Gherol as hostage in order to force Laire to surrender the Eye. The robot decides to give the Eye back to Rhodan because he feels that it is destined to be used for great purposes which can only be accomplished by the Terrans. Panka-Skrin releases the young girl.

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960 - Das UFO-Serum
The UFO Serum
Marianne Sydow


The space quakes cause a new form of leukemia to flare up, killing thousands of people every day. All the known vaccines are powerless to stop the endemic.

On the planet Statischon, the kidnapped children are supervised by an androide called Alurus. He was sent by the Cosmocrats who are trying to protect the human race from the disease caused by the space quakes. All the children kidnapped have antibodies which, put together, will be the foundation for a serum.

A spaceship from the GAVOK spots the androide's base and the planet is soon surrounded by a powerful fleet commanded by Julian Tifflor. Alurus returns the children to the Terrans and meets with Tifflor, telling him about his mission and explaining why the Cosmocrats are acting this way.

The serum created by the androides is a success and the epidemic is stopped.

2003-09-18

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961 - Der verrückte Orbiter
The Mad Orbiter
H.G. Ewers


Anson Argyris arrives on the homeworld of the Orbiters, an area of space called the Armada of Harpoon's Device. It's made of twenty-four metallic mini planets. With the help of an Orbiter who has lost some of her senses called Olkyra, he finds his way inside the planete where he discovers a golden city.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-18

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962 - Wächter der goldenen Stadt
The Watcher of the Gold City
H.G. Ewers


A group of a hundred Orbiters capture Anson Argyris and Olkyra. They call themselves Goldens and they are clones which failed during the process and are therefore rebelling against the real Orbiters. They release Olkyra, whom they have identified as one of them, but keep Argyris under a close watch.

The Vario 500 manages to escape and after threatening to destroy the Device, concludes a truce with the Goldens. Then the Vario escapes and ends up in a maze deep inside the Golden City. He meets with the guardian of the maze, that he defeats with Olkyra's help, who dies during the fight.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-18

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963 - Mission der Flibustier
The Mission of the Pirates
Peter Griese


Growing fleets of Orbiters occupy the Milky Way, who are more convinced than ever that the Terrans are parts of the hordes of Garbesch. The Orbiters outnumber the Terrans by a factor one hundred and they also have weapons against which the Terrans are powerless.

Tifflor sends the seven pirates on a mission: to find the homeworld of the Orbiters. They leave on board the Atlantis but their flight is soon interrupted by the proximity of a black sun. The pirates ask the commander of the spaceship to abandon them on a planet called Loneliness. They take two shuttles and land on the planet, while the Atlantis departs.

Cedric Beust 2003-09-18

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964 - Schwingen des Geistes
The Oscillations of the Mind
Ernst Vlcek


After what the concepts called the Long Jump, Eden II arrives to its final destination. The concept Maina believes that they are now in the middle of It's Sphere of Influence. However, It is nowhere to be found and Maina decides to try and convince the other concepts to leave Eden II in order to help Ellert/Ashdon to find It.

Maina meets people called the Icarians who have grown winds and have developed flying abilities by using the artificial gravity of Eden II.

In the galaxy Erranternohre, Rhodan is still trying to find the Matter Source. He peers into Laire's eye and distinguishes some kind of moving abyss, but nothing more. One of Payne Hamiller's scientists proposes the theory that the Matter Source is actually inside the Eye, in the same microcosmos that was hiding the Cosmic Fortresses.

A commando is sent on the gas giant Drink 7, where the Terrans discover an intelligence materialized as ammonia crystals. They uncover a human foetus which they bring back on the Foundation. A further study of the foetus makes Rhodan think that this is indeed Kemoauc who chose to hide from the Cosmocrats using a cell degeneration.

The Terrans are suddenly interrupted by the materialization of six huge spaceships in the vicinity. When Rhodan sees them on screen, he immediately recognizes them: they are the spore ships of the six Mighty Ones: Lorvorc's Wasten-Galt, Partoc's Abet-Dhen-Mar, Murcon's Nogen-Zand, Ariolc's Bolter-Than, Kemoauc's Hordun-Farban and Ganerc's Gor-Vaur.

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965 - Die Sporenschiffe
The Spore Ships
Ernst Vlcek


On Eden II, the Concepts gather and discuss their situation. Some of them want to pursue what they think is their mission: merge in one organism which will then become a new superintelligence. But this opinion is not shared by everyone: Maina and Herkas recommend to wait until they know more about what It expects from them.

