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Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 11:12 am
Harry Harrison, 1925-2012

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Sad news this morning as we mourn the passing of one of the greats of science fiction, Harry Harrison. Harrison, 87, was best known as the author of Make Room! Make Room! (the basis for the film Soylent Green), for the Deathworld novels, and for his twelve novels about Slippery Jim DeGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat.

Harrison actually started out as an illustrator working on SF comics including Weird Science and Weird Fantasy before switching to writing—he was also the main writer for the Flash Gordon comic strip during the 1950s and 60s. In his short stories and novels, Harrison often tackled serious issues (such as overpopulation), but he is equally beloved for his humorous and satirical work, including Bill, the Galactic Hero (which spoofs Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers). In his long and celebrated career, Harrison helped raise the bar for science fiction, both through his own work and as an editor and anthologist. He will be greatly missed.


Comic Book Legend Joe Kubert: 1926- 2012

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Known for his pioneering comic book art, Joe Kubert has passed away at 85. A contributor to the golden age of comics, specifically working on Hawkman, Tarzan, Fax from Sarajevo, and more. Kubert was also known for his extensive work as a teacher, founding the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art in 1976.

Kubert’s sons Adam and Andy have followed in their father’s footsteps and have recently worked on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl. DC comics is set to publish the last Kubert comic in October called Joe Kubert Presents.

We salute Joe and his contributions to comics fans everywhere.

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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 11:32 am
i remember reading Make Room, Make Room years before seeing Soylent Green and loving it

i was also a big fan of the Stainless Steel Rat and the Bill the Galactic Hero stories

loved Kubert's artwork

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jessicasmith
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 11:49 pm
@djjd62,
They're the icons people really idolized.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 12:18 am
@djjd62,
I well remember Harry Harrison. I always thought The Stainless Steel Rat was a little campy. Otherwise, he turned out some pretty good stuff.
Aldistar
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 08:32 pm
Joe was a teacher and mentor of mine. I will miss him. The comics world won't be the same without him.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 08:40 pm
Thanks for letting me know. Two great talents.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 19 Aug, 2012 11:52 am
@roger,
roger wrote:
I always thought The Stainless Steel Rat was a little campy.


i get that, i discovered the books in the early to mid 70's when i was in about grade 7 and 8, i had also recently discovered many older pulp characters, doc savage, the avenger etc, i guess because of that they resonated with me
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