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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The original “Buck Rogers” story — Nowlan’s novella tells about America in the 25th century, conquered by Hans in A.D. and only now beginning to rebel. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Philip Francis Nowlan ( – ) was an American Buck Rogers: Armageddon A.D. by [Nowlan, Philip Francis].

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We have rarely printed a story in this magazine that for scientific interest, as well as suspense, could hold its own with this particular story. We prophesy that this story will become more valuable as the years go by.

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It certainly holds a number of interesting prophecies, of which no doubt, many will come true. For wealth of science, it will be hard to beat for some time to come. It is one of those rare stories that will bear reading and re-reading many times. This story has impressed us so favorably, that we hope the author may be induced to write a sequel to it soon.

A sequel to Armageddon A. In the s, Nowlan’s two novellas were combined by editor Donald A.

Wollheim into one paperback novel, titled Armageddon A. Philip Francis Nowlan – was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers. Nowlan was born on November 13, While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Nowlan was a member of The Mask and Wig Club, holding significant roles in the annual productions between and After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he worked as a newspaper columnist. Nowlan was married to Theresa Junker.

They had ten children: He remained a writer on the strip until The comic strip ran for over forty years and spun off a radio series, a movie serial and two television series. Nowlan also wrote several other novellas for the science fiction magazines as well as the posthumously published mystery, The Girl from Nowhere.

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Showing of 66 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The original Buck Rogers story is a little surprising. It is certainly a great example of pulp science fiction, and you can see why it might have inspired the comic strips and serials that came aramgeddon. The Earth that he finds when he wakes up has been transformed by war and empire.

What has always stood out to me about the Buck Rogers story is the idea that, despite awakening in the 25th century, Buck or Tony carries forward virtues, skills, and even technology that more than stand the test of time. He seems almost as much from the future as the past. I would imagine, at this point, that you have previously heard of the fictional character named Buck Rogers.


And indeed, dating from his initial comic strip appearance in Januaryand proceeding on to radio shows starting inBuck Rogers was radio’s very first sci-fi heroa part film serial starring the former Olympic af medalist Buster Crabbeseveral TV adaptations, video games, and comics, the character has been fairly ubiquitous for almost 90 years now. To be wd, Buck’s comic strip was so very popular in the early ’30s that it spawned, in Januarya rival sci-fi strip starring Flash Gordon, a character that Crabbe would also portray in three fondly remembered film serials.

But armwgeddon Flash, Buck had, as his actual provenance, a literary background. On the strength of this novella, the author was convinced to armgaeddon work on that comic strip, and to come out with a novella-length sequel.

That sequel, “The Airlords of Han,” initially appeared in the March ’29 issue of “Amazing Stories,” and the two have usually been published in a single volume ever since, to make for one perfectly matched collection. Both novellas are narrated by Anthony Rogers himself, now an old man. In the armmageddon novella, “Armageddon A.

After being trapped in a cave-in, Rogers had succumbed to the underground gases Rather, he had been put into a state of suspended metabolism and had awoken years later And I suppose that this setup is not more or less plausible than the one I just encountered in another book, Stanley G. Weinbaum’s “The Black Flame,” in which an electrocuted convict is similarly suspended and wakes up almost 1, years later!

Rogers had awoken to an America that was completely changed. The country had been conquered, in the yearby the hordes of the Mongolian Hans, a degenerate race now complacently ruling from their 15 megacities scattered across the former U.

The surviving Americans now live as forest-dwelling rebels, waiting sd the day when they will finally be able to regain their centuries-lost freedom. In this first novella, Rogers joins a group of these forest dwellers, the Wyomings in what was formerly Wyoming County, PA ; figures out a way to destroy the Han airships which float thousands of feet above the ground, supported on their repulsor beams while emitting lethal disintegrator rays ; goes on a daring mission into the Han Intelligence HQ in Nu-Yok, along with his new wife, Wilma, and four others, to obtain information regarding traitors in their midst; and finally, enters into battle with those renegade turncoats, the Sinsings of upstate NY.

But as the ramageddon novella ends, the Han empire is still very much in control of North America and most of the globe In the even more exciting second novella, “The Airlords of Han,” Rogers is captured after his one-man “swooper” craft is wrecked in battle, and he is brought to one of those armabeddon Han cities, Lo-Tan, somewhere in the Rockies.

