Wednesday, August 15, 2012

R.I.P. Harry Harrison

R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green

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!.


Archduke Piccolo said...

Sad to see his passing. I was long a fan of his Stainless Steel Rat stories, James Bolivar DiGriz (and his psychopath wife, Angelina) being the sorts of anti-hero I could cotton to. I was much less of a fan, though, of his alternate history in which the American Civil War leads to the United States taking over the planet. Never mind.

Tim Gow said...

I heard about this on the radio this morning. I've never actually read any of his work, but I think I have one of his alternative history novels.

Chris Kemp said...

Ah, the Stainless Steel Rat (mus maximus ferro imaculatum)and his beautiful, but deadly, accomplice Angelina. Happy days; Harry Harrison will be sadly missed.