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(BBC)   The Stainless Steel Rat has gone to Deathworld   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 99
    More: Sad, Harry Harrison, Stainless Steel Rat, Deathworld, space operas, science fiction writers, soylent greens, dystopian novels, Charlton Heston  
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2012-08-15 07:13:39 PM
Maybe he's somewhere West of Eden now?
 
2012-08-15 07:19:21 PM
I just recently found my copies of those books that I inherited from my grandfather.
 
2012-08-15 08:04:14 PM
Rest in peace, you Magnificent Bastard...
 
2012-08-15 08:25:27 PM
*toast*
 
2012-08-15 08:28:21 PM
Been a long time since I read anything by him, which is a shame as I remember enjoying them, even if I do not remember them.

Think I'll download a bunch onto the Kindle. I am sure his survivors will appreciate it.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-15 08:35:26 PM
Are the late Stainless Steel Rat books any good? The last one I read, in the 1990s, was not very good.  Not as bad as Keith Laumer's late work (after his stroke), but not Harrison-in-his-prime either.
 
2012-08-15 08:41:48 PM

ZAZ: Are the late Stainless Steel Rat books any good? The last one I read, in the 1990s, was not very good. Not as bad as Keith Laumer's late work (after his stroke), but not Harrison-in-his-prime either.


I like them, but you have to put them in context of the timeline.
 
2012-08-15 08:45:27 PM
Hey, there are a few free Kindle downloads as well:

Link
 
2012-08-15 08:50:16 PM
Just re-read (for about the fifth time) the Deathworld trilogy a couple of months ago

So long, space-opera guy. Thanks for the imagination fuel

/*toast*
 
2012-08-15 08:57:35 PM
That's a shame. I haven't dews a Stainless Steel Rat story since the 80s but I did like them when I was a kid.
 
2012-08-15 08:58:49 PM
Read.... Not dews. Stupid Autocorrect.
 
2012-08-15 09:05:10 PM
I guess heaven will have to Make Room!
 
2012-08-15 09:36:18 PM
Don't eat the crackers they serve at the funeral.
 
2012-08-15 10:36:41 PM
Deathworld rats are stainless people!!


/meh, got nuthin'
//say "Hi" to Bob
 
2012-08-15 11:24:03 PM

tomWright: Been a long time since I read anything by him, which is a shame as I remember enjoying them, even if I do not remember them.

Think I'll download a bunch onto the Kindle. I am sure his survivors will appreciate it.


They were entertaining...and The Stainless Steel Rat was a pretty good anti-hero. But the style of the 1950's/60's sci-fi was archetype heavy in terms of characterization. Most of it is pretty disposable.
 
2012-08-16 12:11:35 AM
The Stainless Steel Rat books were a large part of my childhood, and the inspiration for my username here and elsewhere.

The Bill the Galactic Hero series was silly, but still a fun turn-off-the-brain read.

Time to figure out where all of those books got packed...
 
2012-08-16 12:15:34 AM
Very sad. I really enjoyed a lot of his books.
 
2012-08-16 12:16:04 AM
I has a sad.
 
2012-08-16 12:22:43 AM
For all this, we thank you Mr. Harrison.
 
2012-08-16 12:23:34 AM
Estu bona rato en la ĉielo Harry.
 
2012-08-16 12:23:39 AM
One of his better short stories, Arm of the Law here 

Lawmen on Mars
 
2012-08-16 12:24:19 AM
Oh, now that sucks, he was one of my favorite authors. Only a hand full of decent authors left now.

/sigh
 
2012-08-16 12:30:30 AM
He was one of the first professional authors I met at an SF con (Lunacon, back in the late 80s), just
in passing in the hallway, whom I actually chatted with socially. A truly pleasant person, and a great
writers to boot.
 
2012-08-16 12:33:15 AM

tomWright: Been a long time since I read anything by him, which is a shame as I remember enjoying them, even if I do not remember them.

Think I'll download a bunch onto the Kindle. I am sure his survivors will appreciate it.


He failed to renew the copyrights on several of his books.
 
2012-08-16 12:33:57 AM
tomWright Hey, there are a few free Kindle downloads as well:

Link


Thanks for that.
 
2012-08-16 12:34:27 AM
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2012-08-16 12:35:21 AM
Damn it.
 
2012-08-16 12:41:50 AM
One of the best. Might have to dust off the Deathworld books in his memory. They are my favorite book set of his. DAMN
 
2012-08-16 12:52:23 AM
Godspeed, Harry - thanks for giving me the udder perspective.
 
