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Sunday, September 10, 2017

The science fiction author Jerry Pournelle died Friday at age 84, his son Alex announced. Pournelle attended Dragon Con a week earlier in Atlanta and wrote on his Chaos Manor blog that he was suffering from the flu. Pournelle collaborated with Larry Niven on The Mote in God's Eye, Inferno and Lucifer's Hammer. He also had a long running column in Byte magazine offering computer advice from an often befuddled user's perspective. He received 5 Hugo and 3 Nebula award nominations and was the first winner of the Campbell Award.

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Wow. Curious timing, given the tungsten rod thread...

Pournelle was one of the giants of the genre, although he lacked mainstream recognition.

#1 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-09-09 06:32 PM | Reply

I thought the same.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-09 11:09 PM | Reply

Enjoyed his work. Read Inferno as a teen, prompted me to read the Divine Comedy in college, enjoyed them both. The Mote in Gods Eye is an excellent read.

#3 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2017-09-10 11:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I never thought Pournelle lacked recognition. He always seemed like a big-name SF/F writer.

In the late 1980s I tussled with Pournelle on his GEnie forum. I was mad that my comments were moderated.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2017-09-10 05:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I was mad that my comments were moderated.
#4 | Posted by rcade

oh, the irony. :O)

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-09-10 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"He also had a long running column in Byte magazine"

That takes me back.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-10 07:30 PM | Reply

I loved Pournelle. I liked Footfall ("My God! They're gonna stomp us!").

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-09-10 09:05 PM | Reply

One of my favorites.

#8 | Posted by DCinMA at 2017-09-11 01:49 AM | Reply

He was great at collaborations, particularly with Larry Niven. I loved Footfall.

#9 | Posted by MarcNBarrett at 2017-09-11 06:09 AM | Reply

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