Fredric Brown

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Fredric Brown

Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906, Cincinnati – March 11, 1972) was a writer of science fiction and mystery, best known for his stories characterized by large doses of humor and surprising endings . He is also known for being one of the most audacious writers when it comes to making narrative experiments in genre fiction. Although he was not a particularly popular writer in life, Brown’s work has generated a considerable cult that continues half a century after he made his final writing. His works are periodically reprinted and he has several fan pages on the Internet both in the USA. UU as in Europe, where several adaptations of his writings have been made.

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He never had financial security, like many other pulp writers he wrote feverishly to pay his bills – which explains, at least in part, the unequal quality of his work. Proofreading proofreader by profession, he could only dedicate 14 years of his life as a full-time writer. Brown was also a heavy drinker, which undoubtedly affected his productivity. An omnivorous reader, with interests that went beyond most pulp writers, Brown always showed great interest in the flute. He was married twice and had two children.

His first science fiction story was “Not yet the end” published in 1941 in a summer edition of Captain Future. Many of his stories are ultra-short stories of 1 to 3 pages, with witty arguments and surprising endings.

Probably his most famous story is Arena (1944) for having been adapted into an episode of Star Trek.

This humor and a somewhat postmodern perspective were also transferred to his novels. For example, his science fiction novel Universe of Locos (1941) plays with the conventions of the genre by sending his protagonist (a science fiction writer) to a parallel universe that is based, not in his novels, but in the image of a naive consumer of this kind of stories. In a similar way his novel Marciano, go home! (Martians, Go Home!) (1955) shows how the life of a science fiction writer is affected by a bizarre Martian invasion.

Brown’s mystery stories are well within the pulp literature standards. In 1947 he published his first detective novel, The Fabulois Clipjoint, (The fabulous trap, also known as The Fabulous Cabaret). This will be the author’s favorite novel and for which he won in 1948 the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best work in criminal narrative. Another novel of his, Night through the Looking Glass (Night of the Jabberwock), is a strange and sometimes hilarious, but ultimately satisfying, account of an extraordinary day in the life of an editor in a small town.

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