Skip to comments.R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green
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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Rest In Peace, Harry Harrison, and our prayers are with your loved ones.
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.
The novel mainly dealt with overpopulation, but the movie introduced a conspiracy that was not in the book.
I loved HH’s work! RIP space cowbot!
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.
Loved the “Stainless Steel Rat”.
Also loved “The Stainless Steel Leech”. Zelazny’s homage to Harrison as well!!
RIP Harry, great DJ on WABC 770AM, NY during the late 50’s.
Long Live Harry Harrison!
Now, he joins the rolls with Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur Clarke, Ben Bova.
I think Bova is still alive.
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?
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.
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).
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.”
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
The Stainless Steel Rat was one of my favorites growing up. Sad to see him die.
Not quite. Shatner's Incubus will continue to pop up here and there.