This eBook was
created from a number of different sources:
scans of magazines, paperbacks, hardbacks
converted .pdf files
unformatted .rtf files
basic formatted .doc files
such, I took a little more liberties than usual with
the reformatting, editing of the spelling and the occasional “layout &
design” question. I absolutely believe it to be an imperative to preserve the
author's original text (i.e. words, spelling etc.); to help preserve the sense
and atmosphere of the time-period in which these works were written.
On occasion, I did encounter some spellings inconsistent
with Brown's usual style and some that were both distracting and very
questionable as to whether they were the author's or misspellings/errors of
some proofreader overlooked during the original publication of the stories
contained within this eBook. As a result, I made some corrections to the
original text. Please note, these adjusments were kept to a bare minimum.
I also re-formatted each story to be the best possible
reading experience on your eReader. No other adjustments of the author’s original
work have been made.
I present this eBook in two parts. Part One is a collection
of Fredric Brown’s science fiction stories, and Part Two is his crime stories.
I based my classification of these stories in part, of William F Nolan’s
in-depth look at Fredric Brown’s work, published in 1984.
To give you a sense of who Fredric Brown was and the scope
of his talent, I include Robert Bloch’s very well written and
informative”essay” as an introduction; unedited and in its entirety.
For those interested in the source material from which
these stories were culled, please take a look at the “Source Material” I
included at the end of this eBook.
Finally, it is my sincerest desire for you to have an
enjotable reading experience of some of the best classic science fiction and
crime stories written.