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Old 08-15-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Harry Harrison Dies

Another SF legend seems to have left us.

I really enjoyed his Stainless Steel Rat books, and also the Deathworld series and a few others.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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Damn.

His Deathworld books were great reads as well.

RIP Harry
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:15 AM   #3
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The name wasn't familiar until I looked him up. He's the guy who wrote Make Room! Make Room! (1966), which was the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973) - "It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people."

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:53 AM   #4
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RIP Harry, you will be missed. You'll live on in your works, though.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:06 AM   #5
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His books were my first read in Sci-Fi. RIP Harry.

it's time to read stainless steel rat again i think.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:09 AM   #6
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"It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people."
He hated that they made it into people in the film version. I grew up reading his books, I think I've got them all. Including the one he wrote as Leslie Charteris and a few of the old magazines that had uncollected stories in them.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:23 AM   #7
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I grew up reading his books. Harry for all the great memories.
He will be missed.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:36 AM   #8
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RIP, Harry.

Some of the Stainless Steel Rat books were my favorites when I was a kid. I'll have to dig around and see if I still have any left.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:44 AM   #9
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Damn.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:44 AM   #10
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He hated that they made it into people in the film version.
Makes for a more dramatic film

Take a look at this paperback cover from 1967. It's not a far stretch to have soylent made from people, instead of soya and lentils.

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:53 AM   #11
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Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers and A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! are two splendid examples of his humorous SF. One a wonderful spoof on grand space opera (e.g. E E 'Doc' Smith's lensmen series), and the other a steam-punk story before steam-punk existed.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:57 AM   #12
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Oh. Sad news. I've been meaning to read the Stainless Steel Rat books for years, maybe it's time. I've read many of his other work over the years. At least his work is with us. That is the great thing about being a writer/artist, your work can remain...at least for a time...
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #13
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BILL, THE GALACTIC HERO mourns, too.
Not good.
DEATHWORLD 2: THE ETHICAL ENGINEER is still among my all-time favorites. (And a must-read for anybody engaged in online discussions. )
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #14
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Loved the Stainless Steel Rat series as well.

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BILL, THE GALACTIC HERO mourns, too.
Not good.
DEATHWORLD 2: THE ETHICAL ENGINEER is still among my all-time favorites. (And a must-read for anybody engaged in online discussions. )
Absolutely bang on. DEATHWORLD 2: THE ETHICAL ENGINEER teaches you more about people than a half-dozen philosophers...

He always wrote with a light touch, not just in a comedic sense, but as a writing style. No heavy descriptions, just what was needed. No show of great knowledge, (it was there, but always carefully buried), but letting the events of the story do the showing. No elegant and high-brow diction, but a vocabulary that let everybody enjoy, from kids to adults.

And such rattling good stories...

He skewered Hollywood and time travel at the same time (The Technicolor Time Machine).

The generation ship and Mayan culture in Captive Universe.

He gave a real, in-depth look at the ramifications of Matter Transmission in a string of short stories.

And lots of short stories...(The Streets of Askeron, 'Not Me, Not Amos Cabot', I Always Do What Teddy Says, We Ate The Whole Thing....)

And finally, a big pusher of Esperanto.

A life well-lived. (And he shared the best parts with us).
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