James P. Hogan was a science fiction writer who kept in the great tradition by combining accurate and informed speculation from the cutting edge of technology and science. He did so with living, breathing characters and suspenseful story-telling.
He was born in London in the year 1941, and worked as an aeronautical engineer who specialized in digital systems and electronics. Hogan worked in sales during the sixties, going around Europe for Honeywell as a sales engineer. In the seventies he joined Digital Equipment Corporation’s Laboratory Data Processing Group. He relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1977 to manage its sales training program.
Hogan published his first novel, called “Inherit the Stars”, in the year 1979 to help him win an office bet. After selling this book, he quit his job at Digital Equipment Corporation and moved to Orlando, Florida, where he lived for a year, and he met Jackie, his third wife while here. After that that, the couple moved to Sonora, California.
He grew up in the Portobello Road area on London’s west side. He left school when he was just sixteen years old, until he got a scholarship, then he started a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. He first got married when he was twenty, and has married three times after this and has had six kids.
He died at his home in Ireland on July 12, 2010 because of a sudden heart attack when he was 69 years old.
“Inherit the Stars” was nominated for a John W. Campbell Award for Best Book.
He wrote the “Cradle of Saturn” series, “Code of the Lifemaker” series, and the “Giants” series. Hogan wrote young adult fantasy and science fiction.
“Inherit the Stars” is the first novel in the “Giants” series, which was released in the year 1978. The Man on the Moon was dead. He was called Charlie. He had abundant body hair, fairly long nostrils, and big eyes. His skeletal body was found in a bright red spacesuit, hidden inside a rocky grave. They did not know how he got there or who the guy was. They did not even know what had killed him.
They just knew the corpse was fifty thousand years old, meaning that this man had lived long before it was ever possible for him to ever have existed.
“The Gentle Giants of Ganymede” is the second novel in the “Giants” series, which was released in the year 1978. Millennia ago, a long time before the world of the Ganymeans exploded, the odd race of giants vanished. Nobody was able to discover their fate, nor why they had gone or where. There was just a wrecked ship abandoned on some frozen satellite of Jupiter. Now Earth’s code and scientists are there, and are determined to find out the secret of the race that vanished.
All of a sudden, the ship of the odd, humanoid giants returns, spinning out of the immensity of time and the vastness of space. With them they bring answers that is going to alter all of Mankind’s knowledge of human origins in some rather startling revelations from the past that has some biologic reverberations to be at this time.
“Giants’ Star” is the third novel in the “Giants” series, which was released in the year 1981. One: Many eons ago, a gentle race of giant aliens left planet Minerva, leaving the ancestors of Man to fend for themselves. Two: Fifty thousand years ago, Minerva blew up, throwing its moon into orbit around Earth. Three: during the 21st century, scientists Chris Danchekker and Victor Hunt, who are doing research on Ganymede, attract a tiny band of friendly aliens that are lost in time. They start revealing something about mankind’s origins. Lastly Man believed he understood his place within the Universe. Then he learned about the Watches in the stars.
“Entoverse” is the fourth novel in the “Giants” series, which was released in the year 1991. Human society on Jevlen was falling apart, and it seemed like JEVEX, which is the immense super-computer that managed all of the Jevlenese affairs was the thing at the heart of the matter. Except the issues did not end when JEVEX was turned off. People are changing, or getting changed. It was like the Jevlenese were getting possessed.
At the same time, in a completely different universe, a place where nothing physical was predictable and where magic works, holy men catch glimpses of some other place. It is a place where objects’ shape remained unchanged by any motion, and cause led logically and directly to effect. The greatest part of all was that when the heart is pure, the mind is focused. If the circumstances were right, there were some lucky souls that could really make the transition off to the other universe. If they just knew that they all could.
“Mission to Minerva” is the fifth novel in the “Giants” series, which was released in the year 2005. Earth has been adapting to a future of amicable coexistence with the advanced aliens from Thurien, who descended from ancestors that once inhabited Minerva, which is a vanished planet in the Solar System. The plans of the distantly related humans on Jevlen to eliminate their ancient rivals the Terran and take the Thurien system of worlds over have been thwarted. The mystery still remains of how it could be possible for the fleeing leaders of Jevlen to have flung across space and time to reappear on Minerva right before it was destroyed.
Victor Hunt and a group of his own colleagues go to Thurien to perform a joint investigation with alien scientists. They are looking into the odd physics of interconnectedness between the infinite alternate universes that make up ultimate reality. Their discoveries lead to some strange communication with some bewildered counterparts in other universes, then to the possibility of physical travel. The idea is then conceived to send a mission back to the old world of Minerva with the stunning objective of starting a new family of realities where its destruction would be avoided.
Imares Broghuilio, who is the deposed Jevelenese leader, along with many dedicated followers with five armed starships are there already. They have a score of their own to settle.
Books in order of publication:
|Inherit the Stars||(1978)|
|The Gentle Giants of Ganymede||(1978)|
|Mission to Minerva||(2005)|
Code of the Lifemaker Books
|Code of the Lifemaker||(1983)|
|The Immortality Option||(1995)|
Cradle of Saturn Books
|Cradle of Saturn||(1999)|
|The Anguished Dawn||(2003)|
|The Genesis Machine||(1978)|
|The Two Faces of Tomorrow||(1979)|
|Thrice Upon a Time||(1980)|
|Voyage from Yesteryear||(1982)|
|The Proteus Operation||(1985)|
|The Mirror Maze||(1989)|
|The Infinity Gambit||(1991)|
|The Multiplex Man||(1992)|
|Paths to Otherwhere||(1996)|
|The Legend That Was Earth||(2000)|
|Echoes of an Alien Sky||(2005)|
|Mind, Machines and Evolution||(1988)|
|Rockets, Redheads and Revolution||(1999)|
|Catastrophes, Chaos and Convolutions||(2005)|
|Out of Time||(1993)|
|Kicking the Sacred Cow||(2004)|