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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was a science fiction writer. He is best known for his humorous SF, which includes ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, the ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series, and the stand-alone novels ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. He has also written serious SF, including ''Make Room! Make Room!'', which inspired the 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. ---- !!Works by Harry Harrison with their own trope pages include: * ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series * ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' * ''{{West of Eden}}'' trilogy * The ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series !!Other works by Harry Harrison provide examples of: * 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. * AlternateHistory ** 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.) ** The ''Stars & Stripes'' series envisions the Trent incident from the American civil war blowing up into a full-scale war between the United States and the British Empire. A navigational error brings the Confederacy in on the Union side, ending the civil war, and resulting in the British getting their asses handed to them by Generals Lee, Grant, Sherman, and Stonewall Jackson. ** 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. * 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. * 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). * CarCushion: Played with in "Portrait of the Artist", in which [[spoiler:a comic book artist, who has just lost his job to a machine, creates a suicide note in comic-book form that ends with a depiction of him jumping off his publisher's office building and landing on a car. After he commits suicide in the manner depicted, his ex-boss's only reaction is remark that he landed on the wrong car]]. * ChildSoldiers: In "War With the Robots", the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to fight the war. They retire after four or five years. * 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.). * 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. * 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. * FutureFoodIsArtificial: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', soylent steaks made of soy and lentils were an expensive item. * GaiasLament: ''Make Room! Make Room!'' * 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. * GenerationShips: In ''Captive Universe'', a generation ship with a seamless environment is launched; by design the highly repressive, extremely stable Aztec cities onboard believe themselves to be in an inaccessible river valley. The ship tenders are if anything more rigid and religious: an extraordinary asceticism rules their lives and repairs are sacred rituals. * 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. * 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. * {{Heavyworlder}}: The people of Pyrrus (twice Earth's gravity) in ''Deathworld'' are the short, stout variety. * HideousHangoverCure: The Drive-Right pill, which appears in more than one series, is a small round pill that will make you absolutely stone cold sober seconds after swallowing it... it's completely black except for a skull and crossbones on each side. Unfortunately it's rather unpleasant to take. * 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.]] * ImprobableAge: Justified in "War With the Robots"; the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to plot strategy in the fast-paced war. They retire after four or five years. * JobStealingRobot: "Portrait of the Artist" is about a comic strip artist who loses his job to a machine. * 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. * LostColony: ''Deathworld 2'' is a GivingRadioToTheRomans story set on a Lost Colony. * MercurialBase * MobileSuitHuman: The inverse (a human concealed inside a robotic alien suit) happens often in Harry Harrison sci-fi, such as ''Repairman'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', even soy-based faux steak is expensive and worth practically rioting over. * 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. * RobotWar: In "War With the Robots", the human occupants of a command headquarters are forced out of their underground base by robot attack, leaving it to be manned by their own robots. On reaching the surface they find the enemy command staff living as farmers on the war-torn battlefield above -- it turns out the robots on both sides find they can conduct the war more efficiently once humans are out of the way. The protagonist is deeply miffed. * 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". * 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]]. * SpaceOpera: Parodied in ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * {{Unobtainium}}: The Golden Age SF spoof novel ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' features Cheddite (a fuel created from cheese). In another scene the heroes' 747 jet is turned into a spacecraft by means of windows armored with ''armolite'', vacuum insulation with ''insulite'', fuel tanks filled with ''combustite'', guns firing pellets of ''destructite'', batteries replaced with ''capacitite'' and a space-warp drive powered by ''warpite''. * 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.) * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Satirized in "The Robot Who Wanted To Know". Sophisticated robot librarians designed to think independently often focus on a particular area of interest; Filer 13B-445K's interest is human concepts of love and romance. After reading up on it he wants to experience it personally and goes to some lengths to disguise himself as an attractive man for a costume ball. Naturally the busty heroine ends up falling for him and is outraged to discover his mechanical identity. He responds by [[LogicBomb nosediving into a paradox spiral and self-destructing]]. Workers examining the wreck later find a malfunction in the central pump and joke that "you could almost say he died of a broken heart". * YouAreInCommandNow: In ''Spaceship Medic'', the eponymous medic ends up in charge after all the rest of the ship's officers are wiped out by a meteorite hitting the bridge (then has some adventures, saves the day, and goes back to being a doctor). ----
