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The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

(Stainless Steel Rat #6)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,801 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Someone was tampering with time, altering the past to eliminate the present, fading people out of existence into a timeless limbo.

One of the victims was Angelina, the wife of James Bolivar diGriz - better known as the Stainless Steel Rat. That put Slippery Ji, on the trail of the villains, a trail that went back to 1984 and an ancient nation called the United States of Ame
Paperback, 158 pages
Published 1976 by Sphere Books Limited (first published August 1st 1971)
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Within the pantheon of endearing, morally-deficient scamps and scoundrels, James “Slippery Jim” Bolivar DiGriz (aka the Stainless Steel Rat) is up there with Bugs Bunny…except not quite so nasty.

Jim is one of those characters you just want to hang out with and he's always good for a few laughs and an elevated level of happy. This series is your basic literary pick me up.

For those unfamiliar with the world of the Stainless Steel Rat series, allow me to brazenly pimp out my previous review o
Paul E. Morph
When an attack from the distant past wipes out his present (our future) Slippery Jim DiGriz finds himself catapulted back over 30,000 years into the past to 1975 (coincidentally the year I was born) so he can try to find who the responsible party is and stop them, thereby restoring his future. Simple, eh?

This had the potential to be one of the better SSR books but it was let down badly by two things:

Firstly, there is an over-reliance on deus ex machina to get Jim out of scrapes. Sometimes this i
Juho Pohjalainen
This time travel story plays far more loose with the rules - and makes much less sense - than the author's other Technicolor Time Machine. But despite that, it's still good fun. ...more

"Someone was tampering with time, altering the past to eliminate the present, fading people out of existence into a timeless limbo. One of the victims was Angelina, the wife of James de Griz, better known as the Stainless Steel Rat."

My thoughts:

Another adventure of one of my favourite sociopaths. Well before there was Dexter, there was Slippery Jim DiGriz. He is completely incapable of being straight forward, even with his beloved Angelina, the reformed psychopath.

As per usual, Jim & A
Slippery Jim diGriz is getting told off by his boss, Inskipp, for stealing while on a previous mission for the Special Corps. Although, staffing a secret inter-galactic space police force with hardened ex-criminals is never going to be plain sailing I'd have thought. While he's being told off two things happen – firstly Jim surreptitiously helps himself to a number of Inskipp's expensive cigars, and secondly Inskipp suddenly disappears. He isn't the first either, a number of people are disappear ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the stainless steel rat books. They are all quick reads with alot of humor in them. The stories remain fresh and new. Very recommended, especially to teen readers or someone new to SiFi
Marcus Wilson
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed this novel enormously, Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat adventures are always entertaining but throw in time travel as he does here, and you have an ambitiously bonkers tale that ranks up there with Michael Moorcock at his best.

All the token Stainless Steel Rat humour is there, and as usual there are lots of undercurrents running through the story to get you thinking. It was written on the mid 1970’s and seems way ahead of its time with themes of global devastation and climate cha
Peter Tillman
Pretty sure I read this one, way back when....
I did come across this quote:
"Just as a vampire bat can be a perfect vampire bat or a black widow spider
> can be a perfect black widow spider, the Major was a perfect freewheeling
> bastard."
> (Harry Harrison, _The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World._)

-- which I compared to astronomer Fritz Zwicky's "spherical bastard"
formula. Zwicky notoriously didn't tolerate fools, where fool = any astronomer who wasn't Zwicky!

Gareth Howells
2nd time around - and now 30 years older, this book was a bit disappointing. I always love the tone and pace of the Stainless Steel Rat books, but this one felt like there were lots of conveniences and moments that didn't quite make sense; like Jim being an expert on a country when he wasn't even sure what the planet was yeah, being aware of the holes in the narrative tainted my experience this time. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like 'Revenge' this is a book which starts really strong and hits all the right buttons as to moves to its conclusion. As with my previous review I like the writing style, the brevity, the characters and the pace so why 1 star less?

The ending was not the best. It felt like the author got slightly wrapped up in the whole time Travel paradox thing and I thought the ending a little anti-climactic and confused. It may be my fault perhaps I was not paying enough attention but almost like some Stephen
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.

After frustration with other time travel books (think Blackout/All Clear) I'm reminded that time travel stories can be fun. Granted, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World is pointing out how ridiculous time travel stories can be half the time... so maybe it's not the best example.

