Getting letters like this is one of the perks that makes being a writer all
the more worthwhile. I thought I'd share it.
Mr. Hogan, after visiting your web page it occurred to me that I owe you
a word of thanks, and this is the perfect medium to offer it. I was born and
grew up in Cuba, and Spanish was my only language until I came to the US in
1976. Before coming here I read everything I could get my hands on, and with
a communist government in Cuba that was usually limited to non-enligsh writers.
Fortunately the government allowed the writings of Isaac Asimov to be published
(in Spanish, of course, and probably because of his Russian name), and after
reading Asimov I was hooked on science fiction.
After I came to this country I dedicated all of my time to learning English,
and naturally my reading science fiction gradually diminished. It wasn't until
1980, when after graduating from high school and while working at a Florida
mall I ran into a bookstore and drifted over to the science fiction section.
The very first book I saw was a paperback edition of your book "Inherit
the Stars", with its wonderful cover art (titled "The One Who Stayed
Behind", I think). I picked up the book, read the synopsis, and was hooked.
I forgo buying lunch that day and instead bought your book. Eventually I stayed
up most of the night, and finished it. Naturally I immediately went out and
bought every other James P. Hogan book I could find (too few, as far I am
concerned). And since that day I went back to my previous reading schedule
of one or two books a week, again mostly science fiction, and now in an entirely
Again Mr. Hogan, thanks. Your writing challenged me and helped teach me a
new language, and through the years each new book of yours has brought me
a lot of pleasure. Keep writing and take care of yourself. Thanks.