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).
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.
- 3. How The Old World Died -
- This is how the world ended – and this is what will happen next! First published in the October 1964 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.
- The Ever-Branching Tree - A teacher takes his class on a field trip through time to explore the origins of life.