Nr. 29 Die Flotte der Springer / #22 The Fleet of the Springers
"By the Lord of All Stars, it's an Arkonide ship!"
When earth's first lunar rocket discovered alien Arkonide
technology on the moon it opened up a whole new vista for humanity.
Under the aegis of the Third Power, humans made great strides towards
the stars during the past ten earth years. Many threats, from both
inside the solar system, as well as outside, were overcome as mankind's
Prior to mutant hypno-master Monterny's demise in the solar system's
asteroid belt, he sent a desperate, undirected SOS to the stars at-
large. It alerted alien Springer eavesdroppers to the exact location of
upstart Terraneans, who unwittingly interloped on the Springers' ancient
galactic trade monopoly. Some Springers used the intercepted coordinates
to stealthily commandeer a few Third Power ships and gather intelligence
about Earth. In return, Perry Rhodan sent space cadet Julian Tifflor out
to trans-Pluto as a decoy, in order to smoke out the alien appropriators
and their spy network on Earth.
Convinced of Tifflor's value, greedy Springer Captain Orlgans of the
Orla XI hijacks the Third Power's K-9 ultralight cruiser with Tifflor
onboard. The aliens never expected the likes of a Rhodan's Stardust II
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