In the Drink system, Rhodan and Pucky teleport on the Hordun-Farban, Kemoauc's spore ship. They find spaceships of the Dismantlers on board and they are soon attacked by the blue androids. They retreat to the Base. Servus, the commander of the spore ships, contacts Rhodan and tells him he was asked to bring the ships at this position and wait for further instructions. Rhodan is warned not to interfere.

On Drink VI, Bull finds more foetuses and brings them back on the Base. A further analysis reveals that they are all made of ammonium crystals. Rhodan continues his investigation on the Eye and asks the mutants to peer into it, but they find nothing more than the abyss that Rhodan saw himself. Rhodan decides to ask Laire, who explains that what he is seeing is a Matter Sink, which he describes as an extinct Matter Source. Remembering what It said before disappearing, Rhodan becomes convinced that It was absorbed in a Matter Sink.

The Spore Ships suddenly form a huge hexagon in space and something materializes in its center.

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966 - Der letzte der Mächtigen
The Last of the Mighty Ones
Peter Terrid


The shape of a humanoide appears between the six spore ships, protected by a powerful shield. Attempts to deactivate the shield fail and cause the crew of the Base to become the victims of a time acceleration phenomenon, which disappears after a little while.

Rhodan decides to try to use Laire's eye. The experiment succeeds and Rhodan disappears. He rematerializes inside the aura, next to Kemoauc, who takes Rhodan with him to a place called Shamballa.

Shamballa is a planet fragment inside the Matter Sink. Kemoauc takes the Eye from Rhodan and teleports on the Base, where he requests the command of the Base in order for Rhodan's safe return. Atlan refuses and tries to negotiate with Kemoauc but to no avail.

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967 - Die Materiesenke
The Matter Sink
Clark Darlton


Prisoner in the Matter Sink, Rhodan uses his spacesuit to leave Shamballa and soon reaches another planet fragment. Meanwhile, the concept Ellert/Ashdon has found the Matter Sink and, guided by Rhodan's telepathic impulses, he lands on the same planet fragment and the two men recognize each other.

They are finally contacted by It who explains to them that he was trying to rescue Igsorian of Veylt when he fell in a trap laid out by powers trying to destroy him. As a consequence, he became trapped in the Matter Sink. However, he is now busy creating planet fragments and estimates that in a few years, this will allow him to regain the normal universe by destroying the void in the Matter Sink.

On the Base, Atlan makes a pact with Kemoauc: he will allow the Mighty One to use the Base in order to find the Matter Source. When Kemoauc still can't find the Matter Source, he reluctantly accepts to help Atlan recover Rhodan from the Matter Source.

Back in the Matter Sink, Kemoauc realizes that Rhodan left and when he finally finds him, he understands that he is now outnumbered because of the presence of It. He gives Laire's eye back to Rhodan.

Rhodan still intends to help It out of the Matter Sink because he's afraid that the time it will take the super-intelligence to leave the Matter Sink will have terrible consequence for the human kind. It tells Rhodan that Eden II has reached the center of its Sphere of Influence and that the concepts need him there urgently.

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968 - Exodus der Mutanten
The Exodus of the Mutants
Clark Darlton


On the Base, Laire accepts to help the Terrans. He takes the Eye and dematerializes, along with the six Spore Ships. When they are back, Laire tells Rhodan that It is on board the Hordun-Farban, but that only Ellert/Ashdon is authorized to talk to him. Ellert boards Kemoauc's ship and learns that the creation of the world fragments has considerably weakened It, and that the only way he can replenish his reserves is by absorbing the mutants in his consciousness.

Rhodan is torn when he learns the news but both the Old Mutants, who are inside the PEW block, and the new ones tell him that they are willing to merge with It. Rhodan has to let all the mutants go except for Pucky, Ras Tschubai and Felmer Lloyd. Ellert merges as well with It who then heads toward Eden II.

On Eden II, all the concepts have merged and only two individuals are left, who are finally absorbed by It, thus creating a stable center in his Sphere of Influence.

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969 - Der falsche Ritter
The Fake Knight
William Voltz


In a distant past

On the planet Schusc in the galaxy Norgan-Tur, a family wants their one-year old child, Harden Coonor, to be given a chance to become a Knight of the Abyss. They turn to a mysterious ermit called Lussmann to do whatever he can in order to make that happen. The ceremony of the Knights of the Abyss is about to be celebrated as several babies are about to start being trained. Lussmann substitutes one of the cribs, replacing Igsorian of Veylt by Harden Coonor.

