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Pournelle, Jerry

Jerry Eugene Pournelle (born August 7, 1933) is an American science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website/blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work has engaged strong military themes. Several books are centered on a fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion. There are strong parallels between these stories and the Childe Cycle mercenary stories by Gordon R. Dickson, as well as Heinlein's Starship Troopers, although Pournelle's work takes far fewer technological leaps than either of these.

Pournelle was one of the few close friends of H. Beam Piper and was granted by Piper the rights to produce stories set in Piper's Terro-Human Future History. This right has been recognized by the copyright owner of the Piper estate. Pournelle did work for some years on a sequel to Space Viking but seems to have abandoned this in the early 1990s.

Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.

  • Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry

    The Mote in God's Eye

    The united 'Second Empire of Man' spans vast distances, due to the Alderson Drive which has enabled humans to travel easily between the stars. After an alien probe is discovered, the Navy dispatches two ships to determine whether the aliens pose a threat… Called by Robert A. Heinlein: "Possibly the greatest science fiction novel ever written," this magnificent exploration of first contact and a truly alien society is a "must read" for science fiction fans."As science fiction, one of the most important novels ever published."- San Francisco Chronicle"Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read."- Robert A. Heinlein"A superlatively fine novel…no writer has ever come up with a more appealing, intriguing, and workable concept of aliens."- Columbus Dispatch"A spellbinder, a swashbuckler…And, best of all, it has a brilliant new approach to that fascinating problem -- first contact with aliens."- Frank Herbert"One of the most engrossing tales I've read in year…fascinating."- Theodore Sturgeon"Intriguing and suspenseful…the scenes in which the humans and aliens examine one another are unforgettable."- Minneapolis Tribune“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle”- Tom Clancy “The team of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven is one of the best in science fiction.” - The Washington Times “Few writers have a better pedigree”- Los Angeles Times
  • Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry

    Footfall

    "NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN NIVEN AND POURNELLE.I LOVED IT!"--Tom ClancyThey first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star.The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender--or death for all humans."ROUSING . . . THE BEST OF THE GENRE."--The New York Times Book Review
  • Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry

    Inferno

    After being thrown out the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the Nine Layers of Hell led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin--recast for the present day.
  • Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry

    Lucifer's Hammer

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known...."Massively entertaining."CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER