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The setting of these books is the year 2525, when mankind is able to travel across the stars and have met another alien races, eventually forming an alliance known as the "Network of Worlds". [[AnAdventurerIsYou You]] are an operative in the space station "Nebula", and under the command of Captain Polaris you'll be tasked with solving troubles across the Milky Way.

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The setting of these books is the year 2525, when mankind is able to travel across the stars and have met another alien races, eventually forming an alliance known as the "Network of Worlds". [[AnAdventurerIsYou You]] are an operative in the space station "Nebula", and under the command of Captain Polaris Polaris, you'll be tasked with solving troubles across the Milky Way. Way.



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* SpaceOpera.

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* OurWormholesAreDifferent: Even if "warping" looks a lot like the classical teleport of ''StarTrek'' fame. Note that the term "warping" is used both for teleporting and FasterThanLight travel, suggesting that are similar[[note]]In the Spanish version the FTL version was translated as "hyperspace"[[/note]].

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* OurWormholesAreDifferent: Even if "warping" looks a lot like the classical teleport of ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fame. Note that the term "warping" is used both for teleporting and FasterThanLight travel, suggesting that are similar[[note]]In the Spanish version the FTL version was translated as "hyperspace"[[/note]].


* StarfishRobot: 2-Tor, that resembles a bit BB-8 of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' fame[[note]]These books were written very roughly 30 years before BB-8 was developed[[/note]].

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* StarfishRobot: 2-Tor, that resembles a bit BB-8 of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' fame[[note]]These books were written very roughly 30 years before BB-8 was developed[[/note]].developed[[/note]], or rather V.I.N.CENT from ''Film/TheBlackHole''.


* AlternateEnding: Two endings in ''The Lost Planet'' let you stop there and return to the "Nebula" with the score given, or continuing.


The books' unique gimmick is a score system, that determines how well you've fared and that is divided into five ranks, from the best ("Congratulations. You're a space ace!") to the worst ("Go back to the Space Academy!")... assuming, of course, that you survived ''and'' were able to report back to "Nebula". Because, as in the Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure books, mortality ([[AndIMustScream or]] [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]]) [[TheManyDeathsOfYou is pretty high]] and comes in often ''[[SarcasmMode funny]]'' ways, in which case instead of a text with "Mission Accomplished" you'll simply have a "'''ZAP!'''".

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The books' unique gimmick is a score system, that determines how well you've fared and that is divided into five ranks, from the best ("Congratulations. You're a space ace!") to the worst ("Go back to the Space Academy!")... assuming, of course, that you survived ''and'' were able to report back to "Nebula". Because, as in the Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books, mortality ([[AndIMustScream or]] [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]]) [[TheManyDeathsOfYou is pretty high]] and comes in often ''[[SarcasmMode funny]]'' ways, in which case instead of a text with "Mission Accomplished" you'll simply have a "'''ZAP!'''".


''Star Challenge'' is a collection of 10 ScienceFiction [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure gamebooks]] by Christopher Black (perhaps just a pseudonym) published by Dell in United States in TheEighties, [[FollowTheLeader on the wave of the success]] of the famous ''[[Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure]]'' books, and later in the United Kingdom as well as translated to other languages.

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''Star Challenge'' is a collection of 10 ScienceFiction [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure gamebooks]] {{Gamebooks}} by Christopher Black (perhaps just a pseudonym) published by Dell in United States in TheEighties, [[FollowTheLeader on the wave of the success]] of the famous ''[[Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure]]'' ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books, and later in the United Kingdom as well as translated to other languages.



* AgeWithoutYouth: A bad ending in ''Dimension of Doom'': instead of entering into a NegativeSpaceWedgie, you can decide to warp. ''[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Four hundred years later]]'', with your robot having been out of service for a long time, you leave it to find the Network of Worlds has found the aliens that wanted to stablish contact with it, your biological support suit having been the only reason you did not die -and it has begin to wear out fast-.

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!!''Star Challenge'' provides examples of:

* AgeWithoutYouth: A bad ending in ''Dimension of Doom'': instead of entering into a NegativeSpaceWedgie, you can decide to warp. ''[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Four hundred years later]]'', with your robot having been out of service for a long time, you leave it to find the Network of Worlds has found the aliens that wanted to stablish establish contact with it, your biological support suit having been the only reason you did not die -and -- and it has begin to wear out fast-.fast.

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** There are also a number of "Mission Accomplished" endings where you achieve something that was certainly good and heroic, but had nothing to do with your original mission.


'''''Star Challenge''''' is a collection of 10 ScienceFiction [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure gamebooks]] by Christopher Black (perhaps just a pseudonym) published by Dell in United States in TheEighties, [[FollowTheLeader on the wave of the success]] of the famous ''[[Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure]]'' books, and later in the United Kingdom as well as translated to other languages.

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'''''Star Challenge''''' ''Star Challenge'' is a collection of 10 ScienceFiction [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure gamebooks]] by Christopher Black (perhaps just a pseudonym) published by Dell in United States in TheEighties, [[FollowTheLeader on the wave of the success]] of the famous ''[[Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure Choose Your Own Adventure]]'' books, and later in the United Kingdom as well as translated to other languages.


