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RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:14 am
by SANEAlex
Another one of the of old school Sci-Fi greats gone

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/s ... ore-136542

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:55 am
by steeljam
One of my favourite authors. Lucifer's Hammer, written with Larry Niven, was wonderful. I believe it started the whole Apocalypse from space genre.

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 09:06 pm
by steveastrouk
steeljam wrote:One of my favourite authors. Lucifer's Hammer, written with Larry Niven, was wonderful. I believe it started the whole Apocalypse from space genre.


Anything he wrote was always great. One of my favourite authors of all time.

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:02 pm
by Whos Wee Dug
RIP. Footfall is one of my favourites he wrote it in conjunction with L. Niven.

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:15 pm
by steveastrouk
Whos Wee Dug wrote:RIP. Footfall is one of my favourites he wrote it in conjunction with L. Niven.

Did they have a falling out, or were their collaborations just one of many ?

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:26 am
by Whos Wee Dug
steveastrouk wrote:
Whos Wee Dug wrote:RIP. Footfall is one of my favourites he wrote it in conjunction with L. Niven.

Did they have a falling out, or were their collaborations just one of many ?

I think they met at a juxtaposition or maybe they were in cahoots with each other. :P

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 01:16 pm
by SANEAlex
steveastrouk wrote:
Whos Wee Dug wrote:RIP. Footfall is one of my favourites he wrote it in conjunction with L. Niven.

Did they have a falling out, or were their collaborations just one of many ?


There were only a handful of collaborations doing a quick cut n paste from wiki

The Legacy of Heorot (1987) (with Steven Barnes and Jerry Pournelle)

Lucifer's Hammer (1977) — Hugo Award nominee, 1978[5]
Oath of Fealty (1982)
Footfall (1985) — Hugo and Locus SF Awards nominee, 1986[6]
Lucifer's Anvil or Samael's Forge (in-progress as of 2013) (not a sequel to Lucifer's Hammer)

And I'd recommend them all, Legacy of Heorot in particular as it has a slight Discworld connection *1, the alien species in it having been given to them by Jack Cohen at a bar IIRC. I doubt there was any falling out as they were apparently still working on Lucifer's Anvil. Also they were due to appear on the same panel at the latest Mars Society Convention this week but did not due to being ill. Panel with David Brin, Geoffrey Landis, Gregory Benford and Larry Niven at 10:45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZdicY6ANY0

*1 Also pTerry was going to collaborate with Larry Niven on one book which i can't remember the name of but they decided not too as their ways of writing were too different but which ever way it was the idea was given to the other i think pTerry gave it to Larry Niven but not 100% sure with my memory these days and the book was still written with acknowledgement given in the notes at the end.

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 03:18 pm
by SANEAlex
I thought there were a few more collaborations but my memory struggled, I should not have relied on 1 wiki page :wink: :twisted: there are 2 or 3 i have not read but would recommend most of them

Collaborations Jerry Pournelle With Larry Niven

The Mote in God's Eye (1975) (with Larry Niven)
Inferno (1976) (with Larry Niven)
Lucifer's Hammer (1977) (with Larry Niven)
Oath of Fealty (1981) (with Larry Niven)
Footfall (1985) (with Larry Niven)
The Legacy of Heorot (1987) (with Larry Niven & Steven Barnes)
Fallen Angels (1991) (with Larry Niven & Michael Flynn) (Prometheus Award) ISBN 0-7434-3582-6. Electronic edition free at the Baen Free Library
The Gripping Hand (1993) (with Larry Niven) also known as The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (UK edition)
Beowulf's Children (1995) (with Steven Barnes & Larry Niven) also known as The Dragons of Heorot (1995) (UK edition)
The Burning City (2000) (with Larry Niven)
Burning Tower (2005) (sequel to The Burning City, with Larry Niven)
Escape from Hell (2009) (with Larry Niven)
Lucifer's Anvil or Samael's Forge (in-progress as of 2015) (not a sequel to Lucifer's Hammer)

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 08:21 pm
by chrisboote
There is not a single Pournelle/Niven book that is less than very good, and almost all are excellent
Everyone should own AND READ them all

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 08:24 pm
by chrisboote
SANEAlex wrote: Fallen Angels (1991) (with Larry Niven & Michael Flynn) (Prometheus Award) ISBN 0-7434-3582-6. Electronic edition free at the Baen Free Library


and UK SF Con-goers will spot people they know (e.g. Seth Breidbart)

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 08:34 pm
by steveastrouk
chrisboote wrote:There is not a single Pournelle/Niven book that is less than very good, and almost all are excellent
Everyone should own AND READ them all


Absolutely. They were some of the first books with a Known Space, and you can see their influence in things like DIscworld, or McCaffrey's FSP etc etc

Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 09:30 am
by Tom Cairney
I really like his sci-fi books. My favorite is Lucifer's Hammer. R.I.P. Jerry...