The real Knight is called Samkar and brought up by Lussmann, who tells him about his origins. Becoming more bitter as he grows up, Samkar leaves the ermit.

The fake Igsorian of Veylt pursues his destiny as a Knight of the Abyss until the incident with the Bilkottians. Attacked by the energy medusas, he asks his servant to take care of Zorg, his orbitter, while he turns his spaceship, the Zyffo, into a black hole, destroying most of the Bilkottian forces.

As he is dematerializing, Igsorian of Veylt learns about his true origin. He reappears in the center of the Machine, built by Armadan of Harpoon to defend against the Hordes of Garbesch, in case they would appear again in the future. Igsorian of Veylt is put in a cryogenic sleep by the installation.

On the planet Feeling in the Milky Way, a human colony is investigating a construction that has obviously been built by a foreign civilization. Harden Coonor appears on the planet and pretends to be one of the colons. On the Earth, a scientist named Jen Salik feels that his intellectual abilities are improving dramatically.

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970 - Das Ende der Wächter
The End of the Watcher
William Voltz


A mysterious individual named Ulrus contacts Samkar and tells him that the person impersonating him as Igsorian of Veylt is called Harden Coonor. Samkar accepts to accompany Ulrus.

When the Machine installed by Armadan of Harpoon detects that the Hordes of Garbesch are back in the Milky Way, it wakes up Harden Coonor from its sleep. Coonor refuses to be involved and goes to the surface of the planet, where he mingles with Terrans under a false identity. He learns that fleets of Orbiters have already positioned themselves at strategic places in the Milky Way but he soon understands that the Machine has made a mistake and that the Terrans are not Garbeschians. Two colons discover his false identity and Coonor returns to the base, where he is sent by transmitter to Martappon. His base self-destroys, leaving no clues to the Terrans.

On the Earth, Jen Salik has a dream in which an individual called Marifat tells him that he is a descendant of Armadan of Harpoon. Marifat tells Salik the history of Armadan of Harpoon.The armies commanded by Armadan of Harpoon are finally prevailing against the Hordes of Garbesch. The Knight of the Depth wants to make sure they will never return, so he installs two different safeguards.

First, he needs to create a safe haven where the citizens of the Milky Way will be able to flee from the Hordes, should they ever return. He asks the galactic engineers to create a dark cloud around the twenty-two planets of the Laandians, called the Arla Mandra. Then, using the psychodes found inside, the cloud was fitted with powerful psychic emitters which only the kind of the Laandians, Tezohr, was able to manipulate.

The second safeguard was a set of installations able to clone humans in order to create an army against the Hordes of Garbesch.

Later, Armadan of Harpoon had to fight against a negative power called Navel, who, just like the Hordes of Garbesch, was sent by Seth-Apophis. The Knight realizes that he is aging. He meets with a dismantler called Nargus who tells him he is the last Knight of the Abyss and that the Cosmocrats have decided not to renew the Order of the Knights. Armandan of Harpoon dies of old age soon thereafter.

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971 - Alarm auf Martappon
Alarm on Martappon
Kurt Mahr


Harden Coonor rematerializes on Martappon where he meets Anson Argyris. He introduces himself as Armadan of Harpoon but the Vario 500 knows he is lying. The two men are soon captured by the Orbiters who take them on the planet Durzull to be questioned. The Orbiters send an ultimatum to the Terrans: they have one month to surrender or they will be destroyed.

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972 - Die Stimme aus dem Nichts
The Voices from the Void
Kurt Mahr


On their way to Durzull, an automatic device on board the spaceship identifies Harden Coonor as a Knight of the Depth. Coonor asks the Orbiters to pledge allegiance to him but the clones are suspicious. The Vario escapes and learns more about the Machine: it is comprised of twenty-four planets spread over three solar systems. The Vario teams up with an Orbiter who has doubts on the identity of Harden Coonor and together, they try to slow down the offensive of the Orbiters against the Milky Way.

The conflict escalates and ends up in the death of Harden Coonor, who reveals his real origin before dying.

