Author, Journalist, Television and Movie Scriptwriter
Born October 29, 1906, Cincinnati, Ohio
Died March 11, 1972, Tucson, Arizona
Like Anthony Boucher, Fredric Brown was a writer of science fiction and mystery stories. Both also used a good deal of humor in their work. One difference is that Brown was supposedly an atheist, while Boucher was a devout Catholic. Boucher was a great admirer of Fredric Brown, as were Philip K. Dick and Mickey Spillane among others. Brown's story "Arena" was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame by the Science Fiction Writers of America. It was also adapted to television in an episode of Star Trek.
Also like Anthony Boucher, Fredric Brown died at a relatively young age (sixty-five for Brown vs. sixty-six for Boucher). The two were rough contemporaries. Though born in Cincinnati, Brown worked in Milwaukee for many years as a newspaperman. Brown joined the Milwaukee Fictioneers Club. Robert Bloch was also a member, as were--at various times--Stanley G. Weinbaum, Ralph Milne Farley, and Raymond A. Palmer. I haven't found a complete source of information on the Milwaukee Fictioneers Club. I suspect other well known authors were involved or connected in some way, including Jim Kjelgaard. Fredric Brown was also associated with the science fiction fans, writers, and artists of Los Angeles.
According to the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Brown's first published science fiction story was "Not Yet the End" from Captain Future, Winter 1941. (He had published mystery or detective stories before that.) He would go on to write many more science fiction and mystery stories during his thirty-year career. Brown wrote three stories for Weird Tales published between 1943 and 1950. The first is called "The Geezenstacks." The last is called--fittingly--"The Last Train."
You can read about Fredric Brown on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Wikipedia, and other sources. For the full story you will--as always--have to turn to a book.
For Weird Tales
"The Geezenstacks" (Sept. 1943)
"Come and Go Mad" (July 1949)
"The Last Train" (Jan. 1950)
Text and captions copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley