Post by Richard Todd Post by Quadibloc Post by D B Davis
LOL. Meanwhile, in the "Ochent Nebula, with its five-dimensional
anomalies, hyperstorms and unusually active stars:"
#1 Ark of the Stars
by Frank Borsch
After a tragic accident Perry Rhodan discovers a huge
space ship, two miles long and traveling almost at the
speed of light. The ship turns out to be an ark,
carrying a population of humans who set out on their
journey 55,000 years ago, from Earth - Lemurians, the
legendary forefathers of mankind.
I Googled it, as I was curious what position it occupied in the interminable
Perry Rhodan series.
Instead, I see it's the first book in a new, revived Perry Rhodan series.
To be precise, "Ark of the Stars" and the 5 books that follow are
English translations of the Lemuria novels, one of several
"Taschenbuchserien" (pocket-book series) limited-length spinoff series
that have been published in Germany over the years. They're all set in
the same universe as the "main" PR series, by many of the same authors,
and events in the spinoff novels sometimes are referred to in the
mainline stories. This particular series is set in the year 1327 New
Galactic Era (which corresponds to 4914 AD), with some flashbacks to the
Lemurian era (~52000 BC), and takes place in the gap between the
mainline Perry Rhodan stories PR#2199 and #2200.
The history of this particular series getting published in English is
kinda complex; it results from a failed attempt by FanPro at restarting
publication of PR in the United States about a decade or so ago. They
licensed from the German publisher VPM rights to the Lemuria novels and
hired Dwight Decker (one of the three translators of the original Ace PR
novels back in the 70s) to do the translations, but their venture went
under before more than the first book, Borsch's "Ark of the Stars" got
published. (I'm probably one of the few people who bought a copy.) The
rights to the translated novels reverted to VPM, and a few years back
they decided to issue the translations as ebooks on Amazon.com and at
least make some money on them. Which I guess they have done, but not
enough to have motivated any further ventures in English publications of
Your summary is most helpful to dilettantes such as me. "Kinda complex"
aptly describes the PR fictional universe in a nutshell. It took me many
moons to get my bearings so as to commence my read of the vast, gigantic
?oeuvre. (Does that word work with group art?) It's a daunting task.
After months of research, "Ark of the Stars" became my first foray
into the Perryverse. The Borsch and the Decker ebooks, along with a
German audiobook, were acquired. They served to make me curious about
PR's origins. Afterwards, Ackerman's Ace PR opus caught my eye.
The superfluity of people carping about PR made me cautious, so one
Ackerman, "#56 Prisoner of Time," (which nicely dovetails with this
thread), was acquired and read. It fit me like a glove.
In retrospect, PR's many mudslinging muckrakers make for an
entertaining sideshow. Forry, at least, has a lot of fun airing
grievances for the amusement of all.
In the end, a used version of all the Aces was purchased at a
discount on eBay. The first few dozen of the German originals were also
acquired on ebay.de. My current read is "#17 The Venus Trap."
Unfortunately, German audiobooks of the very first PR's seem
unavailable, to wit:
If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.
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