The ORION is testing a new secret weapon the Earth wants to continue standing
its ground against the exoterrists who rendered the currently used ray
guns ineffective with a new light deflector shield.
The test of a so-called
Overkill Projector at an asteroid proceeds successfully.
Meanwhile the Supreme Space Bureau is buzzing with excitement.
Alonzo Pietro apparently attempted on his own initiative to desert to the
exoterrists, taking course to their base AC-1000.
Even Pietro himself has no
explanation for his actions.
The light launcher crews of Vesta base, whose
vicinity he operated in, had recently fallen ill with space tantrum, yet
among the deserters no symptoms can be found.
Because of the incident there is, by order of the Galactic Security Division,
a brain specialist joining the ORION on her flight to the Vesta section.
Once there, Overkill Projectors are supposed to be set up at the stations
M-8-8-12 and K-16, now occupied by robots.
After 36 days the ORION has reached her destination.
The station M-8-8-12
doesn't reply, yet permits a landing.
When McLane and his team come into the
control center Cliff is attacked by a robot yet able to overpower him.
The robot neurosis strikes not only the accompanying professor as odd, because
the deployed robots are considered very reliable.
Tamara Jagellovsk who
had been on guard duty is replaced by Hasso Sigbjörnson, since she's
detailed to take care of the robots while the others set up the Overkill system.
Even while at work Helga Legrelle tries to contact stations H5 and Olaf-1.
Aboard the ORION Hasso is meanwhile programming--apparently under
a foreign influence--a new course for the ORION.
Instead of K-16 to
AC-1000, the exoterrist base Alonzo Pietro intended to desert to.
During liftoff McLane notices the course change and sounds the alarm.
takes command as security officer and accuses Hasso of treason, him being
the only one who could have programmed the coordinates while alone on the
Only Helga points out that before Hasso Tamara had already been on
space observation detail.
She could have programmed AC-1000 also.
right into the discussion Mario de Monti walks up to the computer and programs
the course to AC-100, it's obvious to the present brain specialist that
Hasso, Mario, and presumably Alonzo Pietro, too, have been influenced by
so-called telenosis rays of the exoterrists.
He confirms this simply by asking
Tamara to approach the computer, which picks up the rays and disseminates
them in its vicinity.
Tamara also programs AC-100.
McLane and the professor expecting the telenosis base on AC-1000, Cliff
decides to pretend deserting, yet once there to destroy the base.
ORION cannot inform the Supreme Space Bureau, for one thing because the
exoterrists might be given a warning through this, on the other hand because
the space stations H5 and the intelligence satellite Olaf-1 still aren't
On Earth it's already known both have been completely eliminated, and all ships
in the Vesta sector are sent after the seemingly deserted ORION, among
the Hydra, to destroy McLane's ship before she arrives with the exoterrists on AC-1000--
German TV: 29. October 1966
Translated from "Deserteure"
by: Ulrich Schreglmann
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