Time travel is being used as a weapon, and the Special Corps are being wiped out. It's up to Slippery Jim to save the day (and of course, save Angelina). However, he quickly finds o
John Defrog
I’ve been aware of the Stainless Steel Rat series for a long time, but I was never really motivated to try it. My motivation for trying this one was driven partly by it being a cheap used copy, and partly by recently reading and liking Make Room! Make Room!. This is the third installment of the life and times of Slippery Jim diGriz, a master thief in the far-flung future who is recruited by Special Corps, an intergalactic law enforcement agency that recruits criminals like him. In this episode, ...more
Linda Isakson
Slippery Jim is back, and this time he saves the world from a time traveller named "He". After Special Corps employees begin rapidly disappearing, Jim is sent back to 1975 earth, translated "dirt", to stop "He" from conceiving his evil plan to destroy Jim's planet. Jim is thus sent on a wild goose chase, full of time loopholes and paradoxes, to track "He" through time - eventually catching "He" in Napoleanic France, in time to prevent Napolean (which is actually "He") from winning the war agains ...more
Sean Randall
And so ends yet another adventure for slippery Jim. This time, he goes back to old earth and generally trots around in time, rather than space. all quite paradoxical and ludicrous, but quite unsurprising. We don't know much about Jim's early life yet, so his blase assurances that this is the first time he's felt the true hand of fear and so forth may be a wee bit hollow. Still, with the kids added into the mix the adventures are surely to increase in sarcastic banter, if nothing else. ...more
Midnight Muldoon
I gave this 5 stars because when I was reading it and realized it was a time travel book I groaned. I HATE time travel, because it's tedious and messes up the past and I only decided to finish it because I didn't have any more new audio books on my MP3 player and was stuck at work for 8 hours. (I do data entry and listen to books while I work to keep my sanity) I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, interesting, humorous, and dealt with the entire issue I have with time travel. ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Two of my favorite genres - time travel and the Stainless Steel Rat. No explanation of why characters just "fade out" at the beginning of the story, and clearly no "parallel dimensions" hypothesis, but good fun regardless. As an aside, some good clean fun poked at 1970s Earth, the US in particular. ...more
Rasmus Skovdal
While I can see how this series has some lasting appeal, this particular book isn't that great.

It's a mildly inventive time travel story, with a hero that shifts so violently between progressive and regressive (a 40-year-old sci-fi book with some issues about women? Shocking!) attitudes that he'll end up giving himself whiplash and who, while supposedly from a wildly advanced technology, solves 90% of his problems with “sleep gas grenades” and seems to generally not be all that advanced, from ne
I think that my enjoyment of the book was hampered by the time travel story. In fact, I was very much annoyed with the "resolution" of the story, which pretty much confirmed my worst fears about why I often dislike time travel SF stories.
Also, unlike the earlier books in this series, the main character didn't really display all that much intelligence or skill. Instead, he is repeatedly rescued, either by other characters or by the nature of the time travel story.
That said, other than the so-call
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(same write-up exactly as I did for the first book in the series)
I could understand someone giving a 5 rating for this and I could understand a 1 rating too. It's not a deep book in any way but it neither wants to be nor does it pretend to be. It's a great comedy sci-fi romp, completely intended to make you giggle your way through a summer holiday on the beach. Its real selling point (to me) is that I think it's a pretty unique writing style and I don't know whether it was intended for a teen au
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this is probably the weakest of the Stainless Steel Rat books that I've read so far (I'm reading in release order but with a diversion to read the prequel book), it suffers because for most of the book our protagonist only has a pretty vague idea of their goal and thus we are subjected to them stumbling from one situation to the next which is not as engaging to read as the planned heists and thefts of the prior books.

However this is all utterly saved in my eyes by the absolutely fantasti
Ian Banks
This was my first encounter with The Stainless Steel Rat and it remains my favourite entry in the series. In this one, Mr Harrison retreads some plot ideas from his even funnier novel The Technicolor Time Machine but spins them with some inimitable Stainless Steel Rat action. This was a glorious, amazing read when I was 14 and it's still a heap of fun nearly 35 years later. The mind bending timey-wimey shenanigans feel like a deus ex machina until you start to look closely at the plot when they ...more
Albert Stevens
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book in the Stainless Steel Rat series is one of my favorites. Jim diGriz is in fine form in multiple eras. He actually gets to time travel and save the world several times. He gets to display his skills in various settings, from primitive to technologically advanced.

Most enjoyable to me was watching him deal with a time period I was familiar with from my younger days of the mid 1970's. His futuristic perspective on what, to him, was a primitive time was amusing and a little sobering.

The fi
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It's taken me some time to understand that the entire Stainless Steel Rat series was written at a time when a lot of the tropes we have in sci fi weren't common to the genre. In fact, it may have been one of the inspirations for it. There was a distinct lack of the same feeling of "The hero always win through a feat of daring do" and more of a feeling of "holy crap, he got lucky". I enjoyed it thoroughly as a time travel nerd. ...more
Charles Harrison
This book has time travel in it which I always consider a high stakes gamble. They mostly pull it off by having the protagonist ignore such petty things as paradoxes whilst he focuses on staying alive, robbing banks and saving the world (sort of). Seriously good fun and easy to read with many a shameless cliffhanger, silly in places but never boring. You know he is going to win but he always does it by the skin of his teeth and with a certain amount of style. Pure entertainment.
Holger Haase
Enjoyable read but I have more and more a feeling that while I absolutely adored the first novel in the series, I may never get that High back in the follow ups. This is yet another fun read but I miss the total libertarian selfishness of the original character and Angelina is really watered down again and doesn't feature all that prominently. Still, I will continue as even an ok Stainless Steel Rat novel is better than lots of other Sci Fi. ...more
Harry Harrison does it again for the third time with The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World.
A romp if there has ever been one, 'Slippery' Jim DiGriz is sent back in time to the future to stop a time-war from happening.
An adventure into paradox, Harrison has a blast with time puns and his ever charismatic character.
Please for the love of God if you want an old comedic sci-fi series (not Hitchikers) pick these up at your local used bookstore, you'll thank yourself.
Connor Lennard
it's not exactly the swashbuckling galactic adventure that I expected after reading the other stainless steel rat books. but Jim is snarky and clever and fun. definitely worth the read. ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't even try to follow time travel stories, but it remains light, charming fare. ...more
C. Bella
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrific,amazing and well edited.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That one was a bit cheesy but it was fun.
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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G

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