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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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guessingo
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Harry Harrisons books
Thank you for listing his best books. I have not read any of his books so far. I really didn't know who he was. When you have someone who has written for so long it is often hard to figure out which books to try first. Thank you for listing some.

It sounds like the SFWA community are basically a group of fun people. I'll have to try to get 3 mediocre short stories published just so I can join and hang out with you guys.

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