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Books by Larry Hodges

Table Tennis Books by Larry Hodges

Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers
The Tactical and Strategic side of table tennis.
The Spirit of Pong
A fantasy table tennis novel where an American goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis. Here's the description from the back cover:

“Andy ‘Shoes’ Blue wants to be a table tennis champion, but he’s just another wannabe American. And so he goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis. He is trained by the mysterious Coach Wang, and begins an odyssey where he learns the secrets of table tennis from the spirits of Ichiro Ogimura (who helped spawn China’s greatness), Rong Guotuan (China’s first world champion in 1959, whose tragic story Andy must relive), and others, and must face the mysterious ‘Dragon.’ Can he overcome treachery and learn the final secret of table tennis in time to defeat his ultimate nemesis?”

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Table Tennis Tips
All 150 Tips of the Week from 2011-2013, in one volume, in logical progression.
Table Tennis Tales & Techniques
The best writings of Coach Larry Hodges - both humorous and interesting stories and essays on technique.
Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook
How to make a living as a professional table tennis coach.
Table Tennis: Steps to Success
NOTE - A new version of this might come out later. A Step-by-Step approach to learning the sport of table tennis.
Instructor's Guide to Table Tennis
This is currently out of print, but a new version might come out later. Teaches how to coach table tennis at the lower levels. This is primarily for beginning coaches and non-table tennis coaches (such as PE instructors). 

Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Larry Hodges

Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions
Coming March 8, 2016, from World Weaver Press. The satirical SF novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system. Features a third-party moderate challenge and an increasingly incredulous alien ambassador who learns about Earth's history and politics as the readers does. One of the main characters is a professional table tennis player who becomes the campaign director. 

Here's the review from SF Crow's Nest. "There are so many good things in this novel that I’m bursting to share them but that would spoil it for the first time reader." "Anyway, it’s a marvellous book. Easy reading, fast-paced, lots of surprise plot twists, likeable heroes, a loveable alien and a gripping climax that takes the election right to the wire. Highly recommended."

Here's the Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpion Preview Video!

The Spirit of Pong
A fantasy table tennis novel where an American goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis. 
(Also listed under Table Tennis Books above, with a more detailed description - it's both!)

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Sorcerers in Space
A humorous fantasy that retells the U.S.-Soviet space race in the 1960s, but with sorcerers instead of astronauts. The main character has to give up his table tennis dreams to save the world! 

It is 1969, at the height of tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Neil, 13, badly wants to be someone. Instead he's stuck as a sorcerer's apprentice for Gus, the "meanest sorcerer in the world." Gus creates a magical talisman to spy on the Soviets, but instead it spies on them and sends text into space. A Giant Face in the Sky shows up, reading the text. 

Since whoever gets to the Face first can lob down spells and have the world at their mercy, the Race to the Face begins. The Soviets invade the U.S. in their attempts to kill Neil, who is prophesied to defeat them. A floating, talking meteor assassin named Buzz becomes Neil's companion--but in one week, Buzz must kill Neil. 

President Kennedy puts together a motley crew that includes Neil, Gus, Buzz, a dragon, the god Apollo, a 2-D sorcerer, and the sorceress Jackie Kennedy. Can they make it to the Face before the Soviets? And before Buzz kills Neil?

"Reading this book had me humming tunes from the 1960s, and smiling, for days." -Abyss & Apex Review

Pings and Pongs: The 30 best science fiction & fantasy short stories of Larry Hodges
These are his best stories through 2012. 
They were all sold and published in various magazines.

More Pings and Pongs: 25 Stories from the Outer Reaches of the Imagination
The best of Larry Hodges, 2012-2015. 
They were all sold and published in various magazines.