Reviews by Samuel Matthew Combs

Armageddon—2419 A.D.

by Philip Francis Nowlan

I'm going to review this in a different way--Here is where Buck begins. Do you love Burroughs? Running with John Carter across the moss covered dead seas of Barsoom? I found the ace paperback edition of this book while looking for the new Burroughs' titles on the rack in the early 60's. You know the ones with the wonderful Frazetta and Krenkel covers that made you feel like every new edition you found was the magic of opening up a treasure chest of gold and diamonds. It was an exciting time for reading Sci Fi Romance. DAW was working for Ace Books and pulling this Burroughs/Kline/Farley stuff out of the lost Opar Vaults of time and publishing it by the Truck loads and between Ace and Ballantine books there was a new wonder every week at your local Newsstand. Like Wilkie's in Dayton, Ohio or Shinder's in Minneapolis. One of the really great parts was it could all be bought for 35 to 50 cents a book and the covers were worth the money if the reading inside failed ya. The summary up above tells you the jest of the story--So suffice it to say if you enjoy old pulps. If you love Moorcock--Burroughs--Kline-Heinlien and the like. You will have a great romp across a furure America where the people are about to set themselves free from the Asian invaders and re-fly the old red/white/and blue, while you discover the birth and true begginnings of "Buck Rogers" and learn of a possible future for the good ol' USA that might not be that far fetched after all. The Way things are going these days.

Nuff Said---Sam da Man

Reviewed on 2010.09.26

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