History Creator / HarryHarrison

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)
9th Jan '13 8:49:46 PM PaulA
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* AntiAdvice: At the end of ''Deathworld 2'', Jason tells former barbarian Ijale that her life in civilization will go reasonably well as long as she sticks with Mikah, listens carefully to what he tells her and then does the exact opposite.



* DeathWorld: In the novel (and subsequent trilogy) ''Deathworld'', the planet Pyrrus has very harsh environmental characteristics: twice earth gravity, very high tectonic activity, a 42° axial tilt, and the occasional 30-meter tides. Life could only survive by cooperating temporarily during crises, so every single living thing (plant, animal, microbe...) is psychic. Not just that, but the high radioactivity causes them to mutate and evolve very rapidly. When humanity settles on the planet, they accidentally piss off the local wildlife during an earthquake, causing every living thing to treat humanity as a continuous "natural disaster", driven by one mutual psychic mandate: "KILL THE ENEMY!". By the start of the story, the escalating war has remade everything into dedicated living war machines (tree roots are now venom fanged CombatTentacles, etc.).



* EscapePod: In ''Deathworld'', Jason runs from {{Heavyworlder}} Kerk who, in the grip of irrational rage, is about to ''literally'' tear him apart unless he gets off the ship. The escape pod he uses to get away is designed to be idiot proof: initially it declines to do anything but the safest, gentlest maneuvers, making long-term survival against the ship's guns problematical.
* UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto is the universal second language in the ''Deathworld'' series.
* GardenOfEvil: In ''Deathworld'', due to a misunderstanding, the very peculiar wildlife on the planet has altered itself to wage war against humanity, changing to the point where even every blade of grass has a venomous claw dangling from it.



* GeniusLoci: In the novel ''Deathworld'', the planet Pyrrus has very harsh environmental characteristics; life could only survive by cooperating temporarily during crises, so every single living thing (plant, animal, microbe...) is psychic and part of a planet-wide group mind.



* {{Heavyworlder}}: The people of Pyrrus (twice Earth's gravity) in ''Deathworld'' are the short, stout variety.



* LostColony: ''Deathworld 2'' is a GivingRadioToTheRomans story set on a Lost Colony.



* SelfDestructMechanism: In ''The Mothballed Spaceship'', the protagonists are trying to reactivate a derelict battleship that has been set to self-destruct to prevent it falling into the hands of anyone who doesn't have the correct codeword. Just in time they discover what the codeword is; [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish a simple five-letter word]] in [[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] -- "Haltu" or, "Stop".
9th Jan '13 6:59:59 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/{{Deathworld}}'' series
9th Jan '13 6:52:28 AM ChronoLegion
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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 ''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 ''Deathworld'' ''Literature/{{Deathworld}}'' trilogy; the ''To The Stars'' trilogy; and the ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy.
22nd Dec '12 3:05:03 PM Xtifr
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* The ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series

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* The ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series
22nd Dec '12 2:43:49 PM Xtifr
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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 ''Deathworld'' trilogy; the ''To The Stars'' trilogy; and the ''{{West of Eden}}'' 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 ''Deathworld'' trilogy; the ''To The Stars'' trilogy; and the ''{{West of Eden}}'' ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy.



* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series

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* The ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series



* ''{{West of Eden}}'' trilogy

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* ''{{West of Eden}}'' ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy
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