Harry Harrison


Harry Harrison  (born 1925) is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat.  

Before becoming a writer and editor, Harrison started in the science fiction field as an illustrator, notably with EC Comics' two science fiction comic books, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science. 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 satirizes Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers).

During the 1950s and 60s he was the main writer of the Flash Gordon newspaper strip.

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 novel 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).


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From LibriVox:

1.  Planet of the Damned  - Once in a generation, a man is born with a heightened sense of empathy. Brion Brandd used this gift to win the Twenties, an annual physical and mental competition among the best and smartest people on Anvhar. But scarcely able to enjoy his victory, Brandd is swept off to the hellish planet Dis where he must use his heightened sense of empathy to help avert a global nuclear holocaust by negotiating with the blockading fleet, traversing the Disan underworld, and cracking the mystery of the savagely ruthless magter. 
    2.  DeathWorldDeathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960 and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine. It’s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself on Pyrrus the deadliest planet to be colonized by humanity.

    3.  The Misplaced Battleship  (3rd story in Short Science Fiction Collection 004)

    4.  The Repairman  (6th story in Short Science Fiction Collection 004)

    5.  Toy Shop  (8th story in Short Science Fiction Collection 001)

    6.  The K Factor  (4th story in Science Fiction Collection 010)

    7.  The Arm of the Law  (3rd story from Science Fiction Collection 020)

    8.  The Valvet Glove   (9th story from Science Fiction Collection 022)

    9.  The Repairman  (5th story from Science Fiction Collection 024)

    10. Navy Day  (7th story in sci fi collection 27) - The General Staff of the U.S. Army requests Congress to abolish the archaic branch of the armed forces known as the U.S. Navy. 

    11. The Ethical Engineer – Also known as Deathworld II finds our hero Jason dinAlt captured to face justice for his crimes, but the ever-wily gambler crashes his transport on a primitive planet populated by clans that hoard knowledge. It’s a difficult situation for a guy who just wants to get back to Pyrrus. – The Ethical Engineer was first published in the July and August 1963 issues of Analog Science Fact & Fiction.

    12. The Misplaced Battleship - "It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship ... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship—in the wrong hands!—can be most dangerous." The world class con man and thief known as the Stainless Steel Rat (diGriz) has another very big problem to solve and this science fiction novella. 

    13.  K - Factor - The human race has reached the stars, colonized many planets and done amazing things in all areas of scientific progress. But humans are still humans and remain both honorable and not so honorable; some with high ideals and others with very low ones indeed. So why hasn't war occurred in several centuries among the hundreds of planets? Has man really changed? Not on your life it hasn't! Read how science has given man peace but at what cost? 

    14.  Arm of the Law - A quiet backwater outpost on Mars gets a surprise in the form of a new police recruit - in a box! Yep, it's a prototype robot cop sent to the backwater station for testing. And Harrison tells the strange, funny and scary things that begin to happen after that, as only he can.

    15.  The Repairman - This is a collection of 3 of Harry Harrison marvelous early stories that were published in Galaxy, Analog and Fantastic Universe. The Repairman (1958) is a straight fun SF story of a man getting a job done. It is most typical of his later style in series like the Stainless Steel Rat; Toy Shop (1962), a short piece exploring bureaucratic blindness and one ingenious way around it and The Velvet Glove (1956), a sly social commentary on the scene in 1956 and just plain delightful imagination. And he manages to pack excitement and mystery in at the same time.

    From SFFAudio:

    1.  The Velvet Glove

    2.  By The Falls
    1. 3.  How The Old World Died
    2. This is how the world ended – and this is what will happen next! First published in the October 1964 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.
    1. 4.  Harry Harrison SFF Authors Audio Page

    From Archive.Org:   

    1. The Ever-Branching Tree - A teacher takes his class on a field trip through time to explore the origins of life.


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