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(1906 -- 1972)
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(October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972)
  
Fredric William Brown was a [[SF]] and mystery writer who was born in [[Cincinnati, Ohio]].
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'''Fredric William Brown''' was an [[SF]] and mystery writer who was born in [[Cincinnati, Ohio]]. He was the original [[GoH]] choice of [[Detention]], but declined due to ill health.
  
He is perhaps best known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short, short" form. Humor carried over into his novels as well. One of his stories, "Arena," was adapted as an episode of the [[Star Trek]] TV series.
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He is perhaps best known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short, short" form. Humor carried over into his novels as well. One of his stories, "Arena," was adapted as an episode of the ''[[Star Trek]]'' TV series.
  
His classic [[SF]] novel ''What Mad Universe'' (1949) is a parody of [[pulp]] SF story conventions. The novel functions both as a critique of its genre and a superior example of it.  ''The Lights in the Sky Are Stars'' (1952) tells the story of an aging astronaut who is trying to get his beloved space program back on track after Congress has cut off the funds for it.  His other genre books included ''Space On My Hands'' (1951), ''Angels and Spaceships'' (1954),  ''Martians, Go Home'' (1955), ''Star Shine'' (1956), ''Rogue in Space'' (1957), ''The Mind Thing'' (1961), ''Nightmares and Geezanstacks'' (1961), and ''The Best of Fredric Brown'' (1977).
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His classic [[SF]] novel ''What Mad Universe'' (1949) is a parody of [[pulp]] SF story conventions. The novel functions both as a critique of its genre and a superior example of it.  ''The Lights in the Sky Are Stars'' (1952) tells the story of an aging astronaut who is trying to get his beloved space program back on track after Congress has cut off the funds for it.  His other genre books included ''Space On My Hands'' (1951), ''Angels and Spaceships'' (1954),  ''Martians, Go Home'' (1955), ''Star Shine'' (1956), ''Rogue in Space'' (1957), ''The Mind Thing'' (1961), ''Nightmares and Geezanstacks'' (1961), and ''The Best of Fredric Brown'' (1977). He occasionally used the pseudonym of '''Felix Graham'''.
  
 
[[NESFA Press]] collected Brown's complete short [[SF]] and an omnibus of novels.
 
[[NESFA Press]] collected Brown's complete short [[SF]] and an omnibus of novels.
  
He occasionally used the pseudonym of Felix Graham.
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* {{SFE|name=brown_fredric}}
  
 
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* 1946 -- [[1946 Best Short Story Retro Hugo|Best Short Story Retro Hugo]], [[1946 Best Novelette Retro Hugo|Best Novelette Retro Hugo]] nominee
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* 1958 -- [[Southwestercon VI]] (could not attend)
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* 1996 -- [[1946 Best Short Story Retro Hugo]] nominee, [[1946 Best Novelette Retro Hugo]] nominee
 
* 2012 -- [[Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award]]
 
* 2012 -- [[Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award]]
 
* Brown's mystery novel, ''The Fabulous Clipjoint'', won an Edgar Award for outstanding first mystery novel.
 
* Brown's mystery novel, ''The Fabulous Clipjoint'', won an Edgar Award for outstanding first mystery novel.

Latest revision as of 10:33, 27 March 2021

(October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972)

Fredric William Brown was an SF and mystery writer who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the original GoH choice of Detention, but declined due to ill health.

He is perhaps best known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short, short" form. Humor carried over into his novels as well. One of his stories, "Arena," was adapted as an episode of the Star Trek TV series.

His classic SF novel What Mad Universe (1949) is a parody of pulp SF story conventions. The novel functions both as a critique of its genre and a superior example of it. The Lights in the Sky Are Stars (1952) tells the story of an aging astronaut who is trying to get his beloved space program back on track after Congress has cut off the funds for it. His other genre books included Space On My Hands (1951), Angels and Spaceships (1954), Martians, Go Home (1955), Star Shine (1956), Rogue in Space (1957), The Mind Thing (1961), Nightmares and Geezanstacks (1961), and The Best of Fredric Brown (1977). He occasionally used the pseudonym of Felix Graham.

NESFA Press collected Brown's complete short SF and an omnibus of novels.

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