Lost In Trans­la­tion

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Perry smashes the lan­guage bar­rier

Perry Rhodan’s english trans­la­tions were down to the leg­endary sci­ence fic­tion “su­per­fan” For­rest J ack­er­man, and his ger­man-born wife wen­dayne. the pair met wal­ter ern­st­ing, one half of Rhodan cre­ator team, at a book fair in Mu­nich in 1965 (the year a low­bud­get movie adap­ta­tion of the first book was re­leased in ger­many, now largely de­tested by fans) and it was agreed that ack­er­man would try to in­tro­duce the se­ries to a us au­di­ence, the books trans­lated by wen­dayne.

de­spite ini­tial dif­fi­cul­ties in­ter­est­ing pub­lish­ers, who feared the books were too ju­ve­nile, too euro­pean and too short on word count, ace de­cided to give them a go in 1969, pub­lish­ing two novel­las in one vol­ume. though it did well sales-wise, the se­ries was dropped in 1978.

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