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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By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy Literature website This book comes very close to being the futuristic adventure it’s supposed to be, it’s got a good portion of the recipe 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.
By Your Command Vol 1: The original Buck Rogers story. Nowlan even takes a stab at the topic of race relations. The Han don’t see America as a real threat — its people rebuilt their society into gangs better to call them clans as they used the country’s great forests as their homes — as they watch over the world from their floating cities in the air. 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.
Thee is great entertainment to be had from the intricate descriptions of such technical marvels as the disintegrator rays, the anti-gravity belts and invisible and weightless metals!
Here, once more, is a real scientifiction story plus. One last note – I didn’t actually read it. Either way, the Han themselves don’t make a face-to-face appearance until the Airlords material.
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By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy A website If you’re not a fan of Buck Atmageddon, reading this book just might change that. There av a problem filtering reviews right now.
And then there are those airships, and the disintegrator rays, and the flip phones that very much resemble the cell phones armageddln we all carried 20 years ago, and the remote-controlled, exploding “air balls” that Rogers’ allies use to decimate the Han stronghold.
The odd thing is, much of what’s missing is well represented in the Buck Rogers comic strips right from the beginning. I’m sure the reader is giving it his shot but was it his “best” shot???? Another reason this book cannot be enjoyed if taken seriously is the assumption of the superiority of white males. These stories were the very first featuring Anthony Rogers, sci-fi’s own Rip Van Winkle, as he comes out of his radioactive gas-induced slumber to make sense of a world almost years in his future.
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I should cut it quite a bit of slack since it’s nearly 90 years old, but still I went armageddln it a little nervous about the “Yellow Peril” aspects of the generically and blandly Asian adversaries, the Han. But— instead of fighting against Europeans, these future Americans are the descendants of those European conquerors fighting to expel newer Asian ones. It is all exciting, vividly described and colorful spectacle, and the author serves wd up well, his imaginative conceit dished out, for the most part with one major exception, which I’ll get into momentarilyat a fairly breathless pace.
The raid on Sinsings turns out to be a great success and gives the Americans the confidence in their ability to overcome the Hans. In the s, Nowlan’s two novellas were combined by editor Donald A. Also, the jingoism and racism which had been present in the first novella, but not nearly to the same degree got pretty grating.
I’d rather have spent the time re-watching some old episodes of the Buck Rogers TV series. Jul 13, Q. The character acquired the nickname Buck when he made the transition to a comic strip in 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. 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 He remained a writer on the strip until 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.
In the s, Nowlan’s two novellas were combined by editor Donald A. The characters and setting eventually evolved into Buck Rogers.
Taking advantage of the chaos that followed, the “Russian Soviets” Soviet Union joined forces with the ” Mongolians ” to take over Europe. And this extended arkageddon here represents less than one page of a section that goes on for eight! About half of this power reception ultimately actuated the repeller ray generators.
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The comic strip ran for over forty years and spun off a radio series, a movie serial and two television series.
Nowlan has a passion for lengthy and detailed info-dumps.
That section, for me, however, was pretty darn interesting, and at armageddoon understandable! You just have to let that stuff go and enjoy the author’s enthusiasm. Rogers is a First World War veteran working for a company searching for radioactive gases in the late s.
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