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Armageddon 2419 A.D.

(Buck Rogers)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Elsewhere I have set down, for whatever interest they have in this, the 25th Century, my personal recollections of the 20th Century. Now it occurs to me that my memoirs of the 25th Century may have an equal interest 500 years from nowparticularly in view of that unique perspective from which I have seen the 25th Century, entering it as I did, in one leap across a gap of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 195 pages
Published August 1st 1978 by Ace (first published 1928)
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Mike (the Paladin)

Okay, in order. I read this book many, many, many years ago sometime in the 1970s. However the novella itself was written in 1928 so it's not like I was one of the first to read it or anything. That all said it's a good read.

This is "basically" the proto-Buck Rogers. Buck has gone on to great fame in movies, TV and popular culture since this book...just thought I'd mention it.

Let me point out up front that it was (as I said) written in 1928, it's far from politically correct.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This book, is the original Buck Rodgers story. Later incarnations of Buck Rodgers popularized swashbuckling, space operas in the 1930s. However, this is the original time travel genre story. In it, a 20th Century, American, WWI veteran is transported 500 years into an Earth-bound, dystopian future through suspended animation. Anthony Rodgers (the protagonist's real name) gets to his feet in a strange new world, and by using his skillz he becomes a hero of the revolution that frees America from ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Philip Francis Nowlans novella Armageddon - 2419 A.D. 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 wasnt 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.

If youre only familiar with Buck Rogers through the 1939 movie serial (as I was) the
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book comes very close to being the futuristic adventure it's supposed to be, it's got a good portion of the recipe... but the ingredient's that are missing are vital ones, so it fizzles. The odd thing is, much of what's missing is well represented in the Buck Rogers comic strips right from the beginning.

Anthony Rogers survives World War 1 only to end up caved-in in a mine and preserved by gas for 500 years. We receive this information first person, but with so little emotional investment
This is actually the two original novellas, Armageddon 2419 A.D. and Airlords of the Han mashed together with a little accommodation for the modern reader (who apparently can't be relied on to know what "The Great War" meant to someone from 1927).

Turner Classic Movies started showing episodes from the 1939 "Buck Rogers" serial (starring Buster Crabbe) a few weeks ago and I got so enthusiastic about watching that confection that I dug out the root of the material. They don't have much to do with
The original Buck Rogers tale. Holds up about as well as contemporary pulp fiction because that's what it was. The science is pretty fantastic, but it's like Star Wars or Star Trek: who cares?

A good read.
Charles Spencer
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I go any further, yes, I've seen the short-lived BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY TV's the way most of us in this age were introduced to the first science fiction hero. It was campy, bright, full of disco-era flash, and at every opportunity it couldn't take itself seriously. How else to explain how Gary Coleman from DIFF'RENT STROKES appeared in an episode as the kid leader of another planet? It was shameless novelty and a guilty pleasure I'm not ashamed to say I honestly ...more
Timothy Boyd
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
The original Buck Rogers story. Great SiFi from the pulp era. Recommended
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash, vintage-sff
DNF. Nothing about the story or characters made me want to finish this. Just not for me.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This novel is, considering its age and the expression of commonly held beliefs and prejudices of that era, a pretty well-written piece fiction that is still able to provide a fair amount of excitement and entertainment. Some of it reads like a throwback to Burroughs' John Carter who goes to sleep in a cave and awakes in a new world. Nowlan, however, tries a more scientific approach, instead of shrouding the narrative in mystical crap. As far as the quality of his "science", it is probably better ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Edgar Rice Burroughs fans
Cave fart gas expert Buck Rogers becomes trapped in some particularly hospitable--and apparently breathable--fart gas, that leaves him in suspended animation for about 500 years. In your face Steve Rogers!

With tales this old, I listen in the way children once read Sunday funnies, hoping for the best while not expecting much. How is it a fart gas expert is so good at waging war on the Han, who have been at it for so long? You just have to let that stuff go and enjoy the author's enthusiasm. I'm
Tom Britz
I liked the premise of this, Anthony Rogers, a scientist from 1928 is investigating a radioactive gas in a mine shaft, when a cave in blocks him in and the gas somehow puts him into a sort of suspended animation, until 500 years later when an earthquake nearby causes the blockage to fall away and the fresh air revives him. He wanders around until he meets and saves a woman's life from people flying around and throwing bombs. The woman is Wilma Deering. From there he's drawn into a war against a ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a wild pulp fiction tale just full of inventions and patriotism. The characters don't really have any personality, but the surrounding 'world' makes up for it. It's old sci-fi, good for a few laughs, and a few head shakes. If you're looking for a quick diverting read, please let me recommend it.
Randy Harmelink
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Disappointing. I should cut it quite a bit of slack since it's nearly 90 years old, but still...

I'd rather have spent the time re-watching some old episodes of the Buck Rogers TV series. Cheesy as they were, they were still more entertaining.
Written in 1928, and refers to the First World War.

