History Literature / PerryRhodan

31st Oct '16 4:30:50 AM justanid
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* Atlan also a pulp series, a few hundred books were published

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* Atlan also ''Atlan'' is a spinoff pulp series, with a few hundred books were publishedpublished.



* "Blaubände" (Bluebooks) a re-release of the Atlan series. 42 books in the moment. Not to be confused with the older "Blaubände" a re-release of the "Silberbände" by a different publisher. Oh, and they were also republished by another publisher as "Grünbände" (Greenbooks).
* "Planetenromane" (Planet Novels), 415 books published from 1964 till 1998. Some canon, many are else world stories.

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* "Blaubände" (Bluebooks) a re-release of the Atlan ''Atlan'' series. 42 books in the moment. Not to be confused with the older "Blaubände" a re-release of the "Silberbände" by a different publisher. Oh, and they were also republished by another publisher as "Grünbände" (Greenbooks).
* "Planetenromane" (Planet Novels), 415 books published from 1964 till 1998. Some are canon, many are else world stories.AlternateContinuity stories.
* ''Perry Rhodan Neo'' is a ContinuityReboot that starts in 2036 and (instead of 1971) since controlling massive spaceships with punch cards was too much {{Zeerust}}). The reboot has 69 books as of May 2014.



* Audiobooks (nearing 200)
* Music. About 40 records.
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No movie was made in 1966.]]
* 9 Computer games. 5 for Atari 2600, 4 for Windows and one for smart-phones, Windows and Mac
* RPG
* strategy board game
* a comic (with re-release), 140 issues will go on hiatus after issue 141 in September 2013

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* Audiobooks (nearing audiobooks (nearly 200)
* Music. About 40 records.
* [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No movie was made in 1966.]]
music albums (around 40)
* 9 Computer computer games. 5 for Atari 2600, 4 for Windows and one for smart-phones, Windows and Mac
* RPG
* strategy board game
* a comic (with re-release), 140 issues will go on hiatus after issue 141 in September 2013
Mac



* many other things like calendars, fake stamps, artbooks, ...
* in 2011 a restart of the series did start in a similar format as the "Planetenromane" and not as pulps, called "Perry Rhodan Neo". It is a {{retcon}}/{{rewrite}}, letting the story start in 2036 and not in 1971 (since controlling massive spaceships using punch cards seems to be [[{{Zeerust}} kind of dated nowadays]]). 69 books as of May 2014.

And there is NO movie! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Especially none made in 1966!]]

The American release was published in TheSeventies in a paperback book format by Ace that contained other material making it resemble a magazine; after this series was cancelled a few more issues were directly sold by ForrestJAckerman. This lasted up to issue 145 (German numbering). A few later attempts to bring the series to English never took off.

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* a role-playing game
* a strategy board game
* a comic (with re-release), 140 issues will go on hiatus after issue 141 in September 2013.
* many other things like calendars, fake stamps, artbooks, ...
* in 2011 a restart of the series did start in a similar format as the "Planetenromane" and not as pulps, called "Perry Rhodan Neo". It is a {{retcon}}/{{rewrite}}, letting the story start in 2036 and not in 1971 (since controlling massive spaceships using punch cards seems to be [[{{Zeerust}} kind of dated nowadays]]). 69 books as of May 2014.

artbooks, etc.

And there is NO was NEVER a movie! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Especially none not one made in 1966!]]

1966.]]

The American release was published in TheSeventies in a paperback book format by Ace that contained other material material, making it resemble a magazine; after this series was cancelled a few more issues were directly sold by ForrestJAckerman. Forrest J. Ackerman. This lasted up to issue 145 #145 (German numbering). A few later attempts to bring the series to English never took off.
4th Sep '16 7:54:13 PM PaulA
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* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: averted to hell and back again, with all imaginable and unimaginable climates and atmosphere compositions one can think of.
* AlienInvasion - Happened to Earth several times. One story arc saw the Milky Way galaxy ruled by an Alien Overlord for several centuries, who had his headquarters on Earth and enslaved several of the galactic races. And once Earth was taken over by a rogue Cosmic Power (Vishna), although that did not last long. The Milky Way and Andromeda definitely seem to be cosmic hotspots for trouble...

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* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: averted Averted to hell and back again, with all imaginable and unimaginable climates and atmosphere compositions one can think of.
* AlienInvasion - AlienInvasion: Happened to Earth several times. One story arc saw the Milky Way galaxy ruled by an Alien Overlord for several centuries, who had his headquarters on Earth and enslaved several of the galactic races. And once Earth was taken over by a rogue Cosmic Power (Vishna), although that did not last long. The Milky Way and Andromeda definitely seem to be cosmic hotspots for trouble...



* AMillionIsAStatistic - Two words: Space battles.
* AmuletOfDependency - The Cell Activators, an amulet, later an implanted chip that regenerates the body, making the wearer immune to most poisons and makes immortal. One can still be killed by brute force or stealing the amulet.
* AncientAstronauts - At least two distinct alien visitations known, plus an inversion: the ''first'' interstellar human empire, ca. 50,000 BC, also left behind not just functional artifacts and installations all over the galaxy, but also several prominent humanoid species descended from its colonists.
* AnyoneCanDie - Well, anyone except probably Rhodan himself, Atlan and some other main protagonists. On the other hand, even immortal characters who had been with the series from early on have occasionally been KilledOffForReal. There have been some near-death experiences even for Rhodan and Atlan, though. They may be immortal in that they cannot die from old age or illness, but they ''can'' be injured or killed just the same.
* {{Arc}} - Usually one per fifty or one hundred issues (pre-plotted), sometimes tied together to form even larger ones of up to 300 issues.

