By Harry Harrison
Fifty tales for 50 years!A collection-and celebration-of the paintings of Harry HarrisonFrom his first sale in 1950 on, Harry Harrison has been one of many technology fiction world's artistic dynamos, operating in each subgenre of the sector, continuously bursting with provocative rules. Parodic one second, severe the following, Harrison has been referred to as by way of Brian Aldiss "one of the few authors able to wearing the outdated vigour of past days ahead right into a new epoch."On the party of his 50th anniversary as a qualified author, Harrison has accrued jointly fifty of his most sensible stories-one for every year-along with tremendous notes and introductory fabric. 50 in 50 is straight away a memoir, a compendium of a fascinating physique of labor, and a glance on the background of technology fiction within the moment half the twentieth century.
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