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Jon_B
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The Stainless Steel Rat

My girlfriend got me a volume of the first three of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books for my birthday back in October and I only just now got around to reading them... and man, these books are great!

 

I'm not sure how many there are in total, but I just finished the first two - The Stainless Steel Rat, and The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, and it's some of the most well written and amusing science fiction I've read in a long time.

 

The Stainless Steel Rat is "Slippery" Jim Bolivar DiGriz, an intergalactic thief and con man, stealing his way through a universe where criminal urges and thoughts have been eliminated from most of the population by the psychological cleansing of the League and where crime is virtually nonexistant - except for when it's committed by those few smart and skilled enough to slip through the system, the stainless steel rats like DiGriz.  DiGriz is so good that when the elite intergalactic law enforcement agency - the Special Corps - finally catches up to him, their only choice is to recruit him as an agent.

 

These books came out in the mid-70's and while there are a few wierdly dated notions (the scientists working at the Special Corps in this far future world are still using dot matrix printers!)  these books definitely stand the time and are thoroughly entertaining.  DiGriz is a hilarious character and I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun with a scifi series.

 

Some of you have probably heard of or read these books already - if you haven't I urge you to check them out!  They are pretty quick, easy reading and are a great time. 

 

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Nelsmom
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Re: The Stainless Steel Rat

Jon,

 

I know of at least nine Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison.  Or at least that is how many I have read.  My favorite was The Stainless Steel Rat For President.

 

Toni

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Re: The Stainless Steel Rat

Anyone know how these compare to Keith Laumer's Retief series? I once heard they were along the same lines (except Jamie Retief was a diplomat). Loved Retief, they (Harrison's Steel Rat books) were contemporary with each I believe.

 

 

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Re: The Stainless Steel Rat


Nelsmom wrote:

Jon,

 

I know of at least nine Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison.  Or at least that is how many I have read.  My favorite was The Stainless Steel Rat For President.

 

Toni


That was my favorite too!

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Re: The Stainless Steel Rat

Jon:

Wow, just mentioning the Stainless Steel Rat novels brings me back to the early 80s when I was Iin high school and went through my "Harry Harrison " phase.  But as good as the Stainless Steel Rat series is, my favorite Harry Harrison works are the Deathworld trilogy. If you haven't read this trilogy yet, Jon, I would highly suggest it – classic adventure SF...

Paul

 

p.s. And, of course, Make Room, Make Room! which was the basis for the classic Chuck Heston flick Soylent Green... 

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Re: The Stainless Steel Rat

I heard something about them being reprinted. They were out of print forever.