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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")
Born November 13, 1888
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died February 3, 1940(1940-02-03) (aged 51)
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Period 1928–1940
Genre Science fiction
Subject Buck Rogers
Notable works Armageddon 2419 A.D.

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


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, and they had ten children.

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.

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.


  • Armageddon 2419 A.D. (1928)
  • The Girl from Nowhere (1928, ISBN: 0-8095-0038-8 (Neuauflage von 2005)

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

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