2012-08-16 12:55:32 AM
he died and also, Joe Kubert wonder who's next?
 
2012-08-16 12:57:47 AM
 
2012-08-16 01:01:22 AM
The Stainlss Steel Rat sries had a huge influence on me. Thank you.
 
2012-08-16 01:10:29 AM
I also has a sad. Time to dust off my Stainless Steel Rat books and try them again. Used to love those books! How's Deathworld, anyone who's read it?
 
2012-08-16 01:15:19 AM

muchrooms: I also has a sad. Time to dust off my Stainless Steel Rat books and try them again. Used to love those books! How's Deathworld, anyone who's read it?


In a word: outstanding

/pure space-opera at it's finest, and Harry at the top of his form
 
2012-08-16 01:18:39 AM
I'm having a hard time even remembering any of the books. I was but a kid when I read them. Off to load the webOS Kindle app.
 
2012-08-16 01:26:07 AM

Memoryalpha: Oh, now that sucks, he was one of my favorite authors. Only a hand full of decent authors left now.

/sigh


The best authors aren't any good till after they're dead.

I'm not much of a Harrison fan--hard SF was never my thing--but I did like the Stainless Steel Rat.
 
2012-08-16 01:28:09 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: muchrooms: I also has a sad. Time to dust off my Stainless Steel Rat books and try them again. Used to love those books! How's Deathworld, anyone who's read it?

In a word: outstanding

/pure space-opera at it's finest, and Harry at the top of his form


Yeah, good stuff, iirc. I'm pretty sure Avatar ripped off more than one thing from Deathworld.
 
2012-08-16 01:36:00 AM
Grew up reading the SSR and Deathworld books. Loved them. Re-read them over the last few years, still love them!

You will be missed sir. Another of the greats gone.

/Bill the Galactic Hero was just fun.
 
2012-08-16 01:45:51 AM
The Stainless Steel Rat was the first ethical atheist I 'met' besides myself when I was a kid. I was raised Irish Catholic and there was no one else who didn't believe. They were my dad's books, but I fell in love with Slippery Jim. And Angelina...oh yes, I loved reading about a tough woman (once she was rehab'd of course ;)).

I will dearly miss him, and treasure his work always.

Deathworld is also FANTASTIC.
I couldn't get into the Bill series unfortunately, and I really tried.
 
2012-08-16 01:47:39 AM
He's in the allspark with his buddy Dinobot now.
 
2012-08-16 02:44:40 AM
i read one of his books

once
 
2012-08-16 03:24:00 AM
dangit, all my favorite childhood authors are dying on me :(
 
2012-08-16 03:51:51 AM
His stuff wasn't very good science fiction, but it was unpretentious, pretty well written, and very entertaining. He was good at writing likable characters, which is unusual with sci-fi. I really liked the deathworld trilogy. Read it for the first time when I was in the 6th grade or so. Might have to see if I can dig up a copy.
 
2012-08-16 03:55:17 AM
SSR, Deathworld, Bill the Galactic Hero. Time to rerererere-read them again.
 
2012-08-16 03:57:06 AM
I'll have a side order of Soylent Author, please.
 
2012-08-16 04:18:14 AM
stainless steel rat was i think the very first sci-fi book i ever read, at god what age 7? 8?

he really influenced my tastes. some of his essays and articles/interviews turned me towards the other titans of early sci-fi like clark, asimov etc.

bill the galactic hero is genius distilled to paper. it was the rewrite of starship troopers the world needed.
 
2012-08-16 04:19:38 AM

Joe_diGriz: The Stainless Steel Rat books were a large part of my childhood, and the inspiration for my username here and elsewhere.

The Bill the Galactic Hero series was silly, but still a fun turn-off-the-brain read.

Time to figure out where all of those books got packed...


Read the rat, read the hero, I guess it it long past time to read the deathworld books
sigh
more reading
 
2012-08-16 04:20:38 AM

KrmtDfrog: dangit, all my favorite childhood authors are dying on me :(


well, if you died, they would stop
and yah ...
and some of the still living once are getting fraking OLD
 
2012-08-16 04:21:35 AM

fusillade762: Don't eat the crackers they serve at the funeral.


we have a winner!!
 
2012-08-16 04:27:51 AM
Harry Harrison dead, Piers Anthony still going strong. I hate this world.
 
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