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Jerry Pournelle (1933–2017)

Autor/a de The Mote in God's Eye

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Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 7, 1933. During the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Army. He received a B.S. in psychology in 1955, an M.S. in psychology in 1958, and a Ph.D. in political science in 1964 from the University of Washington. He worked for Boeing mostra'n més and NASA where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. He also advised the federal government on military matters and space exploration. He wrote science fiction and helped popularize the military science fiction genre. His first novel, Red Heroin, was published in 1969 under the pen name Wade Curtis. His other novels published under his own name included Janissaries, Starswarm, and The Mercenary. He also wrote novels with Larry Niven including Oath of Fealty, The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Inferno, Escape from Hell, and Footfall. Pournelle was widely credited as the first major author to write a published novel entirely on a computer. He wrote a witty advice columns for computer users in Byte magazine. He received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1973. He died of heart failure on September 8, 2017 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Jerry Pournelle

The Mote in God's Eye (1974) 6,196 exemplars
Lucifer's Hammer (1977) 4,232 exemplars
Footfall (1985) 3,065 exemplars
The Gripping Hand (1993) 2,440 exemplars
Inferno (1976) 1,721 exemplars
The Legacy of Heorot (1987) 1,706 exemplars
Oath of Fealty (1981) 1,303 exemplars
Beowulf's Children (1995) 1,231 exemplars
Fallen Angels (1991) 1,147 exemplars
King David's Spaceship (1981) 792 exemplars
Janissaries (1979) 677 exemplars
The Burning City (2000) 676 exemplars
The Mercenary (1977) 510 exemplars
High Justice (1972) 495 exemplars
Prince of Mercenaries (1975) 445 exemplars
Clan and Crown : Janissaries (1982) 435 exemplars
West of Honor (1976) 434 exemplars
Escape from Hell (2009) 413 exemplars
Starswarm (1998) 382 exemplars
Go Tell the Spartans (1991) — Autor — 373 exemplars
Birth of Fire (1976) 370 exemplars
Falkenberg's Legion (1990) 365 exemplars
Exiles to Glory (1978) 361 exemplars
Prince of Sparta (1993) — Autor — 325 exemplars
Storms of Victory (1987) 319 exemplars
Higher Education (1996) 298 exemplars
Burning Tower (2005) 291 exemplars
There Will Be War (1983) — Editor — 260 exemplars
The Burning Eye (1988) — Excerpt included — 227 exemplars
A Step Farther Out (1980) 218 exemplars
Black Holes (1978) — Pròleg — 196 exemplars
The Stars at War (1986) — Editor — 190 exemplars
Men of War (1984) — Editor — 184 exemplars
Death's Head Rebellion (1990) — Editor — 167 exemplars
The Prince (2002) 166 exemplars
Future History (1976) 149 exemplars
The Children's Hour (1991) 149 exemplars
Blood and Iron (1984) — Editor — 146 exemplars
Codominium: Revolt on War World (1992) — Editor; Excerpt included — 140 exemplars
The Endless Frontier (1979) — Editor — 138 exemplars
Blood Feuds (1993) — Editor — 136 exemplars
The Houses of the Kzinti (2002) 134 exemplars
Sauron Dominium (1991) 129 exemplars
Nebula Award Stories Sixteen (1982) — Editor — 124 exemplars
Republic and Empire (Imperial Stars, Vol 2) (1987) — Editor — 123 exemplars
Day of the Tyrant (1985) — Editor — 117 exemplars
Warrior (1986) 110 exemplars
After Armageddon (1990) — Editor — 107 exemplars
2020 Vision (1974) — Editor — 107 exemplars
Blood Vengeance (1994) 104 exemplars
Invasion (1994) 100 exemplars
A Spaceship for the King (1973) 98 exemplars
Armageddon (1990) — Editor — 96 exemplars
The Crash of Empire (Imperial Stars, Book 3) (1989) — Editor — 91 exemplars
Far Frontiers (1985) — Editor — 86 exemplars
Guns of Darkness (1987) — Editor — 86 exemplars
Tran (1996) 86 exemplars
The Endless Frontier: Volume II (1982) — Editor — 79 exemplars
Call to Battle! (1988) — Editor — 79 exemplars
Exile-and Glory (2008) 73 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume II (1985) — Editor — 55 exemplars
Cities In Space (1991) — Editor; Col·laborador — 53 exemplars
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Editor — 53 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume IV (1985) — Editor — 46 exemplars
Red Heroin (1980) 45 exemplars
Starborn and Godsons (2020) 44 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume V (1986) — Editor — 42 exemplars
Red Dragon (1971) 41 exemplars
Fires of Freedom (2009) 41 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume III (1985) — Editor — 40 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume VII (1986) — Editor — 40 exemplars
Far Frontiers, Volume VI (1986) — Editor — 35 exemplars
Life Among the Asteroids (The Endless Frontier, Vol. 4) (1992) — Editor; Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Mamelukes (2020) 34 exemplars
Lord of Janissaries (BAEN) (2015) 29 exemplars
The Best of Jerry Pournelle (2019) — Autor — 20 exemplars
There Will Be War Volume X (2015) — Editor — 19 exemplars
Mutual Assured Survival (1984) 19 exemplars
The Mote in God's Eye, Part 2/2 (1985) — Autor — 17 exemplars
The Mote in God's Eye, Part 1/2 (1974) — Autor — 17 exemplars
A Step Further Out (volume 2) (1981) 16 exemplars
Planet of the Apes Omnibus, Volume 1 (2017) — Autor — 13 exemplars
A Step Further Out (Volume 1) (1980) 11 exemplars
The Science Fiction Yearbook (1985) 9 exemplars
Adventures in Microland (1985) 7 exemplars
Extreme prejudice (novelette) (1874) 5 exemplars
That Buck Rogers Stuff (1976) 4 exemplars
Tinker (novelette) (1975) 4 exemplars
The Mercenary [short story] (1972) 4 exemplars
Compagni di ventura (1994) 3 exemplars
High Justice [short story] (1974) 3 exemplars
Consort (1975) 3 exemplars
Power To The People (1972) 3 exemplars
California Sixth Grade Reader (2014) 3 exemplars
A Matter Of Sovereignty (1972) 3 exemplars
Ecology Now! (1971) 2 exemplars
endless frontier 2 exemplars
Enforcer (1974) 2 exemplars
Soldati di ventura (1992) 2 exemplars
A Pegada II Livro 2 1 exemplars
Král & žoldnéř (1998) 1 exemplars
Princ & žoldnéř (1996) 1 exemplars
Mote Lite 1 exemplars
Sword and Scepter (1973) 1 exemplars
In the Hall of the Mountain King — Autor — 1 exemplars
Peace With Honor 1 exemplars
Poslední zkouška (2001) 1 exemplars
Císař & žoldnéř (1999) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

