The liner The Queen Elizabeth II is in mid-cruise when a sudden radio silence cuts her off from the outside world. When a search is finally mounted for her, she is discovered adrift, miles from the shipping lanes. The liner is empty, her 1,815 passengers and crew have disappeared.
The QEII is Missing is a straight mystery story and political thriller in which the fate of the ship and her passengers is slowly revealed.
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 ... (more)