Birthdate? Feb. 27, 1960
When did you start writing? I live in two unique worlds, the world of writing and the world of table tennis, but there's a huge overlap. As a top player and coach, I began writing numerous articles on table tennis in the 1980s, including my first of three books on the sport. In 1985 I became a resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, first as a player, later as a coach and then the director. We had training sessions in the morning and late afternoon. I usually spent the time between sessions reading science fiction & fantasy, as I'd done since elementary school. One day I tried writing a story, and next thing you know, I was spending much of my time between sessions writing science fiction & fantasy.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published article was a profile of two top junior table tennis players, published in Table Tennis Topics Magazine in 1977 when I was 17. It was the first of over 1200 published articles or stories in 97 different publications. Though I wrote a few fictional table tennis pieces, my first published science fiction or fantasy story was the fantasy "Horse Dreams," published in Atrocity Magazine in December, 1988. I had two other published
Why do you write? To keep my head from exploding from the accumulation of thoughts. Early on, as thoughts accumulate, they rub up against you, creating an itch that must be scratched. Ignore the itch, and the pressure builds until BANG!!! (Little known fact: most writing grants come from the U.S. Department of Defense,
Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? For the sense of wonder. That's also why I read it.
Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? From the golden age, Isaac Asimov. Among modern writers, Robert J. Sawyer. As to choosing a favorite story, that would be like choosing a favorite son or daughter.
If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "Here lies Larry Hodges, the greatest table tennis player in the world of writers, and the greatest writer in the world of table tennis."