N-Space (1990) — Col·laborador — 1,130 exemplars
Limits (1985) — Autor — 857 exemplars
Man-Kzin Wars II (1989) — Col·laborador — 788 exemplars
Requiem (1992) — Col·laborador — 730 exemplars
Man-Kzin Wars III (1990) — Col·laborador — 630 exemplars
Man-Kzin Wars V (1992) — Col·laborador — 464 exemplars
Federation (1981) — Prefaci, algunes edicions382 exemplars
The Best of All Possible Wars (1998) — Autor, algunes edicions166 exemplars
The Root of All Evil (2001) — Introducció — 161 exemplars
Infinite Stars (2017) — Col·laborador — 132 exemplars
Combat SF (1951) — Autor — 106 exemplars
The Best from Galaxy Volume IV (1976) — Col·laborador — 102 exemplars
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume III (1987) — Col·laborador — 94 exemplars
Thor's Hammer (1979) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Mordred (1980) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars
Citizens (2011) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
Stars and Gods (2010) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 34 (2018) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
The Best of Larry Niven (2010) — Introducció, algunes edicions50 exemplars
A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind (2015) — Pròleg, algunes edicions30 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCIII, No. 5 (July 1974) (1974) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Analog Anthology #6: War and Peace (1983) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCI, No. 4 (June 1973) (1973) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 8 (August 1975) (1975) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 4 (December 1971) (1971) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCI, No. 1 (March 1973) (1973) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCI, No. 3 (May 1973) (1973) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1976 October, Vol. 37, No. 7 (1976) — Columnist — 18 exemplars
Riding the Red Horse (2014) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1974, Vol. 46, No. 6 (1974) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions15 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1975 July, Vol. 36, No. 6 (1975) — Autor — 10 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1975 April, Vol. 36, No. 4 (1975) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1979 (1979) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Space Pioneers (2018) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars


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I'd heard this was a classic of the post-apocalyptic genre, so was pleased to finally nab a copy second hand.

The book starts with the discovery of a comet and revolves around the humdrum lives of a bunch of LA locals, tending toward the wealthy socialite class. At first predicted to narrowly miss earth, the comet's odds of hitting escalate steadily the closer it gets to Earth.

The build up to Hammerfall is suitably suspenseful and the impact itself seems to be handled realistically from a scientific point of view. Now our intertwined point-of-view characters must escape the collapse of society, floods and tsunamis to find safety in a world in which the thin veneer of civilisation has been suddenly torn away.

