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Fredric Brown Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ed & Am Hunter Books

The Fabulous Clipjoint (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Ringer (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bloody Moonlight (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Compliments of a Fiend (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Has Many Doors (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Late Lamented (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Murphy's Underpants (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Mitkey Astromouse (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Freakshow Murders (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
One for the Road (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Can Be Fun / A Plot for Murder (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Mad Universe (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Screaming Mimi (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Jabberwock (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Comes a Candle (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Dancing Sandwiches (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Cry (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deep End (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
We All Killed Grandma (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madball (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wench is Dead (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Project Jupiter / The Lights in the Sky are Stars (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Name Was Death (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martians, Go Home (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lenient Beast (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rogue in Space (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Office (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knock Three-One-Two (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murderers (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mind Thing (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Five-Day Nightmare (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before She Kills (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homicide Sanitarium (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carnival of Crime (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirty Corpses Every Thursday (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red is the Hue of Hell (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keep Out (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Life and Fire (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star Mouse (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Apple Hard to Peel (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Slay a Man About a Dog (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder and Matilda (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hall of Mirrors (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Ending (With: Mack Reynolds) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Space on My Hands (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Shine / Angels and Spaceships (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honeymoon In Hell (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmares and Geezenstacks (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daymares (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradox Lost and Twelve Other Great Science Fiction Stories (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Fredric Brown (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Short Stories of Fredric Brown (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
And the Gods Laughed (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
From These Ashes (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daymare and Other Tales from the Pulps (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earthmen Bearing Gifts (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Proofreaders' Page and Other Uncollected Items (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mostly Murder (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fredric Brown. The Greatest Science Fiction Stories: Hall of Mirrors, Two Timer, Keep Out (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Science Fiction Hall of Fame Books

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (By: Theodore R. Cogswell) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Outer Limits Collections

with Diane Duane
The Outer Limits, Volume 1 (By: Diane Duane) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outer Limits, Volume Two (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outer Limits, Volume Three (By: Diane Duane) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories Books

The Great SF Stories 2 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 3 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 4 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 5 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 6 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 8 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 7 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 9 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 10 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 11 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 12 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 13 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 14 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 15 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 16 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 17 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Cordwainer Smith) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 18 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 20 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 21 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 22 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Cordwainer Smith) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 19 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 23 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Cordwainer Smith) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 24 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Cordwainer Smith) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Masked Detective, Spring 1942(1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planet Stories, Spring 1944(1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space(1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invasion From Mars:Interplanetary Stories(1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Classic Book of Science Fiction(1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invaders of Earth(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Omnibus of Science Fiction(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science-Fiction Terror Tales(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science-Fiction Carnival(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Short Science Fiction Tales(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unknown(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Connoisseur's Science Fiction(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of Science Fiction: No. 10(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
If This Goes On(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stars And Under(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Time and Space(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demon Lovers and Strange Seductions(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Contact(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astounding Analog Reader(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Book Two(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Black Magic Stories(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bug-Eyed Monsters(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Decade: The 1940's(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arena: Sports Science Fiction(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction of the Forties(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Astounding(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shared Tomorrows(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog's Golden Anniversary Anthology(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thinking Machines(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weekend Book of Science Fiction(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arbor House Celebrity Book of Horror Stories(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Scientists(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth Invaded(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Odyssey(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caught in the Organ Draft(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens from Analog(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Mutants(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bug Awful(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 Short Mystery Novels(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Mystery(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Dead(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Maine(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devils & Demons(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monster Book of Monsters(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Tales(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches & Warlocks(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Gladiators(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Book of Horrors: Tiny Tales of Terror(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats in Space... and Other Places(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flying Sorcerers(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Thirst(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Pulp(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Oxford Book of Aliens(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Oxford Book of Nightmares(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Crime & Fourteen Other SciFi Classics from the 30's to the 60's(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
G-Men Detective, November 1941(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Already Among Us(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Contact: Stories of the New World(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classic Martian Stories(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worst Contact(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom Detective, April 1941(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Twelve(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Book of Reel Murders(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Stories, Volume 87(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
5 Detective Novels - Summer 1952(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Book Detective #53, September 1942(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Fredric Brown was an American science fiction, fantasy, mystery and thrillers author. He has considered one of the boldest early writers in the fiction genre thanks to his use of narrative experimentation. Like Franz Kafka, he was never a popular author in his lifetime, and his popularity only rose almost half a century later after he wrote. His books have been reprinted due to the growing demand from his worldwide fan base and most notably in Europe and the United States. Some of Fredric Brown’s books have been adapted into movies in France.
Like most pulp writers, Brown was never financially secure, and this forced him to write at a fast and furious pace to pay his bills. This is the evident uneven quality of his work. Working as a professional newspaperman, Brown only spared 14 years of his life to write full-time. Besides writing, he was also a heavy drinker, and at times it affected his productivity. Brown’s interest extended far beyond those of most pulp writers, and he had a lifelong interest in chess, poker, flute and the works of Lewis Carroll.

Fredric Brown’s 1954 book, Martians, Go Home is a clever novel that treads on the fine line between serious fiction and absurdity as it has an important message to deliver about humanity while at the same time tormenting the readers with nasty Martians who want nothing more than annoy us. On the other hand, we are introduced to Luke Devereaux struggling with his life, wife, and writing career. We also have the Martians who force our character and the rest of the Earth’s population to reconsider how they treat each other.

The aliens take center stage as millions and billions of them arrive on Earth. They are nonphysical, but that does not make them helpless as they have X-ray vision and are capable of learning the human language in a matter of hours hence making them capable of learning all human secrets. The Martians also have the ability to teleport, so whenever a human tries to speak, the Martians interfere and reveal the truth hence exposing the humans to their own half-truths. There appears to be no point in what they do except annoy the humans since they can’t touch or interact with them humans. And worse enough, they won’t leave. The book incorporates the old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, as even the countries caught in the Cold War are forced to collaborate to try to get rid of the Martians. The narrative shifts from what’s happening with Luke to what’s happening with the world. The main character, Luke, serves as the connection to the narrative, but the world, in general, is the core in which science fiction comes to play.

This is a traditional alien invasion fiction, modelled after H.G. Wells and written in the style of Pulp Magazine. Fredric Brown likes subverting genre notions of brave earthlings battling cunning aliens while clinging to a damsel in scant, torn attire. He begins with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, yet there is something substantial, keen, and perceptive underneath the humor. Brown is not content with simply exploiting the concept for laughs; he also employs social satire: perhaps we have welcomed such cruel behavior from the Martians by our recent treatment of one another and the Earth. Perhaps a society that falls apart so readily when privacy is denied was founded on bad ideals, to begin with.

What could the little aliens want with the humans? Do they want to help the humans overcome their own idiocy? Or are they here to prevent us from exporting our idiocy to the stars? Since they won’t stop and explain their intentions to us, how can we convince them that we are smart enough? Can we make them go away?

What Mad Universe opens up with a rocket sent to the moon? The rocket is equipped with a device that emits a powerful flash such that the people of Earth can see it as evidence of the landing. Unfortunately, the rocket fails and falls back to Earth, killing people and sending Keith Winton to an alternate reality. A world where everything is a duplicate of what he left on Earth. The alternate world has a habitable moon, planets, and alien monsters that are attacking Earth.

After a terrifying night in which he narrowly survived his life, Keith, with any luck, returns to New York and begins studying the history of the world. There are daily moon shuttles, star travel, and a conflict with the Arcs. A war that would have been lost without Dopelle.
What Mad Universe is humorous, arising mostly from the depiction of the protagonist’s culture shock and the strange phenomena in the world, such as sewing machines that pave the path for space travel. In this Universe, H. G. Wells did not pen a fictitious description of a Martian incursion of Earth, but rather a nonfictional political tract vehemently opposing the invasion and settlement of Mars by humans. A half-serious, half-humorous reflection on modern life and the realities of our planet, its lighthearted tone would be elaborated upon by following works, most notably Martians, Go Home, published in 1955. The concept of mankind encountering an intransigently hostile extraterrestrial species determined on its annihilation, with whom no discussion or compromise is imaginable, is similar to that of “Arena,” an earlier short tale by Fredric Brown.

Upon its publication, What Mad Universe received positive acclaim, with McComas and Boucher naming it the best science fiction book of 1949. They went further to cite it as the best blend of logic, humor, satire and terror. Others, such as P. Schuyler Miller, highly praised the book, and Ben Ostrander reviewed it in The Space Gamer No. 18 and stated that the book tells us something about ourselves as science fiction readers. If you enjoy reading classic science fiction books with plenty of humor and satire, then Fredric Brown’s books should be on your priority list.

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