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K. H. Scheer

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K. H. Scheer

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Full Name: Karl-Herbert Scheer
Born: June 19, 1928
Harheim, Hesse, Germany
Died: September 15, 1991
Friedrichsdorf, Hesse, Germany
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: German


Karl-Herbert Scheer was a German science fiction writer, usually credited as K. H. Scheer.

Scheer was born in the Hessian town of Harheim in 1928. Towards the end of World War II he began training as a marine engineer, but the war ended before he was called to active service. After the war, he started working on science fiction novels.

His novel Stern A funkt Hilfe (Star A distress call), which started his successful career in German science fiction, was possibly first published in serialised form in 1948 (sources differ), but certainly in 1952 as a library edition hardcover.

Scheer created the science fiction series ZbV, which ran from 1958 to 1980. In 1960 he joined forces with Walter Ernsting (under the pen name Clark Dalton). Together, they developed the Perry Rhodan series, which has since become the worlds largest science fiction series, with uninterrupted weekly publication of a new novel/novella since Unternehmen Stardust in 1961, and a circulation exceeding 1.5 billion volumes. Scheer wrote over 70 of the novels in the series, as well as the synopses for the first ca. 650 volumes, before passing on the role as lead author to William Voltz. He also developed the concept for Perry Rhodan's sibling series Atlan, which published 850 instalments between 1969 and 1988.

Perry Rhodan is the eponymous hero of a German science fiction novel series which has been published each week since 8 September 1961 in the 'Romanhefte' format (digest-sized booklets, usually containing 66 pages, the German equivalent of the now-defunct American pulp magazine) by Pabel-Moewig Verlag, a subsidiary of Bauer Media Group. As of February 2019, 3,000 booklet novels of the original series plus 850 spinoff novels of the sister series Atlan plus over 400 paperbacks and 200 hardcovers have been published, totalling over 300,000 pages. Having sold approximately two billion copies (in novella format) worldwide alone, (including over one billion in Germany), it is the most successful science fiction book series ever written. The first billion of worldwide sales was celebrated in 1986.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Perry Rhodan: The Third Power (US)

 1. (1961)


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