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RIP, Harry Harrison

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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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biguglymandoll
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Damn. He was probably the first to teach me that there was a low-brow, just plain fun side to SciFi. I just counted, sitting here – there are 13 of his books directly above this monitor; Stainless Steel Rats and Galactic Heros, and I enjoyed every one of them many times. I still quote some of the Jim DiGriz lines. He'll be missed.

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