Just in from the LRT discussion list:
JAMES P. HOGAN DIES AT AGE 69
We are saddened to report the passing of James P. Hogan at the age of 69.
Jim was alone at his home in Ireland when he died suddenly yesterday, July 12, 2010.
The precise cause of Jim's death has not yet been determined, nor is the exact time known.
We are in touch with the family and will release further information as it becomes available.
This Newsletter has been posted to: www.jamesphogan.com/mailarchive/index.php?issuenumber=59
Lobo is a fan of Jim’s—he has a couple of funny stories from a con he attended where Jim was GoH—and Jim was well represented in the box of scifi that Lobo sent me when we were budding internet friends. Between Hogan, F. Paul Wilson, and Robert A Heinlein, I quickly learned that science fiction was a rich, engaging genre, and I was hungry for more. I don’t recall, but Jim may have been one of our VirtualCon guests ... I hope someone with a better memory than I (or maybe with one of the discs we sent out to attendees) can set the record straight.
The post on io9 announcing Hogan’s passing also includes the amusing story of how Jim got his start writing scifi. Condolences to his family, friends, and fans.