The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Novelisations: West Germany
Compiled by Martin Willey

Breitschopf

Mondbasis Alpha 1 series, two hardback translations of three English language Year 1 novelisations. They were reprinted 1984-1985 under different titles with a different author name. Patrick O'Connor was an American book editor who commissioned TV tie-ins; his name was probably on the licensing contract and Breitschopf mistakenly credited him as author (thanks to David Spencer).

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Unbekannte Invasoren by John Rankine 1975 German translation, published two years before the series appeared on German television (hence the prominent title UFO).
#848, ISBN 3-7004-1093-X, 160 pages
Title UFO, not Mondbasis Alpha 1. Cover photo from Earthbound of astronaut looking at sleeping Kaldorian (the photo is reversed, and is also on the UK Orbit paperback). The back cover as an unusual rehearsal shot from Breakaway (note the red labels on the spacesuits).
Unbekannte Invasoren cover Back cover
Some copies have a yellow sticker over the title with the German title Mondbasis Alpha 1. Thanks to Patrick Zimmerman
Alternative cover
Flucht Ins All by E.C. Tubb

Includes Die Mysteriose Planet by Brian Ball

1978 German translation of two novels in a single volume.
#534, ISBN 3-7004-0042-X, 300 pages
Astronauts at desks in foam. back: astronaut aims laser (Alpha Child)
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Terra ruft Mondbasis by Patrick O'Connor
"Terra is calling Moonbase"
1984 reprint of Flucht Ins All- Die Mysteriose Planet
#632, ISBN 3-7004-0089-6, 300 pages
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Odyssee im Weltraum by Patrick O'Connor
"Odyssey in Space"
1985 reprint of Unbekannte Invasoren and the 1971 UFO novel In den Fängen der Außerirdischen by Wolfgang Klesl & Viktor Straub
#653, ISBN 3-7004-0107-8, 290 pages
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Koralle-Verlag

Interior: characters

Mondbasis Alpha 1 series; 19 x 26.5 cm; covers feature full cover photo of front of Eagle by Moon, with an inset photo, photos inside.

The text is a translation of the Italian AMZ novelisations by Gianni Padoan. Each is 48 pages long; the episode adaptations are illustrated with some 70 colour photographs. Most photos are the same as the AMZ books, although the shorter page count means less photos are used. There seems to be only one different photo: the incredibly poor shot of the Eagle on page 19 of i giustizieri del cosmo has been replaced with a photo of an Eagle with lab module and boosters from The Metamorph.

Images and information thanks to Patrick Zimmerman.

Title Cover Story Cover
Band 1. Die Katastrophe (24 November 1977) Koenig holds Helena before computer Breakaway Book 1 cover Book 1 back cover
Band 2: Auf Gefahrlichem Kurs (January 1978) Koenig and other astronauts (Ring Around The Moon) Collision Course, Voyager's Return Book 2 cover Book 2 back cover

Interior photo from p6 of Die Katastrophe. The same photo (a SFX scene not used in the episode) is card 37 of the Donruss card set (reversed).

Interior photo from Auf Gefahrlichem Kurs, the only photo that is different from the AMZ edition. The photo also appears as the cover of the Golden All Star book.


Bastei

Mondstation 1999 series, 12 paperback titles based on Yr 2; 11.5 x 18 cm, Cover with title over photos. Half the photos are collages, mostly with actors in front of an SFX model shot (from the first series). One, "Der Weltenfresser", has Helena in a recoloured yellow top. Unusually "Das Andromeda-Ratsel" has Yasko on the cover, instead of Koenig, Maya or Helena.

Title Cover
1. Alpha 1-Station Der Verlorenen by Michael Butterworth
2. Die Unheimliche Kraft by Michael Butterworth & J. Jeff Jones
3. Der Doppelganger by Michael Butterworth
4. Der Weltenfresser by Michael Butterworth
5. Die Zeit-Attacke by Michael Butterworth
6. Kampf um die Zukunft by Michael Butterworth
7. Das Andromeda-Ratsel by H. W. Springer
8. Das Erbe Der Roboter by H. W. Springer
9. Die Ewigen Von Luna by H. W. Springer
10. Invasion Der Esper by H. W. Springer
11. Aktion Exodus by Kurt Brand
12. Der Stahlplanet by M. F. Thomas

Apex

Apex is a German publisher reprinting older titles in ebook and print formats. In 2019 they republished 10 of the 12 novels from the Bastei series in two compilation editions, each available in 3 formats. Print formats are 12.5 cm x 19 cm.

The two missing books are 8. Das Erbe Der Roboter by H. W. Springer and 11. Aktion Exodus by Kurt Brand.

Mondstation 1999, Band 1

Apex volume 1 2019

Apex SF-Klassiker, Band 58

Published 13 November 2019
Ebook ISBN: 978-3-7487-2049-2 580 pages €11
Paperback ISBN: 978-3-7502-5211-0 756 pages €23
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-7502-5219-6 708 pages €39

1. Alpha 1-Station Der Verlorenen by Michael Butterworth
4. Der Weltenfresser by Michael Butterworth
6. Kampf um die Zukunft by Michael Butterworth
7. Das Andromeda-Ratsel by H. W. Springer
9. Die Ewigen Von Luna by H. W. Springer

