Howard Browne

Howard Browne (April 15, 1908 – October 28, 1999) was a science fiction editor and mystery writer. He also wrote for several television series and films. Some of his work appeared over the pseudonyms John Evans, Alexander Blade, Lawrence Chandler, Ivar Jorgensen, and Lee Francis.

Howard Browne
BornApril 15, 1908
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
DiedOctober 28, 1999 (aged 91)
Santiago, California, United States
OccupationEditor, writer
GenreScience fiction, mystery fiction, film, television


Beginning in 1942, Browne worked as managing editor for Ziff Davis publications on Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures, both under Raymond A. Palmer's editorship. When Palmer left the magazines in 1949, Browne took over in January 1950. Browne ended the publication of Richard Shaver's Shaver Mystery and oversaw the change in Amazing from a pulp magazine to a digest. He left the magazines in 1956 to move to Hollywood.

In Hollywood, Browne wrote for television shows including Maverick, Ben Casey, and The Virginian. His last credit was for the film Capone (1975), starring Ben Gazzara.

Browne's novel Thin Air was twice adapted for television. In 1975 it was used as the basis for a first-season episode of The Rockford Files titled "Sleight of Hand." In 1982 it was the basis for a second-season episode of Simon & Simon of the same name as the novel.[1]

Works by Howard Browne

Amazing stories 194212
The first installment of Browne's "Warrior of the Dawn" was cover-featured in the December 1942 issue of Amazing Stories
  • Warrior of the Dawn (1943)
  • Return to Liliput (1943) (as by William Brengle)
  • Halo in Blood (1946)
  • If You Have Tears (1947) (as by John Evans)
  • Halo for Satan (1948)
  • The Man from Yesterday (1948) (as by Lee Francis)
  • Forgotten Worlds (1948) (as by Lawrence Chandler)
  • Halo in Brass (1949)
  • The Taste of Ashes (1957)
  • The Return of Tharn (1956)
  • Thin Air (1954)[2]
  • The Paper Gun (1985)
  • Pork City (1988)
  • Scotch on the Rocks (1991)
  • Murder Wears a Halo (1997)
  • Carbon-Copy Killer & Twelve Times Zero (1997)
  • Incredible Ink (1997)


  1. ^ "Howard Browne". IMDb.
  2. ^ "» Reviewed by Gloria Maxwell: HOWARD BROWNE – Thin Air".


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Anucha Browne Sanders, American basketball player

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Barrington Browne (born 1967), Guyanese cricketer

Buckston Browne (1850–1945), English physician

Bud Browne (1912–2008), American film director

Byron Browne (born 1942), American baseball player

Carl Browne (1849–1914), American cattle rancher, cartoonist, journalist and political activist in Coxey's Army

Carolyn Browne (born 1958), British ambassador

Chance Browne (born 1948), American comic strip artist

Charles Browne (disambiguation), several people

Chris Browne (born 1952), American cartoonist

Christopher Browne (disambiguation), several people

Coral Browne (1913–1991), Australian actress

Courtney Browne (born 1970), Barbadian cricketer

Cyril Snuffy Browne (1890–1964), Barbadian cricketer

Davey Browne (1986–2015), Australian professional boxer

Des Browne (born 1952), British politician

Dik Browne (1917–1989), American comic strip artist

Edward Browne (disambiguation), several people

Ernest Browne (1855–1946), Irish tennis player

Eliane Browne-Bartroli (1917–1944), British intelligence agent

Elizabeth Browne, Countess of Worcester (died 1565), lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn

Feargal Browne (born 1973), Irish politician

Garech Browne (1939–2018), Irish arts patron

George Browne (disambiguation), several people

Hablot Knight Browne (1815–1882), British illustrator

Harrison Browne (born 1993), Canadian hockey player

Harry Browne (1933–2006), American investment analyst and political writer

Henry Browne (disambiguation), several people

Henry Gore-Browne (1830–1912), Irish soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross

