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RIP, Harry Harrison

We have lost another Grand Master, I fear. I've just learned that Harry Harrison has died.

I did not know Harry well, but I always liked him, and enjoyed his writing. BILL THE GALACTIC HERO, THE TECHNICOLOR TIME MACHINE, DEATHWORLD (the first one is the best), THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT (ditto)...

He was a hard-drinking, fun-loving guy. I remember him tending bar at the SFWA suite. When you asked Harry for a gin and tonic, you got a tumbler of gin with a splash of tonic. He kept his money on the Isle of Man, and would tell anyone who would listen that they should move their money there as well. And back before the Brits reformed their currency, he was famous for insisting that all his UK contracts be paid in guineas rather than pounds.

Farewell, Harry. It was good reading you.

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theentwife
Aug. 15th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
I loved his "Hammer and Cross" trilogy and his "Stainless Steel Rat" series -- I read every book I could find of the latter. So sorry to hear that he is gone. I'm glad you have good memories of him -- I wish I had met him myself.


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nadingo
Aug. 17th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I too loved the Hammer and Cross trilogy -- why can't we get more historical fantasy (aside from King Arthur stories)?

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