Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..."
Last month, we took a look at the comic novels of Fredric Brown — the greatest science fiction writer that everybody's read without realizing it. Now, let's take a look at his three more serious novels.
Although Fredric Brown's novels and short story collections have made only intermittent and often obscure appearances in print since his death in 1973, rare is the science fiction fan who hasn't unwittingly stumbled across his inimitable work at some point. Brown really is the best mid-century science fiction writer…