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Beitragvon Cäsar » 14. August 2012, 21:27

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As it's much harder to gain access to Perry Rhodan (or even get to now the series) in other countries than Germany, I find it interessting how you found your way to Perry Rhodan. So, how did you start reading Perry Rhodan?

You may of course also answer in Portugese or other languages, of course, but I won't, so please forgive me that I only ask the question in English.
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I think most Brazilian fans got to know the series just like I did: by seeing the issues on newsstands across the country. Although the series was published in Brazil for 22 years (1975-1991 and 2001-2007), it was widely available on newsstands only for a short eight-year interval (from 1983 to 1991), which also was, unsurprisingly, the period when most of the fans I know got to know the series.

Having said that, I purchased my first Perrys (issues 223, 225 and 226) in 1985, at the tender age of 12, because I needed something to read for the weekend... Since they were cheap and had beautiful space-themed covers, I decided to give them a try... Needless to say, I've been hooked ever since!
Ich bin Redakteur der brasilianische PERRY RHODAN Ausgabe. I can read German, but sometimes I write in English because it's faster...
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Re: How did you start reading Perry Rhodan?

Beitragvon Goris » 8. November 2012, 17:47

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I was, since I was a kid, a science big fiction fan.

I began watching japanese movie and tokatsus, lik Ultraman, Giant Robot and so on and then I got to cartoons and american series, like Lost in Space, Voyage to the bottom of the sea, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Logan's Run, Blacktstar, Galaxy Trio, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Space Ghost and Herculiods. The sci-fi theme always fascinated me.

Unaffortunatelly, may parentes hadn't enough money to give sic-fi books (trying to remember, I think there was not a single book store in the city anyway) and the theme sci-fi was not popular in the public library, so I read mostrly DC and Marvel comic books at the time.

When I was around 13 years old, an old Perry Rhodan fan donated almost 200 Perry Rhodan editions to my school's Library.

I remember as it was yesterday, I took the P300 - Alerta no Setor Alvorada and the cover (with Roy Danton in his 18th century clothes) was not as atractive to someone looking for "serious" sci-fi and I took P-304 - Ataque a Old Man. Wow, I soon became addict to Perry Rhodan, everyday I took another book readed it at home and returned it the next day.

And so, I became a great Perry Rhodan fan!

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Re: How did you start reading Perry Rhodan?

Beitragvon hrmorg » 3. Dezember 2012, 06:21

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I first bought PR on a newstand near my school; I was 14 and I was a 'sci-fi' addict because all that TV series. When I found PR adventures, I thought "Wow! This is very cool!" I became a fan of that series.
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Hi There,
Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I used to read Forry Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I was also an avid reader of science fiction, so as I was going through the book stand in my local soda shop I noticed Forry's name inside a Perry Rhodan book in it. The rest, as they say, is history. ;)

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The good old years in the late Seventies... I was high in "scifi-tech"-comics, Franco-Belgian comics, Yoko Tsuno, Les Naufragés du temps (Die Schiffbrüchigen der Zeit) and "superheroes / -villains with science", like Fantastc Four with their n-dimensional laboratory, parallel universes, space-time-foldings and ruptures etc.

And I read Scifi-Jugendbücher, "youth-books" from Rolf Ulrici, with the spaceships Monitor, Meteor and Rotor
http://www.fictionfantasy.de/raumschiff ... erschollen
http://detlef-heinsohn.de/ki-ulrici.htm ... 0-%20Reihe
Earth-drill Giganto
http://detlef-heinsohn.de/ki-ulrici.htm ... 0-%20Reihe

Then I discovered the Perry-novels with its fascinating wild scifi-covers at my local magazine-dealer, but I didn't understand anything from the story, plot, persons in the novels. :D The Erstauflage was in the 9xx numbers, Zweitauflage in the late 6xx. Mahlstrom, Kobold, Konzil, Balayndagar, Kelosker and 7-D math, Orbiter, Amtranik, Margor, Loower... everything very complicated and confusing. :o(
But I was young and had still patience at that time. :D
So I tried a Perry-novel from time to time - and with issue #350 'Robot-Patrouille' Drittauflage the fire was ignited (and still burns, sometimes glows). I began reading Drittauflage regularly and later Erstauflage from #1000, and 2nd edition too. So long ago, sigh.