Howard Browne (1908–1999), American writer

Ivan Browne (born 1947), singer in American pop band The Lemon Pipers

Jack Nixon Browne (1904–1993), British politician

Jackson Browne (born 1948), American musician

James Browne (disambiguation), several people

Janet Browne (born 1950), British historian of science

Jann Browne (born 1954), American country singer

Jeremy Browne, 11th Marquess of Sligo (1939–2014), Irish peer

Jeremy Browne (born 1970), British politician

John Browne (disambiguation), several people

Joseph Browne (disambiguation), several people

Joy Browne (1944–2016), American radio psychologist

Kale Browne (born 1950), American actor

Kathleen Browne (artist) (1905–2007), New Zealand artist

Leslie Browne (born 1957), American ballet dancer

Martin Browne (1900–1980), British theatre director

Mary Browne (1891–1971), American tennis player

Mary Ann Browne (1812–1845), English poet, writer of musical scores

Maximilian Ulysses Browne (1705–1757), Austrian field marshal

Michael Browne (disambiguation), several people

Moyra Browne (1918–2016), British nurse

Nicholas Browne (1947–2014), British diplomat

Nicholas Browne-Wilkinson (1930–2018), British judge

Noël Browne (1915–1997), Irish politician and physician

Olin Browne (born 1959), American golfer

Patrick Browne (disambiguation), several people

Patti Ann Browne (born 1965), American broadcaster

Peter Browne (disambiguation), several people

Robert Browne (disambiguation), several people

Rodney Howard-Browne (born 1961), South African preacher

Roscoe Lee Browne (1922–2007), American actor

Rose Browne (1897–1986), American educator

Sam Browne (disambiguation), several people

Seán Browne (1916–1996), Irish politician

Sean K. L. Browne (born 1953), contemporary American sculptor

Spencer Browne (1856–1943), Australian journalist, newspaper editor and general

Spencer Browne (born 2003)

Stan Browne (born 1962), Australian rugby league footballer

Steven Browne (born 1989), Australian footballer

Sylvester John Browne (1841–1915), Australian pastoralist, miner and sportsman

Sylvia Browne (1936–2013), American medium

Tara Browne (1945–1966), British socialite

Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682), English author

Thomas Browne (disambiguation), several people

Thom Browne, American fashion designer

Tim Browne (born 1987), Australian Rugby League player

Tom Browne (disambiguation), several people

Tony Browne (born 1973), Irish hurler

Tony Browne (diplomat) (born 1946), New Zealand diplomat

Travis Browne (born 1982), American mixed martial arts fighter

Ulric Browne, British actor

Valentine Browne (disambiguation), several people

Vanessa Browne (born 1963), Australian high jumper

Vincent Browne (born 1944), Irish journalist

Vincent Browne (sculptor) (born 1947), Irish sculptor

Walter Browne (1949–2015), American chess player

Wayles Browne (born 1941), American linguist and Slavist

William Browne (disambiguation), several people

Capone (film)

Capone is a 1975 Canadian-American biographical crime film directed by Steve Carver, written by Howard Browne, and starring Ben Gazzara, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely, John Cassavetes, and Sylvester Stallone in an early film appearance. The film is a biography of the infamous Al Capone.

The film was released on DVD in the United States for the first time on March 29, 2011 through Shout! Factory and has been available in Europe for some time.

Carpenter's Home Church

Carpenter's Home Church was a prominent Assemblies of God megachurch in Lakeland, Florida. Opened in 1985, the church claimed 5,000 worshipers at its peak. The church closed amidst financial scandal and dwindling attendance. The remaining members became two separate congregations, one of which became prominent as the host of the Lakeland Revival in 2008. The property was purchased by Without Walls International Church of Tampa, Florida, and the facility became the home of their affiliate Without Walls Central Church. Without Walls experienced financial difficulties requiring them to sell their properties. The building was eventually acquired by developers and demolition commenced in March 2015.

Duel at Sundown (Maverick)

"Duel at Sundown" is a 1959 episode of the Western comedy television series Maverick starring 31-year-old James Garner and 29-year-old Clint Eastwood. A mean killer (Eastwood) becomes jealous when Bret Maverick (Garner) begins spending time with his girlfriend (Abby Dalton), the daughter of Bret's old friend (Edgar Buchanan), who desperately wants Bret to marry her before Eastwood's evil character does so.

An epic fistfight between Garner and Eastwood segues into a surprising showdown between Bret and gunslinger John Wesley Hardin in which Maverick fans his pistol. "Hardin" turns out to be Bret's brother Bart (Jack Kelly), who'd been recruited to help frighten Eastwood's character. As Bart and Bret depart the town on horseback at the episode's conclusion, they run into the real Hardin, already angrily riding in to hunt down and murder the man who "killed" him. Eastwood is billed fifth in the cast but his onscreen time is as ample as anyone else's except Garner's. The episode was written by Richard J. Collins and Howard Browne, and directed by Arthur Lubin.

