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In Memoriam

American science fiction writer, editor, computer journalist, and blogger, Jerry Pournelle, has passed away. Best known for his MilitarySF and Space Opera as well as his frequent collaborations with Larry Niven, the largest part of his work as a SF writer was the CoDominium series.

Mr. Pournelle was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1933 and educated in Capleville Tennesee. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He studied at the University of Washington, where he received a B.S. and an M.S.in psychology and later achieved a Ph.D. in political science.

Mr. Pournelle worked for Boeing and NASA where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. During this time, he also wrote science fiction on the side.

His first novel, Red Heroin, an action/adventure mystery, was published in 1968. Since 1972, Mr. Pournelle was a full-time writer, successfully managed political campaigns, was a columnist for the
National Catholic Press and Analog SF Magazine, and acted as Science Editor/Columnist of Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. After 1982, his BYTE Magazine column was one of the two best known columns in the computer
industry, continuing from 1980 to 2008.

He had 5 Hugo and 3 Nebula Nominations and was the first winner of the Campbell Award (previously known as the Best New Writer Hugo). He authored or co-authored at least seven national best-sellers, of which
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle is probably the best known, having been 21 weeks on the New York Times bestselling list.

He was also the first writer to have written a novel entirely on a computer.

Jerry joined us for this past Dragon Con and he was embraced and loved by all who had the honor of encountering him. His son Alex commented on what an amazing time they had with fans. He will be missed.

Jerry Pournelle