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973 - Das seltsame Genie
The Strange Genie
H.G. Francis


The stock market crashes at the announcement of the ultimatum and the Terran government is actively trying to find ways to evacuate the population. Jen Salik uses his newfound abilities to make money and he creates a successful company. He manages to get an audience with Julian Tifflor and suggests a plan against the Orbiters: they need to convince them that the Garbeschianers are splitting in two camps, one of them decided to desert and surrender.

Tifflor accepts the plan. Robots on board the fortress Scarab are reprogrammed in order to simulate a fight between the two factions.

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974 - Wachfort SKARABÄUS
Fortress Scarab
H.G. Francis


The plan succeeds and after seeing Humans attack their own in the fortress Scarab, Quiryleinen, the commander of the Orbiters, believes the existence of the two different camps. The ultimatum is pushed back thirty days.

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975 - Die zweite Welle
The Second Wave
Marianne Sydow


A new wave of space quakes shake the Milky Way. The radiations cause arkonite to dissolve. All across the galaxy, cities and spaceships disintegrate under the concrete plague, as it's been called. A group of Blues tries to attack the Orbiters with a new molkex coating but the attempt fails.

Julian Tifflor and Quiryleinen meet. Tifflor tells the Orbiter what he learned on the Pan-Thau-Ra about the Cosmocrats manipulating the Matter Source. The Orbiter doesn't believe him and is convinced that the concrete plague is a Terran weapon. As the ultimatum is about to expire, Quiryleinen meets with Tifflor again and meets Salik for the first time. He imediately recognizes him as a Knight of the Abyss and surrenders his fleet to him.

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976 - Kämpfer für Garbesch
Fighters for Garbesch
H.G. Ewers


On a planet called Arpa Chai, a device is activated that revives a small group of Garbeschians. The installation was created by Amtranik, a Garbeschian leader, as he was fleeing in front of Armadan of Harpoon's forces. The local population is trained and soon becomes a powerful army serving Yesevi Ath, the Garbeschian leader.

They capture a spaceship flying near the planet and attack it.

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977 - Kemoaucs Bestie
Kemoauc's Beast
Ernst Vlcek


Laire cannot locate the Matter Source because it has been manipulated. He receives a message from the Cosmocrats telling him that they ordered the androides on board the six spore ships to head toward the Milky Way in order to evacuate the Terrans. However, the androides are not obeying. Kemoauc and Laire ask Rhodan to borrow the Eye but refuse to explain the situation, for fear that Rhodan would then rush back to Earth. Rhodan refuses and Laire and Kemoauc are forced to get the Eye by force.

They teleport on Drink 1 where Kemoauc unleashes a creature he calls Joker, that has the ability to morph itself. Then they teleport on the Hordun-Farban where they realize that the androides have been altered by the radiations from the Quanta On and Noon, explaining why they are disobeying the order from the Cosmocrats.

Joker is also altered by the radiation and he makes an alliance with the androides, capturing Laire and Kemoauc to prove himself. Rhodan and the mutants materialize on the spore ship and free the Mighty One and his robot. Laire starts reprogramming the spore ships when Joker tells Rhodan their final destination. Thinking he has been betrayed, Rhodan has Pucky modify their itinerary to send them into a nearby sun.

Laire realizes that he has no choice and tells the situation to Rhodan. The spore ships are diverted and resume their course toward the Milky Way.

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978 - Heimkehr der Loower
The Homecoming of the Loowians
Ernst Vlcek


The scientists discover a similarity between the message sent by the Cosmocrats to Laire and the cell activators carried by Rhodan and Atlan, but they don't have enough information yet to decipher the transmission.

Laire offers to Pankha-Skrin to take him beyond the matter sources. The source master accepts and Rhodan reluctantly gives a shuttle to Laire to achieve this mission. He decides to secretly send another shuttle called the Hurvo behind it in order to locate the Matter Source. However, Joker intervenes on Kemoauc's order and forces the Terrans to land on the eleventh planet, leaving Laire and four Loowians disappear toward their mysterious destination.

Laire lands on a planet and is picked up by a spaceship from the Disassemblers piloted by Servus. When he comes back two days later, he has a replacement eye. Laire takes Pankha-Skrin in the proximity of the Matter Source where the Loowian receives a transmission from the Cosmocrats. Pankha-Skrin realizes that the Loowians never had anything to fear from the Cosmocrats. Shocked, the Source Master decides he now needs to convince his people to give up the quest to go beyond the Matter Sources.

