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Fredric Brown


USA (1906 - 1972)

Fredric Brown was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was one of the boldest early writers in genre fiction in his use of narrative experimentation. While never in the front rank of popularity in his lifetime, Brown has developed a considerable cult following in the almost half century since he last wrote. His works have been periodically reprinted and he has a worldwide fan base, most notably in the U.S. and Europe, and especially in France, where there have been several recent movie adaptations of his work. He also remains popular in Japan.

Never financially secure, Brown - like many other pulp writers - often wrote at a furious pace in order to pay bills. This accounts, at least in part, for the uneven quality of his work. A newspaperman by profession, Brown was only able to devote 14 years of his life as a full-time fiction writer. Brown was also a heavy drinker, and this at times doubtless affected his productivity. A cultured man and omnivorous reader whose interests ranged far beyond those of most pulp writers, Brown had a lifelong interest in the flute, chess, poker, and the works of Lewis Carroll. Brown married twice and was the father of two sons.
 
Anthologies edited
Science-Fiction Carnival
 
Anthologies containing stories by Fredric Brown
The Best Science Fiction Stories (1951)
Science-Fiction Carnival (1953)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 5th Series (1956)
Best SF 2 (1956)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 7th Series (1958)
Best SF 3 (1958)
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963)
The Unknown (1963)
An ABC of Science Fiction (1966)
Best SF 6 (1966)
Beyond the Curtain of Dark (1966)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1966)
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction (1966)
The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural (1967)
The Stars and Under (1968)
14 Great Tales of ESP (1969)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1 (1970)
The Edge of Never (1973)
Science Fiction : The Great Years (1974)
Space Opera (1974)
Roots of Evil (1976)
     aka Weird Stories of Supernatural Plants
The Master's Choice Book 1 (1979)
Science Fiction of the Fifties (1979)
The Great SF Stories 3: 1941 (1980)
The Great SF Stories 4: 1942 (1980)
Aliens! (1980)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
The Great SF Stories 5: 1943 (1981)
The Great SF Stories 6: 1944 (1981)
Weekend Book of Science Fiction (1981)
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981)
The Great SF Stories 8: 1946 (1982)
The Great SF Stories 7: 1945 (1982)
The Great SF Stories 10: 1948 (1983)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
The Great SF Stories 13: 1951 (1985)
The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1940s (1989)
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996)
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997)
The Flying Sorcerers (1997)
The Young Oxford Book of Aliens (1998)
The Best Science Fiction StoriesScience-Fiction CarnivalThe Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 5th SeriesBest SF 2
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 7th SeriesFifty Short Science Fiction TalesThe UnknownAn ABC of Science Fiction
Beyond the Curtain of DarkThe Playboy Book of Science Fiction and FantasyScience Fiction for People Who Hate Science FictionThe Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural
The Stars and Under14 Great Tales of ESPScience Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1The Edge of Never
Science Fiction : The Great YearsSpace OperaRoots of EvilScience Fiction of the Fifties
The Great SF Stories 3: 1941The Great SF Stories 4: 1942Aliens!The Giant Book of Horror Stories
The Great SF Stories 5: 1943The Great SF Stories 6: 1944A Treasury of Modern FantasyThe Great SF Stories 8: 1946
The Great SF Stories 7: 1945The Great SF Stories 10: 1948100 Great Fantasy Short Short StoriesThe Great SF Stories 13: 1951
The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1940sThe Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of FantasyBlood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire FictionThe Flying Sorcerers
The Young Oxford Book of Aliens
 
Short stories
Carvel
Vengeance Fleet
Armageddon (1941)
Not Yet the End (1941)
The Star Mouse (1941)
Etaoin Shrdlu (1942)
The New One (1942)
Runaround (1942)
     aka Starvation
And the Gods Laughed [short story] (1943)
The Angelic Angleworm (1943)
Daymare (1943)
The Geezenstacks (1943)
The Hat Trick (1943)
Nothing Sirius (1943)
Paradox Lost [short story] (1943)
Arena (1944)
Pi in the Sky (1944)
The Yehudi Principle (1944)
The Waveries (1945)
Placet is a Crazy Place (1946)
Knock (1948)
All Good BEMs (1949)
Come and Go Mad (1949)
Crisis, 1999 (1949)
Gateway to Darkness (1949)
Letter to a Phoenix (1949)
Mouse (1949)
Entity Trap (1950)
     aka From These Ashes
Honeymoon in Hell [short story] (1950)
The Last Martian (1950)
The Last Train (1950)
Man of Distinction (1950)
Obedience (1950)
Dark Interlude (1951) (with Mack Reynolds)
The Dome (1951)
The Joke Cartoonist (1951) (with Mack Reynolds)
     aka Garrigan's BEMs
Something Green (1951)
The Weapon (1951)
A Word from Our Sponsor (1951)
Me and Flapjack and the Martians (1952) (with Mack Reynolds)
Hall of Mirrors (1953)
Keep Out (1953)
Rustle of Wings (1953)
Answer (1954)
Blood (1954)
Daisies (1954)
Experiment (1954)
Naturally (1954)
Pattern (1954)
Politeness (1954)
Preposterous (1954)
Reconciliation (1954)
Search (1954)
Sentence (1954)
Sentry (1954)
Solipsist (1954)
Voodoo (1954)
First Time Machine (1955)
Imagine: a Proem (1955)
Jaycee (1955)
Millennium (1955)
Too Far (1955)
Expedition (1956)
Unfortunately (1958)
Nasty (1959)
Abominable (1960)
Contact (1960)
     aka Earthmen Bearing Gifts
Granny's Birthday (1960)
The House (1960)
Recessional (1960)
Bear Possibilty (1961)
Bright Beard (1961)
Cat Burglar (1961)
Dead Letter (1961)
Death on the Mountain (1961)
The End (1961)
Fatal Error (1961)
Fish Story (1961)
Great Lost Discoveries I-Invisibility (1961)
Great Lost Discoveries II-Invulnerabilty (1961)
Great Lost Discoveries III-Immortality (1961)
Hobbyist (1961)
Horse Race (1961)
The Little Lamb (1961)
Murder in Ten Easy Lessons (1961)
Nightmare in Blue (1961)
Nightmare in Gray (1961)
Nightmare in Green (1961)
Nightmare in Red (1961)
Nightmare In Time (1961)
Nightmare in White (1961)
Nightmare in Yellow (1961)
Rebound (1961)
The Ring of Hans Carvel (1961)
Rope Trick (1961)
Second Chance (1961)
The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I (1961)
The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II (1961)
The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III (1961)
Three Little Owls (1961)
Aelurophobe (1962)
Puppet Show (1962)
Double Standard (1963)
It Didn't Happen (1963)
Ten Percenter (1963)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1965) (with Carl Onspaugh)


Books about Fredric Brown
Martians and Misplaced Clues: The Life and Work of Fredric Brown
 

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