Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Random Thought - R.I.P. Harry Harrison
Many people are going to write about their fond memories of meeting and interacting with Harrision, for example, John Scalzi has posted a nice little story on his blog Whatever about meeting Harrison when Scalzi was a freshly minted member of the SFWA. Neil Gaiman has also written about his fond memories of Harrison. By all accounts Harrison was a magnanimous man, helpful and friendly to new authors, and generally an all-around good guy. I have no stories about Harrison. I never met him. And now I will never have the chance to do so. For me, the story of science fiction as a genre is tinged with sadness. Most of my favorite authors - Asimov, Heinlein, Anderson, Clarke, Bradbury - were either dead before I even thought that meeting authors was a possibility, or have died in the last couple of years without my ever having the opportunity to meet them. I guess what I am saying is simply don't wait. If there is an author you want to meet to talk to, to get to know, or just to say thank you to, do it sooner rather than later. Because there may not be a later. And although I may be able to one day have a Scalzi story, or a Gaiman story, or a Le Guin story, I'll never have an Asimov story, or a Bradbury story, or a Harrison story. I wish I did. But they are gone and all we have left are their books.
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