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Mark Brandis is both the main character as well as the nom de plume of the author Nikolai von Michalewsky. The series was extremely popular in Germany in the '70s, and 31 volumes were published between 1969 and 1987.

There have been rumours of an English translation, but, as you can see, I haven't been able to track one down.

(Sorry, all links point to German websites - there's no English language sites I know of ;-))

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    He doesn't seem to be referenced on ISFDB, so probably not.
    – user56
    Jun 16, 2011 at 12:09

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Firstly, you can read about Nikolai von Michalewsky/Mark Brandis in English by going here. No, the books never seem to have been translated into English, which is strange since von Michalewsky was considered one of the best-selling German science fiction authors of all time. @Gilles has mentioned in a comment that his works are not listed on ISFDB, nor are any of them available in English through Amazon.com (all the copies listed are available in German). Some of his works were, however, translated into Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.


Now you've peaked my interest and I want to read something of his to find out what made him so saleable in Germany!

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The Mark Brandis books have been written ABOUT in English, but as stated before, a no show @ISFDB means there most likely never existed an English translation.

I guess they were so popular because the hero is quintessentially (North-)German — that is: committed to larger causes, pedantic, well-organized — while strictly individualistic and humanistic. Therefore readers could identify with him without being labeled "nazi fans" by others. Brandis is also a faulted hero with a serious flirt with the bottle, and that made him endearing in a way (no super hero qualities — and certainly not a square-jawed space adventurer, member of the world science council chasing bad guys with a plucky sidekick).

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    I don't think any characteristics of the content or the hero were particularly unique. There probably just wasn't much SF available in German at the time, other than Perry Rhodan. Oct 5, 2012 at 12:22

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