Laire comes back to the Base and the Loowians leave for their final destination, Alkyra II, where they will start a new civilization, accompanied by Joker, who has now taken the shape of a Monade. Kemoauc is nowhere to be found and Laire tells Rhodan he fears that the Mighty has come too close to the manipulated Matter Source and that he perished while trying to enter it.

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979 - Der Nachfolger
The Successor
Peter Terrid


After making sure that Laire reached his goal, Kemoauc enters the Matter Source and soon discovers a giant cosmic fortress. Inside, he finds evidence that the Cosmocrats created him and the other six Mighty Ones. He finds the trace of someone called Samkar, a human being transformed into a robot by machines producing close-to-perfect parts.

Kemoauc steals Samkar's eye in order to go beyond the Matter Source and he decides to destroy the factory. He is chased by robots sent after him by Samkar, who wants to capture him alive. The two men finally meet and as he is about to kill Samkar, Kemoauc realizes that a symbiote inside him prevents him from harming the servant of the Cosmocrats. Kemoauc gives up and Samkar tells him that he works for the Cosmocrats and he was once called Ygsorian of Veylt. His mission now is to fix the manipulated Matter Source.

Kemoauc realizes that his life has lost all meaning and decides to commit suicide. Samkar convinces him to go beyond the Matter Sources where he is expected. Kemoauc accepts.

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980 - Schwerkraft-Alarm
Gravity Alarm
Kurt Mahr


The Base arrives in an area of space where millions of solar masses are gathered. The anomalies cause the normal continuum to degenerate and Payne Hamiller has to come up with a way to counteract the effects of the disturbances before the Base can advance further. The spaceship arrives near the event horizon and two shuttles are sent in the space beyond, baptized the Barys.

Rhodan and Atlan's cell activators seem to be perturbed by the radiation coming out from the Barys, which frequency is 23 hours and 18 minutes. Only one spaceship comes back, the other seems to have disappeared with its four crewmembers.

Laire tells Rhodan and Atlan that he has received the order to bring the two men in the Matter Source.

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981 - Helfer der Kosmokraten
Helpers of the Cosmocrats
Kurt Mahr


Laire brings Rhodan and Atlan inside the Barys, in a place that looks like a planet, which he calls a Barys body. This place is actually the manifestation of a higher-order structure. The mission of the two men is simply to explore the vicinity and then they will be taken to another one.

Puzzled, Atlan and Rhodan inspect a nearby city before Laire takes them to another Barys body. He tells them that their action seems to be working, even though Atlan and Rhodan have no idea why. On the next Barys, they encounter a creature who tells them about a being called Gourdel. Rhodan remembers hearing the mental call of Gourdel in his previous visit in the Matter Source.

On the Base, Payne Hamiller and his team determine that the area is overcrowded with Barys, and that the presence of Rhodan and Atlan's cell activators is accelerating the disintegration of the Barys.

Rhodan and Atlan meet with Samkar on a Barys, who tells them that he found the four missing crewmembers thanks to Gourdel and that he left them in a safe place. Laire explains to them that the manipulation of the Matter Source came from the excess of Barys, which is now being remedied. They all return to the Base along with the four crewmembers. Samkar disappears.

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982 - Der Auserwählte
The Chosen One
William Voltz


Laire announces that Atlan has been chosen to negotiate with the Cosmocrats, and not Rhodan. Atlan will undergo a training for a few days and then, Laire will take him beyond the Matter Source. Furious, Rhodan convinces Laire to take part in the training as well.

The Orbiter Zorg asks to talk with Atlan. He reveals to the Arkonide that he feels some sort of connection with Samkar, who he thinks might be a Knight of the Abyss. After several tests, Laire takes the two men on Samkar's space factory where they are separated.

Atlan mentions to Laire what Zorg told him and Laire's reaction is very agitated. He asks Atlan how he heard about the Knights of the Abyss, and he finally confesses that indeed, Samkar should have been a Knight of the Abyss but that something happened and he was then turned into a robot. Atlan realizes that Laire must have had a different shape before he became a robot himself.

Laire then tells Rhodan that the Cosmocrats never had any intention to take him beyond the Matter Source, and the only reason why he was allowed to take part in the training and come to the space factory was not to upset his friends. Laire manages to convince him that the Cosmocrats made this decision for a good reason and Rhodan slowly comes to terms with it. Laire tells him that "An immortal who can go anywhere any time should not get discouraged", which is the exact same thing that It told him when he was in the Matter Sink.

