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2013 03 23

Alex Cox directs Bill, the Galactic Hero!

For many years cult filmmaker Alex Cox (the maverick genius behind the classics Repo Man and Sid & Nancy) has been working hard to get a movie adaptation of Bill, the Galactic Hero off the ground.

The director (and actor, writer, producer, editor and more!) always had Harry's full and unwavering support for the project, and now, after decades of tirelessly battling the Hollywood bureaucracy in a struggle almost as mind-bendingly complex and insane as one of Bill's adventures, Alex has decided to switch tactics and fund the movie through Kickstarter!

For more details - including info on how YOU can become a part of this wonderful project - check out the Kickstarter website.

2012 08 19

Harry Harrison, 12 March 1925 - 15 August 2012

As I'm sure you all know by now, Harry died on August 15th, following a long illness.

He was a truly inspirational writer and a wonderful human being - one of the greats of science fiction, who never let his success go to his head. Harry always had time for his fans. Even though his illness over the past couple of years prevented him from always replying in person, he read every message, and appreciated them all.

But now he's gone... It's difficult to picture the future without him, but Harry would not have wanted us to dwell on his death. Instead, he'd have wanted nothing more than for fans to - now and again - raise a glass in his memory, and share a few stories about him.

The outpouring of grief at his passing and support for his friends and family has been, frankly, stunning. The news appeared on literally hundreds of newspapers and news websites throughout the world, many of them featuring the drawing on our farewell page, which was created in 2000 Bill Sanderson for Harry's 75th birthday celebration.

On the day the news broke, the number of visitors to the site shot up to almost 150 times the daily average - proof that Harry and his books meant so much to so many.

If you would like to write a message of condolence, or note your favourite memories of Harry, there is a memorial page at the Harry Harrison News Blog

We will post more details soon, but for now please bear with us - Harry's e-mail address has been swamped and it's going to take some time to deal with them all!

2012 08 08

Looking for a song!

Some years ago a fan wrote a version of Yellow Submarine for Harry, entitled "We All Live in a Flying Submarine" based on the flying submarine from Harry's novel In Our Hands, The Stars (AKA The Daleth Effect). If anyone out there has a copy of the song - or even just the lyrics - please get in touch!

2010 06 28 2000 AD's Stainless Steel Rat adaptation finally collected!

It's been a long, long wait, but at last the complete 2000 AD adaptation of The Stainless Steel Rat is soon to be available in a single volume. It includes the adaptations by Kelvin Gosnell and Carlos Ezquerra of The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World and The Stainless Steel Rat for President, along with creator bios and a gallery.

Up to now, the only way to read the 2000 AD adaptation was to collect the original issues or the six-part 1980s Eagle Comic reprint series (which, while in full colour and featuring brand-new covers, was not the best adaptation ever... The non-standard 2000 AD pages were crudely resized to fit the US comic size).

Click the image on the right to order your copy!


2010 06 17 Good News!

Harry's just moved into his new home and is now well on the road to recovery. He has asked us to pass on his appreciation to everyone who sent good-will messages - but there's a heck of a lot so it could be some time before he gets around to replying to all of them!

As always, if you have any messages or Harry, please e-mail them to us and we'll forward them to him!


2010 05 17 Send Your Good Wishes to Harry!

Unfortunately, Harry is under the weather at the moment and he could do with some cheering up - if you have any good-will messages for Harry, please e-mail them to us and we'll pass them along!




2008 12 05 The Stainless Steel Rat Returns!

See our dedicated news site for more information!


2007 10 04 Lately we've been receiving a lot of e-mail enquiries from screenwriters and producers wishing to obtain the adaptation rights to Harry's books. Please note that the following books have already been optioned and are thus no longer available: All of the Stainless Steel Rat books, Deathworld, Rebel in Time, The Technicolor Time Machine.


2007 09 18 Just launched: A dedicated site for news about Harry and his books: It should be easier to maintain and update that this site (which, to be frank, has grown into something of a monster over the past eight years: more than 2000 separate files...!)


2006 12 07 Locus has reported that Leon E. Stover died 25th November 2006. He is best known to HH fans as co-author of Stonehenge: Where Atlantis Died and co-editor of Apeman, Spaceman, an anthology of anthropological science fiction. He was also one of those whose academic expertise Harrison drew on when researching the West of Eden trilogy. Stover was also the author of the first full-length study of Harry Harrison's work, in the Twayne's United States Authors series.

As well as being a distinguished academic - in the fields of anthropology, sinology, and literature - he also wrote major studies about Robert Heinlein and H.G. Wells.

Paul Tomlinson writes: "I had the pleasure of meeting Leon Stover while he was in England researching his Harry Harrison book, and I interviewed him for the Harry Harrison website." The interview can be found on the Stonehenge page.

2006 05 09
2006 12 05
Harry's short story 'A Criminal Act' will be adapted for the new Masters of Science Fiction television series. The series is being produced by Starz Media. The company was formerly known as IDT Entertainment.

According to IDT's press released, dated February 23, 2006, a minimum of six one-hour episodes of the series would be produced. At the time, negotiations were underway to also adapt stories by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison and Robert Heinlein.


2006 05 09 At the 28th European Science Fiction Convention (which took place in Kiev, Ukraine from April 13 to April 16, 2006), Harry Harrison was awarded the title of European Grand Master.

Harry was also described by the online news magazine Kyiv Weekly as "a living classical author".


2006 04 24 Richard Fleischer, director of Soylent Green died on Saturday, March 25th, at the age of 89. As well as Soylent Green, he also directed the genre movies 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Doctor Dolittle (1967), Conan The Destroyer (1984), and Red Sonja (1985).

Paul Tomlinson adds:
"Fleischer's autobiography, at least in the UK, has one of the best subtitles ever: Just Tell Me When to Cry: Encounters with the Greats, Near-greats and Ingrates of Hollywood.

"PS: Soylent Green isn't people! It's soya beans and lentils, hence the name. If it was people it'd have been called Manburger, or LongPig Green, or... something..."


2006 03 08 Harry Harrison is interviewed in the March 2006 issue of Locus magazine, and - as a treat for Harry's fans - the good people at Locus have arranged for a special discount only available through this website!

Click here to order Harry Harrison's full interview in Locus postage free (save $2.00) or completely free with a subscription!



2005 11 19 Harry was a guest at Comic Expo, held on November 19-20, 2005, at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton, England. The huge line-up of guests also included Syd Jordan (with whom Harry once worked on Jeff Hawke), Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Bryan Talbot, Gilbert Shelton, Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley. Website:


2005 07 08 New e-mail address!
Please note that we're now using a new e-mail address, which can be found on our contact page. We decided to use a Gmail account after a recent, fatal hardware failure crash left Mike's PC in pieces! As before, please put "hhweb" at the start of the subject line so that we'll be more easily able to differentiate the real messages from the spam.


2004 08 03 Harry has just become the first author to win two major literary awards inside a two week period!

On July 9th he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in Lawrence, Kansas.

Then, on July 22nd, he was awarded the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy by the Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Paul and Mike - webmasters here at - would like to congratulate Harry on this incredible - and well-deserved - achievement!


2004 07 06 We've added a new chapter to the site; West of Eden! Click here for a comprehensive introduction, an interview with Harry Harrison, and sample chapters!


2004 04 20 The Technicolor Time Machine - the movie!
Harry's official bibliographer Paul Tomlinson writes: "While I was at the Eastercon in Blackpool I talked to Harry Harrison about a number of things - expect a couple of new interviews up on the official website within the next couple of months - but the most interesting news concerns the TTM movie... Mel Gibson's production company no longer have the rights for this book, and it has been optioned by Golconda Films, based in London, England."

Details are as follows:
Genre: Action/Comedy
Screenwriter: Sean Bates
Director: Gregory Mackenzie
Producers: Gregory Mackenzie and Brett Walsh
Status: Early development

Golconda Films already have a 13-part TV series based on Orson Welles 1950s radio series Tales from the Black Museum, and a movie called The Incredible Mrs. Richie starring James Caan, among their credits, and a number of other films in pre-production or development.

More news on this when it appears...!


2004 04 18 Octocon Venue changed
Due to a bizarre and unavoidable double-booking problem, the Octocon committee have had to relocated the convention to a new venue; the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. More details on the Octocon website. Harry Harrison is still planning to attend, and has announced his full support for the convention.


2004 03 04 "The news hasn't been updated in ages!" many fans have recently complained. "What's Harry been up to lately?"

Well, Harry was recently interviewed by Alyce Wilson for Wild Violet... Click here to read the interview, which contains some excellent news that has hitherto only been known to a handful of people...! We promise to have more details very soon!


2003 01 21 I've just learned from Gareth Kavanagh, Guest Liaison for Dominicon, that the dates of the convention have been changed. The con will now take place a week earlier than originally scheduled, from 21st to 23rd of March 2003.



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