The Eighth Adventure of the Orion

Written by Tamás Alaksza

Drawn by Ernő Zórád

Translated by prezzey for Space Patrol Orion

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Major McLane1) was spending his time on another penalty assignment, when…

Prepare yourself, your boss has called for you.

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We suspend your penalty, Major! You wonder why? You're familiar with Professor Csényi2), right?

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Back in the twentieth century, a theory was proposed claiming that not only rays of light bend in space, but space itself, infinity itself is curved… Moreover, its structure folds back unto itself… I like playing football3) even today, the inside of the ball gave me this idea… it is possible that the visible material world is assuming such a conformation…

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The ray of light, wandering for millions of years, originally started out from a location close to our solar system, it's only us who perceive it as distant…

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The frogs have attacked again, McLane! You need to get to them.

I understand… and oblige! Does the professor think they might have come from a neighboring system?

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…so, in which direction should we set off?

Where the frogs came from.

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The professor says that in a given location, the two spaces not only contact, but merge into each other… there, we are in our galaxy and millions of light years away at the same time…

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Two weeks later, soon after the Orion left the outer defense area, all of a sudden…

Help! What's going on?

To Be Continued

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The shaking stopped after a few minutes.

What's happened to us? It's as if we're standing on our heads!

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It's not an illusion! We have become our own mirror images! Take a look… your heart is beating on the right side!

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Space has become something akin to a Moebius strip. If you twist a thin translucent strip 180 degrees before gluing its two ends together, a ladybug crawling along the surface returns upside down, without even noticing…

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Well, we definitely noticed…

Because we were in both spaces at the same time!

Attention!! Frog ships!

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They've turned away! They're leaving!

We need to follow them!

They could be leading us into an ambush!

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Dammit, I keep on reaching in the wrong direction!

It's like that experiment with the glasses that show things upside down.

They found it hard to get used to the upside-down world.

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An energy shower from the target location… high-energy nucleotides…

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Their effect is similar to a laser's, but they function like a locator…

It is possible to evade a coherent beam… we change to a helical course…

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The Orion was nearing a space station, when…

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They're gone! They've accelerated almost to the speed of light in mere minutes!

To Be Continued

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We're landing!

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Mark and Shihan4)… you go explore. Don't remain directly next to each other!

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We need to find the power station… come on, Shihan!

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Aren't the entrances sealed off?

The frogs don't need air… in fact, oxygen destroys them!

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It's as if we were walking in grease… I find it hard to raise my feet!

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HELP!!! I can't—

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Mark, can you respond? Are there life signs in your area?

Nno– there's no—

It's as if this were a gravity trap!

At least ten times the gravity on Earth!

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Tamara, back me up with the beam cannon. We're trying to rescue them!

To Be Continued

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Tamara… don't come here! Destroy the power station!

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Major… the frogs are in line of sight, so close…

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The central structure, right now… or we'll all perish…

Mark… and Shihan are still inside!

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I can't keep the Orion in place! Antigravity… we don't have enough energy.

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The Orion was attempting to escape the unknown, horrendous force, but in vain.

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The ray gun… maybe it'll help…

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It's no use, it's not working…

Try adding the oxygen reserves….

To Be Concluded

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The 'oxygen overdose' helped, but the reserves were depleting at an alarming rate.

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All of a sudden, the trapped ship's airlocks opened.

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No… NOOOO!!!

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When the aliens touched her, Tamara heard a voice. She only heard the voice in herself, in her brain… “Calm down… we won't hurt you… we want to help…”

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Ask the others… not to destroy our automatons…

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The gravity trap of the space station stopped to function.

Major! These are only automatons! And they won't hurt us!

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Our society is not an enemy of Earth. We did not even know it existed, but there is a continuously spreading toxic organic material on the outer planets of our solar system, that our bio-robots were trying to destroy…

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The bio-robots are machines, but they are controlled by proteins instead of a cybernetic storage mechanism. They are capable of storing several thousand billions5) of data entries… they function like the bioelectric prostheses used on Earth…

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The Orion started out on her voyage of fifty million light years, a distance that was in fact only a few months away. And they carried the message: sentient life forms will, sooner or later, create their own communal6) society, and such a society will never attack other sentient beings!

1) Yes, he is called a Major, this is a continuity glitch.
2) Pronounce it like “Chainey”. This is a Hungarian surname.
3) This is the sport that is called “soccer” by certain uncivilized nations.
4) Sheehan?!
5) In case you were wondering - “a billion” in Hungarian is “a thousand billion” in English. A “billion” in English is a “milliárd” in Hungarian. “Million” is the same in both languages. Are you sufficiently confused by now? I sure am!
6) you can translate it as 'communistic' if you like, and I'm quite sure that was the intent, but 'communistic' is not the word used here. I guess they wanted to be subtle with their ideology ;)
 
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