Harry Harrison, best known for his incredible 12-book Stainless Steel Rat series of comic science fiction, the brilliantly satirical six-book Bill, The Galactic Hero series, and Make Room! Make Room! which was the basis for the 1973 Charlton Heston-starring movie Soylent Green, died on 15 August 2012, aged 87, according to his official website.
A prolific author, he started his writing career in the 1958 writing the Flash Gordon newspaper strip and published his first novel, Deathworld, in 1960.
His last Stainless Steel Rat novel, the Stainless Steel Rat Returns, was released in 2010.