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About Harley Hahn


Harley Hahn is a writer, philosopher, humorist and computer expert. In all, he has written 30 books that have sold more than 2 million copies, making him the best-selling Internet author of all time.

Harley Hahn's Internet Yellow Pages, published by McGraw-Hill annually for 10 years, was the first Internet book in history to sell more than 1 million copies. This book, along with two other of Harley's Internet books — Harley Hahn's Internet Insecurity and Harley Hahn's Internet Advisor — were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Hahn is also the author of a variety of Unix- and Linux-related book and textbooks, including the highly regarded Harley Hahn's Guide to Unix and Linux.

Hahn has written numerous articles, essays and stories on a wide variety of topics, including romance, philosophy, economics, culture, medicine and money. Much of his writing is available on this Web site including:

The Island Syndrome / Young Girls and Phones
Understanding Abstract Art
Understanding Money
Interesting People
Harley Hahn's World of Reading
Stories by Harley Hahn

One of Hahn's most elaborate and valued Web sites is devoted to Usenet, the worldwide system of discussion- and file-sharing groups:

Harley Hahn's Usenet Center

Aside from being a writer, Hahn also an accomplished abstract artist, as well as the creator of Harley Hahn's Art Center:

Paintings by Harley Hahn
Harley Hahn's Art Center

Finally, Harley Hahn is also a skillful musician. He has been playing the piano (mostly by ear) since he was six years old:

Harley Hahn playing and singing "Great Balls of Fire"

Hahn has a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, in Canada, and a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego. He also studied medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School. Hahn has been the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including a prestigious National Research Council (Canada) post-graduate scholarship.

Hahn's work — including a complete set of all his books — is archived by the Special Collections Department of the library at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Note: The dog in the photograph at the top of the page is Casey. Casey was born on December 10, 1997. She is half Border Collie and half German Shepherd/Lab. As you can tell from the photo, Casey has an especially sweet disposition.