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* AMillionIsAStatistic - AMillionIsAStatistic: Two words: Space battles.
* AmuletOfDependency - AmuletOfDependency: The Cell Activators, an amulet, later an implanted chip that regenerates the body, making the wearer immune to most poisons and makes immortal. One can still be killed by brute force or stealing the amulet.
* AncientAstronauts - AncientAstronauts: At least two distinct alien visitations known, plus an inversion: the ''first'' interstellar human empire, ca. 50,000 BC, also left behind not just functional artifacts and installations all over the galaxy, but also several prominent humanoid species descended from its colonists.
* AnyoneCanDie - AnyoneCanDie: Well, anyone except probably Rhodan himself, Atlan and some other main protagonists. On the other hand, even immortal characters who had been with the series from early on have occasionally been KilledOffForReal. There have been some near-death experiences even for Rhodan and Atlan, though. They may be immortal in that they cannot die from old age or illness, but they ''can'' be injured or killed just the same.
* {{Arc}} - {{Arc}}: Usually one per fifty or one hundred issues (pre-plotted), sometimes tied together to form even larger ones of up to 300 issues.



* ArtificialGravity - Of course. (''Anti''-gravity technology is regularly used in lifts and vehicles as well.)
* ArtificialHuman and MechanicalLifeforms - Sometimes justified by adding a token organic component to their otherwise-computer brains, sometimes played dead straight.
* ArtificialLimbs: some characters sport cybernetic replacements for body parts they have lost due to injury, Monkey with his artificial eyes being the most recent example. It is not common to augment healthy humans with cybernetics, although some races went down that road.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - Too many examples to list, both individual cases and whole species. Practically the basis for the struggle between different "ascended" cosmic alien powers that is underlying the series setting.

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* ArtificialGravity - ArtificialGravity: Of course. (''Anti''-gravity technology is regularly used in lifts and vehicles as well.)
* ArtificialHuman and MechanicalLifeforms - MechanicalLifeforms: Sometimes justified by adding a token organic component to their otherwise-computer brains, sometimes played dead straight.
* ArtificialLimbs: some Some characters sport cybernetic replacements for body parts they have lost due to injury, Monkey with his artificial eyes being the most recent example. It is not common to augment healthy humans with cybernetics, although some races went down that road.
road.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence - AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Too many examples to list, both individual cases and whole species. Practically the basis for the struggle between different "ascended" cosmic alien powers that is underlying the series setting.



* TheBattlestar - The default for larger capital ships, which inevitably carry their fighter complement as well as larger secondary craft, typically up to nominal corvettes or light cruisers.
* [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Order And Chaos]] - Sort of. Both sides appear to profit from the relative peace of the status quo with limited proxy wars - each of these might involve several galaxies, though.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: played with. Atlan didn't pose as important figures in human history, but he met and influenced quite a few of them during his 10.000 years he was stranded on earth (Leonardo da Vinci, Vasco da Gama and Leif Ericsson, to name a few).

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* TheBattlestar - TheBattlestar: The default for larger capital ships, which inevitably carry their fighter complement as well as larger secondary craft, typically up to nominal corvettes or light cruisers.
* [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Order And Chaos]] - Chaos]]: Sort of. Both sides appear to profit from the relative peace of the status quo with limited proxy wars - -- each of these might involve several galaxies, though.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: played Played with. Atlan didn't pose as important figures in human history, but he met and influenced quite a few of them during his 10.000 years he was stranded on earth (Leonardo da Vinci, Vasco da Gama and Leif Ericsson, to name a few).



* BizarreAlienBiology - If you can imagine it, there's a good chance some character has encountered it. Or ''been'' it.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] would weep. Travel across the galaxy is a matter of days, even after most advanced tech was severely downgraded.
* CharacterDevelopment - Characters mainly change to be made more appealing to current readers. The series' authors have a greater freedom when developing side characters, as the main characters are necessarily subject to a certain Status Quo (except when they are killed off or go insane after some mind-shattering experience, which has happened).
* CoolStarship: the series had its share of distinctive and unusual ships. Either by virtue of being an AceCustom, advanced prototype or sheer size. [[http://www.rz-journal.de/Downl/Poster/2600.html The BASIS]], [[http://www.rz-journal.de/Downl/1950.jpg the SOL]] and [[http://www.pr-materiequelle.de/riss/poster/r1400_p.jpg the KLOTZ]] are some of the larger examples. Each personal ship of one of the main characters also falls under this most of the time.
* CosmicChessGame: the series even has a story arc by that name, dealing with the conflict between two Super-Inteligences (IT and Anti-IT). The eternal battle of the Chaotarches and Cosmocrates also falls under this.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas - Arbaraith, the mythical origin world of the Arkonids
* CyborgHelmsman: the terran [[UnusualUserInterface SERT]] system allows a specially gifted individual to merge his conciousness with the ship.

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* BizarreAlienBiology - BizarreAlienBiology: If you can imagine it, there's a good chance some character has encountered it. Or ''been'' it.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] would weep. Travel across the galaxy is a matter of days, even after most advanced tech was severely downgraded.
downgraded.
* CharacterDevelopment - CharacterDevelopment: Characters mainly change to be made more appealing to current readers. The series' authors have a greater freedom when developing side characters, as the main characters are necessarily subject to a certain Status Quo (except when they are killed off or go insane after some mind-shattering experience, which has happened).
* CoolStarship: the The series had its share of distinctive and unusual ships. Either by virtue of being an AceCustom, advanced prototype or sheer size. [[http://www.rz-journal.de/Downl/Poster/2600.html The BASIS]], [[http://www.rz-journal.de/Downl/1950.jpg the SOL]] and [[http://www.pr-materiequelle.de/riss/poster/r1400_p.jpg the KLOTZ]] are some of the larger examples. Each personal ship of one of the main characters also falls under this most of the time.
* CosmicChessGame: the The series even has a story arc by that name, dealing with the conflict between two Super-Inteligences (IT and Anti-IT). The eternal battle of the Chaotarches and Cosmocrates also falls under this.
this.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas - CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Arbaraith, the mythical origin world of the Arkonids
* CyborgHelmsman: the The terran [[UnusualUserInterface SERT]] system allows a specially gifted individual to merge his conciousness with the ship.



* DetachmentCombat: prime examples being GILGAMESCH and PRAETORIA, two huge spaceships able to split up into smaller components. Small being the operative word, the 13 modules of GILGAMESCH were 2,5 km in diameter, while PRAETORIA is composed of 116 cubes of 3 km length each.
* DeflectorShields - Several distinct upgrades in the course of the early series. Note that the term "Deflector" is used for an invisibility field rather than defense.
* EarthShatteringKaboom - Although Earth itself has evaded this, Pluto was destroyed in the final battle of the issue #400-499 arc, and in-universe the asteroid belt is all that is left from an original fifth planet by the name of Zeut, destroyed during the fall of the Lemurian empire by its enemies. Mars has been replaced with an alien planet from another dimension in order to prevent an unstoppable 'death field' emanating from it from eventually reaching Earth and spreading further. Planets and stars outside the solar systems have been destroyed from time to time as well. Mankind has gotten their hands on planet-destroying bombs (so-called Arkon Bombs) since the 1980s and used them quite regularly in the first 200 issues.
* EmperorScientist - From issue #2 onwards, Rhodan was the most powerful man on Earth with access to alien technology and psionic mutants joining him for his ideals, and eventually becomes elected Grand Administrator of the Solar Empire - nearly continuously during its existence between issues #50 and #650, but mostly abstained from politics. Other immortals ruled mankind in the same manner until the #1200s.
* TheEmpire - 'Normal' aggressors of extragalactic origin tend to have this as their background. Despite the name and Terran efforts to conceal the position of Earth from it (and everybody else) originally, the old Empire of Arkon wasn't quite this kind of empire for much of the series because after 20,000 years the Arkonides had become too complacent and lazy to care about military conquest and only kept their fleet around to keep the Pax Arkon.

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* DetachmentCombat: prime Prime examples being GILGAMESCH and PRAETORIA, two huge spaceships able to split up into smaller components. Small being the operative word, the 13 modules of GILGAMESCH were 2,5 km in diameter, while PRAETORIA is composed of 116 cubes of 3 km length each.
each.
* DeflectorShields - DeflectorShields: Several distinct upgrades in the course of the early series. Note that the term "Deflector" is used for an invisibility field rather than defense.
defense.
* EarthShatteringKaboom - EarthShatteringKaboom: Although Earth itself has evaded this, Pluto was destroyed in the final battle of the issue #400-499 arc, and in-universe the asteroid belt is all that is left from an original fifth planet by the name of Zeut, destroyed during the fall of the Lemurian empire by its enemies. Mars has been replaced with an alien planet from another dimension in order to prevent an unstoppable 'death field' emanating from it from eventually reaching Earth and spreading further. Planets and stars outside the solar systems have been destroyed from time to time as well. Mankind has gotten their hands on planet-destroying bombs (so-called Arkon Bombs) since the 1980s and used them quite regularly in the first 200 issues.
* EmperorScientist - EmperorScientist: From issue #2 onwards, Rhodan was the most powerful man on Earth with access to alien technology and psionic mutants joining him for his ideals, and eventually becomes elected Grand Administrator of the Solar Empire - -- nearly continuously during its existence between issues #50 and #650, but mostly abstained from politics. Other immortals ruled mankind in the same manner until the #1200s.
#1200s.
* TheEmpire - TheEmpire: 'Normal' aggressors of extragalactic origin tend to have this as their background. Despite the name and Terran efforts to conceal the position of Earth from it (and everybody else) originally, the old Empire of Arkon wasn't quite this kind of empire for much of the series because after 20,000 years the Arkonides had become too complacent and lazy to care about military conquest and only kept their fleet around to keep the Pax Arkon.



* EnemyMine - Ever since the fall of the Arkon Republic, the Terran Free League and the Crystal Empire have been uneasy neighbors, at times even being at war with each other such as when Arkon started conquering Terran colonies and even attacked Terra itself. Later, however, Terrans helped defend Arkon (twice!) against attacks by alien aggressors from outside the Milky Way (and vice versa), Arkonide and Terran war fleets fought side by side on several occasions to defeat a more dangerous foe.
* EnergyWeapons - Pretty much the universal default.
* [[ExpendableClone Expendable Clones]] - Most (in)famously, the Duplos. Either force-bred in clones tanks, or created by matter duplicators complete with memories of their originals, and used as cannon fodder by various Big Bads.
* FasterThanLightTravel - Multiple known drive systems.
* TheFederation - The Solar Empire (despite the name) and later the Free Terran League.
* FeudalFuture - The Empire of Arkon has a lot of BlueBlood noble houses, whose members (especially the Higher Nobility) are infamous for their arrogance towards colonial Arkonides and non-Arkonides. Sometimes, however, in the case of some old grizzled admirals AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and other nobles have used ObfuscatingStupidity to work behind the scenes as spies.
* FiveManBand - Of the six immortals that appeared up to issue #50, Perry Rhodan is TheHero, the Arkonide Atlan da Gonozal is TheLancer, Reginald Bull TheBigGuy, Homer G. Adams is TheSmartGuy, and alien Pucky evolved from TeamPet to TheHeart. Julian Tifflor would be TagalongKid.
** SixthRanger - the aliens Dao-Lin H'ay and Icho Tolot
* FlyingSaucer: all spaceships built by the Blues/Yülziish are disk-shaped.
* FriendlyEnemy - Atlan and Rhodan, in the beginning. The first couple of times they met Atlan was on the run trying to flee the Solar System and tried to kill Rhodan (while Rhodan's intelligence corps and mutants tried to capture Atlan), but both refrained from using several obvious opportunities to kill the other. After the second duel they became friends and allies for the next 3000 years.

