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Aug 15 2012 6:15pm
Tom Doherty on Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison was an illustrator, anthologist, critic; a writer of power and scope voted Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was published in 25 languages around the world.

In The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill, The Galactic Hero he created two of the great comic series of the genre. In Make Room! Make Room! he made us consider the consequences of over population and over consumption of the world’s resources. Before the term “steampunk” was coined he had written Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!. He believed science fiction was important, that it caused people to think about our world and what it could become.

For over 40 years, he was my friend.

3 comments
TR Knoblauch
1. TR Knoblauch
I've been reading his books and stories for well over 40 years as well. Much beloved.
Alan Brown
2. AlanBrown
I first discovered him in the pages of my dad's Astounding/Analog magazines, and his writing had a big impact on me. He was equally good at humor, and in thoughtful themes, always with lots of entertainment and adventure thrown in. He will be missed.
TR Knoblauch
3. Eugene R.
Before Jurassic Park and before Far-Seer, there was West of Eden, with intelligent dinosaurs and their bio-technology running into the mammals of the Americas.

And, cheesy as it is (in a literal sense, as it features a star drive based on "Cheddite", or irradiated Cheddar), I loved his Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers space opera spoof.

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