Fantastic (magazine)

Fantastic was an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by the publishing company Ziff Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories. Early sales were good, and the company quickly decided to switch Amazing from pulp format to digest, and to cease publication of their other science fiction pulp, Fantastic Adventures. Within a few years sales fell, and Howard Browne, the editor, was forced to switch the focus to science fiction rather than fantasy. Browne lost interest in the magazine as a result and the magazine generally ran poor-quality fiction in the mid-1950s, under Browne and his successor, Paul W. Fairman.

At the end of the 1950s, Cele Goldsmith took over as editor of both Fantastic and Amazing Stories, and quickly invigorated the magazines, bringing in many new writers and making them, in the words of one science fiction historian, the "best-looking and brightest" magazines in the field. Goldsmith helped to nurture the early careers of writers such as Roger Zelazny and Ursula K. Le Guin, but was unable to increase circulation, and in 1965 the magazines were sold to Sol Cohen, who hired Joseph Wrzos as editor and switched to a reprint-only policy. This was financially successful, but brought Cohen into conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. After a turbulent period at the end of the 1960s, Ted White became editor and the reprints were phased out.

White worked hard to make the magazine successful, introducing artwork from artists who had made their names in comics, and working with new authors such as Gordon Eklund. His budget for fiction was low, but he was occasionally able to find good stories from well-known writers that had been rejected by other markets. Circulation continued to decline, however, and in 1978, Cohen sold out his half of the business to his partner, Arthur Bernhard. White resigned shortly afterwards, and was replaced by Elinor Mavor, but within two years Bernhard decided to close down Fantastic, merging it with Amazing Stories, which had always enjoyed a slightly higher circulation.

Fantastic Adventures

Fantastic Adventures was an American pulp fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1939 to 1953 by Ziff-Davis. It was initially edited by Raymond A. Palmer, who was also the editor of Amazing Stories, Ziff-Davis's other science fiction title. The first nine issues were in bedsheet format, but in June 1940 the magazine switched to a standard pulp size. It was almost cancelled at the end of 1940, but the October 1940 issue enjoyed unexpectedly good sales, helped by a strong cover by J. Allen St. John for Robert Moore Williams' Jongor of Lost Land. By May 1941 the magazine was on a regular monthly schedule. Historians of science fiction consider that Palmer was unable to maintain a consistently high standard of fiction, but Fantastic Adventures soon developed a reputation for light-hearted and whimsical stories. Much of the material was written by a small group of writers under both their own names and house names. The cover art, like those of many other pulps of the era, focused on beautiful women in melodramatic action scenes. One regular cover artist was H.W. McCauley, whose glamorous "MacGirl" covers were popular with the readers, though the emphasis on depictions of attractive and often partly clothed women did draw some objections.

In 1949 Palmer left Ziff-Davis and was replaced by Howard Browne, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about fantasy fiction. Browne briefly managed to improve the quality of the fiction in Fantastic Adventures, and the period around 1951 has been described as the magazine's heyday. Browne lost interest when his plan to take Amazing Stories upmarket collapsed, and the magazine fell back into predictability. In 1952, Ziff-Davis launched another fantasy magazine, titled Fantastic, in a digest format; it was successful, and within a few months the decision was taken to end Fantastic Adventures in favor of Fantastic. The March 1953 issue of Fantastic Adventures was the last.

Henry Slesar

Henry Slesar (June 12, 1927 – April 2, 2002) was an American author, playwright, and copywriter. He is famous for his use of irony and twist endings. After reading Slesar's "M Is for the Many" in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock bought it for adaptation and they began many successful collaborations. Slesar wrote hundreds of scripts for television series and soap operas, leading TV Guide to call him "the writer with the largest audience in America."

If (magazine)

If was an American science-fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn.

The magazine was moderately successful, though for most of its run it was not considered to be in the first tier of science-fiction magazines. It achieved its greatest success under editor Frederik Pohl, winning the Hugo Award for best professional magazine three years running from 1966 to 1968. If published many award-winning stories over its 22 years, including Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream". The most prominent writer to make his first sale to If was Larry Niven, whose story "The Coldest Place" appeared in the December 1964 issue.

If was merged into Galaxy Science Fiction after the December 1974 issue, its 175th issue overall.

