Menu
 Home
 News
 Articles
 Forums
 Downloads
 FAQ
 Links
 Register
 Contact Us

 Login

 Users Online
There are:
0 registered users
and 27 guests online now.

Miscellaneous

Harry Harrison (March 12, 1925 – August 15, 2012)
21/12/2012 13:40 GMT

Posted by Martin

Harry Harrison has died at the age of 87.

Born Henry Maxwell Dempsey in Stamford, Connecticut, Harrison's first career was as an artist for comic books, and magazine covers. He also edited magazines and wrote for the Flash Gordon newspaper strip. He published his first novel, Deathworld, at age 35 in 1960.

In a later autobiographical introduction to The Stainless Steel Rat (1957) he described being inspired by the sight of a rat in his studio and realising that such vermin would follow humanity to the stars, and so too would criminals. He began writing a comedic take on a criminal evading the police in a far future interstellar civilisation. The story held him past ... "James Bolivar diGriz I arrest you on the charge—" and the character's dropping a safe triggered by an explosive charge. He finished the short story, later the first chapter of his 1961 novel. Three of the series were later adapted in 2000 AD with art by Carlos Ezquerra.

Harrison continued to write satirical science fiction such as Bill The Galactic Hero (1965) and Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers (1973) but also wrote straight detective fiction with Montezuma's Revenge (1972) and ventured in criticism with Great Balls of Fire (1977).

In the 1970s Harrison turned to editing science fiction anthologies, forming a loose partnership with Brian Aldiss, with whom he wrote Hell's Cartographers: Some Personal Histories of Science Fiction Writers (1975).

Harrison's 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! was filmed as Soylent Green in 1973, with the plot changed from a murder mystery in an overcrowded near future of 1999
to a thriller involving the cover up of the source of the title food stuff in 2022.

Harrison was a renown traveller, living all over Europe and in Mexico. He enjoyed a residency in Ireland and tax free status as an author until his wife Joan died in 2002, when he returned to England. His official site posted his death on 15 August 2012.

PDF Email Print

Comments
We apologize, but you need to login to post comments. If you don't have an account, why don't you register? It's free!
Mailing Lists 
To sign up on our mailing lists, please send an email to sfsa-subscribe@sfsa.org.au from the address you wish to subscribe.

Most recent visitors 
LnScape
3 mins
DavidStoni
1 hour, 17 mins
EkomakVak
2 hours, 10 mins
MichaelNekly
5 hours, 12 mins
Denisgew
7 hours, 9 mins
DavidSic
7 hours, 36 mins
Howardfails
9 hours, 13 mins
BhrsianWes
12 hours, 24 mins

Calendar 
December 2017
Su
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fr
Sa





1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31







Most Recent Forum Topics 
647 message(s) found
 Merry Christmas Wishes
06/12/2017 06:28 GMT

 fallout 4 item codes
02/12/2017 05:35 GMT

 Peter Davison to host Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular
30/11/2017 11:57 GMT

 Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time Comes To The Big Screen For A Boxing Day Event
14/11/2017 23:02 GMT

 Doctor Who: Shada to premiere in cinemas
26/10/2017 23:41 GMT

» » Forums « «

 
 This website was created with phpWebThings 2.0.0 beta 2.
(c)2006 Copyright,SFSA