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The Stainless Steel Rat Goes To Heaven - [RIP Harry Harrison ]

AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
edited August 2012 in Debate and/or Discourse
The man who gave us Jim DiGriz and Soylent Green, science fiction writer Harry Harrison, passed away today at the age of 87.

I read some of his work growing up, most notably the first of the Stainless Steel Rat books. The idea of a main character who was dangerous because of his mind and cunning as opposed to his willingness to use violence stuck with me thanks to the strength of his characterization of DiGriz. Beyond that, he had a diverse and detailed body of work covering many different types of settings. And he was still producing up to the end.

SF has lost one of its leading lights, who helped make it what it is today.

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  • surrealitychecksurrealitycheck the search for the means to put an end to things an end to speech is what enables the discourse to continue ~ * ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) excelsior * ~Registered User regular
    man i loved those books

    i read them all when i was way too young and all the sexing went over my head :(

  • BSoBBSoB Registered User regular
    I burn through the Stainless steel rat books about twice a decade; It is sad to hear about his passing.

  • shalmeloshalmelo sees no evil Registered User regular
    His fascination with Esperanto always made me chuckle, but the guy was an excellent storyteller. RIP

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    I read A Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted when I was a kid. Found it and a few other of his works in the basement of the town's library. Good times. RIP Mr. Harrison!

  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    BSoB wrote: »
    I burn through the Stainless steel rat books about twice a decade; It is sad to hear about his passing.

    Me too

    Although Stars and Stripes forever was pretty dire. Best just to remember his scifi

    Freedom for the Northern Isles!
  • DetharinDetharin Registered User regular
    I was always a fan of his West of Eden series. Dinosaurs roaming the earn genetically engineering everything to suit their whims. Sign me up.

    If I was kidnapped, woke up in a lab, told they were going to replace my vocal cords with those of Tony Jay, and lock me in a sound booth until the day I die I would look those bastards right in the eye and say "Alright you sons of bitches lets do this. This one is for the children."
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