After the Bomb® Book 6: Mutants in Orbit™ Cover

After the Bomb® Book Six


This 120 page sourcebook is divided into two sections, one for After the Bomb® and another for Rifts®. The startling answer to the questions of what lays within Earth's orbit, on the moon and Mars. A.R.C.H.I.E. Seven, the Cyberworks corporation, CAN Republic, Virtual Reality defense system, three new Glitter Boys, the steel dragon, bots, killer satellites, mutants, monsters and more!

  • 120 pages.
  • Cat. No. 514, I.S.B.N. 0-916211-48-7

Description and cover art from Palladium Books Web site, copyright 1992, 1983 Palladium Books Inc. All rights reserved. Rifts®, Megaverse® and Palladium Books® are registered trademarks of Palladium Books Inc. and Kevin Siembieda. All other titles and names are trademarks of Palladium Books.

Rifts space, Mars and Moon base, the Empire of Humanity, mutant insects and more. An adventure and sourcebook for both the After the Bomb series and Rifts.

Description from back cover and title page.

Editor's Note: Although this book is in the After the Bomb series, half of the book is devoted to Rifts. Because this is primarily a Rifts wiki, the information about the Rifts setting is detailed first, even though it actually makes up the second half of the book.


An adventure & sourcebook for After the Bomb® and Rifts®

Creating Orbital Characters

Mutants in Orbit offers additional options for character creation, including orbital origins and new professions. The following origin (Category:Background (AtB):background) and Occupational Character Classes are included:

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Also included are rules for Exceptional Mutation due to the radiation and anomalies of space. This includes the possibilities of Super Abilities and human psionics.

The following new skills are also included:


Rifts Space

Half of the book describes the setting of what lies beyond Rifts Earth. What most Rifts characters know is best summarized by the opening to that section:

What lies beyond the blue skies of Rifts Earth rmains a mystery for those bound on the planet. No known satellite, space shuttles, or probe has ever been able to penetrate the veil of the atmosphere and enter orbit. All attempts have met with failure.
The two most popular theories are: Pre-Rifts killer satellites, disguised or otherwise beyond normal means of detection, destroy anything that enters orbit. The other theory is a ring of debris, in counter-orbit, shreds any object that tries to pass through it.
Another theory growing in popularity is that a dimensional vortex envelops the planet and anything that enters orbit is sling-shot into another dimension. Some have gone so far as to speculate that the entire planet is contained in a dimensional envelope that enables the Earth to co-exist in several dimensions simultaneously. This allows dimensional travel in and out of th envelope, but prevents leaving the envelope by any means other than a rift.
Regardless of the reason why, those locked on the planet Earth have come to accept the fact that outer space, even the edge of orbit, is denied them and have abandoned the idea of space travel long ago. The last known attempt to breach Earth's atmosphere was a titanic effort waged by the Triax Corporation in which a battery of satellites, missiles, bots, and microscopic probes were launched and lost. That was 38 years ago. When Triax, the recognized leaders in advanced technologies failed, all others gave up. The Coalition's last attempt to enter space was 76 years ago. They too have forsaken space...
-Mutants in Orbit, page 56 (written as of 101 P.A.)

The Eruption of the Rifts

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Space Stations

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The Containment of Earth

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Moon Colony

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Vehicles and Equipment

Power Armor
Robot Vehicles
Space Vehicles
Anti-Personnel Weapons
Heavy Weapons
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Cybernetics (Bioware)
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A Visit to an Unfriendly Planet

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Mutants in Orbit

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Writers: James Wallis, Kevin Siembieda

Editors: Alex Marciniszyn, Thomas Bartold, James A. Osten

Cover Painting: Keith Parkinson

Interior Art: Micheal Gustovich, Newton Ewell, Kevin Long, Kevin Siembieda

Typography: Maryann Siembieda


Errata of Mutants in Orbit™.


  • List of Reviews of Mutants in Orbit™.
Non-Rifts Sourcebooks
After the Bomb
After the Bomb
After the Bomb Book 2: Road Hogs
After the Bomb Book 3: Mutants Down Under
After the Bomb Book 4: Mutants of the Yucatan
After the Bomb Book 5: Mutants in Avalon
After the Bomb Book 6: Mutants in Orbit
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