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RIP Jerry Pournelle

September 09th, 2017 by G.

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Sci-Fi author and man of parts Jerry Pournelle has passed away.  His books have given me many hours of pleasure.  A lot of my paper route money went to buying his books or anthologies at the used book store down the road from us.  He was my first introduction to Kipling.  I read the Gods of the Copybook Headings in one of his anthologies.

I still regret that Kenyons to the Keep! will never have a follow up.

For those who are unfamiliar with his stuff, I recommend the Mote in God’s Eye or King David’s Spaceship.  Possibly also the Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta duology.  (Pournelle was a uniquely successful collaborator).

SF is properly speaking the imaginative fiction of the myths of modernity.  Those myths are more than just hard science.  They include Gibbon’s Rise and Fall, and that was the vein of myth that Pournelle mined.  Political science, war, and the brute logic of human nature.  (Hence the Kipling).

I understand he was also something of a believer.  I hope has gone where all projects come to fruition, and the Editor offers fruitful suggestions for rewrites and endless advances on sales.


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September 09th, 2017 06:57:52

September 9, 2017


September 12, 2017

One of the better farewells I’ve read:


September 13, 2017

Here’s another.


I had no idea Mr. Pournelle had led such a life as all that. I feel like the Queen of Sheba: “the half was not made known unto me.”

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