This spectacular cover caught my eye, but a quick peek inside made me laugh out loud. After the pulp heroes and science lectures of a lot of seventies science-fiction, I was ready for some comedy and the witty writing and futuristic bank jobs of anti-hero - the Stainless Steel Rat - were a real find. It was the later comic adaption in 2000 AD that drew me to first buy an issue of the comic (around Prog 178, I believe) and I didn't stop for many years.
I read as much Harry Harrison as I could find after that, but none of them had such an epic front cover...
Post by benedictjjones on Nov 15, 2008 15:42:38 GMT
my brother bought me a stainless steel rat nvel when i was about 9 or 10 and i loved it. read a few mre over the eyars and noticed the other day that apparantly a collected volume of the stainless steel rat is being released.
i also like harry harrisons 'bill, the galactic hero' series.
I'm a BIG fan of BILL THE GALACTIC HERO . Read it earlier this year again- it's what I call good space opera . I picked up BILL, The Galactic Hero ... On the planet of the Robot Slaves a bit back but haven't read it yet. From '89 so shhhhh....
Post by Craig Herbertson on Nov 17, 2008 7:51:52 GMT
Before I started on Tim Powers laudable Gates of Anabis I just finished reading this book in the bath (Rats Revenge). I love Harry Harrison although this particular one tends to die in the last third. Its also very like The Wasp by... by...by shit - senility... Anyway the plot is very similar. The humour is great. I also though 'More Room More Room' which became the film Soylent Green was extremely incisive and in its way, a great cosmic joke.
Clever, exciting, and above all, funny. The misadventures of 'Slippery Jim' DiGriz, recruited against his will into the 'Special Corps' by former master criminal, Inskipp ['The Untouchable'], to fight crime. One of the very few genre books apart from 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy', to make me laugh out loud. I'll have to buy them all again, now.
''...You'll like Mr Barlow... And he'll like you...''
Post by mattofthespurs on Jul 27, 2016 8:43:12 GMT
Only started reading them in the early 1980's after 2000 AD (the comic) started to publish them in strip form. Loved them and it got me searching the book stall in the town market for them every saturday until I had them all.