Jerry Eugene Pournelle was an American polymath: scientist in the area of operations research and human factors research, science fiction writer, essayist, journalist, and one of the first bloggers. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked in the aerospace industry, but eventually focused on his writing career. In an obituary in gizmodo, he is described as “a tireless ambassador for the future.” Pournelle is particularly known for writing hard science fiction, and received multiple awards for his writing. In addition to his solo writing, he wrote several novels with collaborators, most notably Larry Niven. Pournelle served a term as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Pournelle’s journalism focused primarily on the computer industry, astronomy, and space exploration.
|Born:||August 7, 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana, United States|
|Died:||September 08, 2017, Studio City, California, United States|
|Pen name:||Wade Curtis (early work)|
|Occupation:||Novelist, journalist, essayist|
|IMDb:||Jerry Pournelle’s IMDb|
About Jerry Pournelle
An essayist, journalist and science fiction writer, he created the popular John Christian Falkenberg novel series. Many of his works, including Janissaries (1979) and Men of War (1993), contain military themes.
He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington and subsequently worked in city politics in Los Angeles, California. He published his first non-fiction work, Stability and National Security, in 1968.
He formulates several “laws” in his books, including a law about workers in a bureaucracy.
He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his early adulthood, he joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War.
Robert Heinlein, the author of Starship Troopers, was another well-known military science fiction author.
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