Archive for April, 2011

A Stainless Steel Rat

27 April, 2011

Art (c) MarkoIt’s been a while since we had a Stainless Steel Rat on this page, so time to put this right. I came across this image by accident doing a Google image search for ‘mecha’. It is from a site called Ambient Art and appears on the 3D-Robots page. The site is in German, and the artist appears to be Marko (aka ita3D), who has a Yugoslavian e-mail address. Other than that, I can’t tell you anything about this image — except that I like it very much!

Click on the image to see it in all its glory.

Why Do They Hate Atheists?

23 April, 2011

A little while ago, a Brazilian journalist contacted Harry and asked him why it was that people with religious belief hated atheists. Here is Harry’s response:

They’re Afraid of Us! – by Harry Harrison

It is hard to be religious. The priests threaten hellfire, eternal torture; very nice. Some believe that they feel disgust and repulsion towards atheists. Not true…

It’s fear!

We atheists lead happy lives, never concerned with the-dying-and-burn forever-in-hell nonsense. We know better. We enjoy happiness with our friends and neighbors and ignore all the greed and rituals that pay the parasite priests.

Let them wallow in their medieval superstition while we enjoy all the wonders of our God-free universe.

All that the godly feel is jealousy.

© Harry Harrison, 2011

Soylent Green Producer Dies

12 April, 2011

Hollywood producer and press agent Walter Seltzer died on the 18th February 2011, aged 96. He collaborated with actor Charlton Heston on a number of films, including the adaptation of Harry Harrison’s book Make Room! Make Room! which became Soylent Green. The obituary published in The Guardian newspaper for 6th April 2011 quotes Seltzer as saying that both he and Heston agreed that “the greatest social problem of our time was over-population. We became a little obsessed with the idea.”

A Beginner’s Guide to Steampunk Literature

1 April, 2011

Over at the ABE secondhand books website, Scott Laming has written a beginner’s guide to Steampunk — and includes Harry Harrison’s A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! under the heading ‘Literature That Influenced Steampunk,’ where he is in the company of Verne, Wells, Ward Moore, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Moorcock.


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