Perry Rhodan Vs Topsiders
Perry Rhodan is the name of a science fiction series published since 1961 in Germany, as well as the name of the main character. It is a space opera, dealing with several themes of science fiction. Having sold over one billion copies (in pulp booklet format) worldwide, it is the most successful science fiction book series ever written. The series and its spin-offs have captured a substantial fraction of the original German science fiction output and exert influence on many German writers in the field.
Perry Rhodan is a German sci-fi character like Flash Gordon for example. In the Perry Rhodan sci-fi action, you can find many great starships and space battles, some kind of Stargate for example. The most important ship is the SOL starship, which looks like two balls joined in the middle. And there are big starships like the Death Star from the Star Wars movie.
I'm working on a new Perry Rhodan Mod for the Fleet Operations space strategy game, with three races in one game, the Terrans, the Akvons and the Topsiders.
Right now I have a DEMO version with the Terrans and the Topsiders for ST Armada 2.
Terrans have become one of the most important races in the known galaxy second only to their close genetic relatives, the A(r)konides. Much of terran technology was adapted from arkonide technology. They have, however, continually added alien technology and their own inventions to create a technology that is rivaled only by the Akonide Coalition. Terra built up its home fleet, established economic and political ties with inhabited planets near Terra, and infiltrated agents throughout the Arkon Empire.
The Akvons are seal-like in general shape with a fleshy "skirt" where the rearlimbs would normally be and two slender arms ending in a four-fingered hand (two fingers opposed to two fingers). The "skirt" is actually their primary means of locomotion.
The Akvons have an advanced biological technology and, with access to genetic developments from the Terrans and the Aras, have greatly advanced their bio-engineering abilities. They are not, however, very good with advanced electronic technology. As a result their ships, communications gear, computer technology, etc. are all terran/arkonide.
Topsiders can be describe very simply: as a cross between a velociraptor and a human. Still possessing a bird-like posture they are stockier and more compact than velociraptors. The Topsiders spaceships look much like an arkonide sphere ship with a rocket shoved through the center of it. They use a central command and habitation sphere with a posterior propulsion and power system and an anterior weapons system.
Some screenshots from my last Perry Rhodan version for Fleet Operations :-)
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