Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey, 1925–2012) was an American science fiction (SF) author, best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green (1973). Harrison was (with Brian Aldiss) the co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.

Aldiss called him "a constant peer and great family friend". His friend Michael Carroll said, "Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and picture them as science-fiction novels. They're rip-roaring adventures, but they're stories with a lot of heart."

Novelist Christopher Priest wrote in an obituary, "Harrison was an extremely popular figure in the SF world, renowned for being amiable, outspoken and endlessly amusing. His quickfire, machine-gun delivery of words was a delight to hear, and a reward to unravel: he was funny and self-aware, he enjoyed reporting the follies of others, he distrusted generals, prime ministers and tax officials with sardonic and cruel wit, and above all he made plain his acute intelligence and astonishing range of moral, ethical and literary sensibilities."

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Updated March 30, 2021
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Series by Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero (7 books)
Deathworld (4 books)
The Stainless Steel Rat (12 books)
Eden (3 books)
To the Stars (3 books)
The Hammer and the Cross (3 books)
Stars and Stripes (3 books)
Brion Brandd (2 books)
Tony Hawkin (2 books)

Speculative Fiction Books

(The Stainless Steel Rat #11 / 11)
2010 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat)
2008 | science fiction
(Stars and Stripes #3 / 3)
2002 | alternate history
2001 | science fiction, short stories
(Stars and Stripes #2 / 3)
2000 | alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #10 / 11)
1999 | science fiction
(Stars and Stripes #1 / 3)
1998 | alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #9 / 11)
1996 | science fiction
(The Hammer and the Cross #3 / 3)
1996 | fantasy, alternate history
(The Hammer and the Cross #2 / 3)
1995 | fantasy, alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #8 / 11)
1994 | science fiction
1994 | science fiction, short stories
(The Hammer and the Cross #1 / 3)
1993 | fantasy, alternate history
1993 | science fiction, short stories
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #7 / 7)
1992 | science fiction, military science fiction
1992 | science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #6 / 7)
1991 | science fiction, military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #5 / 7)
1991 | science fiction, military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #4 / 7)
1990 | science fiction, military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #3 / 7)
1989 | science fiction, military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #2 / 7)
1989 | science fiction, military science fiction
(Eden #3 / 3)
1988 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #7 / 11)
1987 | science fiction
(Eden #2 / 3)
1986 | science fiction
1986 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #6 / 11)
1985 | science fiction
(Eden #1 / 3)
1984 | science fiction
1983 | science fiction, alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #5 / 11)
1982 | science fiction
1982 | science fiction
(To the Stars #3 / 3)
1981 | science fiction
(To the Stars #2 / 3)
1981 | science fiction
(Brion Brandd #2 / 2)
1981 | science fiction
(To the Stars #1 / 3)
1980 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #4 / 11)
1978 | science fiction
1976 | science fiction
1976 | science fiction
1976 | science fiction, short stories
1975 | science fiction, young adult
(Deathworld)
1974 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #3 / 11)
1972 | science fiction
1972 | science fiction, alternate history
1972 | fantasy
(The Stainless Steel Rat #2 / 11)
1970 | science fiction
1970 | science fiction
1970 | science fiction, short stories
1970 | science fiction, short stories
1969 | science fiction
(Deathworld #3 / 3)
1968 | science fiction
1968 | science fiction
1968 | science fiction, short stories
1967 | science fiction
1966 | science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #1 / 7)
1965 | science fiction, military science fiction
1965 | science fiction
(Deathworld #2 / 3)
1964 | science fiction
(Brion Brandd #1 / 2)
1962 | science fiction
1962 | science fiction, short stories
(The Stainless Steel Rat #1 / 11)
1961 | science fiction
(Deathworld #1 / 3)
1960 | science fiction

Fictions and Others

1980 | thriller
(Tony Hawkin #2 / 2)
1974 | thriller
(Tony Hawkin #1 / 2)
1972 | thriller