Harry Harrison, author of the Stainless Steel Rat series, Make Room! Make Room! (the inspiration for the film Soylent Green), and countless other novels, short stories, and comics, passed away today at the age of 87. Harry was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1925. In 1943 he was drafted into the US Army Air Corps, an experience that influenced his work later in life. His career began in earnest as an illustrator for comics and science fiction magazines, and he soon moved on to writing; his first novel, Deathworld, was published in 1960. He was a prolific and important figure in the science fiction community, and earned the title of SFWA Grand Master in 2009. If you’d like to pay your respects to this titan in the science fiction community, Harrison’s official news blog has opened up a thread where fans and friends can post their memories and condolences. He will be greatly missed.