Rhodan asks Laire more details about the origin of It, and he learns that the super-intelligence was once created out of many consciences. It also contained a negative personality, anti-It, which broke free one day, forcing a duel in which the humans were involved in the past. The Cosmocrats helped ban anti-It in the Nameless Zone for a time described as ten "relative units", which Laire refuses to translate into human terms.

When Laire leaves him alone, Rhodan decides to hide in the space station, hoping to be part of the trip to the Matter Source. Wandering in the space factory, Rhodan meets with Neerad who tells him that he knows where Atlan is. He leads Rhodan there.

The latest tests that Atlan took had an unexpected effect on his second brain and the Arkonide is now delusional, thinking that Rhodan is Orbanaschol, the Arkonide tyrant. Rhodan has to let his friend go and is instructed by Laire to return to the Base. Shortly thereafter, the space factory dematerializes and Rhodan gives the order to head back to the Milky Way after making one last unfruitful attempt with Laire's eye.

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983 - Der Ort der Stille
The Silent Place
Clark Darlton


After dropping Ernst Ellert in the Silent Place, Harno sets course toward the Matter Sink. On the way, it is grabbed by a super-nova that sends it back a few weeks in the past. It reaches the Matter Sink shortly before Rhodan himself got there. Exhausted, it falls asleep and wakes up after It and Rhodan have left the Matter Sink.

When Harno wakes up, it wanders in the few world fragments left in the Matter Sink and finally returns to the normal space, where Pucky detects its presence. The Terrans drop Harno off near a supernova where it eventually gets absorved inside It. The Base resumes its flight back to the Milky Way.

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984 - Waffen der Verdammnis
The Weapons of Damnation
H.G. Ewers


On the spaceship Vazifar, Amtranik wakes up after a 1.25 million year sleep. He is a Garbeschian and he observes how a race called the Laboris is defeating unknown spaceships. Amtranik takes the lead of the Laboris and realizes that the installations on Hay Hayyat haven't been activated by the arrival of the Hordes of Garbesch but by the recent space tremors that have shaken the galaxy. Familiar with the Orbiters' history, he decides to head for Martappon and take control of the Machine, with the ultimate goal of reprogramming the cloning machines to create Garbeschians instead of Orbiters.

Veled, one of the enemies of the Laboris escapes and manages to draw the attention of Terran vessels, which attack the Vazifar. Amtranik escapes and the Terrans rescue Veled.

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985 - Erzfeind der Orbiter
The Enemy of the Orbiters
H.G. Ewers


As renweed space quakes destroy more planets, Jen Salik tells Quiryleinen to use the fleet of the Orbiters to evacuate the Milky Way. The order it transmitted to Martappon.

On the way to Martappon, the Laboris are temporarily perturbed for an unknown reason. Amtranik passes for Keijder, Armadan of Harpoon's Guardian of the Codes. He requests to take control of the Machine because of his former position. The Orbiters submit him to tests but using the knowledge he gained 1.2 million of years earlier, Amtranik passes them successfully. However, he has to give up his plan to create Garbeshians instead of clones because the Orbiters are still suspicious. However, he modified the programming of the clones so that they start serving the Garbeshian interests instead.

When the Jen Salik's message reaches Martappon, Amtranik tries to delay its implementation. Suspicious about Keijder-Amtranik's identity, Jen Salik and Anson Argyris look for a description of the real Guardian of the Codes. Further investigation reveal a resemblance between the Garbeshian skeleton recovered on Skuurdus-Buruhn and Keijder-Amtranik.

At the same moment, the Terrans detect the arrival of six gigantic spaceships.

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986 - Das Ende der Sternenstadt
The End of the Star City
Marianne Sydow


In a distant past, the civilization of the Ysch was getting close to reaching a new consciousness level. They create a gigantic spaceship the size of a sun capable of linear travel. Inside, the fusion of immaterial and material beings progressed to a point of saturation. They eventually recognized that they were headed in the wrong spiritual direction and the spaceship disintegrated in several smaller pieces drifting in the linear space, each carrying thousands of consciousness materialized into crystals.

Thousands of years later, the crystals hit the spore ships and penetrate inside them. As the spore ships finally arrive in the Milky Way, Tifflor asks Jennifer Thyron and Ronald Tekener to make sure that the ships were sent by the Cosmocrats.

