Science fiction titan Jerry Pournelle dies at 84 – SYFY WIRE (blog)
Author Jerry Pournelle, a titan of science fiction, has died at the age 84.
According to an announcement by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Pournelle died on Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed. Pournelle had attended DragonconÂ a week earlier, and afterward wrote on his blog of battling a cold and flu.
Pournelle wrote both hard science fiction and military science fiction and is best known as the co-author, along with Larry Niven, of such novels as The Mote in God’s Eye, Inferno, Lucifer’s Hammer, Oath of Fealty, and The Gripping Hand.
Although it was the 1974 novel A Mote in Godâ€™s Eye that grafted itself onto the zeitgeist of science fiction, his workÂ Fallen AngelsÂ â€” co-written by Niven and Michael Flynn, about rescuing crashed astronauts â€” has become a fan favorite, with its protagonists ultimately being saved by fandom.
When he wasnâ€™t writing science fiction, Pournelle wrote about technology, first forÂ Byte magazine, then Byte.com. He co-founded and contributed to A New Domain, a blog about technology, science, and politics.
In a message posted on SFWA’s website, the organization’s president, Cat Rambo, paid tribute to Pournelle.
â€œI frequently interacted with Jerry, sometimes agreeing, other times not so much, but always knowing our arguments were motivated by a mutual love of SFWA and the genre,” she wrote. ” As someone seeing behind the scenes of the Emergency Medical Fund (Jerry was one of the stewards), I came to realize how much generosity lurked in him, each time brought out by an applicantâ€™s situation. I will definitely miss Jerry and think of him with fondness.â€
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