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Science-Fiction Author James P. Hogan Passes Away

posted on 2010-07-13 10:27 EDT
Wrote Inherit the Stars, Two Faces of Tomorrow which spawned manga

The SF Site has announced and the Japanese publisher Tokyo Sogensha has confirmed that the science-fiction author James P. Hogan passed away in his home in Ireland on July 12. He was 69.

Hogan was born in London on June 27, 1941, and he made his literary debut with the 1977 novel Inherit the Stars. Tokyo Sogensha translated and published the book in 1980 in Japan, where it became a popular hit among science-fiction readers. His many fans include the members of Studio Nue, who eventually created The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. Besides influencing the themes in several anime, the "Inherit the Stars" name itself (in English and in Japanese as Hoshi o Tsugumono) was directly referenced in such space science-fiction anime as Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Geneshaft. Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights, To) would adapt James P. Hogan's The Two Faces of Tomorrow novel into a manga (pictured at right) in 1993.

During his writing career, Hogan won three Seiun Awards from the Japan Science Fiction Convention and two Prometheus Awards. He attended the 25th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Daicon 5) in Osaka in 1986.

[Via Gigazine, Temple Knights, ITmedia News]


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