Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle

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in Shreveport, The United States
August 07, 1933




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Dr Jerry Eugene Pournelle is an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website and blog.

From the beginning, Pournelle's work has centred around strong military themes. Several books describe the 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 served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.

As of early 2008, Pournelle...more

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Well, moving weekend. My old ISP, which was operated by Greg Lincoln and
Brian Bilbrey, is closing down. We're moving to a different location, and
this is the weekend for most of the moves.

As a consequence we will be changing formats here. View and Mail will
remain, but just how they look and how they work will change. It will be a
WordPress operation, and a lot of the peculiarities...

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Average rating: 3.91 · 105,228 ratings · 3,050 reviews · 154 distinct works · Similar authors
Falkenberg's Legion  (Falke...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,154 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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King David's Spaceship
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 857 ratings — published 1973 — 8 editions
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Janissaries (Janissaries, #1)
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 824 ratings — published 1979 — 14 editions
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Prince of Mercenaries (Falk...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 697 ratings — published 1989 — 2 editions
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Go Tell the Spartans (Falke...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 544 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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Prince of Sparta (Falkenber...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 521 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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West Of Honor
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 573 ratings — published 1976 — 10 editions
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The Mercenary
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 513 ratings — published 1977 — 10 editions
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The Prince (Falkenberg's Le...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 324 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 1998 — 12 editions
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“In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control, and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.[Pournelle's law of Bureaucracy]”
Jerry Pournelle

“We juggle priceless eggs in variable gravity. I am afraid. I will taste fear until I die.”
Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye


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