Harry Harrison

Updated Thursday, 18 October, 2012

I read my first Stainless Steel Rat novel while I was in grade school. The cover had this picture of a robotic rat that I just couldn't pass up. Of course, I figured that mechanical rodent would actually be in the book somewhere, but despite my disappointment at finding no such rodent, I loved the book. I read all of the Stainless Steel Rat books the library had at the time, and I kind of forgot about Harrison. Then, in high school, I read the Eden books. I got lots of enjoyment out of these, as well. These books are fighting with The Hammer and the Cross for my vote as the best works by Harrison. Both trilogies were wonderfully written. The Stainless Steel Rat novels are great fun, and have a flavor that is somewhat similar to Jame Retief of the CDT (novels by Keith Laumer). Mind you, Retief works for the government, but other than that... I just have to wonder. did either Harrison or Laumer read a book from the other's series before developing his character? I mean, they even share a first name (The Stainless Steel Rat's real name is Jim DiGriz, and Jame is long for Jim, and even gets referred to as Jim in later Retief novels).

Books I've Read by Harry Harrison


Galactic Dreams

The Stainless Steel Rat

  1. A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (out of stock) (or try this one) (also out of stock)
  2. The Stainless Steel Rat for President
  3. The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
  4. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!
  5. The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues

The Eden Books

  1. West of Eden (out of print)
  2. Winter in Eden (out of print)
  3. Return to Eden (out of print)

The Hammer and the Cross

  1. The Hammer and the Cross
  2. One King's Way
  3. King and Emperor
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