Just heard the news that Harry Harrison has died, aged 87.
He was one of the greats of the 1960s and 70s, with multiple series and stand alone novels appearing regularly. His first book in 1960 was a classic; Deathworld, eventually to be followed by two sequels, but before them would be the 1st in his most popular series, The Stainless Steel Rat.
I didn’t read any of his books (that I remember) until chancing on The Technicolour Time Machine in around 1970 – a brilliantly bonkers time travel book about making a film about the Vikings in America…
Since then I’ve read about 20 of his novels, and while they’re not all brilliant, enough of them were fun and interesting enough to make me always keen to see what he was doing next. The last book of his I read was the final book in his alternate history of US?UK relations, Stars and Stripes Triumphant, which ends with a quite different relationship between the US, UK and Ireland (where he lived for many years).
My favourite book of his, however, remains The Technicolour Time Machine!
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