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

    • The Mote in God's Eye

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: L J Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,320
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,553
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,597

    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

    • 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 6,003
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,436

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story from front to back

    • By DJM on 07-30-09

    Regular price: $21.95

    • 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 1,411
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,257
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,268

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

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye"

    • By Ken on 01-14-13

    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 1,604
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,149
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,145

    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

    • The Legacy of Heorot

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 364
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    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

    • Inferno

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 454
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 299

    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

    • Escape from Hell

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 119

    Allan Carpentier escaped from hell once but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A confused book

    • By R. Reed on 04-20-09

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Janissaries

    • By: Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 198

    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.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb book now with superb presentation.

    • By Joseph on 12-07-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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

    • Starswarm

    • By: Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 734
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 375
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 375

    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Genius

    • By L. on 05-11-07

    Regular price: $20.97

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