Harry Harrison

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For the radio personality, see Harry Harrison (radio).

Harry Maxwell Harrison (born March 12, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut) is an American science fiction author who has lived in many parts of the world including Mexico, England, Denmark and Italy. He currently lives in Dublin, and is Honorary President of the Esperanto Association of Ireland.

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Career

Harrison started working in the science fiction field as an illustrator before becoming an editor. A large number of his early short stories were first published under house pseudonyms such as 'Wade Kaempfert'. Harrison also wrote for syndicated comic strips, creating the 'Rick Random' character. Harrison is now much better known for his writing, particularly his humorous and satirical science fiction, such as the Stainless Steel Rat series and the novel Bill, the Galactic Hero (which satirises Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers).

Not all of Harrison's writing is comic, though. He has written many stories on serious themes, of which by far the best known is the classic novella about overpopulation and consumption of the world's resources Make Room! Make Room! which was used as a basis for the science fiction film Soylent Green (though the film changed the plot and theme).

Harrison for a time was closely identified with Brian Aldiss and the pair collaborated on a series of anthology projects. Harrison and Aldiss did much in the 1970s to raise the standards of criticism in the field.

Bibliography

Novellas

Novels

Deathworld series

The Stainless Steel Rat series

  1. The Stainless Steel Rat (1961)
  2. The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)
  3. The Stainless Steel Saves the World (1972)
  4. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You (1978)
  5. The Stainless Steel Rat for President (1982)
  6. A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (1985)
  7. The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (1987)
  8. The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (1994)
  9. The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell (1996)
  10. The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (1999)

Eden series

The Hammer and the Cross series

Essays

External links

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