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Fredric Brown Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ed & Am Hunter Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Space on My Hands (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Shine / Angels and Spaceships (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honeymoon In Hell (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightmares and Geezenstacks (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daymares (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paradox Lost and Twelve Other Great Science Fiction Stories (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Fredric Brown (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of Fredric Brown (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And the Gods Laughed (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From These Ashes (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daymare and Other Tales from the Pulps (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Proofreaders' Page and Other Uncollected Items (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mostly Murder (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Science Fiction Hall of Fame Books

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (By: Theodore R. Cogswell) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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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