British author James P. Hogan, 69, died in his home in the Republic of Ireland on July 12, 2010. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Hogan, a hard SF writer, won three Seiun Awards and two Prometheus Awards. Hogan is best known for the Minervan Experiment or Giants series, beginning with debut novel Inherit the Stars (1977) and continuing with The Gentle Giants of Ganymede (1978), Giants’ Star (1981), and Entoverse (1991).
Hogan was born in London on June 27, 1941. He completed five years of study at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, and was subsequently employed as a design engineer, a traveling sales engineer, and a sales manager. He became a full-time writer in 1979. He married four times and is survived by fourth wife Sheryl and six children.
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