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Philip Francis Nowlan
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is a science fiction novella by Philip Francis Nowlan which first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories.

is a science fiction novella by Philip Francis Nowlan which first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. A sequel called The Airlords of Han was published in the March 1929 issue of Amazing Stories.

Philip Francis Nowlan. Armageddon – 2419 . Foremost among the reprints was this first Buck Rogers tale, Armageddon – 2419 . Here is what they had to say about the story in an foreword to the reprint: "The August, 1928, issue of Amazing Storieswas beyond question one of the most important not only in its history but in the history of science fiction.

By Philip Francis Nowlan. Here, once more, is a real scientifiction story plus. It is a story which will make the heart of many readers leap with joy. 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. This statement requires elucidation. There are still many in the worldwho are not familiar with my unique experience. Five centuries from nowthere may be many more, especially if civilization is fated to endureany worse convulsions than those which have occurred between 1975 . and the present time.

Philip Francis Nowlan’s novella Armageddon - 2419 . appeared in the November 1928 issue of Amazing Stories and marked the first appearance in print of Buck Rogers, making it something of a pop culture landmark

Philip Francis Nowlan’s novella Armageddon - 2419 . appeared in the November 1928 issue of Amazing Stories and marked the first appearance in print of Buck Rogers, making it something of a pop culture landmark. In this and in a sequel published not long afterwards he wasn’t yet called Buck Rogers. He was Anthony Rogers. The character acquired the nickname Buck when he made the transition to a comic strip in 1929.

LibriVox recording of Armageddon - 2419 . by Philip Francis Nowlan. This book has no redeeming cultural value

LibriVox recording of Armageddon - 2419 . Translated by Philip Francis Nowlan  . This book has no redeeming cultural value.

Опубликовано: 14 нояб. 2019 г. Armageddon- 2419 . Version 3) by Philip Francis NOWLAN (1888 - 1940) Genre(s): Science Fiction. In Armageddon - 2419 . Read by: Phil Chenevert in English. Buck, a victim of accidental suspended animation, awakens five hundred years later to discover America groaning under the tyranny of the villainous Han, ruling from the safety of their armored machine-cities. Falling in love with one of America's new warrior-women, Wilma Deering, Rogers soon become a central figure in using new-fangled scientific weapons - disintegrators, jumping belts, inertron, and paralysis rays - to revolt against the Han. 'Nuff said. Adventure awaits!!!!!

features the introduction of Buck Rogers, the famous sci-fi adventure hero of early comics and radio shows.

features the introduction of Buck Rogers, the famous sci-fi adventure hero of early comics and radio shows. Originally published in Amazing Stories in 1928, this novella was later combined with Nowlan’s sequel, The Airlords of Han, and re-published under this same title in the 1960s. Free Sci-fi & Fantasy. One fee. Stacks of books.

The original "Buck Rogers" story - Nowlan’s novella tells about America in the 25th century, conquered by Hans in 2109 . and only now beginning to rebel.

By. Philip Francis Nowlan. The original "Buck Rogers" story - Nowlan’s novella tells about America in the 25th century, conquered by Hans in 2109 . The Hans are invaders from Asia with highly advanced technology. They have great aircraft armed with disintegrator rays that turn whatever they hit into nothing. From time to time, they raid American land "to keep the 'wild' Americans on the run within the shelter of their forests, and prevent their becoming a menace to the Han civilization.

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Philip Francis Nowlan (1888 – February 1, 1940) was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers. Nowlan’s novella Armageddon-2419 . tells about America in the 25th century, conquered by Hans in 2109 AD and only now beginning to rebel. Sometime after World War I, nearly all the European powers joined forces against the United States. Although the US won the war, both sides were devastated by the conflict.

The original "Buck Rogers" novel, as first publishing in "Amazing Stories" magazine.
  • 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 later. It’s entertaining in exactly the way you expect from pulp.

    What’s a little surprising is that, when we think of Buck Rogers, we think of spaceships and otherworldly adventures. There’s none of that here. And he’s not “Buck” — he’s “Tony”. He’s working with radioactive gas and is trapped in a mine cave-in in 1927. When he wakes up, he’s been in suspended animation for almost 500 years, preserved by the radioactive gas.

    The Earth that he finds when he wakes up has been transformed by war and empire. The “Hans” (Chinese) rule, and America has been reduced to “Gangs”. But the forest-living gangs have developed their own technology, which, combined with Tony’s spirit and skills learned during World War I, enable them to rebel successfully.

    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.

    It’s probably not a great idea to think too much about all of this. It’s a fun book to read, whether you are a fan of Buck Rogers or not. It goes back to the days when science fiction didn’t need to be deeply meaningful.

  • This, the original Buck Rogers story, is quality storytelling in the vein of classic science fiction, of which it is certainly a fine example. Of course, the later movies and television productions derived from the adventures of Buck Rogers--who isn't even called "Buck" in this tale--took the story in very different directions and played up the space opera elements of the story, so readers only acquainted with the character (and his best girl, Wilma Deering) through those versions may be a bit put off by the the more earth-bound narrative of this novella. Still, it is a fine story, with realistically drawn characters and believable treatments of the great changes in both technology and culture which await the protagonist when he is awakened from an artificial sleep several hundred years in the future. The villains are not extraterrestrial, but of Asian origin, and the story is definitely not politically correct by the standards of 2014 A.D., but that is probably a good thing. There is also a brief commentary on the differences between capitalist and socialist economics and culture, with the author seeming to (unfortunately) push the socialist ideal rather more positively. But if the action lacks dog fighting star ships and alien invaders, it still delivers lots of action delivered with considerable attention to realism (especially in terms of military tactics), some romance, and more than a few neat sci-fi gadgets and weapons. It may not be what the uninitiated expect from Buck Rogers, but it's still a fine story.