This ages better than I'd expected, but not perfectly.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the story that introducted the character of Buck Rogers to the world.

Before giving my review, I'd like to clarify a few details about the specific edition that I read. I read the 1962 Ace paperback edition of "Armageddon 2419 A.D." This edition contains both the 1928 novella of that title and Nowlan's 1929 sequel, "Airlords of Han"-- and it presents them as if they were a single novel (with sequential chapter titles), rather than distinguishing them as two separate tales. (That said,
Ellana Thornton-Wheybrew
This book is racist and sexist. A man skips forward a few centuries into the future only to sleep with and marry the first woman he came across. From there he leads a war. That's it really. It is so obviously written by an American straight white man in the 1920s. I felt so uncomfortable reading this at times.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
With my interest in classic adventure characters, it is a little weird that I hadn't bothered with this book sooner. Honestly, I'm ashamed of the reason . . . television. Before learning of this novel, my only real knowledge of Buck Rogers came from an old TV version that was so campy, I couldn't even get into it as a novelty. Of course, even then I knew that the character had already been a fixture in comic strips, which I never had the opportunity to read. Later, I learned that the character ...more
Andrew Garvey
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As a child I loved the Buck Rogers TV series. But it's not something I've revisited at all and it had never even occurred to me that it might be (however loosely) based on something as old as Nowlan's stories about accidental American time traveler Anthony Rogers.

Rogers (never referred to here as 'Buck') narrates his adventures almost five hundred years in the future after being trapped underground and preserved by "radioactive gas." Waking up, he finds the "yellow peril" (settle down there,
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pot boiler science fiction with racist overtones. Very disappointing for the 1st Buck Rogers novel.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Buck Rogers wakes up in the 25th century to an America ruled by the Han and existing on varied technologies...
Douglas Debner
Librivox Prologue: I listened to this book off of the Librivox website. Librivox volunteers turn public domain books into audio books and make them freely available. This recording, like every recording I have listened to via Librivox, was superbly voiced.
Buck Rogers Prologue: I randomly came across the fact that some consider this to be a Buck Rogers book even though the main character is Anthony Rogers. This caught my attention because the book made me think of the Buck Rogers story while I
Eric Cone
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A note of warning: there are statements which may spoil the end of the book, though they are not specific to any particular events.
:Armageddon 2419 A.D. was published in 1929, right as America was coming into the Great Depression. The book is set up as a memoir of Anthony "Tony" Rogers, recounting his extraordinary life, which in his 81st year of life had spanned nearly six centuries. Due to an accident during a mine survey in 1927, Rogers is knocked unconscious and wakes up in the year 2419
2.5 stars, Metaphorosis Reviews

Anthony Rogers wakes from suspended animation - 500 years later. The United States is now ruled by the Han, and a few rebellious gangs fight back in every way they can. But the gangs have lost some of the knowledge of military tactics, and Rogers is able to help them out.

I was never a fan of Buck Rogers. Somehow, the whole thing slipped past me, I suppose because I simply didn't see the comic strips. And Armageddon 2419 A.D. doesn't have a lot to do
Matthew Bieniek
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I knew that this was not the same Buck Rogers that we'd seen in the Buster Crabbe serials or the Glen A. Larson-produced TV show of the '70s. 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 500 years in his future. My guess is the Buck Rogers that we're familiar with was more the product of the retelling of the stories in the newspaper comic strips in the 1930s.

Doctor Moss
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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. Its entertaining in exactly the way you expect from pulp.

Whats a little surprising is that, when we think of Buck Rogers, we think of spaceships and otherworldly adventures. Theres none of that here. And hes not Buck hes Tony. Hes working with radioactive gas and is trapped in a mine cave-in in
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I quite accidentally found this book at Project Gutenberg, when I was searching for a place to buy the 'Buck Rogers in the 25th century' dvds.

I had no idea this wonderful tv series was actually based on a 1920's story by Philip Francis Nowlan.

As it turns out, the tv series doesn't have all that much in common with the original story. In the book, the hero is called Anthony Rogers, and he's a WW.I veteran.

While investigating some unusual phenomena in a coal mine, Anthony Rogers gets trapped, and
Kerri Murphy
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So back in the sixties, when I was a very young girl, the neighborhood boys would go and see a old man, who fought in WWI. He would tell them stories of battles he was in. The one that seemed to make a big impact on them was about the Mongol Warriors, how they would come in waves seeming to be endless, climbing over the bodies of their fallen. This would not be the last time I had a chance to hear almost the same thing but second hand from sons, brothers, friends of men from this war. So it was ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this tome many years ago. Since it is the original Buck Rogers, it is an interesting read.

This story was published in two parts; in August 1928 and March 1929 in Amazing Stories. The edition I read was updated by Spider Robinson in 1964 and came in one book.

This version has a Buck Rogers who is not a super hero but is more than happy to fight for freedom and all things right. The evil Han, who are really evil scum, are really bad guys.

This is a fun read. Political correctness did not
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