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Wiki entry, ISFDB entry.
Pen-names: Felix Graham

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"Abominable"
© Dude, Mar 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"Aelurophobe"
(also as "Cattin' On The Couch")
© Dude, Sep 1962
Paradox Lost, 1973

"All Good BEMs"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1949
Space On My Hands, 1951

"Answer"
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

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"The Angelic Angleworm"
© Unknown Tales, Feb 1943
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award: glitch in the "matrix"
--/ humour award

There are certainly some glitches in the world's fabric. There are also... spelling errors! Fredric Brown has written a hilarious tale of the world unraveling slowly, thread-by-thread - sort of like an experience from the "Truman Show" - because somebody in charge messed up the world's script, or admitted some spelling errors into the everyday run of things. I especially enjoyed the novella's first chapters where our poor hapless hero encounters things like an inexplicable (and highly confused) duck (as in "duck, the bird") inside a locked museum glass case, or worms that float up into the sky without going to all that trouble of turning into butterflies first. Fredric Brown's work in the weird pulps during the 1940s is highly recommended, with stories like "Come and Go Mad" or "The Geezenstacks" - and these were heavily anthologized, so will not be hard find.
(review by Avi Abrams)

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"Angels and Spaceships" (coll)
© Dutton, 1954
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ humour award

"Arena"
© Astounding, Jun 1944
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958
--short fiction : 1971 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /35 (tie)
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /34 (tie)

--/ second place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award


"Armageddon"
© Unknown, Aug 1941
Angels And Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

"Cattin' On The Couch"
(also as "Aelurophobe")
© Dude, Sep 1962
Paradox Lost, 1973

"Come and Go Mad"
© Weird Tales, Jul 1949
Space on My Hands, 1951
Daymares, 1968
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Contact"
(also as "Earthmen Bearing Gifts")
© Galaxy, Jun 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"Crisis, 1999"
© Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Aug 1949
Space On My Hands, 1951

"Daisies"
© Playboy, 1957
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool f story
--/ humour award

"Daymare"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fall 1943
Space on My Hands, 1951
Daymares, 1968
--/ cool sf story

"The Dome"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1951
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958
--/ cool sf story

"Double Standard"
© Playboy, Apr 1963
Paradox Lost, 1973
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Earthmen Bearing Gifts"
(also as "Contact")
© Galaxy, Jun 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
(with Carl Onspaugh)
© F&SF, Jun 1965
Paradox Lost, 1973

"The End"
(also as "Nightmare in Time")
© Dude, May 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Etaoin Shrdlu"
© Unknown, Feb 1942
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool f story

"Fish Story"
(russ. as "Prosto Smeshno")
© 1961, Nightmares and Geezenstacks

"Gateway to Darkness"
(Crag series)
© Super Science Stories, Nov 1949
Daymares, 1968
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award



"The Geezenstacks"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1943
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ rare find

"Hall of Mirrors"
© Galaxy, Dec 1953
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Hat Trick"
(as by Felix Graham)
© Unknown Worlds, Feb 1943
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool f story

"The Hatchetman"
(with Mack Reynolds)
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"Honeymoon in Hell”
© Galaxy, Nov 1950
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ romance award

"Imagine"
© F&SF, May 1955
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958
--/ idea award

"Immortality"
(also as "Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality")
© Gent, Feb 1961
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"It Didn’t Happen"
© Playboy, Oct 1963
Paradox Lost, 1953

"Jaycee"
© F&SF, 1955
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ humour award

"Knock"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Dec 1948
Space on My Hands, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"The Last Train"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1950
Paradox Lost, 1973
--/ fourth place apocalyptic sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ humour award

"Letter to a Phoenix"
© Astounding, Aug 1949
Angels and Spaceships, 1954

"The Lights In The Sky Are Stars" (nv)
(also as "Project Jupiter" UK)
© Dutton / Bantam Books, 1953
--/ cool sf novel

"Man of Distinction"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1951
Honeymoon in Hell, 1958

"The New One"
© Unknown, Oct 1942
Paradox Lost, 1973

"Martians, Go Home!" (nv)
© Astounding Stories, Sep 1954
novel: Dutton / Bantam, 1955
--/ cool sf novel
--/ humour award

"Nightmare in Time"
(also as "The End")
© Dude, May 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Nightmare in Yellow"
© Dude, May 1961
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ humour award

"Not Yet The End"
© 1941, Captain Future
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"Nothing Sirius"
© Captain Future, Spr 1944
Space On My Hands, 1951
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award

"Obedience"
(also as "The Undying Ones")
© Super Science Stories, Sep 1950
Paradox Lost, 1973
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Of Time and Eustace Weaver"
(also as “The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I, II, & III”)
© Ellery Queen's, Jun 1961
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"Paradox Lost”
© Astounding, Oct 1943
Paradox Lost, 1973
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award

"Paradox Lost” (coll)
© Harper, 1973
--/ cool sf collection
--/ humour award

"Pattern”
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ humour award

"Pi in the Sky"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Win 1945
Space on My Hands, 1951
Daymares, 1968
--novelette : 1996 Retro Hugo
--/ cool sf story

"Placet Is a Crazy Place”
© Astounding, May 1946
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ humour award
--/ romance award

"Politeness”
© Playboy, Mar 1957
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

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"The Power"
(also as "Rebound")
© Galaxy, Apr 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ humour award

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"Preposterous"
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"Project Jupiter" (nv)
(also as "The Lights In The Sky Are Stars" UK)
© Dutton / Bantam Books, 1953
--/ cool sf novel

"Puppet Show"
© Playboy, Nov 1962
Paradox Lost, 1973

"Rebound"
(also as "The Power")
© Galaxy, Apr 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ humour award

"Recessional"
© Dude, Mar 1960
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961
--/ idea award

"Reconciliation"
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ idea award

"Search”
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
Angels and Spaceships, 1954

"Sentence”
© Playboy, Mar 1957
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ idea award

"The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I, II, & III”
(also as "Of Time and Eustace Weaver")
© Ellery Queen's, Jun 1961
Nightmares and Geezenstacks, 1961

"Solipsist”
© Angels and Spaceships, 1954
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ idea award

"Something Green"
© Space on My Hands, 1951
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Space On My Hands" (coll)
© Shasta, 1951
--/ cool sf collection
--/ humour award

"The Star Mouse"
(Mitkey series)
© Planet Stories, Spr 1942
Space On My Hands, 1957
Daymares, 1968

"Tale of the Flesh Monger”
(also as "Ten Percenter”)
© Gent, Oct 1963
Paradox Lost, 1973

"Ten Percenter”
(also as "Tale of the Flesh Monger”)
© Gent, Oct 1963
Paradox Lost, 1973

"The Waveries"
© Astounding, Jan 1945
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--short story : 1996 Retro Hugo
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Weapon"
© Astounding, Apr 1951
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ style award

"What Mad Universe" (nv)
© Startling Stories, Sep 1948
novel: Bantam Books, 1950
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: infinite "dream" universes

"The Undying Ones"
(also as "Obedience")
© Super Science Stories, Sep 1950
Paradox Lost, 1973
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Yehudi Principle"
© Astounding, May 1944
Angels and Spaceships, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

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