James Browne

James Browne may refer to:

James Browne (athlete) (born 1966), Antiguan athlete

James Browne (pirate) (died 1677), Scottish pirate active in the Caribbean

James Browne (bishop of Kilmore) (died 1865), Irish Roman Catholic bishop

James Browne (bishop of Ferns) (1842–1917), Irish Roman Catholic bishop

James Browne (civil servant) (1839–1896), administrator in British India

James Browne (Indian Army officer) (1839–1896), Anglo-Indian engineer (known as "Buster Browne")

James Browne (1793–1854) (1793–1854), Member of Parliament for Mayo, 1818–1831

James Browne (writer) (1793–1841), Scottish man of letters

Jim Browne (1930–2003), American basketball player

James Crichton-Browne (1840–1938), British psychiatrist

James Howard Browne (1919–2004), Australian amateur botanist and plant photographer

James Browne (theologian) (1616–1685), English theologian

James Browne (died 1790) (1737–1790), Member of the Parliament of Ireland for Jamestown 1768–76, for Tuam 1776–83, and for Castlebar 1783–90

James Browne, 2nd Baron Kilmaine (1765–1825), Irish peer, Member of the Parliament of Ireland for Carlow Borough 1790

James J. Browne, president of NUI Galway

James Browne (Fianna Fáil politician) (born 1975), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, TD for Wexford 2016—

James Browne (priest) (fl. 1867–1894), Archdeacon of Madras

James C. Browne (1935–2018), American computer scientist

James Howard Browne

James Howard Browne (5 September 1919 – 31 March 2004) was an Australian amateur botanist, plant photographer and collector of mallee areas.

Browne was born in Melbourne in 1919 and grew up in Red Cliffs. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal in January 1991 and an honorary Master of Science degree from La Trobe University in April 1992 in recognition for his contribution to teaching and research. He was a great-nephew of John Nisbet, author of "Burma Under British Rule" and other works, and contributor to the "Victorian County Histories", and of Pollok Sinclair and Robert Buchan Nisbet RSA RSW, Scottish artists.

Playhouse 90

Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. Since live anthology drama series of the mid-1950s usually were hour-long shows, the title highlighted the network's intention to present something unusual: a weekly series of hour-and-a-half-long dramas rather than 60-minute plays.

Rodney Howard-Browne

Rodney Howard-Browne is a Charismatic Christian preacher and evangelist. He is pastor of The River at Tampa Bay, a church which he and his wife founded in 1996, and heads Revival Ministries International. He was born in South Africa and has resided in Tampa, Florida, USA since the mid-1990s.

Seven Against the Wall

Seven Against the Wall is an episode of the American anthology series Playhouse 90. It was about the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.

South African Americans

South African Americans are Americans who have full or partial ancestry from South Africa. According to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, there are 78,616 people born in South Africa that currently live in the United States.

Tania Zaetta

Tania Zaetta (; born 17 November 1970) is an Australian actress and television presenter who acts in Bollywood.

The Return of Tharn

The Return of Tharn is a fantasy novel by Howard Browne. It was first published in book form in 1956 by The Grandon Company in an edition of 500 copies, of which 350 were bound. The novel was originally serialized in three parts in the magazine Amazing Stories beginning in October, 1948. The book is a sequel to Browne's Warrior of the Dawn (1943).

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (film)

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is a 1967 gangster film based on the 1929 Chicago mass murder of seven members of the Northside Gang (led by George "Bugs" Moran) on orders from Al Capone. It was directed by Roger Corman and written by Howard Browne.

The film stars Jason Robards as Al Capone, George Segal as Peter Gusenberg, David Canary as Frank Gusenberg and Ralph Meeker as George "Bugs" Moran.

Orson Welles was originally supposed to play Capone, but Twentieth Century Fox vetoed the deal, fearing that Welles was "undirectable." The film's narration has a style similar to that of Welles but was narrated by renowned Hollywood voice actor Paul Frees.

A young Bruce Dern plays one of the victims of the massacre, and Jack Nicholson has a bit part as a gangster. Also featured are Jan Merlin as one of Moran's lieutenants and veteran Corman actor Dick Miller as one of the phony policemen involved in the massacre.

Toronto Blessing

The Toronto Blessing, a term coined by British newspapers, describes the Christian revival and associated phenomena that began in January 1994 at the Toronto Airport Vineyard church (TAV), which was renamed in 1996 to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF) and then later in 2010 renamed to Catch the Fire Toronto. It is categorized as a neo-charismatic evangelical Christian church and is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The events that occurred at the Toronto Blessing impacted charismatic Christian culture in both positive and negative ways. Positive impacts were more evident over time as the movement spread into other nations. Negative impacts came in the form of criticism and denominational disputes. Criticism primarily centered around disagreements about charismatic doctrine, the latter rain movement, and whether or not the physical manifestations people experienced were in line with Biblical doctrine or were actually heretical practices. The Toronto Blessing also is reported as having an influence on the Brownsville Revival and the Lakeland Revival which later occurred in Florida and included similar styles of worship, ministry, and supernatural manifestations.

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