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* EnemyMine - EnemyMine: Ever since the fall of the Arkon Republic, the Terran Free League and the Crystal Empire have been uneasy neighbors, at times even being at war with each other such as when Arkon started conquering Terran colonies and even attacked Terra itself. Later, however, Terrans helped defend Arkon (twice!) against attacks by alien aggressors from outside the Milky Way (and vice versa), Arkonide and Terran war fleets fought side by side on several occasions to defeat a more dangerous foe.
* EnergyWeapons - EnergyWeapons: Pretty much the universal default.
* [[ExpendableClone Expendable Clones]] - Clones]]: Most (in)famously, the Duplos. Either force-bred in clones tanks, or created by matter duplicators complete with memories of their originals, and used as cannon fodder by various Big Bads.
* FasterThanLightTravel - FasterThanLightTravel: Multiple known drive systems.
* TheFederation - TheFederation: The Solar Empire (despite the name) and later the Free Terran League.
* FeudalFuture - FeudalFuture: The Empire of Arkon has a lot of BlueBlood noble houses, whose members (especially the Higher Nobility) are infamous for their arrogance towards colonial Arkonides and non-Arkonides. Sometimes, however, in the case of some old grizzled admirals AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and other nobles have used ObfuscatingStupidity to work behind the scenes as spies.
spies.
* FiveManBand - FiveManBand: Of the six immortals that appeared up to issue #50, Perry Rhodan is TheHero, the Arkonide Atlan da Gonozal is TheLancer, Reginald Bull TheBigGuy, Homer G. Adams is TheSmartGuy, and alien Pucky evolved from TeamPet to TheHeart. Julian Tifflor would be TagalongKid.
** SixthRanger - the SixthRanger: The aliens Dao-Lin H'ay and Icho Tolot
Tolot.
* FlyingSaucer: all All spaceships built by the Blues/Yülziish are disk-shaped.
* FriendlyEnemy - FriendlyEnemy: Atlan and Rhodan, in the beginning. The first couple of times they met Atlan was on the run trying to flee the Solar System and tried to kill Rhodan (while Rhodan's intelligence corps and mutants tried to capture Atlan), but both refrained from using several obvious opportunities to kill the other. After the second duel they became friends and allies for the next 3000 years.



* GodInHumanForm - Some of the Cosmic Powers use [[ProjectedAvatar 4-dimensional body projections]] to appear to the mortals in a form they are familiar with, which often limits their powers. Others don't bother with that and just infuse their essence directly into clone bodies, or worse, stolen bodies, which usually burn up (literally) pretty quickly.

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* GodInHumanForm - GodInHumanForm: Some of the Cosmic Powers use [[ProjectedAvatar 4-dimensional body projections]] to appear to the mortals in a form they are familiar with, which often limits their powers. Others don't bother with that and just infuse their essence directly into clone bodies, or worse, stolen bodies, which usually burn up (literally) pretty quickly.



* HeelFaceTurn - Many, but recently and most prominently the Arkon Emperor Gaumarol da Bostich. Originally a seemingly unremarkable bureaucrat from a family of Old Blood nobles, he was installed as puppet emperor after Imperatrix Theta was assassinated. After years of planning, he killed off the puppeteers and started a Machiavellian reign as well as the expansion of the Empire, hostile to the Free Terran League unless a common enemy had to be fought. As of issue #2412 he has made a HeelFaceTurn and become the elected head of the New Galacticum (sort of a League of Nations/United Nations In Space organization). As of issue #2514, set 120 years later, Bostich is still both Emperor of Arkon and President of the New Galacticum and seems to devote his time to matters of galactic administration and diplomacy instead of military conquest. Also, Bostich has been known from the beginning for his willingness to promote competent non-nobles and non-Arkonides into positions of power and to stomp down heavily on corruption in his own administration and military, so he has been the target of assassination attempts from both the liberal, anti-feudalistic fringe of the political spectrum ''and'' the ultra-nationalist groups in the Empire.

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* HeelFaceTurn - HeelFaceTurn: Many, but recently and most prominently the Arkon Emperor Gaumarol da Bostich. Originally a seemingly unremarkable bureaucrat from a family of Old Blood nobles, he was installed as puppet emperor after Imperatrix Theta was assassinated. After years of planning, he killed off the puppeteers and started a Machiavellian reign as well as the expansion of the Empire, hostile to the Free Terran League unless a common enemy had to be fought. As of issue #2412 he has made a HeelFaceTurn and become the elected head of the New Galacticum (sort of a League of Nations/United Nations In Space organization). As of issue #2514, set 120 years later, Bostich is still both Emperor of Arkon and President of the New Galacticum and seems to devote his time to matters of galactic administration and diplomacy instead of military conquest. Also, Bostich has been known from the beginning for his willingness to promote competent non-nobles and non-Arkonides into positions of power and to stomp down heavily on corruption in his own administration and military, so he has been the target of assassination attempts from both the liberal, anti-feudalistic fringe of the political spectrum ''and'' the ultra-nationalist groups in the Empire.



* HumansAreSpecial - Played straight at the beginning, where songs could almost be written about how Terrans are competent and benevolent in comparision to the other races and how they have the most promising future. Downplayed later.
* {{HyperspaceArsenal}} , The Uleb (aka The Time Police) hides their facilities inside hyperspace itself.
* {{Immortality}} - [[TouchedByVorlons Granted to Perry Rhodan and other cast members by a]] SufficientlyAdvancedAlien [[TouchedByVorlons early in the series]], though the numbers have long since been whittled down. Other individuals or species encountered may also be immortal or at least have significantly extended lifespans.
* InertialDampening - Ships routinely accelerate at hundreds of kilometers per second squared (ten thousands of Gs), so this is about the universe-wide default.
* InNameOnly - "Mission Stardust" a 1966 Italian movie "inspired" by the first few pulps.
* InterstellarWeapon: many examples, cabable of erasing Fleets, Planets, Suns or even Galaxies from existence.
* KillAllHumans - Early in the series, the Posbi race (''Pos''itronic-''bi''ological robots) introduced itself by going on a rampage to exterminate every intelligent species that wasn't like them. They got better (and are now Terra's allies), but from time to time similar motivations pop up elsewhere.
* LensmanArmsRace - More true in the early days of the series; in modern times, supertechnology still regularly pops up in the hands of antagonists and 'foreign' powers, but the standard tech level of the galactic powers doesn't advance much anymore.
* LivingShip - Occasionally. If a character gets access to a living, [[SapientShip sentient]] (and usually telepathic) spaceship, it's usually a gift from some advanced alien (nonhuman) race.

