Re: RARA-AVIS: Fredric Brown: Robison after Harbin

Date: 11 Oct 2002

In a message dated 10/11/2002 10:16:41 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> He also wrote, aside from sf (NOT sci-fi) and hb cf, not a little horror
> fiction and some lighter fantasies. NIGHTMARES AND
> GEEZENSTACKS collects a
> number of his vignettes, and some longer stories...

A lot of his fantasy has also been recently reprinted in FROM THESE ASHES: THE COMPLETE SHORT SF OF FREDRIC BROWN also. Probably the most famous of these stories is ARENA, which a popular STAR TREK episode was based on. Another favorite is the story that begins, "The last man on earth heard a knock on the door..." or something to that effect.

Among the pulp writers, Brown and Leigh Brackett seem to me to be the only two who were really excellent in both the mystery and the science fiction genres. Most of the others who come to mind were primarily well known in either one or the other area.


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