Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) is a science fiction author and mystery author who is best known for writing short stories with an humorous flair.
His first science fiction story, "Not Yet the End" was published in Captain Future in 1941. Many of the stories which followed are short, practically extended jokes rather than actual stories. Nevertheless, Brown wrote with an engaging style.
Humor carried over into his novels as well. His science fiction novel What Mad Universe (1949) plays with the clichéd conventions of the genre by throwing a pulp magazine editor into a parallel world based, not on the adventure stories he published, but rather on a child's image of those stories and the man who published them. Similarly, Martians, Go Home (1955) looks at a Martian invasion through the eyes of a science fiction author.
One of his most famous short stories, "Arena" was used as the basis for a popular episode of Star Trek.
The Fabulous Clipjoint (1947), Edgar Award winner for best first novel
The Screaming Mimi (1949), ISBN 0881844497
Here Comes a Candle (1950)
Night of the Jabberwock (1951)
The Lenient Beast (1956), ISBN 0881844446
Knock Three-One-Two (1959)
Placet Is a Crazy Place (1946)
What Mad Universe (1949)
Space on my Hands (1953), ISBN 0899683320
The Lights in the Sky are Stars (1953)
Angels & Spaceships (1954)
Martians, Go Home (1955), which was the basis for an arguably below-par 1990 movie of the same name, starring Randy Quaid and Margaret Colin
Rogue in Space (1957)
The Mind Thing (1961)
A more recent collection of his short science fiction and fantasy is:
From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF of Fredric Brown (2001), ISBN 1-886778-18-3
His science fiction novels are collected in: