(1874-1945) Australian author, who wrote popular fiction, mostly for magazines, under his own name and under various pseudonyms, including Coutts Brisbane, Pierre Quiroule (a probable House Name), Hartley Tremayne, Reid Whitley (or Whitly), and other names not yet discovered; his career extended from before World War One until at least the late 1930s in sf and continued into the early 1940s in Boys' Papers. His earliest known story is "Mixed Piggles" for The Red Magazine, 1 December 1910; in "Beyond the Orbit" (15 February 1914 Red Magazine) Mars is blown up by an Earthman; he prefigures Stanley G Weinbaum in the creation of Aliens both harmless and humorous. He was prolific for many years, contributing widely to Boys' Papers as well as other outlets like The Yellow Magazine, and writing anonymously many Sexton Blake Library novels, beginning with Terror Island; Or, the House of Glass (1921 chap) [this title only is given as an example in the Checklist below]. A small sample of his short fiction – he published in all considerably more than 100 tales – was assembled as Denizens of Other Worlds (coll 1984). He is the author of one known novel which is not a tie, Wheels of Fortune (1948) as by Coutts Brisbane, a tale set in Napoleonic Europe and featuring the steam-driven land vehicle signalled by the title (see Transportation). [JC/MA]
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Robert Coutts Armour
born Brisbane, Queensland: 14 September 1874
died Surrey, England: 1945 [aged 70: death in first quarter of the year]
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