RIP Jerry Pournelle

We’ve lost another big name in SF. I liked Jerry Pournelle’s collaborations with Larry Niven a great deal.

The Mote in God’s Eye is (in my opinion) the best piece of hard SF to come out of the 70s. [Screws eyes shut and thinks hard]. Yup. Ringworld was pretty damned good, but it hasn’t aged well, and Stand on Zanzibar and Dune were published in the 1960s, so Mote it is. It’s a fantastically well crafted first-contact novel.

Here’s a bit, I believe written by Pournelle, describing how the two authors built Mote.

 

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3 Responses to RIP Jerry Pournelle

  1. Gert-Jan says:

    Sorry to hear that Jerry has died. I’m not an SF fan but do remember him fr0m Chaos Manor/Byte and followed his columns for years.

  2. kent archie says:

    I agree, I read and enjoyed many of their books. Pournelles column in Byte was always a treat. The Moties and the puppeteers are my favorite aliens.

  3. Rob W says:

    I totally agree about Mote… read it in college and it’s stuck with me for 35 years…

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