The Harry Harrison Collection

The Harry Harrison Collection

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago



With 53 ratings

By: Harry Harrison

Purchased At: $19

"Harrison was an extremely popular figure in the SF world, renowned for being amiable, outspoken and endlessly amusing. His quickfire, machine-gun delivery of words was a delight to hear, and a reward to unravel: he was funny and self-aware, he enjoyed reporting the follies of others, he distrusted generals, prime ministers and tax officials with sardonic and cruel wit, and above all he made plain his acute intelligence and astonishing range of moral, ethical and literary sensibilities." - Christopher Priest

The Harry Harrison Collection brings together some of Harrison's finest science fiction writing, featuring:

Navy Day
The Velvet Glove
Arm Of The Law
The Repairman
Deathworld
The K-Factor
The Misplaced Battleship
Sense Of Obligation
Planet Of The Damned
and
The Ethical Engineer
After reading a short story by Harrison in a Science Fiction Megapack, I searched for more, and found this. This is, for the most part, pulp fiction, but very well written pulp. As devouring science fiction is my guilty pleasure, this collection did not fail to please. I had not heard of Harrison (I know, I can hear you say, "Where have you been?") before that first encounter, but his name is now on my radar and I will read more. Highly recommended.

- Anonymous

Harry has been around for a while now and although some aspects of his writing are “quaint” given our technical advances. However, his stories are interesting and fun and somewhat similar to Asimov in terms of Sociomics providing guidance (similar to Asimov’s Foundation series)

- Anonymous

I purchased this book for the Death World books. The first was the way I remembered it...the second was chopped in half with the ending coming right as the best parts were beginning. I felt cheated and realized that Halcyon is simply using this as a teaser for purchasing books two and three; which I will likely do simply because they are good books...once they are fully supported in the E-world (book three is not yet an e-book). The short stories, however, were excellent...well worth what was missing of the Death World Trilogy.

- Anonymous

This is a good anthology which I bought to get 'The Deathworld Trilogy' However, I think they only include the first two parts of the trilogy. The first 2 Deathworld stories are good, and are more properly novellas, as is the third tale (dont' recall the title). This collection is rounded out with mostly short stories that are also quite good. Harrison also wrote 'Make Room!", which was the basis for Soylent Green (and is much better), and the story that got me into him was a short tale called 'The Road not Taken' - not here, but worth looking for.

- Anonymous

He writes well and has some unique plot lines, it just takes him to long to develop them.

- Anonymous

This is a great deal on classic sci-fi literature. Few do the genre with as much panache as Harry Harrison. Call me old, but the new stuff is not nearly as engaging as the classics. Other than a few small, irrelevant issues with the conversion to eBook format, this was like holding the paperbacks in my hands again.

For anyone considering getting this, it is a great collection of old school sci-fi in a neat, inexpensive package.

- Anonymous

"Deathworld: Book I" What an amazing story, on par with Burroughs and Wells that shares their rythmic writing style, Harry Harrison has outdone himself with the "Deathworld" series. Action packed, cerebral, and engrossing, this story is a real trip. The anti-hero protagonist, Jason dinAlt, is a rouguish charmer and ex-gambler who will capture your imagination and have you cheering him on. Can't wait to read the sequels!!!"Deathworld: Book II" is an extraordinary continuation of the story from master storyteller Harry Harrison. I felt like I was there, that's how he writes, simply amazing! It's no wonder why this series is revered by sci/fi fantasy/adventure aficionados the world over. Filled with suspense, action, heroics, richly developed characters, and alien backdrops, the storyline is mesmorizing. A must read......"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison. Another extraordinary story from the imagination and pen of Harry Harrison! Absolutely magnificent storyline featuring anti-hero Broin as the protagonist supported by Lea and Ult. If you enjoy otherworldly backdrops, elegant prose, linguistic aritifice, action, and suspense then you will want to read this book, its amazing!!!"Arm of the Law" by Harry Harrison is another imaginative short story featuring a very cool robot that will tickle your ribs with laughter...classic Harrison...one of the master storytellers in the sci/fi fantasy/adventure genre......"The K-Factor" by Harry Harrison. WOW!!! Harrison's imagination and originality come to the fore with this mesmorizing story based on societic philosphy and peacemaking between warring planets. A great short story from one of my favorite sci/fi adventure inditers......"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison. What a great story from a master storyteller. Original and classic in every way this is one of the best sci/fi short stories I've ever read. Jim DeGriz is a roguish crook who is brought into the fold of the law abiding world. His instinctive investigative acumen makes a formidable foe to his adversaries......."The Repairman." Harry Harrison has often amazed me with his original storylines and incredible imagination on many occassions but with "The Repairman" he has outdone himself. This is an extraordinary story about a lighthouse, lizard like denizens, a lighthouse repairman, and a robot...it's fun and fantastic!!! "Navy Day" by Harry Harrison is not one of my favorite sci/fi short stories. It's peculiar and kind of wierd to say the least......"The Velvet Glove" by Harry Harrison. A truly amazing story featuring humanistic thinking robots with a conscience. I loved this story which further establishes Harry Harrison as a genius in the sci/fi fantasy/adventure genre. Truly a brilliant storyteller and indispensable pillar in the literary community!!!"Toy Story" by Harry Harrison. Not one of my favorite stories by Harry harrison...

- Anonymous

First of all, there are only 10 stories here - two of the (different) titles are the same story. This collection would rate five stars in this age of kindle publishing. The dialogue is as wooden as the AMP series, the characters are indestructible and the plots are chilling in their naivety. This collection from the '70's withstands the test of time as well as I expect the current diarrhea of self-published to.

- Anonymous

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