There, he meets the “Heaven-Born” Han ruler San-Lan, undergoes two months of mental torture, and slowly earns his captors’ grudging admiration. But with the assistance of his fellow Wyomings, Rogers does ultimately effect an escape, as the book culminates with an all-out battle royale between the forces of Lo-Tan and several thousand desperate Americans OK, let’s deal with the good news first.

Armageddon A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan

Nowlan’s two novellas were unqualified successes back when, and it is easy to see why. The author, for one thing, fills his stories with the superscience gizmos that were so very popular with the readers in sci-fi’s early days. Thus, the 25th century Americans have devised two new synthetic elements, ultron and inertron, the latter of which makes possible the antigravity belts that Rogers and his cohorts wear.

And then there are those airships, and the ramageddon rays, and the flip phones that very much resemble the cell phones that we all carried 20 years ago, and the remote-controlled, exploding “air balls” that Rogers’ allies use to decimate the Han stronghold.

Nowlan also accurately predicts army helmets with built-in earbuds for long-distance communication, while televisions seem fairly ubiquitous in Lo-Tan. The author also proves adept at forcefully depicting complex battle engagements, meticulously describing the conflicts between Han airships and ground units, with their disintegrator rays and numerical advantage, and the American forces, 249 their tiny swooper ships, antigrav-assisted foot soldiers, and ax-handled rocket guns.


It is all exciting, vividly described and colorful spectacle, and the author serves it up well, his imaginative conceit dished out, for the arrmageddon part with one major exception, which I’ll get into momentarilyat a fairly breathless pace. On the downside, those readers who value, in their sci-fi, such niceties as characterization and beautifully crafted prose will surely be disappointed by Nowlan’s work here. Characterizations in “Armageddon A. Basically, this is Rogers explaining his armagfddon during an historic time period, and nothing more, almost as if he were a soldier reporting to his CO.

And then there is the matter of political correctness. The two novellas here are just as much guilty of buying into the so-called “yellow menace” of the era as any of Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels; thus, the Han conquerors are blithely referred to as the “yellow incubus” and “yellow blight” any number of times. Nowlan, to be fair, does redeem himself a bit by revealing, near the book’s end, that the Hans just might have extraterrestrial blood mixed in with their own!

Their employment, even against such dastardly villains as the Hans, will likely compel most readers to cry “Foul!

This egregious section pops up in the otherwise thrilling second novella, in which Nowlan apparently felt the necessity of adding veracity to his story by explaining some of those technical marvels, in passages of exceedingly recondite mumbo jumbo.

To wit, this section, in which we learn how the Hans use broadcast power to work their airship repeller rays: It went out at a frequency of about 1, kilocycles, had an amperage of approximately zero, but a voltage of two billion.

Properly amplified by the use of inductostatic batteries a development aemageddon the principle underlying the earth induction compass applied to the control of static this current energized the ‘A’ ionomagnetic coils on the airships, large and sturdy affairs, which operated the Attractoreflex Receivers, which in turn ‘pulled in’ the second broadcast power known as the ‘pullee,’ absorbing it from every direction, literally exhausting it from surrounding space.

The ‘pullee’ came in at about a half-billion volts, but in very heavy amperage, proportional to the capacity of the receiver, and on a long wave–at audio frequency in fact.

About half of this power reception ultimately actuated the repeller ray generators. The other half was used to energize the ‘B’ ionomagnetic coils, peculiarly wound affairs, whose magnetic fields constituted the only means of insulating and controlling the circuits of the three ‘powers.

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In the ‘X’ circuit, the negative was grounded along an ultraviolet beam from the ship’s repeller-ray generator. The positive connection was through the ether to the ‘X’ synchronizer in the power plant, whose opposite pole was grounded.

The ‘Y’ circuit traveled the same course, but in the opposite direction. Armageeddon dummy that I am, I had to armageeddon this section several times to try to ascertain if it is sheer gobbledygook or if it might actually contain a kernel of genuine science. And this extended quote here represents less than one page of a section that goes on for eight!

As I say, it stopped the book, for this reader, at least, dead in its tracks. And I happen to know someone who felt the same exact way about the chapter in which the author describes life in Lo-Tan, with an emphasis on the Hans’ morals and customs.

That section, for me, however, was pretty darn interesting, and at least understandable! Anyway, that one eight-page chunk, dry-as-dust writing style, un-P.

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