As a help in your mission, you're accompanied by a Task/Operational Robot Model 2 "(2-Tor)", that can "[[TeleportersAndTransporters warp]]" you anywhere in the known galaxy and [[ElectronicTelepathy talk directly with your mind]]. You can also pilot a shuttle named "Challenger", that more often that not [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything will end being destroyed]], and -if the book's choices allow you- you can call the "Nebula" for reinforcements.

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As a help in your mission, you're accompanied by a Task/Operational Robot Model 2 "(2-Tor)", that can "[[TeleportersAndTransporters warp]]" you anywhere in the known galaxy and [[ElectronicTelepathy talk directly with your mind]]. You can also pilot a shuttle named "Challenger", that more often that not [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything will end being destroyed]], and -if the book's choices allow you- you can call the "Nebula" for reinforcements.



* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Among others, photon cannons and negatron[[note]]Another name for the positron, an antiparticle of the electron that has positive charge instead[[/note]] missiles .

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* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Among others, photon cannons and negatron[[note]]Another name for the positron, an the antiparticle of the electron that has positive charge instead[[/note]] missiles .missiles.


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* PlantAliens: You can find those in the Andromeda Galaxy in ''Mysterious Moons''. They're anything but friendly because you mined fuel on their planet.


* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The title of the series was translated to Spanish as ''El Reto de las galaxias'' (''Galaxy Challenge'')[[note]]To echo what happened to ''Franchise/StarWars'', that was translated to Spanish as ''La Guerra de las galaxias'' (''Galaxy wars'')[[/note]]



* DeaderThanDead: In some endings you're destroyed to the ''atomic'' level or even become pure energy[[note]]And certainly ''not'' in the sense of EnergyBeings[[/note]], In others, you're sucked by a black hole, including the one that forms in the Big Crunch -the text in the latter narrates that [[NightmareFuel you feel how you disintegrate and merge with the black hole to vanish forever]]-.

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* DeaderThanDead: In some endings you're destroyed to the ''atomic'' level or even become pure energy[[note]]And certainly ''not'' in the sense of EnergyBeings[[/note]], In others, you're sucked by a black hole, including the one that forms in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Crunch Big Crunch Crunch]] -the text in the latter narrates that [[NightmareFuel you feel how you disintegrate and merge with the black hole to vanish forever]]-.



* EarthShatteringKaboom: Very few, although implied to have happened in the past in some books.

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: Very few, although some of them implied to have happened in the past in some books.cases.



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* LogicBomb: In ''The Cosmic Funhouse'', 2-Tor breaks down a machine that is projecting illusions by telling it to project an image of the Universe ''before it existed'', failing and self-destructing as consecuence.

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* LogicBomb: In ''The Cosmic Funhouse'', 2-Tor breaks down a machine that is projecting illusions by telling it to project an image of the Universe ''before '''before it existed'', existed''', failing and self-destructing as consecuence.



* SwirlyEnergyThingy: Several across the series, all but the Andromeda Galaxy sort of space whirlpools.



* TimeTravel: Several examples both forwards and backwards in time ''and'' in space. They are unintentional, however, and tend to result as stated above in to end in places quite far away and sometimes not [[DeaderThanDead very pleasant, as the moment of the Big Crunch]], or [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse]].

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* TimeTravel: Several examples both forwards and backwards in time ''and'' in space. They are unintentional, however, and tend to result as stated above in to end in places quite far away and sometimes not [[DeaderThanDead very pleasant, as the moment of the Big Crunch]], or [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse]].


** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in "The Cosmic Funhouse" with the Brakhen, a race of humanoid plant aliens that come from the Magellanic Clouds.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in "The ''The Cosmic Funhouse" Funhouse'' with the Brakhen, a race of humanoid plant aliens that come from the Magellanic Clouds.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in "The Cosmic Funhouse" with the Brakhen, a race of humanoid plant aliens that come from the Magellanic Clouds.


* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: 2-Tor will often pull off probabilites of succeeding and failure, some of them being [[MillionToOneChance ridiculously low]]. Wherever you're lucky or not it's up to you.

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* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: 2-Tor will often pull off probabilites of succeeding and failure, some of them being [[MillionToOneChance ridiculously low]]. Wherever you're lucky or not it's up to you.the book.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: There are some endings that don't necessarily end with you dying, but you may still royally mess things up for everyone... [[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]. For example, in ''The Weird Zone'' you can wreck all the work of those who are attempting to stop a plague of madness that is expanding across the galaxy, thinking they're responsible of that. Polaris is ''not'' happy at all.
* NoEnding: After the scores, a blurb invites you to start again to live another adventure or to try the next book in the series. In the last one, it loops back to the first.
* NoisyRobots: 2-Tor, complete with flashing red. green. blue, and yellow lights. It's a luck this is just a book and cannot cause epileptic attacks.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: There are some endings that don't necessarily end with you dying, but you may still royally mess things up for everyone... [[FateWorseThanDeath or worse]]. For example, in ''The Weird Zone'' you can wreck all the work of those who are attempting to stop a plague of madness that is expanding across the galaxy, thinking they're as you thought they were responsible of that. Polaris is ''not'' happy at all.
* NoEnding: Or rather EndlessGame. After the scores, a blurb invites you to start again to live another adventure or to try the next book in the series. In the last one, it loops back to the first.
* NoisyRobots: 2-Tor, complete with flashing red. green. blue, and yellow lights. It's a luck this is just a book and cannot cause epileptic attacks.seizures.



* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Among others, photon cannons and negatron[[note]]Another name for the positron[[/note]] missiles .

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* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Among others, photon cannons and negatron[[note]]Another name for the positron[[/note]] positron, an antiparticle of the electron that has positive charge instead[[/note]] missiles .



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In some bad endings 2-Tor could have saved you. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the limitations that have 114 pages, some of them with half or even full-page illustrations, per book.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In some bad endings 2-Tor could have saved you. you, even if it's not mentioned at all. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the limitations that have 114 pages, some of them with half or even full-page illustrations, per book.book.
* WhatNowEnding: See the previous trope. If was not for the limitations of this format, some of what are trated as bad endings could have been resolved with some thought.


* AgeWithoutYouth: A bad ending in ''Dimension of Doom'': instead of entering into a NegativeSpaceWedgie, you can decide to enter warp. ''[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Four hundred years later]]'', you find the Network of Worlds has found the aliens that wanted to stablish contact with it, your biological support suit having been the only reason you did not die -and it has begin to wear out fast-.

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* AgeWithoutYouth: A bad ending in ''Dimension of Doom'': instead of entering into a NegativeSpaceWedgie, you can decide to enter warp. ''[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Four hundred years later]]'', with your robot having been out of service for a long time, you leave it to find the Network of Worlds has found the aliens that wanted to stablish contact with it, your biological support suit having been the only reason you did not die -and it has begin to wear out fast-.



* AndIMustScream: Quite a number of examples. One of the best ones is in ''Mysterious Moons'', where all that remains of you are just your brain and your eyes installed in a powered armor (''brains of heroes'' are far easier to maintain than entire heroes).

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* AndIMustScream: Quite a number of examples. One of the best ones (not for your character, that is) is in ''Mysterious Moons'', where all that remains of you are just your brain and your eyes installed in a powered armor (''brains of heroes'' are far easier to maintain than entire heroes).



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:
** In one of the ''Lost Planet'' endings you can merge with a hive mind if you wish so. A bad ending, however, as once you merge you lose your memories and become unable to think by youself as stated above.
** In ''The Android Invasion'', you can discover an habitable world inside a black hole. If you decide to explore it, you discover it's just an illusion. However, an entity living inside the hole saves your mind and the two stay there forever (unfortunate ending too).
** Yet even another bad ending in ''The Exploding Suns'', when after stopping the plans of the villain his mind, yours, and the one of your robot merge "with the energy of 1000 suns" to form a supermassive star.

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:
AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. However this pretty much means a bad ending:
** In one of the ''Lost Planet'' endings you can merge with a hive mind if you wish so. A bad ending, however, as once However, if you merge become one with it you lose your memories and become unable to think by youself as stated above.
yourself.
** In ''The Android Invasion'', you can discover an habitable world inside a black hole. If you decide to explore it, you discover it's just an illusion. However, an entity living inside the hole saves your mind and the two stay there forever (unfortunate ending too).
forever.
** Yet even another bad ending example in ''The Exploding Suns'', when after stopping the plans of the villain his mind, yours, and the one of your robot merge "with "[[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale with the energy of 1000 suns" suns]]" to form a supermassive star.



* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''Mysterious Moons'', plant-like aliens of the Andromeda Galaxy can convert you into one of them forcing you to stay there forever.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''Mysterious Moons'', plant-like aliens of the Andromeda Galaxy can convert transform you into one of them forcing you to stay there forever.



* DoAnythingRobot: 2-Tor. Besides what has been mentioned above, he can send [[SubspaceOrHyperspace subspace]] transmissions, has a sound system, chemical analyzers, and many more.

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* DoAnythingRobot: 2-Tor. Besides what has been mentioned above, he can send [[SubspaceOrHyperspace subspace]] transmissions, has a sound system, chemical analyzers, and many more.more stuff.



** ''Galactic Raiders'' is the Wild West In SPACE!, with pirates, space caravans, lawless planets, and a futuristic equivalent of gold.

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** ''Galactic Raiders'' is the Wild West In SPACE!, with pirates, space caravans, lawless planets, and a futuristic equivalent of gold.gold, and of course the equivalent of the GoldFever (the latter is even mentioned at the very first). Funnily enough, it's stated there that gold are just WorthlessYellowRocks, used only for kid toys.



* StarKilling: The central premise of ''The Exploding Suns''.

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* StarKilling: The central premise of ''The Exploding Suns''.Suns'', including to cause a star to collapse into a black hole simply by bombing it with "negatron missiles" and "anti-matter charges". [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Yeah]], [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy right]].

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* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: 2-Tor will often pull off probabilites of succeeding and failure, some of them being [[MillionToOneChance ridiculously low]]. Wherever you're lucky or not it's up to you.

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