[Pdf] (What Mad Universe) Da Fredric Brown
A charming golden age sci fi tale
That Isn T Afraid Poke Fun isn t afraid to poke fun its own genre why of course space girls are scantily clad Why t they be Perhaps funniest of all though maybe unintentionally is the fact that the main character is whisked away to a parallel universe where veryone wants to kill him and his main concern is that his parallel universe girlfriend is ngaged to someone lse it seemed suddenly to Keith a one dimensional world There was only a forward and backward in it as long as ach of them he and the unknown groped their way along the building fronts Like ants crawling along string they must meet and pass unless one of them turned Purple monsters mistouts parallel universes computer brains named Mekky What kind of mad universe is this Brown s What Mad Universe harkens back to the classic 50s sci fi films which oftentimes pitted humans against creatures and beings from the vast beyond and Brown s book seems to be as much of homage as well as a satire of this genre with prototypes of the genre running rampant throughout the plot While reading I felt like I was in a prolonged pisode of The Twilight Zone and this made for uite an Twelve Days of Pleasure entertaining ride The plot involves Keith Winton anditor for a science fiction magazine being transported to a parallel universe when a rocket launch blast propels him into another dimension Although there are many likenesses to the world he knows he suddenly finds things are uite different and he uickly becomes a fugitive on the run Keith will try to stay alive long nough to find his way back to the world he knewThis book is fun imaginative humorous and uite creative and clever I also thought the story within a story aspect was uite ingenious I probably liked the first half of the book with the initial set up and conflict a tad better than the second half That is only a very minor flaw to an otherwise impressive book Over all What Mad Universe very fun book and I m looking to reading from Frederick Brown Although better known for his xtremely brief short stories Frederic Brown was also an Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye extremely accomplished novelist The solidity of his prose style is remarkable he was just a very good writer able toxpress sometimes uite complex ideas very clearly indeedThis novel was published in 1949 and it s a mark of how sophisticated the SF field was becoming in the hands of such writers as Brown and Sprague de Camp and a few others that they were able to twist their imaginations around to deal with the SF field itself In its own way this novel is a good xample of critical fiction a pre postmodern work that affectionately lampoons the trops of props of pulp SF A fun unintentionally campy tale about a man trapped in an alternate universe I love that Brown s vision of the future had Earthlings casually traveling to other planets yet they still had to line up to use a phone booth I definitely want to read of this guy s stuff Real Rating 475 of fiveThese old Golden Agers are novellas Just realized it Need to cogitate It all started with a BIG BANG Caught in the center of the xplosion is Keith Winton the ditor of one of those fantastic pulp magazines that flourished in the 1930 s and 1940 sAmerica His own magazine is called Surprising Stories and specializes in planetary romance with lurid covers of scantily dressed young women chased by a BEM Bug Eyed Monsterimage copyright Fastner LarsonFrom his post Depression New York life Keith Winton is thrown into a parallel universe where said bug yed monsters are freely roaming the streets Other dangerous differences are revealed to him as he tries to make sense of this mad world that so closely resembles his own yet knows space travel has colonies on the Moon Venus and Mars and is fighting a terrible war against horrible creatures from Alpha CentauriThe only ray of sunshine in this parallel universe is the presence in the alternate New York of his crush from the real world the beautiful Betty Hadley Curiously While Keith and the rest of the population dresses conservatively and in keeping with the standards of Old Earth Betty is a space girl and is wearing a revealing costume Resolutely he looked at her costume instead of the parts of her that weren t covered by it That helped a little A damned little She was dressed again in the costume that she told him was the prerogative of a space girl This time it was of white silk Narrow but marvelously twin rounded white silk bra Very short white silk trunks so tight fitting that they might have been painted on and by the brush of a very great artist And gleaming white patent leather boots half way up beautifully molded calvesNothing Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild elsexcept Betty Hadley Betty Hadley s golden skin and golden hair her wide blue Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets eyes and soft red lips in a face beautiful than an angel s Keith might be reconciled with his transplanted destiny but alas his Betty isngaged to the hero of this New World Doppelle who looks Se l'universo come pare non è infinito dovremmo rassegnarci fin d'ora all'idea che uando avremo finito di farne il giro non ci saranno altri posti dove andare Se infatti sistono altri universi uesti si trovano per definizione in un altro spazio incomunicante col nostro Ma uella insuper.
