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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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Clay James
Aug. 15th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Dang! He was a good 'un! I spent many a long night as a kid reading Stainless Steel Rat and Deathworld, with school looming in the morning...Well, there are plenty of young writers ready to step up to the plate, so we won't run out of great scifi!

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