interviewed in
February 1993


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James P. Hogan was born in London in 1941, his father Irish and his mother German. After studying general electrical and mechanical engineering, he graduated as an electronics engineer specializing in digital systems. Later he became a sales executive in the electronics and computer industries with such companies as ITT, Honeywell, Digital Equipment Corporation, and eventually a Sales Training Consultant with DEC's scientific computing group at Marlborough, Massachusetts.

He began writing science fiction as a hobby in the mid 1970s, and his works have been well received within the professional scientific community as well as among regular science-fiction readers. In 1979 he left DEC to become a full-time writer.

Hogan's work falls at the hard-science end of the sf spectrum and has a positive outlook. He is anti-Malthusian and doesn't share the cynicism toward technology and the concept of human progress that appears fashionable in some social circles. He does not think we're about to overpopulate the planet, blow ourselves into oblivion, poison ourselves into extinction, degenerate into Nazis, or disappear under our own garbage. For ten thousand years the power of human reason and creativity has continued to build better tomorrows, and Hogan sees nothing that says it's all about to change now.

To date, he has published fourteen novels: Inherit the Stars, The Genesis Machine, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, The Two Faces of Tomorrow, Thrice Upon a Time, Giant's Star, Voyage from Yesteryear, Code of the Lifemaker, The Proteus Operation, Endgame Enigma, The Mirror Maze, The Infinity Gambit, Entoverse, and The Multiplex Man, as well as a mixed collection of short fiction, nonfiction, and biographical anecdotes entitled Minds, Machines & Evolution; also, some articles and short fiction.

Hogan divides his time between Florida and the Republic of Ireland.


The James P. Hogan library.

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