Read & Download What Mad UniverseNate world type sf and for those just looking for a fun action read40 Stars This old classic SF deserves to be called a classic now it feels fairly uniue and very interesting a solid riff off of the golden age SF and a nearly seamless conjunction with alternate reality with all kinds of BEMs Bug Eyed MonstersSF in our universe and Fact in the other Aliens verywhere War of the Worlds Mars Venus Teleportation Motherships subjugation it s all hereSo what is this professional in the SF field going to do when faced with a reality that is Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 everything he d been publishingWhy not BE A HEROThis happens to be one hell of a fun book Full of low types shady individuals telepathicntities spaceships and an infinity of universesI keep thinking that I should have read this EARLY EARLY in my first forays into SF I would have immediately placed this one as one of my absolute favorites of all time if not just for nostalgia s stake but because it s smooth and so cool As it is now I m just xtremely happy to have finally gotten around to it and say to all of ya out there wishing you knew a very good arly SF title to where you could dip your beak This one is pretty damn fantastic and I think it holds up very well ven now There really isn t that many Golden Age SF I can truly say that about Or at least none that I can say that I uneuivocally njoyed from the first to the last pages without some sort of major or annoying complaint 1949 Very impressive Fredric Brown was a true ubermensch of the Golden Age of Science Fiction and his short stories are still among the best ver written in the genre I mean that BestEverWritten What Mad Universe is one of only a handful of SF novels that he wrote a tear inducing shame given how bursting with amazing it is What s so uniue about this tale is that it s both classic pulp SF in its own right while at the same time acting as an xaminationcritiue of pulp SF stereotypesDouble your pleasuredouble your fun PLOT SUMMARYThe main character Keith Winton is an La heredera del mar editor for a publishing company that puts out various adventure and science fiction magazines As the novel opens Keith is attending a gathering at his boss sstate at the same time that an xperimental rocket is being launched to the Moon Disasterexplosioneveryone killedeveryone EXCEPT KEITH who was at the center of the blast For Keith the adventure has just begun as he s blown into a parallel universe straight out of the pulp SF magazines he dits OkayI m going to tread lightly around the plot from here on out to avoid major spoilers so there will just be some general observations accompanied by fanboy gushing The world Keith finds himself in is erily similar to the Earth he left but he immediately begins to notice subtle differences beginning with the replacement of paper money with credit sheets These differences become increasingly shocking right up until the final we re not in Kansas any Toto moment that removes all doubt from Keith s mindalong with all of the control from his sphincter Eventually Keith learns that our universe and the one he s now in began to deviate in 1903 when a scientist working on his wife s sewing machine yes you heard me correctly accidentally discovered instantaneous space flight allowing the xploration and colonization of the Moon and the other planets of the Solar System and beyond This invention has led to a whole mess of changes many for the worse between the universe Keith is familiar with and the one in which he is now stranded Keith stumbles through this world and finds himself confronted by verything pulpy you can imagine from Bug Eyed Monsters aka BEMs mysterious night time mistouts ruled by gangs of Nighters alien insects bent on world domination women in metallic form fitting bikini tops as if you can have pulp without them and a genius scientistgeneral named Doppelle and his mechanical sidekick MEKKY who are loved and worshipped by all the people of Earth THOUGHTSThis book is brimming with the warm toasty goodness of SF pulp It s feel good it s comfort food it s soft blanket curled around you in front of the fire science fiction that just makes you happy There are not nough stories like this any One final item I want to mention from the story is Moonjuice I m not going to tell you what it does and it s only discussed for about a page and a half of the whole book but if they Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One ever mass produce it I am going to buy it by the gallon It s one of those SF concepts that you just fall in love with and that stays written on your memory in indelible ink Read the book you will understand why YUM This is pulp SF at its most FUN and for fans of the genre I can t recommend itnough That said I think the story is Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) engagingnough to appeal to just about any science fiction fan So in closing you should read this Now I leave you with one last wonderful picture from the glory days of science fiction 40 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Ntalmente per via di ualche distorsione dello spazio di ualche buco bianco o altra falla o trabocchetto dimensionale Fredric Brown fu uno dei primi a sfruttare un incidente di uesto genere; il suo classico modello di assurdo universo resta insuperato a tutt'oggiCopertina di Karel Thole. Ike Errol flynn leads Earth Space