Two pictures from Les Naufragés du temps (thanks bernie7)
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~papierbd/Bo ... 20page.jpg
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~papierbd/Bo ... 20page.jpg
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[quote="Cäsar"]As it's much harder to gain access to Perry Rhodan (or even get to now the series) in other countries than Germany, I find it interessting how you found your way to Perry Rhodan. So, how did you start reading Perry Rhodan?


Back in the seventies, I started reading science fiction (E E Doc Smith's Lensman series was the very first). Several years later (still the seventies), I simply found Perry Rhodan #1 in the English "Orbit" editions, and started from there. Then found the Ace editions. I was heartbroken when Ace stopped printing. I was still under 18 then, and from Australia could not possibly subscribe to the "Kris Darkon" service. So much easier now with the internet!!!! :-)
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Hello:
I found Perry Rhodan through Forry Ackerman and was impressed that even though I had bought #1 it was already nearly ten years old, and that Perry Rhodan was still being produced. I snapped up several of the Ace Editions though I couldn't keep up with the frequency. I'm still delightfully amazed that forty plus years later Perry Rhodan is still going strong. I still don't have all the Ace Editions but I have a fair number of them and still pick them up when I find them. :st:
Have a Great Day!!!
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hmmm....

I took a heft sporting a very nice cover, opened it and saw text on the pages; so I start reading th lines! ;-)

My first PERRY RHODAN-heft was in the mid sixties, a used one, #87 or so; since then I was hooked, and I have all >2750 issues.
I even got the USA softcover book version (F.Ackerman) , used, in one big carton from a nice lady whose husband has passed away; that was about 15 years ago.

And the USA Heft/Magazine version (J.Foyt)... Loooking forward to the USA eBook editions!
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As a kid in the seventies, I was a already a big science fiction fan here in the United States. One day I saw a copy of Mission Stardust in the book carousel of my local stationary store/diner and that was it. I was hooked and read the series it till the bitter end, when Forry and Wendy Ackerman self published issues, trying to keep it up.
Then when John Foyt tried to start it back up with issue 1800, I couldn't believe that it had still been going on and expanding over all those years. When Vector's attempt sadly failed, the PC had been created and finally reached the stage where I could use translation software to work on issues for myself, starting with issue 2000.
And now here I am, working on issue 2609 , still hoping that VPM can finally get their program up and running to reach for the stars once again...

Jerry
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I remember when I was a kid, that in my room, along with my older brothers, the shelf where the TV was possessed an unevenness due to the floor.
To that television would not be inclined, one of my brothers made ​​a book as a shim.
After a long time, we went into another room, and to withdraw the television where she was, I took the book that served as a shim.

Was the volume of 200 Perry Rhodan series...
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I lived in germany a long time ago.

My german was quite fluent then ( now its an effort to type it at times), and there was simply nothing like Perry Rhodan.

I also enjoyed Heinlein, Herbert and Dickson and many mor eothers I can list.

Still Perry Rhodan due to its huuuuge plot arc is irresistable.
It does reflect german society though and since then german society has undergone many changes, not all of which conducive to the big thinking that produces big plots.

I'm now plugging thru the 1600's in PR.... Cant wait to catch up.
The Cantaro cycle was pretty good and had a little of that old school PR flair in it.
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jerrys109 hat geschrieben:As a kid in the seventies, I was a already a big science fiction fan here in the United States. One day I saw a copy of Mission Stardust in the book carousel of my local stationary store/diner and that was it. I was hooked and read the series it till the bitter end, when Forry and Wendy Ackerman self published issues, trying to keep it up.
Then when John Foyt tried to start it back up with issue 1800, I couldn't believe that it had still been going on and expanding over all those years. When Vector's attempt sadly failed, the PC had been created and finally reached the stage where I could use translation software to work on issues for myself, starting with issue 2000.
And now here I am, working on issue 2609 , still hoping that VPM can finally get their program up and running to reach for the stars once again...

Jerry

Jerry wow thats incredible!
self translation via software!!
Thats a lot of effort :st:
Everyday Men who will follow orders to kill you, exercise. Do you?
PS: Entschuldigt bitte mein holpriges Deutsch, Deutschstaemmiger Ami hier.
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Slartibartfast hat geschrieben:The good old years in the late Seventies... I was high in "scifi-tech"-comics, Franco-Belgian comics, Yoko Tsuno, Les Naufragés du temps (Die Schiffbrüchigen der Zeit) and "superheroes / -villains with science", like Fantastc Four with their n-dimensional laboratory, parallel universes, space-time-foldings and ruptures etc.

