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R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green
io9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Charlie Jane Anders

Posted on 08/15/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT by EveningStar

If Harry Harrison had only created "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, the roguish hero of the Stainless Steel Rat books, he would deserve a high place in science fiction history. But he also wrote dozens of other novels, including the hilarious Bill the Galactic Hero saga, the proto-Steampunk classic A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and the novel that became the movie Soylent Green, Make Room! Make Room!.

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1 posted on 08/15/2012 9:20:32 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
creator of Soylent Green? I wonder what his final wishes will turn out to be ...

Rest In Peace, Harry Harrison, and our prayers are with your loved ones.

2 posted on 08/15/2012 9:26:15 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: KevinDavis; Borges

ping


3 posted on 08/15/2012 9:32:02 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar


And the funniest video ever
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xd0ql6_phil-hartman-soylent-green_fun
4 posted on 08/15/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: NonValueAdded

Based on his Stainless Steel Rat series, he appears to have been an absolutely committed athiest and humanist. His loved ones definitely need our prayers.


5 posted on 08/15/2012 9:49:19 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: NonValueAdded; All
Soylent Green is a very loose adaptation of Harrison's novel, Make Room! Make Room!

The novel mainly dealt with overpopulation, but the movie introduced a conspiracy that was not in the book.

6 posted on 08/15/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: FateAmenableToChange

I loved HH’s work! RIP space cowbot!


7 posted on 08/15/2012 9:54:37 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: EveningStar

And with Harry Esperanto is also finally dead. He was a big fan of the silly fake language, even had his books published in it, I’m pretty sure the only guy who published in it. With Harry gone and Bob Asprin gone and Terry Pratchett on the short life expectancy list the world of SF comedy is pretty thin.


8 posted on 08/15/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: STD

Loved the “Stainless Steel Rat”.

Also loved “The Stainless Steel Leech”. Zelazny’s homage to Harrison as well!!


9 posted on 08/15/2012 10:01:08 AM PDT by catman67
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To: EveningStar

RIP Harry, great DJ on WABC 770AM, NY during the late 50’s.


10 posted on 08/15/2012 10:37:21 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: EveningStar
& author of Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, a slender volume I shall never forget.
11 posted on 08/15/2012 11:35:22 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: EveningStar

Long Live Harry Harrison!
Now, he joins the rolls with Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur Clarke, Ben Bova.


12 posted on 08/15/2012 1:23:23 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

I think Bova is still alive.


13 posted on 08/15/2012 3:42:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


14 posted on 08/15/2012 6:58:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: EveningStar

I loved HH’s DEATHWORLD series, especially the first one. Great cncept, great action. His snarky antihero was ahead of his time. Did anyone else read & love those books as I did?


15 posted on 08/15/2012 10:52:33 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Deathworld was my first exposure to Harry Harrison. I read it when it was serialized in Analog - then Astounding - Science Fiction. I reread it more than once.


16 posted on 08/16/2012 8:58:14 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

RIP the writers who started out in Sci-Fi magazine serials.

We’ll never see their like again (well, maybe a similar medium will rise on the internet).


17 posted on 08/16/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: EveningStar

One of my favorite SF authors when I was a kid. Sigh.

One thing I always wonder about is why a lot of writers seem to be best known for one of their truly bad books. “Make Room! Make Room!” was not Harrison at his best. Certainly not compared to the first three Stainless Steel Rat books or the three Deathworld books.

Neville Shute suffered the same problem. “On the Beach” was one of his worst — especially compared to “Trustee from the Toolroom,” “Most Secret,” “No Highway in the Sky,” and especially “Pied Piper.”


18 posted on 08/16/2012 9:12:38 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: EveningStar
For those interested, here are links to Librivox recordings of Harrison's Books.

Deathworld
The Ethical Engineer (Deathworld II, I believe).
The Misplaced Battleship (The second third of the first "Stainless Steel Rat" novel).
Planet of the Dammned
Arm of the Law (One of his best.)

19 posted on 08/16/2012 9:21:00 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

He also did a sequel to Planet of the Damned,but I can’t think

Of the name.

Wrote some really good stories,the SSR was my favorite tho

rip Harry


20 posted on 08/16/2012 10:03:44 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: EveningStar

The Stainless Steel Rat was one of my favorites growing up. Sad to see him die.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 2:29:07 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: mrsmith
I ate SF for years, Analog was the best, subscribed until Campbell died. I read so much that I had to read the first couple of chapters to see if I had read it before.
22 posted on 08/18/2012 2:51:47 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: struggle
Futurama did a take off on Iron Chef, and the secret ingredient was Soylent Green.
23 posted on 08/19/2012 7:20:21 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: discostu
...Esperanto is also finally dead.

Not quite. Shatner's Incubus will continue to pop up here and there.

24 posted on 08/19/2012 7:25:31 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: EveningStar

25 posted on 08/22/2012 3:37:19 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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