Defense against the Alpha Centauri monsters and is also the brainiest scientist on the planet How could Keith compete with that What Mad Universe has he landed onI haven t read many of Fredric Brown novels but I am glad I discovered this gem from the arly days of the science fiction The story combines the Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time enthusiasm of the pioneers of spacexploration with the tongue in cheek satire of the cliches and mannerisms of the fledging genre How One Wild Weekend else could a warpngine be discovered by a man fiddling with his wife s *sewing machine And how lse would it be possible for the Mooners to look like Sulley *machine And how lse would it be possible for the Mooners to look like Sulley Monster s Inc Or for the lead lady be dressed like a pin up drawn by Alberto Vargas
Or For A Supercomputer To Be Afor a supercomputer to be a telepathic ball called Mekkyview spoiler Nothing is random It is because you chanced at the Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing exact instant of the flash to be thinking about this particular universe That is you were thinking about your science fiction fan Joe Doppelberg and you were wondering what kind of a universe he would dream about what kind of a universe he would really like And this is it hide spoiler If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewVintage Wave function Collapse What Mad Universe by Fredric BrownAnd then you say putting ideas under the noses of the people who most hate them That s what science fictionxists for You sure about that I suspect most readers who F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby expressed a preference would say that they are generally rather keen on ideas In fact the literary fiction crowd often use the idea is the protagonist as a stick with which to beat SF The problem is that the notion of travel comes from movement through space When we re standing still and on no conveyance we are not traveling relative to the world around us of course the planet is traveling through space But in the case of time when we stand still we are indeed moving forward at the pace of life in time So in that context time travel must mean than that standing still movement it must mean traveling faster than that to the future or at any speed at all to the past which does not happen at all in natural life time One view of time is that is does not actually pass as wexperience it and that there is nothing uniuely real about the present There is a 21st century and there is a 16th Century there are Walled (The Line, elephants and there are trilobites The past or future are not less real because we do not coexist with them any than distant universes separated from us by the speed of light are less real because we cannot perceive them As Einstein put it People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion If you re into Vintage SF read onlsewhere While the science in this science fiction novel makes Philip K Dick seem like Arthur C Clarke this was pure non stop Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany entertainment It has a light humorous tone throughout though this isn t like a Douglas Adams novel but likearly PKD only slightly ridiculous and free wheelingThe basic gist is that there s a man Keith living in the very near future at the time who works as an ditor for various sf and weird magazines that were so prevalent back in the day On the same day that a rocket is going to land on the moon for the first time which is supposed to create a huge xplosion of light so veryone can see it from the Earth Keith is suddenly transported from his boss s state where he was visiting towell the same place only Tempting Fate everything s different In this new world all the crazy things from his pulp magazines appear to be true There are huge purple aliens walking the streets of Manhattan interstellar wars are taking place in space people use credits instead of cash andvery night there s a mysterious mistout where the very air is blackened to the point where no one can see than a foot or two in front of them Everyone stays indoors during these times as there are roving bands of killers that are able to navigate the blackness Keith slowly realizes that this is a very dangerous reality to live in and he must figure out just what the hell is going on What Mad Universe was my first novel by Fredric Brown though I ve read a handful of his shorts and short shorts and I will most definitely be reading I d originally planned for one of his noir thrillers to be my first Brown read and was nearly gutted to find my vintage copy of Here Comes a Candle vandalized with underlining throughout which I cannot abide So this was my second choice and I m glad I read it first as it turned out that I really needed something absurd and fun and this was perfect At first my rationalist brain was annoyed by certain seeming plot holes in this alternate reality but Brown had a clever xplanation that pretty much negates any and all nit picks I or anyone lse could have as far as the nonsensical aspects of parts of itHighly recommended for those into alter. Abile agenzia di viaggi che è la fs non s'è mai lasciata arrestare da una così malinconica prospettiva E' vero che gli altri possibili universi i cosiddetti mondi paralleli sono normalmente incomunicanti tra loro One Giant Leap e col nostro Ma a chiunue di noi può succedere di caderci dentro accide.