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* HumansAreSpecial - HumansAreSpecial: Played straight at the beginning, where songs could almost be written about how Terrans are competent and benevolent in comparision to the other races and how they have the most promising future. Downplayed later.
later.
* {{HyperspaceArsenal}} , The Uleb (aka The Time Police) hides their facilities inside hyperspace itself.
itself.
* {{Immortality}} - {{Immortality}}: [[TouchedByVorlons Granted to Perry Rhodan and other cast members by a]] SufficientlyAdvancedAlien [[TouchedByVorlons early in the series]], though the numbers have long since been whittled down. Other individuals or species encountered may also be immortal or at least have significantly extended lifespans.
* InertialDampening - InertialDampening: Ships routinely accelerate at hundreds of kilometers per second squared (ten thousands of Gs), so this is about the universe-wide default.
default.
* InNameOnly - InNameOnly: "Mission Stardust" a 1966 Italian movie "inspired" by the first few pulps.
pulps.
* InterstellarWeapon: many Many examples, cabable of erasing Fleets, Planets, Suns or even Galaxies from existence.
* KillAllHumans - KillAllHumans: Early in the series, the Posbi race (''Pos''itronic-''bi''ological robots) introduced itself by going on a rampage to exterminate every intelligent species that wasn't like them. They got better (and are now Terra's allies), but from time to time similar motivations pop up elsewhere.
* LensmanArmsRace - LensmanArmsRace: More true in the early days of the series; in modern times, supertechnology still regularly pops up in the hands of antagonists and 'foreign' powers, but the standard tech level of the galactic powers doesn't advance much anymore.
* LivingShip - LivingShip: Occasionally. If a character gets access to a living, [[SapientShip sentient]] (and usually telepathic) spaceship, it's usually a gift from some advanced alien (nonhuman) race.



* LotusEaterMachine - ''Fiktivspiele'' (virtual reality games, or what sci-fi authors in 1961 could imagine as such). The main reason why the first Great Empire of Arkon fell into apathy and decadence. Basically the majority of the Arkonides, being citizens of a post-industrial and post-scarcity society and the upper class in the Empire, became hooked up on various highly addictive virtual reality games. As the technology was partially psionic in character, using artificial telepathy and neuronal feedback, the addiction factor was enormous. Women proved more resistant than the men, which is why Thora, the commander of the crashed ship that Rhodan found on the moon, was female. The general apathy became so widespread that the government of Arkon was forced to man their fleet of spaceships with crews from various colonial races, or build ships entirely manned and controlled by robots and artificial intelligences.
* LowerDeckEpisode - from time to time a throwaway POV character is used, usually to provide background information of an alien culture via XenoFiction or to illustrate how the actions of the immortal heroes impact on the lives of normal people. A new enemy is often introduced this way, viewed through the eyes of his soldiers, henchmen or spouses.
* MasterComputer - A staple, with the most prominent ones (like NATHAN, the giant central computer of the ''solar system'' located on Earth's moon) sometimes becoming recurring supporting characters in their own right. Also inverted -- the mostly-robotic Posbis are ultimately governed by a highly intelligent mass of quite biological protoplasm.

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* LotusEaterMachine - LotusEaterMachine: ''Fiktivspiele'' (virtual reality games, or what sci-fi authors in 1961 could imagine as such). The main reason why the first Great Empire of Arkon fell into apathy and decadence. Basically the majority of the Arkonides, being citizens of a post-industrial and post-scarcity society and the upper class in the Empire, became hooked up on various highly addictive virtual reality games. As the technology was partially psionic in character, using artificial telepathy and neuronal feedback, the addiction factor was enormous. Women proved more resistant than the men, which is why Thora, the commander of the crashed ship that Rhodan found on the moon, was female. The general apathy became so widespread that the government of Arkon was forced to man their fleet of spaceships with crews from various colonial races, or build ships entirely manned and controlled by robots and artificial intelligences.
intelligences.
* LowerDeckEpisode - from LowerDeckEpisode: From time to time a throwaway POV character is used, usually to provide background information of an alien culture via XenoFiction or to illustrate how the actions of the immortal heroes impact on the lives of normal people. A new enemy is often introduced this way, viewed through the eyes of his soldiers, henchmen or spouses.
spouses.
* MasterComputer - MasterComputer: A staple, with the most prominent ones (like NATHAN, the giant central computer of the ''solar system'' located on Earth's moon) sometimes becoming recurring supporting characters in their own right. Also inverted -- the mostly-robotic Posbis are ultimately governed by a highly intelligent mass of quite biological protoplasm.



* TheMultiverse - Used straight, although travel between individual universes isn't common (but possible). Interuniverse travel often causes "strangeness shock", which can disable technology and incapacitate living beings until they adjust to the slightly different laws of physics in the new universe. Also, the "standard universe" -- and perhaps others as well -- has a positive side and a negative side which are almost different universes in their own right. Then there are pararealities.
* {{Mutants}} - The [[SuperPowerfulGenetics distant descendants]] of Hiroshima's victims still have mutations cropping up, apparently.
** The Cold War era SciFi staple of psychic superpowers created by radioactivity is still part of the earliest story arcs written in the 1960s, but has been abandoned as time and [[ScienceMarchesOn science marched on]].
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore - Titles of the issues #2596 to #2600: [[spoiler: "Requiem for the Solar System", "Hyperfreeze", "Death of a Superintelligence", "The last day", "The Thanatos-Program"]]
* OrderVersusChaos - The main PowersThatBe, Cosmocrats and Chaotarchs, see their conflict as this.

