Jerry Pournelle
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Jerry Pournelle

I write science fact and fiction. Themes range from trivial amusements to how to save the world. In 1980 I predicted that by the year 2000 anyone in Western Civilization would be able to get the answer to any question that can be answered; that happened a bit faster than I thought it would.

My column in BYTE was the longest running column in the computer industry. It began in 1980, and continued past the turn of the Century.

I've been a full time writer of science fact and fiction since 1972. Prior to that I was an Aerospace Psychologist and managed the Human Factors Laboratory at Boeing in Seattle; then a Boeing systems analyst. That took me to systems analysis and operations research at Aerospace Corporation in Southern California. Since then I've done professoring at Pepperdine; managed political campaigns; been a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles; consultant to the California Board of Regents; and Science Correspondent for the National Catholic Press, which led to being a full time writer. Mostly I tell stories.

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Best Sellers

    • Lucifer's Hammer

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,700
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,155

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very solid book

    • By A book reader on 08-26-09

    Regular price: $21.95

    • The Mote in God's Eye

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: L J Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,024
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,280
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,320

    An epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great read!

    • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

    Regular price: $22.99

    • The Gripping Hand

    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,287
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,155

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just not as good as the first

    • By TS on 03-16-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Footfall

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,551
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,096

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

    • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Clan and Crown

    • Janissaries, Book 2
    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Roland Green
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    For the first few years, Rick Galloway and his band of mercenaries were doing well just to survive. They'd been swept off a hilltop by a flying saucer and deposited on an alien world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining for the umpteenth time

    • By FrankC on 05-22-15

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Janissaries

    • By: Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangerous mission only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation.....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a Tropical Paradise

    • By Connor on 08-30-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Legacy of Heorot

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    An extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read!

    • By Thomas on 12-05-12

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Storms of Victory

    • Janissaries, Book 3
    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Roland Green
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Kidnapped from Earth as they were about to die in battle, Rick Galloway and his band of mercenaries, like the other human slaves on the planet Tran, will not be missed....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay, You've made it to book 3...

    • By Luke on 01-22-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Inferno

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 441
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dante done in the 70's

    • By R. Reed on 04-09-09

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Oath of Fealty

    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Jeremy Johnson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    In the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, wracked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun political science fiction

    • By Mo Brien on 03-06-11

    Regular price: $24.95

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