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#4378926 - 09/11/17 07:46 AM RIP Jerry Pournelle.  
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One of my favourite science fiction authors and political commentators. He will be remembered not least for his Iron Law of bureaucracy:

...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

Great collaborations with Larry Niven, and the first author to write a novel on a computer!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/9/1...iction-author-writing-computers-obituary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle

Jerry's website:

https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/

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#4378930 - 09/11/17 08:28 AM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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No, now he will only be a mote in God's eye

love his stories and the collaboration between him an Larry Niven brought some great Science Fiction for us to read


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#4378934 - 09/11/17 10:22 AM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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R.I.P..

#4378952 - 09/11/17 12:50 PM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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Sorry to hear this. I used to enjoy his Chaos Manor webpage back in the day.

#4378953 - 09/11/17 12:55 PM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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Great writer and thinker.

I loved his writing.


Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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#4378956 - 09/11/17 01:06 PM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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A great writer. I have not read any of his works for a long time but will probably did one out and read it again. I remember The Mote in God's Eye well


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#4378987 - 09/11/17 04:04 PM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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His joint works with Niven are some of my favorites.

RIP


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#4379009 - 09/11/17 06:06 PM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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Sad news. RIP.

I first encountered his writings back in the early '80's when he wrote for Byte Magazine.

From there, it was an easy, logical, and extremely enjoyable foray into his various novels -- I too, think his work with Niven was exceptional.

He'll be missed.


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#4379055 - 09/12/17 12:03 AM Re: RIP Jerry Pournelle. [Re: RedToo]  
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Truly a great man has passed. He'll have lots to talk about with Heinlein and Arthur Clarke. So many great books, Lucifers Hammer, the Mote books, the Codominion books, Janissaries, Footfall......the list just goes on and on. His two books based on Dantes Inferno were some of the most brilliant stuff I ever read.

RIP


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