RIP: Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012)

Sad news…

io9 is reporting via the The Official Harry Harrison Website that author Harry Harrison has passed away.

Harrison was known for numerous books and series, including The Stainless Steel Rat series, the Deathworld series, the Bill, the Galactic Hero series, Make Room, Make Room (the basis for the film Soylent Green), A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and many, many more.

Memorials may be left at this Harry Harrison News Blog.

[UPDATE] – Tor President and Publisher, Tom Doherty, had this to say:

“Harry Harrison was an illustrator, anthologist, critic; a writer of power and scope voted Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was published in 25 languages around the world.

In The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill, The Galactic Hero he created two of the great comic series of the genre. In Make Room! Make Room! he made us consider the consequences of over population and over consumption of the world’s resources. Before the term “steampunk” was coined he had written Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!. He believed science fiction was important, that it caused people to think about our world and what it could become.

For over 40 years, he was my friend.”

- Tom Doherty

One thought on “RIP: Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012)”

  1. I know he had a long life but I was quite sad to read about his death. I got so much out of his stories and they really shaped my view of politics and how people should treat each other. He reminded me of Voltaire in that his “comedies” were actually very biting social criticism.

    He will be missed.

    On a side note, several years ago I talked to Michael Moorcock on his forum about Harry, and it turns out both were friends. Mr. Moorcock said that he was a hell of a guy! That made me feel great and Harry was a hero of mine.

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