And I read Scifi-Jugendbücher, "youth-books" from Rolf Ulrici, with the spaceships Monitor, Meteor and Rotor
http://www.fictionfantasy.de/raumschiff ... erschollen
http://detlef-heinsohn.de/ki-ulrici.htm ... 0-%20Reihe
Earth-drill Giganto
http://detlef-heinsohn.de/ki-ulrici.htm ... 0-%20Reihe

Then I discovered the Perry-novels with its fascinating wild scifi-covers at my local magazine-dealer, but I didn't understand anything from the story, plot, persons in the novels. :D The Erstauflage was in the 9xx numbers, Zweitauflage in the late 6xx. Mahlstrom, Kobold, Konzil, Balayndagar, Kelosker and 7-D math, Orbiter, Amtranik, Margor, Loower... everything very complicated and confusing. :o(
But I was young and had still patience at that time. :D
So I tried a Perry-novel from time to time - and with issue #350 'Robot-Patrouille' Drittauflage the fire was ignited (and still burns, sometimes glows). I began reading Drittauflage regularly and later Erstauflage from #1000, and 2nd edition too. So long ago, sigh.



Two pictures from Les Naufragés du temps (thanks bernie7)
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~papierbd/Bo ... 20page.jpg
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~papierbd/Bo ... 20page.jpg


Thanks for these links!
They also bring back some memories. :)
Everyday Men who will follow orders to kill you, exercise. Do you?
PS: Entschuldigt bitte mein holpriges Deutsch, Deutschstaemmiger Ami hier.
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I'm quite new to the series. Last summer we were on a vacation in England and there was nothing to do, so I got my dads E-reader and started reading some books. After reading the entire Harry Potter franchise in about a week, I still needed more and tried sorting things in different manners. Alphabetical order gave me 001 - Operatie Stardust (I think) and I was like '3 digits, that must be a lotta books, let's see if this is nice beause I wouldn't have to search for books for a long time!' It was nice

I am now at issue ~206 out of ~500 which are on the E-reader. I am seriously considering learning to read German so I can continue beyond that, as the Dutch translations are quite clumsy and it's easier to get the German E-books.
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Re: How did you start reading Perry Rhodan?

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In the early 80s my mother picked up a copy at the ‘sigarenboer’* down the street. She knew I liked SF so she thought I would like this. Had I come across it myself I would’ve passed because the titles and Johnny Bruck covers would have made me turn away in disgust. What can I say? I was in my early teens and an absolute snob about what good SF was, and very defensive about ‘low-brow’ SF (I still loved Star Wars though, not exactly Shakespearian dialogue level).
I fell hook, line and sinker. Some time after that in a magazine shop near school I ran into the magazine of science fiction club PRSFV Terra (PR standing for Perry Rhodan, which they’ve dropped from the name in recent years but they were founded in the early 70s to convince the Dutch publisher to keep publishing Perry Rhodan in Dutch after they initially stopped after 10 or so weeklies). They sold German Rhodan merchandise (Silberbanden, cassettes and vinyl with audiobooks and plays, the famous blueprintbooks - which I sold, silly me, dictionaries etc) and it’s safe to say Perry Rhodan is 90% of why I can understand German and hold my own in a conversation even though I get next to no practice in that regard. Downside: it’s a minor challenge for me to ask for directions in a German city. Upside: I can pilot a spaceship through linear space as long as the labels on the instruments are in German.

In the late 80s I stopped reading. Then in 2015 I came across Neo on Audible US. Long story short: I switched to Audible Germany and with a few false starts I’m back to the original series, now racing through the Silber Edition audiobooks at a rate of 1 or more per month. Did 1 through 12 and now jumped to 74, the Konzil der Sieben (#650) because that’s were I started in the 80s and I want to finish the Voltz era (650 - 1000, Silber Editions 74 - 118) first. I may listen to the audiobooks from episode 2400 simultaneously because at Audible they cost only €10 ($12) per 10, the same as a single Silber Edition which are on average 8.5 episodes. These are reworked omnibuses of roughly 6 to 10 episodes, mainly leaving out repetitions between episodes that you don’t need in one volume and sometimes correcting errors from the individual episodes. You need a subscription but you can start and stop it every month.
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Re: How did you start reading Perry Rhodan?

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Forgot to explain ‘sigarenboer’. Literally cigar farmer but in this combination boer means seller or trader. It’s (or was, most disappeared in that form) a shop where you can buy cigarettes, cigars, magazines, newspapers, magazines and candy. Sort of a bigger shop version of a newsstand.
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