Armour, John

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(1889-1954) Australian minister of the Presbyterian faith whose service in the Australian outback 1918-1920 inspired his fiction, of which Burning Air (1928) is sf. The premise – the eponymous radioactive wind promises to be a more or less free Power Source for Australia – is of potential interest, but the story itself is impossibly awkward, the author shows no real gift at landscape description, speculative gifts are absent, and singularly unpleasant racist emotions shape the climax of the tale (see Race in SF). [JC]

John Armour

born Warragul, Victoria: 20 March 1889

died Kew, Victoria: 1 May 1954


  • Burning Air (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1928) [hb/]


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