Re: RARA-AVIS: Top Picks & Fred. Brown

Date: 06 Jan 2000

Hi, Neil

> On another note, I think it's a shame that Fredric Brown's work, so often
> praised here, is hard to find now. I wish the crime novels would be picked
> up and reprinted, since I'm not a big "go out and scout for used books"
> Any ideas of who has the current rights, and who we might want to petition
> about that?

Funny you mention that: There's a new mailing list devoted to Fred Brown over at It's a small group so far (reaallllllllly small), but the moderator is in touch with Fred's son, Linn Brown, who own virtually all the rights to his father's work.

In fact, the moderator (James Roberts) is supposed to be meeting up for lunch tomorrow to talk about the list. I was going to ask James to pass along that very question: Why hasn't someone like Vintage Black Lizard snapped up all of Brown's novels?

I've been trying to collect all of Brown's books for a couple of years now, and, like Bill Crider mentioned, have had great success with abebooks--and more recently, ebay.


Duane Swierczynski

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