Post by Robert Carnegie Post by D B Davis
That's the _Perry Rhodan_ story. After an alien Arkonide starship
crashes on the Moon, Terra's governments destroy it with a fusion weapon
that circumvents the vessel's antineutron screen - a meson catalytic
bomb. (The humanoid Arkonides make the mistake of underestimating Terran
inventiveness to destroy that which it does not control.)
Upon destruction, the ship sends a FTL distress signal to summon
retaliation from the mighty Arkonide Empire. The problem is that every
other two-bit tinhorn alien race also hears the galactic alarm and flies
in faster than a buzzard to take the easy pickings.
I'd forgotten these details. But we won, right?
Perry Rhodan was either considering how to rescue the Arkonides
as well as acquiring their technology to take over the world
as benevolent dictator, or pretending while not intending actually
to give them any help, I forget which. They'd been there on the
moon for an unreasonably long time, watching TV. Then the
established Earth governments - collectively? - bombed the
Then there's the bit about the X-Men...
_The 4400_ was just re-running on TV here (flying saucer abductees
return, eith a catch); early on, a comet is observed about to
intersect with Earth, so China then America launch nuclear missiles
at it. Even when it conveniently decelerates, I don't think anyone
has missiles ready for that shot - there are satellite-killers
but they're an easier target.
Ugh. Where to start?
You need to know a little bit about PR if you intend to spoil it.
(Given that it's even /possible/ to spoil a story that now spans 2674
United States Space Force Major Rhodan leads a four man crew. The
astronauts launch the three stage Stardust rocket from Nevada Fields Air
Base. It's destined for the moon to attempt man's first landing.
An Arkonide ship crashed on the moon a few months beforehand. The
Arkonides /ought/ to have been able to repair their own ship in a few
days, except that all but two of the crew are too preoccupied with
playing a galactic video game.
The Arkonides classify Earth as primitive. It was just happenstance
that they were in the Solar System in the first place. They certainly
weren't there for the sake of yet another backward, unimportant planet
in their galactic empire.
To keep their presence on the moon hidden from Earth, the Arkonides
attempt to crash the Stardust during its initial landing on the moon.
Again, all of this is due to an Arkonide crew that's too engrossed in
video games to perform the simple repairs necessary to make their ship
That's enough for this installment. You need to read PR if you want
to spoil it. Good reading to you and lots of luck with your spoilage