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Jerry Pournelle undergoes radiation therapy

Viktor Kuprin

Spaced Cosmonaut
Jun 25, 2007
Favorite books: The Mote in God's Eye, Roland J. G
Jerry Pournelle, creator of Falkenberg's Legion, the CoDominium universe, and co-author (with Larry Niven) of The Mote in God's Eye, Inferno, Lucifer's Hammer, and Footfall, is undergoing radiation therapy as treatment for a brain tumor. Though I have never agreed with most of Jerry's politics, I have always loved reading both his fiction and non-fiction writing. And I've always considered The Mote to be the best first contact novel ever written. Please join me in wishing him a speedy and full recovery.

From the Wiki:

Writing Career

Pournelle began fiction writing non-SF work under a pseudonym in 1965. His early SF was published as "Wade Curtis", in Analog and other magazines. Some SF novels under his own name (sometimes rendered as "J.E. Pournelle") include:
In the mid-1970s, Pournelle began a fruitful collaboration with Larry Niven:
In 1985, Footfall, in which Robert A. Heinlein was a thinly veiled minor character, reached the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Another bestseller, Lucifer's Hammer (1977), reached number two. Fallen Angels won the Prometheus Award in 1992 for Best Novel and Japan's Seiun Award for Foreign Novel in 1998.


Pournelle wrote the "Chaos Manor" column in the print version of Byte, beginning in January 1982. In the column, Pournelle described his experiences with computer hardware and software, some purchased and some sent by vendors for his review. After the print version of Byte ended publication in the United States, Pournelle continued publishing the column for the online version and international print editions of Byte. In July 2006, Pournelle and Byte declined to renew their contract and Pournelle moved the column to his own web site, Chaos Manor Reviews.

In the 1980s, Pournelle was an editor and columnist for Survive, a survivalist magazine.

Since 1998, Pournelle has maintained a website with a daily online journal, "View from Chaos Manor", in effect a blog dating from before the use of that term. This is a continuation of his 1980s blog-like online journal on GEnie. He says he resists using blog because he considers the word ugly and because he maintains that his "View" is primarily a vehicle for writing rather than a collection of links.


Transmural Feline
Oct 15, 2006
Alpha Quadrant
Thanks for posting. I'm certainly wishing Mr Pournelle a speedy recovery. I really enjoyed reading his column in Byte, it was the first page I used to turn to.

Thanks also for the link to the View, I'll have to bookmark that one.


resident pedantissimo
Staff member
Aug 10, 2005
West Sussex
I add my hopes that he comes through it, and not merely so that he can finish the "Janissaries" series.

His idea of mapping political positions on a two-dimensioal plane instead of left-right on a single dimension was immensely useful.

j d worthington

Well-Known Member
May 9, 2006
Not a personal favorite, but certainly earned his place in sf history. Wishing him a speedy and full recovery....