The Man from R.O.B.O.T. by Harry Harrison (Analog, July 1969) This novelette sees Harry Harrison in one of his lighter moods. The ‘one man against a world’ scenario is reminiscent of Eric Frank Russell, as is the irreverence threaded throughout, but the journey in this case leads to a rather banal denouement.
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison (Pyramid, 1961) Fifty-five years after its first publication, Harry Harrison’s intergalactic crime caper remains a fast, funny read. Nowadays it is much en vogue to cheer for the antihero, but for his time Harrison’s roguish ne’er-do-well ‘slippery’ Jim Di Griz was quite the trendsetter.
A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison (Granada, 1983) Nominally a paradox novel, A Rebel in Time was notable for bringing Harrison’s refreshingly liberal values to the field of adventure science fiction: a black army sergeant pursues a racist colonel back through time to the outbreak of the American Civil War.