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* TheMultiverse - TheMultiverse: Used straight, although travel between individual universes isn't common (but possible). Interuniverse travel often causes "strangeness shock", which can disable technology and incapacitate living beings until they adjust to the slightly different laws of physics in the new universe. Also, the "standard universe" -- and perhaps others as well -- has a positive side and a negative side which are almost different universes in their own right. Then there are pararealities.
* {{Mutants}} - {{Mutants}}: The [[SuperPowerfulGenetics distant descendants]] of Hiroshima's victims still have mutations cropping up, apparently.
** The Cold War era SciFi staple of psychic superpowers created by radioactivity is still part of the earliest story arcs written in the 1960s, but has been abandoned as time and [[ScienceMarchesOn science marched on]].
on]].
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore - NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Titles of the issues #2596 to #2600: [[spoiler: "Requiem for the Solar System", "Hyperfreeze", "Death of a Superintelligence", "The last day", "The Thanatos-Program"]]
* OrderVersusChaos - OrderVersusChaos: The main PowersThatBe, Cosmocrats and Chaotarchs, see their conflict as this.



** Cosmocrats are so far removed from ordinary beings that ValuesDissonance about the meaning of "order" and "right" caused several peoples and even ascended beings to desert them - which they regard as a threat they have to counter with brute force if necessary. Meanwhile, the Chaotarchs' forces are better organized - with propaganda and mind control devices. [[invoked]]
* PlanetOfHats - default order of society of most of the enemys, albeit not always planets but more castes or entire species of hats; a species or mighty being that wear the rule-hat, one species with the fighting-hat and one species with the technology-or-repair-hat are the most common, other hats are facultative; on the other hand, the terran mankind is a textbook-example of TheMario.

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** Cosmocrats are so far removed from ordinary beings that ValuesDissonance about the meaning of "order" and "right" caused several peoples and even ascended beings to desert them - -- which they regard as a threat they have to counter with brute force if necessary. Meanwhile, the Chaotarchs' forces are better organized - -- with propaganda and mind control devices. [[invoked]]
* PlanetOfHats - default PlanetOfHats: Default order of society of most of the enemys, enemies, albeit not always planets but more castes or entire species of hats; a species or mighty being that wear the rule-hat, one species with the fighting-hat and one species with the technology-or-repair-hat are the most common, other hats are facultative; on the other hand, the terran mankind is a textbook-example of TheMario.



* PlutoIsExpendable - Broke up in issue #499 (''long'' before the real life 'demotion').

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* PlutoIsExpendable - PlutoIsExpendable: Broke up in issue #499 (''long'' before the real life 'demotion').



* PortalNetwork: many examples throughout the series, most often used for intergalactic travel. Or time travel. Or both.

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* PortalNetwork: many Many examples throughout the series, most often used for intergalactic travel. Or time travel. Or both.



* PsychicPowers - Lots of them, both human psychics and alien psychics... sometimes whole alien races with psychic powers. There were at least two instances of a Terran Mutant Corps. The Arkonides have an ancient monastic tradition of ''Dagor knights'' (martial arts wielders and sword fighters who can develop latent psychic powers) and the so-called ''Fire Women'', an all-female group of highly psychic disciples of various races of the Empire. The most powerful psychic races are almost always wholly alien, though.
* RagnarokProofing - Lemurian technology, despite being 50,000 years old, is often still functional.

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* PsychicPowers - PsychicPowers: Lots of them, both human psychics and alien psychics... sometimes whole alien races with psychic powers. There were at least two instances of a Terran Mutant Corps. The Arkonides have an ancient monastic tradition of ''Dagor knights'' (martial arts wielders and sword fighters who can develop latent psychic powers) and the so-called ''Fire Women'', an all-female group of highly psychic disciples of various races of the Empire. The most powerful psychic races are almost always wholly alien, though.
* RagnarokProofing - RagnarokProofing: Lemurian technology, despite being 50,000 years old, is often still functional.



* Retcon - parts of early issues have been rewritten, but for bigger changes other methods were used: jumps in time kill off mortal cast members, immortals are killed or join an ascended being, technologies stop working or are revealed as too risky once the original developers are gone.

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* Retcon - parts {{Retcon}}: Parts of early issues have been rewritten, but for bigger changes other methods were used: jumps in time kill off mortal cast members, immortals are killed or join an ascended being, technologies stop working or are revealed as too risky once the original developers are gone.



* RubberForeheadAliens - Primarily the descendants of Lemurian colonists in the Milky Way galaxy, and [[StarfishAliens quite nonhuman species]] are frequently encountered ...but aliens who resemble humans rather more than the basic 'one head, two arms, two legs' layout would justify do show up all over the universe. Somewhat justified by sufficiently advanced [[AncientAstronauts common ancestors]] in the ''really'' distant past and the efforts of one faction of the cosmic PowersThatBe to spread life and intelligence throughout the universe on purpose.
* ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale - Lots of examples. On a have-no-sense-of-scale-scale from 10^0 (have sense of scale) to 10^1 (have no sense of scale), Perry-Rhodan-authors get easily at [[ReadingsAreOfftheScale 9.1*10^4]] (exponents are also common in use): Stars rearranged to build intergalactic matter transmitters? Mobile structures with dimensions measured in light-months? Mobile star clusters? The ruler of an alien civilization returning home after some ten- or two hundred thousand years respectively (yes, it's happened at least twice) and being able to take right over again (after some plot-relevant complications, of course)? For that matter, alien cultures remaining largely static for thousands to millions of years in the first place? We've got them...
** Well, some of those alien civilizations have actually moved ''backwards'' during the millenia (most prominently Arkon), losing technological and historical knowledge due to wars or forced emigration when their original home planet was destroyed.
* ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum: Early on, Terrans adopted Arkon technology, the hypno schooling devices, that allow scientific knowledge, language skills and even memories to be transfered and implanted in the brain in just a few hours. The technology is widely used by a number of species in the Milky Way, and it partially psionic in nature. The brain has to be "evolved" enough to accept the imprint, though, otherwise the recipient might go insane. Using a device programmed for a certain species on a member of a different species without adapting it first can also lead to unpleasant side effects. Upgrading someone's [=IQ=] with these devices is possible, also that often leads to, you guessed it, insanity or brain damage.
* ShapeShifting - Several races, most prominently the Cyno, who cannot remember their original form, and turn into an obelisk that casts no shadow when they die.

