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From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF (Science Fiction) of Fredric Brown Hardcover – February 1, 2001
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From a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young boy's valiant effort to save the world ("Armageddon") to a dark tale of music and horror ("Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"), the stories of the late Brown represent a distinctive and unique voice in the sf community. This collection of more than 100 tales, many only a page in length, highlight the career of one of the genre's most incisive satirists and outstanding innovators. Most libraries should add this to their sf or short story collections. Last-Minute Mystery
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One of the most durable writers of sf's golden age, Brown (1906-72) was a stalwart of the pulps, the cheap-paper magazines that published most genre fiction from the late '20s to the '60s. He contributed uniquely by virtue of also being a crackerjack mystery writer, for he brought the noirish atmosphere and seedy details of the era's crime fiction to sf. He also brought the sardonic humor of the newsrooms in which he learned the writing trade, and that was his finest gift. A Brown story typically takes an odd situation, develops it risibly, eerily, or suspensefully enough, and concludes with a surprise calculated to rouse chuckles, chills, or both. Famous characters from his stories include Mitkey, an ordinary mouse who becomes an interstellar explorer, and the last man on Earth, who hears a knock on his door. To read very many of his stories is to be convinced, rightly or wrongly, that Brown's manner and modus inspired such early TV shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Ray Olson
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For a long time, Brown's short stories were only available in print in their French translation, and NESFA did us all a great service in collecting and reprinting these gems.
Fredric Brown's short stories always pack a surprising twist (sometimes viciously so). I you liked the original "Twilight Zone" series, you won't be disappointed by this book.
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Stories are easy and fun. Great for bedtime! :)
Glad to have bought it!