Fredric Brown (1906-1972) was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was born in Cincinnati.
He is perhaps best known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the short short form — stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. Humor and a somewhat postmodern outlook carried over into his novels as well.
His classic science fiction novel What Mad Universe (1949) is a parody of pulp SF story conventions.