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* RubberForeheadAliens - RubberForeheadAliens: Primarily the descendants of Lemurian colonists in the Milky Way galaxy, and [[StarfishAliens quite nonhuman species]] are frequently encountered ...but aliens who resemble humans rather more than the basic 'one head, two arms, two legs' layout would justify do show up all over the universe. Somewhat justified by sufficiently advanced [[AncientAstronauts common ancestors]] in the ''really'' distant past and the efforts of one faction of the cosmic PowersThatBe to spread life and intelligence throughout the universe on purpose.
* ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale - ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Lots of examples. On a have-no-sense-of-scale-scale from 10^0 (have sense of scale) to 10^1 (have no sense of scale), Perry-Rhodan-authors get easily at [[ReadingsAreOfftheScale 9.1*10^4]] (exponents are also common in use): Stars rearranged to build intergalactic matter transmitters? Mobile structures with dimensions measured in light-months? Mobile star clusters? The ruler of an alien civilization returning home after some ten- or two hundred thousand years respectively (yes, it's happened at least twice) and being able to take right over again (after some plot-relevant complications, of course)? For that matter, alien cultures remaining largely static for thousands to millions of years in the first place? We've got them...
** Well, some of those alien civilizations have actually moved ''backwards'' during the millenia (most prominently Arkon), losing technological and historical knowledge due to wars or forced emigration when their original home planet was destroyed.
destroyed.
* ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum: Early on, Terrans adopted Arkon technology, the hypno schooling devices, that allow scientific knowledge, language skills and even memories to be transfered and implanted in the brain in just a few hours. The technology is widely used by a number of species in the Milky Way, and it partially psionic in nature. The brain has to be "evolved" enough to accept the imprint, though, otherwise the recipient might go insane. Using a device programmed for a certain species on a member of a different species without adapting it first can also lead to unpleasant side effects. Upgrading someone's [=IQ=] with these devices is possible, also that often leads to, you guessed it, insanity or brain damage.
damage.
* ShapeShifting - ShapeShifting: Several races, most prominently the Cyno, who cannot remember their original form, and turn into an obelisk that casts no shadow when they die.



* SpinOff - Atlan, the immortal Arkonide, got his own spin-off series. Twice. Probably because he is an ActionHero and way more popular than Rhodan himself.

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* SpinOff - SpinOff: Atlan, the immortal Arkonide, got his own spin-off series. Twice. Probably because he is an ActionHero and way more popular than Rhodan himself.



* StealthInSpace - Deflector shields. These are ''not'' like Star Trek or Star Wars deflectors; they bend light around objects to make them invisible, but offer no real protection from weapons.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien - Plenty, although they tend to remain Powers That Be in the background. (The ''really'' advanced ones are beings [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] and implied to plan on a timescale of millions of years and thus have trouble with quick responses.)
* SuperSoldiers: apart from the frequently encountered ProudWarriorRace, the series had it's share of enhanced troops, nearly covering every possible origin of the 'super' part, be it genetic engineering, cybernetics, training or whatever.

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* StealthInSpace - StealthInSpace: Deflector shields. These are ''not'' like Star Trek or Star Wars deflectors; they bend light around objects to make them invisible, but offer no real protection from weapons.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien - SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Plenty, although they tend to remain Powers That Be in the background. (The ''really'' advanced ones are beings [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] and implied to plan on a timescale of millions of years and thus have trouble with quick responses.)
* SuperSoldiers: apart Apart from the frequently encountered ProudWarriorRace, the series had it's share of enhanced troops, nearly covering every possible origin of the 'super' part, be it genetic engineering, cybernetics, training or whatever.



* TechnologyPorn: some of the autors spend way too much time describing how everything works.
* TeleportersAndTransporters - Teleportation is a known [[PsychicPowers psionic power]] in the universe, and matter transmitters are commonplace. Most of the latter require both a sender and a receiver, but the 'transform cannon', a fairly widespread weapon, is essentially a transmitter used to teleport fusion bombs. (It cannot directly penetrate modern shields, however, and it's strongly implied that the rematerialization process is imperfect, thus it isn't used for transporting troops.)

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* TechnologyPorn: some Some of the autors spend way too much time describing how everything works.
* TeleportersAndTransporters - TeleportersAndTransporters: Teleportation is a known [[PsychicPowers psionic power]] in the universe, and matter transmitters are commonplace. Most of the latter require both a sender and a receiver, but the 'transform cannon', a fairly widespread weapon, is essentially a transmitter used to teleport fusion bombs. (It cannot directly penetrate modern shields, however, and it's strongly implied that the rematerialization process is imperfect, thus it isn't used for transporting troops.)



* TimeTravel - Various methods (not always by machine). The theories behind it have [[TimeyWimeyBall fluctuated a bit]] but seem to currently strongly favor the [[StableTimeLoop "it will happen because it happened already"]] approach.
* TranslatorMicrobes - Any language you've never encountered before that takes your computers more than a few hours at most to figure out well enough for fluent simultaneous translation is considered remarkably difficult, and dedicated translator devices are quite portable and routinely incorporated into spacesuits.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld - Several times, when involuntary time travel or accidental transdimensional travel sees someone stranded far away from home.

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* TimeTravel - TimeTravel: Various methods (not always by machine). The theories behind it have [[TimeyWimeyBall fluctuated a bit]] but seem to currently strongly favor the [[StableTimeLoop "it will happen because it happened already"]] approach.
* TranslatorMicrobes - TranslatorMicrobes: Any language you've never encountered before that takes your computers more than a few hours at most to figure out well enough for fluent simultaneous translation is considered remarkably difficult, and dedicated translator devices are quite portable and routinely incorporated into spacesuits.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld - TrappedInAnotherWorld: Several times, when involuntary time travel or accidental transdimensional travel sees someone stranded far away from home.



* UpgradeArtifact - The Para Dew, a [[MinovskyPhysics partically stable psionic matter]] that could be used by psychics or people with latent psionic powers to vastly increase said powers. Para Dew lost its potency after some cosmic constants were altered during a transuniversal cataclysm event.
* UpliftedAnimal - Genetic modified apes. The terran government wants to give them the right to vote, but they refused repeatedly.

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* UpgradeArtifact - UpgradeArtifact: The Para Dew, a [[MinovskyPhysics partically stable psionic matter]] that could be used by psychics or people with latent psionic powers to vastly increase said powers. Para Dew lost its potency after some cosmic constants were altered during a transuniversal cataclysm event.
* UpliftedAnimal - UpliftedAnimal: Genetic modified apes. The terran government wants to give them the right to vote, but they refused repeatedly.



* WaveMotionGun: numerous examples, some with a range measured in lightyears.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction - Destroying a planet is relatively easy in the universe -- even very early in the series, a type of bomb (The Arkon Bomb) was introduced that could do it all by itself over the course of several days by means of setting off a (comparatively slow) nuclear chain reaction, and later on starship weapons became powerful enough that large-scale fleet engagements can threaten the integrity of solar systems. Blowing up a star is considerably less routine, but has been done (Sol itself has been threatened by this at least twice). And the highest-ranking helpers of the ''real'' Powers That Be on a cosmic scale have access to weapons capable of depopulating or outright destroying entire galaxies in a relatively short time.

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* WaveMotionGun: numerous Numerous examples, some with a range measured in lightyears.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction - WeaponOfMassDestruction: Destroying a planet is relatively easy in the universe -- even very early in the series, a type of bomb (The Arkon Bomb) was introduced that could do it all by itself over the course of several days by means of setting off a (comparatively slow) nuclear chain reaction, and later on starship weapons became powerful enough that large-scale fleet engagements can threaten the integrity of solar systems. Blowing up a star is considerably less routine, but has been done (Sol itself has been threatened by this at least twice). And the highest-ranking helpers of the ''real'' Powers That Be on a cosmic scale have access to weapons capable of depopulating or outright destroying entire galaxies in a relatively short time.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman - Averted big-time. If it is sentient, the writers treat it like they would any human character. In-universe however, you may run into ruthless mercenaries, cunning traders, feudal overlords, and issues such as racism, slavery, questionable medical experiments, torture and genocide have turned up within the series. While Terrans are usually appalled by such actions, characters from other races may view these issues differently. Many stories are told from the point of view of an alien.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman - WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Averted big-time. If it is sentient, the writers treat it like they would any human character. In-universe however, you may run into ruthless mercenaries, cunning traders, feudal overlords, and issues such as racism, slavery, questionable medical experiments, torture and genocide have turned up within the series. While Terrans are usually appalled by such actions, characters from other races may view these issues differently. Many stories are told from the point of view of an alien.
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* AuthorExistenceFailure -- The series has by now outlived all its original creators and quite a few of the later writers as well.



* PromotedFanboy: most of the current Writers could be considered this.



* ScienceMarchesOn - The series started TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture from 1961, and the early issues in particular show it.



* TheWikiRule: [[http://www.perrypedia.proc.org/wiki/Main_page#Recommended_pages_for_international_readers of course]]. The page is in german though, the link leading to the orientation page for international readers.
4th Sep '16 7:43:17 PM PaulA
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* VenusIsWet: In early installments, Venus is described as a lush jungle world teeming with life. After initial exploration, mankind colonizes the planet.
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** Played straight with Nostradamus, who'd turn out to have been, in fact, an alien [[spoiler:and still quite alive and well]] during the Swarm arc.

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** Played straight with Nostradamus, UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, who'd turn out to have been, in fact, an alien [[spoiler:and still quite alive and well]] during the Swarm arc.
22nd May '16 5:56:49 AM Underachiever
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** Played straight with Nostradamus, who'd turn out to have been, in fact, an alien [[spoiler:and still quite alive and well]] during the Swarm arc.
3rd Feb '16 11:21:59 AM shokoshu
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* TakeAThirdOption: Rhodan loves this trope. At the beginning of the series, he built the "Dritte Macht" (in contrast to Americans and Russians). Later, when things went more cosmic, he tried to find a third way opposed to the cosmic incarnations of Order and Chaos, with mixed results.
26th Jan '16 5:46:29 AM Roach
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* PlotImmunity: While it may seem different, WordOfGod says there are only four character that will not die Perry, Bully, Atlan and Gucky. Doesn't keep some characters from being around for over two thousand issues.
10th Jan '16 5:45:58 PM phoenix
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* TheBeautifulGame: Football is the most popular sport in Germany, so of course it's mentioned every now and then and is still being played by the 52nd century. The most notable example is probably issue #2336: while the forces of chaos are bombarding the energy shield protecting the solar system with over 17,000 powerful ships, trying to conquer or destroy Earth, the story (and the people of Earth) mainly focuses on the football championship finals.
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* much other things like calendars, fake stamps, artbooks, ...

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* much many other things like calendars, fake stamps, artbooks, ...
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