History Creator / HarryHarrison

6th Nov '16 10:36:23 AM Xtifr
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** In ''A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!'', America lost the War of Independence and remained part of the British Empire. (Also, an earlier military defeat changed Spanish history enough that Christopher Columbus couldn't get funding, leaving American to be discovered by John Cabot in 1497.)

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** In ''A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!'', America [[AmericaIsStillAColony lost the War of Independence Independence]] and remained part of the British Empire. (Also, an earlier military defeat changed Spanish history enough that Christopher Columbus couldn't get funding, leaving American to be discovered by John Cabot in 1497.)


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* AmericaIsStillAColony: In ''Tunnel Through the Deeps'', due to the fact it was John Cabot, not UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus, who discovered North America, Spain was also never unified and unable to fund Columbus. This lead to a scenario where the revolutionary war was lost and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was shot as a traitor. The main character is a descendant of Washington who feels tarred by his family's bad reputation whilst working on a transatlantic tunnel between the British Isles and the Northern American colonies.
9th Sep '16 10:39:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: In "The Streets of Ashkelon", a human missionary converts an alien culture to [[UsefulNotesOnChristianity Christianity]]. [[spoiler:The aliens then try to initiate the millennium of the missionary's message by crucifying him and waiting for him to rise on the third day.]]

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: In "The Streets of Ashkelon", a human missionary converts an alien culture to [[UsefulNotesOnChristianity Christianity]].UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}. [[spoiler:The aliens then try to initiate the millennium of the missionary's message by crucifying him and waiting for him to rise on the third day.]]
24th Jun '16 8:54:02 AM ChronoLegion
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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was a science fiction writer.

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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) (1925-2012; born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was a science fiction writer.
2nd Jun '16 7:56:54 PM PaulA
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He has also written serious SF, including ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'', which inspired the film ''Film/SoylentGreen'' (although the film's most famous plot element was not in the book); the ''Literature/{{Deathworld}}'' trilogy; the ''To The Stars'' trilogy; and the ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy.

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He has also written serious SF, including ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'', which inspired the film ''Film/SoylentGreen'' (although the film's most famous plot element was not in the book); the ''Literature/{{Deathworld}}'' trilogy; the ''To The Stars'' ''Literature/ToTheStars'' trilogy; and the ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy.



* ''Literature/ToTheStars'' trilogy



* ArbitraryMaximumRange: ''Starworld'' (part of the ''To the Stars'' trilogy) has the rebel admiral point out to the protagonist how energy weapons don't work due to the energy diffusion problem. Although missiles are being used by both sides, the rebels use linear accelerators firing unguided ''cannon balls'' to gain the decisive edge, then finish them off with a FlechetteStorm of rocket-propelled bullets (fired from the standard infantry weapons of the time) which work well over infinite ranges due to the lack of air resistance.
* {{BFG}}: One of the Israeli commandoes is firing a handheld .50 calibre recoilless machine gun during the attack on Spaceconcert in ''Starworld'' (part of the ''To the Stars'' trilogy).



* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: In ''Homeworld'', the upper-class protagonist is initially surprised at the idea that the proles might be rebellious, as the government lets them have all the drugs and booze they want.



* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: ''Starworld'' (part of the ''To the Stars'' trilogy) has the rebel admiral explain to the protagonist why energy weapons don't work in the [[ArbitraryMaximumRange vast distances of space]]. Although missiles are being used by both sides, the rebels use linear accelerators firing unguided ''cannon balls'' to gain the decisive edge, then finish them off with a FlechetteStorm of rocket-propelled bullets.



* PlanetOfHats: In the ''To The Stars'' trilogy, [=EarthGov=] has not only terraformed {{Single Biome Planet}}s, they've also created a unique culture for each in order to maximise their control. For instance the agricultural planet the protagonist has been exiled to in "Wheelworld" is populated entirely by peasants and mechanics, ruled by a group of autocratic Familys.



* SingleBiomePlanet: Justified in the ''To The Stars'' trilogy, in which an imperialistic Earth has terraformed a number of planets (with a [[PlanetOfHats custom-made culture]] as well), each one dedicated to farming, production or mining of one particular resource. The idea being that none of them have the diverse resources [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression needed to launch a revolt]].



* StandardStarshipScuffle: Lampshaded and averted in ''Starworld''.



* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: The ''To the Stars'' trilogy has a Big Brother-like Earth lording it over interstellar colonies set up to be totally dependent upon each other. Since each colony requires numerous goods (which they are never allowed to stockpile) each made [[PlanetOfHats only on one of the other colonies]], it would be impossible for a revolt to succeed unless every colony did so at once. Which they do. (It's not not strictly Earth-vs-everyone-else, though. On Earth itself there are several rogue states that cling to old ideals, such as ''democracy'', the strongest of them being [[BadassIsraeli Israel]]. The last novel makes it clear that a revolution can only succeed with a simultaneous assault on the surface and space.)
2nd Jun '16 7:41:39 PM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series

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* The ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series



* ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' trilogy



* ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' trilogy
26th Oct '15 9:08:33 PM Micah
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* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: In ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'', John claims to be trained in:
-->...spying, warfare, intelligence, brain surgery, proctoscopy, codes and ciphers, blue-ribbon cooking, and murder.
1st Aug '14 2:05:40 AM PaulA
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: In ''One King's Way'', second volume of ''The Hammer and the Cross'' trilogy, a troll or "marbendill" is a large intelligent humanoid that sometimes feeds on human flesh, lurks in the water to pull unwary boaters under, but otherwise is rather likeable, actually. Distinguished from humans by, among other things, a much lower sex drive; human behavior in that regard rather amuses them.



** The trilogy ''The Hammer and the Cross'' has a more organized and benevolent form of the Norse religion coming into conflict both with the more traditional Norse religion and Christianity.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The trilogy ''The Hammer and the Cross'' is set in 9th century Europe, and the values of the historical peoples of the time are accurately represented; including their attitude toward rape, enslavement, trial-by-combat, and the social status of women and conquered peoples.
31st Jul '14 3:55:46 PM Dalillama
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* ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' trilogy
2nd Aug '13 7:48:00 AM Odon
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* StandardStarshipScuffle: Lampshaded and averted in ''Starworld''.
3rd Mar '13 9:02:17 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/TheTuringOption'' (with Marvin Minksy)
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