  • 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 January 1929, and proceeding on to radio shows (starting in 1932, Buck Rogers was radio's very first sci-fi hero), a 12-part film serial (starring the former Olympic swimming medalist Buster Crabbe), several TV adaptations, video games, and comics, the character has been fairly ubiquitous for almost 90 years now. To be sure, Buck's comic strip was so very popular in the early '30s that it spawned, in January 1934, a rival sci-fi strip starring Flash Gordon, a character that Crabbe would also portray in three fondly remembered film serials. But unlike Flash, Buck had, as his actual provenance, a literary background. That predecessor, you see, was one Anthony Rogers, who initially appeared in Philadelphia-born Philip Francis Nowlan's August 1928 novella "Armageddon 2419 A.D." This short piece was originally published in the pages of Hugo Gernsback's "Amazing Stories," the very first science fiction magazine, when Nowlan was already 40. On the strength of this novella, the author was convinced to begin 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 first novella, "Armageddon 2419 A.D.," Buck--I mean, Anthony--tells us how he, a WW1 vet, in the year 1927, had been investigating a cave system near Scranton, PA, as part of his duties working for the American Radioactive Gas Corporation. After being trapped in a cave-in, Rogers had succumbed to the underground gases...but had not died. Rather, he had been put into a state of suspended metabolism and had awoken 492 years the year 2419! (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 1,000 years later!) Rogers had awoken to an America that was completely changed. The country had been conquered, in the year 2109, by the hordes of the Mongolian Hans, a degenerate race now complacently ruling from their 15 megacities scattered across the former U.S. The surviving Americans now live as forest-dwelling rebels, waiting for 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 first 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 15 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. 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 disintegrator 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, with 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 most part (with one major exception, which I'll get into momentarily), at 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 2419 A.D." are virtually nil, while the prose is strictly utilitarian. Basically, this is Rogers explaining his role during an historic time period, and nothing more, almost as if he were a soldier reporting to his CO. Nowlan's/Rogers' chronicle is also guilty of the occasional ungrammatical phrase (such as "...the practical application of ultronics ARE well understood...."). 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 (!); when he mentions the Japanese and Chinese with some approbation; and when he reveals that, in the late 25th century, the blacks of Africa were "one of the leading races of the world, although in the Twentieth Century we regarded them as inferior...." Disappointingly, Rogers and his allies are shown using both poison gas and germ warfare in their fight against the Hans; very surprising, actually, as these stories were written after the 1925 signing of the Geneva Protocol, outlawing the use of such during wartime. Their employment, even against such dastardly villains as the Hans, will likely compel most readers to cry "Foul!"

    As I mentioned a little earlier, the author makes his novellas gallop by at a respectable pace, with the exception of one extended bit that grinds his story to an absolute standstill. 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 1,000 kilocycles, had an amperage of approximately zero, but a voltage of two billion. Properly amplified by the use of inductostatic batteries (a development of 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.'

    "The repeller ray generators, operating on this current, and in conjunction with 'twin synchronizers' in the power broadcast plant, developed two rhythmically variable ether-ground circuits of opposite polarity. 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.

    "The rhythmic variables of these two opposing circuits, as nearly as I can understand it, in heterodyning, created a powerful material 'push' from the earth, up along the violet ray beam against the rep ray generator and against the two synchronizers at the power plant.

    "This push developed molecularly from the earth-mass-resultant to the generator; and at the same fractional distance from the rep ray generator to the power plant...."

    Got all that? Techno dummy that I am, I had to reread 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 to be honest, I’m still not sure. 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.C. elements and un-kosher battle tactics aside, these two novellas, taken together in "Armageddon 2419 A.D.," still proved to be pretty good fun, and of course should be of interest to all readers who are desirous of exploring the historical roots of modern science fiction. It gets a marginal recommendation from yours truly. Don't disintegrate me for saying so, but I suppose that I am here, uh, passing the Buck....

    (By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy Literature website ... a most ideal destination for all fans of Philip Francis Nowlan....)

  • A very quick read, that compels the reader to wonder. In this format the the two short stories (noverllas) are combines ant thus quickly available. Oddly, though Han is used the aliens mixed with Tibetans. Pre-atomic, yet strangely compelling to have the author liberally create new 'sciences'. The author's doting on WWI is weird and actually repelling to anyone who knows and understands how bad that was. Enjoyable Space Opera! Recommended. Thanks, Harry!

  • A wonderful and foreshadowing story. It's amazing how stories like this from so long ago seem to have so much bearing on today, and where the future could be heading.
    Much different than the Buck Rogers I grew up with, but just as interesting, and definitely more believable and possible

  • This a typical pulp tale of the time. Told in first person as so many of them were. If this is the origin of Buck Rodgers all the adaptions play fast and loose with the source material