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987 - Die sanften Invasoren
The Soft Invaders
Marianne Sydow


On the spore ships, the radiation from the Quanta On and Noon bring the Ysch crystals back to their material consciousness. They decide to use the six spore ships to create a new stellar city and they open filre on the androides sent by Servus in order to prepare the ships for the upcoming evacuation.

Tekener and Thyron make contact with the Ysch and convince them of their wrongdoing. The remaining Ysch disappear and the Terran forces lead the six spore ships inside the Milky Way.

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988 - Duell der Erbfeinde
Duel of the Enemies
H.G. Francis


In October 3587, the Neo-Orbiters, who now server the interests of Garbesch, take control of the planet Woornar. On Martappon, Keijder-Amtranik manages to name one of his men, Shakan, as supreme governor. When Jen Salik arrives on Martappon, he is attacked by Shakan but Anson Argyris saves Salik who reveals himself as a Knight of the Abyss. Keijder-Amtranik flees on the Vazifar.

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989 - Die Zukunft der Orbiter
The Future of the Orbiters
H.G. Francis


The Vario 500 tells Jen Salik about the death of Harden Coonor. Fights break out on Martappon between the Orbiters and the Neo-Orbiters assisted by Teusso's fleet. The Vazifar uses the confusion to escape as Amtraniki reveals his identity before disappearing. Jen Salik, who is manifesting more and more traits of Igsorian of Veylt, goes to the central command of the Machine inside the planet and destroys all the installations that were creating the Neo-Orbiters. With the surplus of Orbiter spaceships, there is now enough transportation to evacuates the Milky Way before the third space tremor hits.

The Garbeschians try to gather their forces on Woornar as Jen Salik and a powerful fleet arrives in the system.

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990 - Planet der Glücksbringer
The Planet of the Lucky Charms
Kurt Mahr


The Trantor, an exploration ship, receives a hyperradiation coming from Imbus, the second planet of a sun called Girze. The planet is made of crystal veins that together from an intelligence called Njasi. Njasi has recently been awakened by the space tremors and it makes contact with the spaceship.

Amtranik receives the radiation and heads for Imbus, where he captures the Trantor. Once again, the Garbeschian leader notices that the Laboris seem to be perturbed for an unknown reason. Njasi forces the Vazifar to land on Imbus.

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991 - Die letzte Horde
The Last Horde
Kurt Mahr


Larsa Hiob, the science office of the Trantor, escapes and a quick exploration reveals that the Orbiters are slowly degenerating because of the Margor Torrent, which also explains why the Laboris are feeling disoriented. Hiob tries to explain all this to Amtranik but the Garbeshian refuses to listen and decides to kill the Terran crew. He is stopped by Njasi.

Jen Salik tells Tifflor that after the production devices of the Machine have been taken down, the Orbiter problem will disappear since the clones cannot reproduce and only have a life span of two hundred years.

Alurus and the Spore Ships reaches the Solar System and announces that the manipulation of the Matter Source has been stopped and that there won't be any other space quakes.

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992 - Bestienrummel
The Beast Fair
Peter Griese


On the planet Shourmager, the zoologist Mountvador is trying to explain why all the animals on this planet don't seem to have any connection to each other. Mountvador detects signs of intelligence in the Gurs, fifty-foot lizards living in the forest. A further study reveals that the Gurs are not from Shourmager. Mountvador tries to make contact with them but he almost gets killed.

Shortly thereafter, a fleet of twelve thousand spaceships in approach on Shourmager is detected.

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993 - Bastion der Bestien
The Bastion of the Beasts
Peter Terrid


The fleet approaching Shourmager is Amtranik's, because the planet happens to be the original world of the Garbeschians. However, the crystals disintegrate as they approach the planet and most of the fleet crashes on the surface when they are suddenly exposed to the Margor Torrent again.

The Gurs recognize Amtranik as their master and they start attacking the Terran base as Amtranik heads for the bastion of the Horde. When he finds it, he realizes that there is nothing left but ruins. In the meantime, ships from the GAVOK have arrived and they destroy the few spaceships left. Amtranik manages to escape on the Vazifar.

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994 - Problem Langzeitwaffe
Delayed Weapon
H.G. Ewers


On Martappon, Anson Argyris and Jen Salik are trying to find out the device that started the space quakes. They mistakenly destroy a machine that causes the Margor Torrent to fluctuate, making Salik feel disoriented. Later, Orbiters tell him they no longer feel the Knight of the Abyss aura and they begin to doubt him. Argyris intervenes and manages to buy some time. Jen Salik is afraid that Amtranik is on his way toward Provcon-Faust where he intends to destroy the paraplasmic sphere with the Weapons of Damnation on board the Vazifar.

