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Fredric Brown Collection

a very prolific practitioner of the science fiction branch of the genre, churning out nearly twenty-five pulp novels in his career, in addition to his numerous short stories.

5 old time radio show recordings
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3 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from May 06, 1950:

"The Knock"



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"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."

The brightly-colored oil paintings on the covers, the slogans promising strange and bizarre adventures: pulp fiction is one of the staples of American fiction, a major source of entertainment in the middle of the 20th century. Fredric Brown was a very prolific practitioner of the science fiction branch of the genre, churning out nearly twenty-five pulp novels in his career, in addition to his numerous short stories.

Frederic BrownFredric Brown's work was full of paradoxes and word play, often exploring odd psychological traits, and usually involving amazing and numerous plot twists. He was the master of the interesting conceit. Perhaps this is why, according to legend, he was said to be an inveterate procrastinator who was described by his wife as hating to write. The work of generating shocking and inventive plots is hard work indeed.

Further, Brown was interested in pushing the limits of the form. "There are no rules," he once asserted, "you can write a story, if you wish, with no conflict, no suspense, no beginning, middle or end."

Yet his most noted short story, "Knock," had all of those things. Try this beginning on for size: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." The story is set in a post-apocalypse, after aliens called Zan have exterminated most of the human race. It was adapted by X Minus One and Dimension X.

"Crack Up" is about a man with a memory disorder. It opens with him--George Steele--waking up in jail talking about a train wreck that never really happened. In its iteration as an RKO movie, it was billed as "the startling story of a mind that lost itself...of a man who couldn't forget a kiss...couldn't remember a KILLING!"

It was adapted by Lux Radio Theater in 1946. It starred Pat O'Brien and Lynn Bari. If you're interested in having your mind boggled, the Fredric Brown collection is for you.

Frederic BrownFor additional reading see also: Article on Science Fiction in Radio and see also:

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    5 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min
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      5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 52 minutes
      1. Dimension X 500506 05 Knock.mp3
      2. Lux 461230 552 Crack Up.mp3
      3. X Minus One 550522 Knock.mp3
      4. X Minus One 560807 The Last Martian.mp3
      5. X Minus One 561226 081 Honeymoon In Hell.mp3
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    5 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 52 minutes
      1. Dimension X 500506 05 Knock.mp3
      2. Lux 461230 552 Crack Up.mp3
      3. X Minus One 550522 Knock.mp3
      4. X Minus One 560807 The Last Martian.mp3
      5. X Minus One 561226 081 Honeymoon In Hell.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    5 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 52 min

    Disc A001

    1. Lux 461230 552 Crack Up

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    Disc A002

    1. Dimension X 500506 05 Knock
    2. X Minus One 550522 Knock

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    Disc A003

    1. X Minus One 560807 The Last Martian
    2. X Minus One 561226 081 Honeymoon In Hell

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