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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was a science fiction writer. He is best known for his humorous SF, which includes ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, the ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series, and the stand-alone novels ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. He has also written serious SF, including ''Make Room! Make Room!'', which inspired the 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. ---- !!Works by Harry Harrison with their own trope pages include: * ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series * ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' * ''{{West of Eden}}'' trilogy * The ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series !!Other works by Harry Harrison provide examples of: * 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. * AlternateHistory ** 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.) ** The ''Stars & Stripes'' series envisions the Trent incident from the American civil war blowing up into a full-scale war between the United States and the British Empire. A navigational error brings the Confederacy in on the Union side, ending the civil war, and resulting in the British getting their asses handed to them by Generals Lee, Grant, Sherman, and Stonewall Jackson. ** 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. * 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. * 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). * CarCushion: Played with in "Portrait of the Artist", in which [[spoiler:a comic book artist, who has just lost his job to a machine, creates a suicide note in comic-book form that ends with a depiction of him jumping off his publisher's office building and landing on a car. After he commits suicide in the manner depicted, his ex-boss's only reaction is remark that he landed on the wrong car]]. * ChildSoldiers: In "War With the Robots", the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to fight the war. They retire after four or five years. * 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.). * 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. * 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. * FutureFoodIsArtificial: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', soylent steaks made of soy and lentils were an expensive item. * GaiasLament: ''Make Room! Make Room!'' * 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. * GenerationShips: In ''Captive Universe'', a generation ship with a seamless environment is launched; by design the highly repressive, extremely stable Aztec cities onboard believe themselves to be in an inaccessible river valley. The ship tenders are if anything more rigid and religious: an extraordinary asceticism rules their lives and repairs are sacred rituals. * 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. * 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. * {{Heavyworlder}}: The people of Pyrrus (twice Earth's gravity) in ''Deathworld'' are the short, stout variety. * HideousHangoverCure: The Drive-Right pill, which appears in more than one series, is a small round pill that will make you absolutely stone cold sober seconds after swallowing it... it's completely black except for a skull and crossbones on each side. Unfortunately it's rather unpleasant to take. * 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.]] * ImprobableAge: Justified in "War With the Robots"; the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to plot strategy in the fast-paced war. They retire after four or five years. * JobStealingRobot: "Portrait of the Artist" is about a comic strip artist who loses his job to a machine. * 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. * LostColony: ''Deathworld 2'' is a GivingRadioToTheRomans story set on a Lost Colony. * MercurialBase * MobileSuitHuman: The inverse (a human concealed inside a robotic alien suit) happens often in Harry Harrison sci-fi, such as ''Repairman'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', even soy-based faux steak is expensive and worth practically rioting over. * 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. * RobotWar: In "War With the Robots", the human occupants of a command headquarters are forced out of their underground base by robot attack, leaving it to be manned by their own robots. On reaching the surface they find the enemy command staff living as farmers on the war-torn battlefield above -- it turns out the robots on both sides find they can conduct the war more efficiently once humans are out of the way. The protagonist is deeply miffed. * 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". * 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]]. * SpaceOpera: Parodied in ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * {{Unobtainium}}: The Golden Age SF spoof novel ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' features Cheddite (a fuel created from cheese). In another scene the heroes' 747 jet is turned into a spacecraft by means of windows armored with ''armolite'', vacuum insulation with ''insulite'', fuel tanks filled with ''combustite'', guns firing pellets of ''destructite'', batteries replaced with ''capacitite'' and a space-warp drive powered by ''warpite''. * 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.) * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Satirized in "The Robot Who Wanted To Know". Sophisticated robot librarians designed to think independently often focus on a particular area of interest; Filer 13B-445K's interest is human concepts of love and romance. After reading up on it he wants to experience it personally and goes to some lengths to disguise himself as an attractive man for a costume ball. Naturally the busty heroine ends up falling for him and is outraged to discover his mechanical identity. He responds by [[LogicBomb nosediving into a paradox spiral and self-destructing]]. Workers examining the wreck later find a malfunction in the central pump and joke that "you could almost say he died of a broken heart". * YouAreInCommandNow: In ''Spaceship Medic'', the eponymous medic ends up in charge after all the rest of the ship's officers are wiped out by a meteorite hitting the bridge (then has some adventures, saves the day, and goes back to being a doctor). ----[[redirect:Literature/HarryHarrison]]
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* JobStealingRobot: "Portrait of the Artist" is about a comic strip artist who loses his job to a machine.
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24th Jun '12 12:48:53 PM MarkLungo
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* 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 [[EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] -- "Haltu" or, "Stop".
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* 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 [[EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage [[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] -- "Haltu" or, "Stop".
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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto is the universal second language in the ''Deathworld'' series.
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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto is the universal second language in the ''Deathworld'' series.
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* AllTrollsAreDifferentAllTrollsAreDifferent: 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.

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** Delving 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.) ** The ''Stars & Stripes'' series envisions the Trent incident from the American civil war blowing up into AlternateHistoryWanka full-scale war between the United States and the British Empire. A navigational error brings the Confederacy in on the Union side, ending the civil war, and resulting in the British getting their asses handed to them by Generals Lee, Grant, Sherman, and Stonewall Jackson. ** 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.

