Harry Harrison, the US science-fiction author best known for the Stainless Steel Rat novels, has died at the age of 87. The announcement was made by his official website, which offered no further details.
Starting out as an editor and illustrator, Harry Harrison worked on a number of prominent comic strips in the 50s and 60s, including the Flash Gordon series. His first novel was 1960′s Deathworld, followed a year later by the book that would make his name: The Stainless Steel Rat (1961) introduced anti-hero James Bolivar diGriz, who would go on to star in a further eleven books up to and including 2010′s The Stainless Steel Rat Returns.
Harrison was also known for the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), which was famously filmed in 1973 as Soylent Green. He collaborated on a number of projects with Brian Aldiss, and he continued to publish regularly until his work-rate slowed somewhat in the early 2000s. At the time of his death, he was rumoured to be working on a new book, which he claimed was a big secret.