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Es war eine unheimliche, fremdartige Landschaft, voll düsterer, qualmender Vulkane und erstarrter, vulkanischer Gesteinsfalten.
Einstmals, vor Jahrtausenden, wimmelte es auf der Oberfläche von Leben. Wo sich nun im erstarrten Felsantlitz gespenstische, vielfarbige Adern wanden und krümmten, hatten einst die weicheren, wärmeren Farben von Bäumen, Blumen, das Blau des Himmels geleuchtet...
Commander Koenig, Doktor Helena Russell, Simon Hays und einige andere zur Kommandozentrale gehörige Besatzungsmitglieder saßen gebannt da und beobachteten schweigend die aufwühlende Szene, die ihnen über die große Bildfläche eingespielt wurde.
Während sie dasaßen und zusahen, schwenkte die in das Eagle-Schiff eingebaute Kamera über die geschändete, verwunschene Landschaft und ermöglichte es ihnen, am Erlebnis der zwei Eagle-Piloten Bill Fraser und Ray Torens teilzuhaben.
Mondstation 1999 – Band 1 von Michael Butterworth und H. W. Springer enthält fünf Romane aus der legendären Science-Fiction-Serie Mondbasis Alpha 1 (engl. Original-Titel: Space 1999), die seit den 1970er Jahren ein Millionen-Publikum begeistert und heute längst Kult ist: Station der Verlorenen, Der Weltenfresser, Kampf um die Zukunft, Das Andromeda-Rätsel und Die Ewigen von Luna.
Mondstation 1999 – Band 1 erscheint als durchgesehene Neuausgabe in der Reihe APEX SCIENCE-FICTION-KLASSIKER.
It was an eerie, strange landscape, full of dark, smoking volcanoes and frozen, volcanic rock folds.
Once, thousands of years ago, the surface of life was swarming with life. Where now ghostly, multicoloured veins writhed and curved in the frozen face of the rock, the softer, warmer colours of trees, flowers, the blue of the sky had once shone ...
Commander Koenig, Doctor Helena Russell, Simon Hays and a few other crew members belonging to the command centre sat spellbound and silently watched the disturbing scene that was brought to them across the large screen.
As they sat and watched, the camera built into the Eagle ship panned across the desecrated, enchanted landscape, allowing them to share the experience of the two Eagle pilots Bill Fraser and Ray Torens.
Moon station 1999 - Volume 1 by Michael Butterworth and HW Springer contains five novels from the legendary science fiction series Moon Base Alpha 1 (English original title: Space 1999), which has thrilled millions of audiences since the 1970s and has long since become a cult: Station of the Lost, The World Eater, Battle for the Future, The Andromeda Riddle and The Eternals of Luna.
Moon station 1999 - Volume 1 appears as a revised new edition in the series APEX SCIENCE-FICTION-CLASSICS.

Mondstation 1999, Band 2

Apex volume 2 2019

Apex SF-Klassiker, Band 60

Published 13 December 2019
Ebook ISBN: 978-3-7487-2357-8 600 pages €11
Paperback ISBN: 978-3-7502-6294-2 756 pages €23
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-7502-6295-9 708 pages €39

2. Die Unheimliche Kraft by Michael Butterworth & J. Jeff Jones
3. Der Doppelganger by Michael Butterworth
5. Die Zeit-Attacke by Michael Butterworth
10. Invasion Der Esper by H. W. Springer
12. Der Stahlplanet by M. F. Thomas

Auf dem großen Schirm beobachteten sie das Abheben der Eagle-Schiffe. Sie rasten einer Überlebensmöglichkeit entgegen. Die Aussichten waren etwa so wie die eines winzigen Rettungsbootes, das man mitten in einem irdischen Ozean ausgesetzt hatte, nur dass man dort auf eine Insel oder ein zufällig vorbeifahrendes Schiff hätte hoffen dürfen. Im tiefen Raum konnte man mit solchen Möglichkeiten nicht rechnen.
Und nun bemerkten sie einen winzigen Lichtpunkt, der sich irgendwie von den Millionen Sternen unterschied.
Es war ein glasiges, düsteres, pulsierendes Licht...
Mondstation 1999 – Band 2 von Michael Butterworth, H. W. Springer, M. F. Thomas und J. Jeff Jones enthält fünf Romane aus der legendären Science-Fiction-Serie Mondbasis Alpha 1 (engl. Original-Titel: Space 1999), die seit den 1970er Jahren ein Millionen-Publikum begeistert und heute längst Kult ist: Die unheimliche Kraft, Der Doppelgänger, Die Zeit-Attacke, Invasion der Esper und Der Stahlplanet.
Mondstation 1999 – Band 2 erscheint als durchgesehene Neuausgabe in der Reihe APEX SCIENCE-FICTION-KLASSIKER.
On the big screen, they watched the Eagle ships take off. They are racing towards a possibility of survival. The prospects were like those of a tiny lifeboat that you had launched in the middle of an Earthly ocean, except that you should have hoped for an island or a ship that happened to pass by. Such possibilities could not be expected in deep space.
And now they noticed a tiny point of light that was somehow different from the million stars.
It was a glassy, ??dim, pulsating light ...
Moon Station 1999 - Volume 2 by Michael Butterworth, HW Springer, MF Thomas and J. Jeff Jones contains five novels from the legendary science fiction series Moon Base Alpha 1 (English original title: Space 1999) which has thrilled millions of audiences since the 1970s and has long since become a cult: The Uncanny Power, The Doppelganger, The Time Attack, Invasion of the Telepaths and The Steel Planet.
Moon station 1999 - Volume 2 appears as a revised new edition in the series APEX SCIENCE-FICTION-CLASSICS.

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