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Amazon UK are listing a new edition of the Stainless Steel Rat omnibus – there’s no cover art yet, but the description says it includes The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge, and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World. Publication date is given as 6th March 2008, and the publisher is Gollancz. Hope they put a decent cover on this one, as the previous Orion editions had very disappointing covers – nice artwork, but not really showing Slipper Jim at his best. The book isn’t currently listed on the Gollancz / Orion site.

Tor have posted details of their new edition of Make Room! Make Room! on their website. Due in April 2008. That cover photo gives me vertigo every time I look at it. Great stuff.

I just came across a piece on HH on the ‘Celebrity Atheist List‘ which includes a few paragraphs written by… er… me. Quoted by someone called Wylee, who took them from the HH website.

There’s a discussion of HH’s ‘atheistic’ short story ‘The Steets of Ashkelon’ (vt. ‘An Alien Agony’) on the Library Thing site, which I think is from Turkey.

And Edwin Hesselthwite recently wrote a lengthy review of ‘The Steets of Ashkelon’ in a piece titled ‘Bakelite and Uranium Monday: The Streets Of Ashkelon by Harry Harrison‘ on the Little Man, What Now site.

It’s possible that 2008 will be the year of the e-book, now that Amazon have released their e-book reader in the US. I keep wanting to call it the Kibble, but its actually called the Kindle. There are already a number of HH titles available as e-books – more than I thought – though whether these will work on the Kindle, I’m not sure, as I don’t know how Amazon are handling digital rights management… Here’s a link to eReader.com which lists the HH e-books for sale, including Kong Unbound which contains an essay by HH on the movie King Kong. Oh, and don’t be fooled by crooks on ebay offering other Harry Harrison e-books for sale – there are some fakes out there, which probably just contain the scanned texts of books which have been (illegally) floating around the internet for a while.

Cory Doctorow posted an image of ‘Mickey Burgers’ on the Boing Boing site, along with the comment “soylent brown is cartoon characters.” They didn’t really put Mickey Mouse in the mincer did they?

Marc Bernardin wrote ‘An Open Letter to the Sci-Fi Channel‘ basically asking why they don’t adapt some proper science fiction stories, rather than turning out ‘lame’ shows like the new Flash Gordon series. Bernardin doesn’t mention HH, but a comment added by Joe Quellen suggests Bill, the Galactic Hero as a suitable candidate for adaptation. That would get my vote. 

I hadn’t spotted this before: Harry Harrison’s agent Sobel Weber Associates link to the Official Harry Harrison website from Harry’s entry in their client list.

Tony Thorne recently published a collection of short stories set on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Harry Harrison wrote an introduction for the collection. Tony Thorne’s website includes some photographs of Harry at the 2007 Eurocon in Copenhagen. 

Someone called ‘Cheese’ posted a question on Answerbag: Is Soylent Green really people? This has prompted a few responses – some funnier than others. There are a number of related questions too, with equally silly answers. There are some very sick people out there. But if you want to know what Soylent Green really is, I’ve posted an answer on Answerbag. Soylent Green was really… no, check out the site.🙂

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