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Philip Francis Nowlan

Philip Francis Nowlan (/ˈnlən/; November 13, 1888 – February 1, 1940) was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers. [2]

Philip Francis Nowlan
Philip Francis Nowlan, as pictured in Science Wonder Stories, September 1929 (as "Frank Phillips")
Philip Francis Nowlan, as pictured in Science Wonder Stories, September 1929 (as "Frank Phillips")
BornNovember 13, 1888
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 3, 1940(1940-02-03) (aged 51)[1]
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania[2]
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Period1928–1940
GenreScience fiction
SubjectBuck Rogers
Notable worksArmageddon 2419 A.D.

BiographyEdit

Nowlan was born on November 13, 1888. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Nowlan was a member of The Mask and Wig Club, holding significant roles in the annual productions between 1907 and 1909. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he worked as a newspaper columnist. Nowlan was married to Theresa Junker. They had ten children: Philip, Mary, Helen, Louise, Theresa, Mike, Larry, Pat, John, and Joe.

He moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd and created and wrote the Buck Rogers comic strip, illustrated by Dick Calkins. He remained a writer on the strip until 1939. The character Buck Rogers first appeared in Nowlan's 1928 novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. as Anthony Rogers. A comic strip ran from 1929-1967. Spin-offs included a radio-serial series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (sporadically aired from 1932-1947), a 1939 movie serial Buck Rogers, and a 1979 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.[2]

Nowlan also wrote several other novellas for the science fiction magazines as well as the posthumously published mystery, The Girl from Nowhere. He died from a stroke at his home in Bala in 1940.[1]

WorksEdit

  • Armageddon 2419 A.D. (1928)
  • The Girl from Nowhere (1928, ISBN 0-8095-0038-8 (Neuauflage von 2005)
  • The Airlords of Han (1929) -
  • The Airlords of Han by Philip Francis Nowlan at Project Gutenberg on Project Gutenberg
  • The Onslaught from Venus (1929)
  • The Time Jumpers (1934)
  • The Prince of Mars Returns (1940)
  • Space Guards (1940)
  • Wings Over Tomorrow: The Collected Science Fiction of Philip Francis Nowlan (2005, ISBN 0-8095-1095-2) edited by Lee Weinstein www.MySpace.com/leestein

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Philip Nowlan Dies; Drew 'Buck Rogers', New York Times". 1940. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Nowlan, Philip Francis". Gollancz. August 12, 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Summary Bibliography: Philip Francis Nowlan". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Al von Ruff. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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