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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    • 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 6,400
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,629
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,672

    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 6,067
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,494

    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

    • Footfall

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,619
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,159

    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 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 1,436
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,277
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,289

    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

    • 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 379
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334

    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

    • 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 195
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 121

    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

    • Inferno

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 456
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 300

    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

    • Beowulf's Children

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 229

    A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow to legacy!

    • By Chuck on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Secret of Black Ship Island

    • Heorot, Book 2
    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon are now in their late teens and desperately want independence from their parents and guardians....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another interesting tale from Avalon.

    • By R. King on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • West of Honor

    • By: Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Lance Axt
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Lieutenant Hal Slater is traveling first class to a cushy first assignment when he is suddenly preempted into a new detachment headed for a wild frontier world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Military Science Fiction at Its Best

    • By Kindle Customer on 12-12-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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