* ArbitraryMaximumRange * {{BFG}} * CarCushion * ChildSoldiers * DeathWorld * DeliberateValuesDissonance * EscapePod * EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage * FutureFoodIsArtificial * GaiasLament * GardenOfEvil * GenerationShips * GeniusLoci * GovernmentDrugEnforcement * {{Heavyworlder}} * HideousHangoverCure * HumansThroughAlienEyes * ImprobableAge * KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter * LostColony
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* ArbitraryMaximumRange 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}} {{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). * CarCushion CarCushion: Played with in "Portrait of the Artist", in which [[spoiler:a comic book artist, who has just lost his job to a machine, creates a suicide note in comic-book form that ends with a depiction of him jumping off his publisher's office building and landing on a car. After he commits suicide in the manner depicted, his ex-boss's only reaction is remark that he landed on the wrong car]]. * ChildSoldiers ChildSoldiers: In "War With the Robots", the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to fight the war. They retire after four or five years. * DeathWorld 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.). * DeliberateValuesDissonance 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. * EscapePod 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. * EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto is the universal second language in the ''Deathworld'' series. * FutureFoodIsArtificial FutureFoodIsArtificial: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', soylent steaks made of soy and lentils were an expensive item. * GaiasLament GaiasLament: ''Make Room! Make Room!'' * GardenOfEvil 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. * GenerationShips GenerationShips: In ''Captive Universe'', a generation ship with a seamless environment is launched; by design the highly repressive, extremely stable Aztec cities onboard believe themselves to be in an inaccessible river valley. The ship tenders are if anything more rigid and religious: an extraordinary asceticism rules their lives and repairs are sacred rituals. * GeniusLoci 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. * GovernmentDrugEnforcement 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. * {{Heavyworlder}} {{Heavyworlder}}: The people of Pyrrus (twice Earth's gravity) in ''Deathworld'' are the short, stout variety. * HideousHangoverCure HideousHangoverCure: The Drive-Right pill, which appears in more than one series, is a small round pill that will make you absolutely stone cold sober seconds after swallowing it... it's completely black except for a skull and crossbones on each side. Unfortunately it's rather unpleasant to take. * HumansThroughAlienEyes 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.]] * ImprobableAge ImprobableAge: Justified in "War With the Robots"; the command staff are all teenagers as anyone older lacks the reflexes and flexibility of mind needed to plot strategy in the fast-paced war. They retire after four or five years. * KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter 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. * LostColonyLostColony: ''Deathworld 2'' is a GivingRadioToTheRomans story set on a Lost Colony.

* MobileSuitHuman * OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap * PlanetOfHats * RobotWar * SelfDestructMechanism * SingleBiomePlanet * SpaceOpera * {{Unobtainium}} * TheWarOfEarthlyAggression * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove * YouAreInCommandNow
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* MobileSuitHuman MobileSuitHuman: The inverse (a human concealed inside a robotic alien suit) happens often in Harry Harrison sci-fi, such as ''Repairman'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: In ''Make Room! Make Room!'', even soy-based faux steak is expensive and worth practically rioting over. * PlanetOfHats 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. * RobotWar RobotWar: In "War With the Robots", the human occupants of a command headquarters are forced out of their underground base by robot attack, leaving it to be manned by their own robots. On reaching the surface they find the enemy command staff living as farmers on the war-torn battlefield above -- it turns out the robots on both sides find they can conduct the war more efficiently once humans are out of the way. The protagonist is deeply miffed. * SelfDestructMechanism 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 [[EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] -- "Haltu" or, "Stop". * SingleBiomePlanet 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]]. * SpaceOpera SpaceOpera: Parodied in ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''. * {{Unobtainium}} {{Unobtainium}}: The Golden Age SF spoof novel ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' features Cheddite (a fuel created from cheese). In another scene the heroes' 747 jet is turned into a spacecraft by means of windows armored with ''armolite'', vacuum insulation with ''insulite'', fuel tanks filled with ''combustite'', guns firing pellets of ''destructite'', batteries replaced with ''capacitite'' and a space-warp drive powered by ''warpite''. * TheWarOfEarthlyAggression 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.) * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Satirized in "The Robot Who Wanted To Know". Sophisticated robot librarians designed to think independently often focus on a particular area of interest; Filer 13B-445K's interest is human concepts of love and romance. After reading up on it he wants to experience it personally and goes to some lengths to disguise himself as an attractive man for a costume ball. Naturally the busty heroine ends up falling for him and is outraged to discover his mechanical identity. He responds by [[LogicBomb nosediving into a paradox spiral and self-destructing]]. Workers examining the wreck later find a malfunction in the central pump and joke that "you could almost say he died of a broken heart". * YouAreInCommandNowYouAreInCommandNow: In ''Spaceship Medic'', the eponymous medic ends up in charge after all the rest of the ship's officers are wiped out by a meteorite hitting the bridge (then has some adventures, saves the day, and goes back to being a doctor).
25th Feb '12 9:27:09 PM MetaFour
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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.
1st Oct '11 6:38:42 PM PaulA
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He is best known for his humorous SF, which includes ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, the ''BillTheGalacticHero'' series, and the stand-alone novels ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''.
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He is best known for his humorous SF, which includes ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, the ''BillTheGalacticHero'' ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series, and the stand-alone novels ''TheTechnicolorTimeMachine'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''.

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1st Oct '11 3:44:45 PM Flah
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* The ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' series
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