Salik informs Tifflor of the situation and a fleet is sent to Provcon-Faust. When Amtranik arrives in the vicinity of the dark cloud, he is faced with a powerful posbi fleet and he has to fall back. The fluctuations of the Margor Torrent allow his crew of Laboris to feel much better.

Meanwhile, the Base arrives near the Milky Way and when Pucky detects the powerful radiations coming from Provcon-Faust, Rhodan decides to stay on the safe side and to head for the World of a Hundred Suns until he can learn more about what is going on in his home galaxy.

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995 - Der Kampf gegen die VAZIFAR
The Fight against the Vazifar
H.G. Ewers


The Vazifar flees Provcon-Faust and lands on a planet whose inhabitants attack them. GAVOK spaceships track the Vazifar and the entire crew of Laboris is captured. Amtranik escapes alone on board the Vazifar.

On Martappon, the PEW-metal stored by Armadan of Harpoon in the installations causes Jen Salik to enter a transe in which he remembers his knowledge as a Knight of the Abyss. A device projects him and Anson Argyris to another plane of existence and when they return, the Orbiters capture him while the Vario 500 flees.

With the assistance of Jennifer Thyron and Ronald Tekener, who have arrived on Martappon, Anson Argyris frees Jen Salik and they all escape and head for Imperium-Alpha.

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996 - Der letzte Waffengang
The Last Confrontation
Ernst Vlcek


The altered radiations coming from the Margor Torrent modify Amtranik's consciousness who reveals himself as Trodar, the main leader of the former Garbesch Hordes. The Vazifar arrives on the planet Brother Amos where his body is broken down in 121 distinct pieces coupled with machines.

Jen Salik convinces the Terrans to let him confront Amtranik and he leaves for Brother Amos where he starts the fight against the 121 pieces, unaware that Tekener and Thyron accompanied him on his spaceship. Jen Salik falls in a trap laid out by Amtranik-Trodar and he tells the Garbeschian that he has forgotten all his Knigh knowledge. Disappointed but victorious, Tordar takes Salik with him to Provcon-Faust where he intends to get rid of the whole Order of the Knights of the Abyss once and for all.

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997 - Straße der Psychode
The Way of the Psychodes
Ernst Vlcek


Trodar, Salik, Tekener and Thyron, who haven't realized that Trodar is actually Amtranik, arrive on Zwottertracht in Provcon-Faust. Salik, who is slowly regaining his power as a Knight of the Abyss, suspects that not only does Trodar want to destroy the Order, he also intends to discover the secret of the psychodes. The Margor Torrent finally collapses and Jen Salik recovers all his abilities.

Salik reaches the center of the pre-zwottian culture and his aura allows him to make contact with a descendant of the king Tezhor, who acknowledges him as Igsorian of Veylt after Salik tells him about the revelations he received in his dreams from Marifat and also how he received the knowledge of Harden Coonor. Tezohr and Salik capture Trodar and neutralize him with the psychodes. Then Salik, Thyron and Tekener return on the Earth.

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998 - Terraner unerwünscht
Terrans Undesirable
Clark Darlton


On the World of a Hundred Suns, the Margor Torrent has caused the central protoplasm to act hostile toward the Terrans. Posbis raid the LFT headquarters and arrest almost of them. Rhodan makes contact with some of the Terrans and threatens to kill the central protoplasm with Arkonide bombs if the posbis don't surrender.

The central protoplasm ceases all hostilites when the Margor Torrent finally collapses.

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999 - Heimkehr
Return Home
H.G. Francis


The Base heads for Martappon and Rhodan is met by the two Orbiters in charge of the Machine: Papriestal and Shakan. They tell Rhodan that they recognize the aura of the Knight of the Abyss in Rhodan. Soon thereafter, Jen Salik arrives on Martappon and meets with Rhodan. The two mean immediately get respect for each other as they exchange their respective stories.

Then the Base resumes its course toward the Earth where Rhodan intends to report on his findings. He tells the Terrans that the confrontation between It and Seth Apophis is just beginning. When he finally gets back home, Rhodan realizes that Ribald Corello's cell activator has been stolen from his cabin. Roi Danton tells him that he intends to marry Demeter in spite of her mortality.

Cedric Beust 2003-11-07

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