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."

On learning of his death, Harlan Ellison said, "It's a day without stars in it."


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Deathworld (Deathworld #1)7.16
The Stainless Steel Rat (The Stainless Steel Rat #1)7.20
Planet of the Damned (Brion Brandd #1)
War with the Robots
Deathworld 2 (Deathworld #2)
Plague from Space
Bill, the Galactic Hero (Bill, the Galactic Hero #1)5.66
Make Room! Make Room!7.28
Technicolor Time Machine6.14
The Man from P.I.G.
Two Tales and Eight Tomorrows
Deathworld 3 (Deathworld #3)
Captive Universe
In Our Hands the Stars
One Step from Earth
Prime Number
The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (The Stainless Steel Rat #2)6.96
Stonehenge6.04
Montezuma's Revenge (Tony Hawkin #1)
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (The Stainless Steel Rat #3)7.18
A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!
Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers
The Deathworld Trilogy
Queen Victoria's Revenge (Tony Hawkin #2)
The California Iceberg
The Lifeship
Skyfall
The Best of Harry Harrison
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You (The Stainless Steel Rat #4)6.64
Homeworld (To the Stars #1)
The QEII is Missing
Wheelworld (To the Stars #2)
Starworld (To the Stars #3)
Planet of No Return (Brion Brandd #2)
Invasion: Earth
The Stainless Steel Rat for President (The Stainless Steel Rat #5)6.66
A Rebel in Time
West of Eden (Eden #1)6.28
A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (The Stainless Steel Rat #6)6.88
Winter in Eden (Eden #2)
Spaceship Medic5.00
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (The Stainless Steel Rat #7)7.00
Return to Eden (Eden #3)
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Robot Slaves (Bill, the Galactic Hero #2)5.32
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Bottled Brains (Bill, the Galactic Hero #3)5.40
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Tasteless Pleasure (Bill, the Galactic Hero #4)4.86
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Zombie Vampires (Bill, the Galactic Hero #5)5.84
Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Hippies from Hell (Bill, the Galactic Hero #6)
The Turing Option
Bill, the Galactic Hero: The Final Incoherent Adventure (Bill, the Galactic Hero #7)
The Hammer and the Cross (The Hammer and the Cross #1)
Stainless Steel Visions
Galactic Dreams
The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (The Stainless Steel Rat #8)
One King's Way (The Hammer and the Cross #2)
King and Emperor (The Hammer and the Cross #3)
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell (The Stainless Steel Rat #9)
Stars and Stripes Forever (Stars and Stripes #1)
The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (The Stainless Steel Rat #10)
Stars and Stripes in Peril (Stars and Stripes #2)
50 in 50
Stars and Stripes Triumphant (Stars and Stripes #3)
The Stainless Steel Rat Omnibus
The Stainless Steel Rat Returns (The Stainless Steel Rat #11)
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!

Speculative Fiction Novels (61)

(The Stainless Steel Rat #11)
2010 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat)
2008 | science fiction
(Stars and Stripes #3)
2002 | alternate history

2001 | science fiction, short stories
(Stars and Stripes #2)
2000 | alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #10)
1999 | science fiction
(Stars and Stripes #1)
1998 | alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #9)
1996 | science fiction
(The Hammer and the Cross #3)
1996 | fantasy, alternate history
(The Hammer and the Cross #2)
1995 | fantasy, alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #8)
1994 | science fiction

1994 | science fiction, short stories
(The Hammer and the Cross #1)
1993 | fantasy, alternate history

1993 | science fiction, short stories
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #7)
1992 | science fiction > military science fiction

1992 | science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #6)
1991 | science fiction > military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #5)
1991 | science fiction > military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #4)
1990 | science fiction > military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #3)
1989 | science fiction > military science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #2)
1989 | science fiction > military science fiction
(Eden #3)
1988 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #7)
1987 | science fiction
(Eden #2)
1986 | science fiction

1986 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #6)
1985 | science fiction
(Eden #1)
1984 | science fiction

1983 | science fiction, alternate history
(The Stainless Steel Rat #5)
1982 | science fiction

1982 | science fiction
(To the Stars #3)
1981 | science fiction
(To the Stars #2)
1981 | science fiction
(Brion Brandd #2)
1981 | science fiction
(To the Stars #1)
1980 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #4)
1978 | science fiction

1976 | science fiction

1976 | science fiction

1976 | science fiction, short stories

1975 | science fiction, young adult
(Deathworld)
1974 | science fiction

1973 | science fiction
(The Stainless Steel Rat #3)
1972 | science fiction

1972 | science fiction, alternate history

1972 | fantasy
(The Stainless Steel Rat #2)
1970 | science fiction

1970 | science fiction

1970 | science fiction, short stories

1970 | science fiction, short stories

1969 | science fiction
(Deathworld #3)
1968 | science fiction

1968 | science fiction

1968 | science fiction, short stories

1967 | science fiction

1966 | science fiction
(Bill, the Galactic Hero #1)
1965 | science fiction > military science fiction

1965 | science fiction
(Deathworld #2)
1964 | science fiction
(Brion Brandd #1)
1962 | science fiction

1962 | science fiction, short stories
(The Stainless Steel Rat #1)
1961 | science fiction
(Deathworld #1)
1960 | science fiction

Others non-spefi books (4)


2014 | non-fiction

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