Personally I'm not sure that the immediate reversion of society to violence, rape and cannibalism in the wake of Hammerfall is realistic. When real-life disasters hit people seem to band together for a short time at least. On the other hand, the formation of the cannibal cult coalition seem to parallel the formation of ISIS in a land that has lost all semblance of power structure remarkably well.

My criticisms are similar to other reviewers. The approach to race and gender is ham-fisted. Hammerfall wipes out women's lib (as one character gleefully observes) and women are simply trophies who seek out the strongest male to protect them, and sex appears to be the only tool available to them. Outside the relative civilisation of our protagonists' valley a life of rape or sex-slavery awaits. There's a range of characters who are given point of view in this book but only two are women and neither are the unlucky sort, say for example the girl scouts who have been turned into sex slaves. I guess that while this book is a darker take on the apocalypse, the authors didn't want to go quite that dark.

And that is one point of difference in this book. It's a dark take on the apocalypse that includes that part that most post-apocolyptic works conveniently skip: the End, with all its death and horror and messiness. The characters face some hard moral choices: do they sentence people who do not conform to their new society (teetering on the brink of collapse) to death, do they use horrid chemical weapons against the attacking cannibal army, do they re-introduce slavery?

Unfortunately, all to often they seem to lean on the side of ruthlessness. On one hand, it demonstrates the harshness of the new world, but on the other it feels too much like the authors have an unsavoury agenda to push.

My favourite character was the diabetic scientist who decided in the face of the apocalypse to save books and knowledge for the survivors.

A worthwhile take on the end of the world with its scientific believability and dark themes, but marred by outdated ideas and strange authorial agendas.
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weemanda | Hi ha 66 ressenyes més | Nov 2, 2023 |
The book feels a little dated now but was still worth the read. One of those books that I have been meaning to read for years.

I enjoyed it but there were a few parts that went a little long and a few parts which are riddled with clichés about human behavior. Don't regret reading it but would probably have been a much more enjoyable book if I had read it as a kid.
cdaley | Hi ha 66 ressenyes més | Nov 2, 2023 |

This was one of the infamous Puppy submissions for the Hugo ballot in 2016, a collection of essays building on a previously successful series from the 1980s. I read the first four pieces and then gave up because there was really too much racism (and also the obsessions of the alt right in 2016 turn out not to be what actually happened in 2022).… (més)
nwhyte | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 31, 2023 |
Wow, it is a long time since I read this. You can't cross the same river twice. But it is still a 600 page apocalyptic epic, covering just before, during, and the first year or so after a comet wipes out nearly all life on earth.

There are bits to love, bits to hate, bits to just boggle at, and lots of bits you can't put down.

The book has a huge cast of characters. The main hero (in that the book ends up with him Getting the Princess and Leading the Survivors) was never all that interesting to me. A kind of cheerful every-man who made movies, he made a number of weak willed mistakes,(being financially overextended, cheating on his wife, going completely catatonic when she was murdered), in a way that just made me gently uninvested in his happiness.

Some of Niven/Pournelle's women are completely awesome though. Which is not that the book doesn't have the usual problems of old sci-fi and women (some very gratuitous sexual assault scenes, lots of the point of civilisation is to protect young women, lots of gender role stuff, women broadly sleeping their way into advantage, men can fall over in earthquakes, but women fall over and their skirts ride up suggestively around their hips) but Eileen is awesome, with her driving along the railway line and organising the entire Stronghold, Marie Vance is also excellent, with her hiking boots her cynical but clear thinking scheming to end up with a man of power, and her solitary almost crazy bravery standing against the entire army, and even Maureen, who exists mostly to be the Senitor's Daughter and the Prize for the Winner TM with flowing red hair is pretty interesting, dealing with her own depression and trying to work out her role in the new world.

I must say, this book has far too many characters whose names begin with H. It's unhelpful. Harvey, Hardy, Hamner, two people called Harry, other letters are also available...

You have to love Dan Forrester, even if he is a complete stereotype of a precocious academic, physically weak but full of learning, as he throws every last ounce of energy he has into saving civilisation, whether by saving a library of knowledge or reinventing weapons of mass destruction.

I think it is fair to say this book is pretty racist, or at least it is writing about a country with some very racist attitudes many of which are presented as we go along. Scenes like 'should we let people in who are fleeing the floods', 'they'll be city n*ggers, whining about equality' feel very very ugly now. The fact that over 90% of the black characters we meet in the book are thieves, murderers and cannibals doesn't help either, nor the fact that the 'we must smash everything up and eat people' army gang is also the 'we want to rebuild an equal world and not just the oppressive status quo from the beforetimes' people.

And oh, this book is depressingly convinced mankind gravitates towards war, and surprisingly myopic in who the good guys are. Straight after the comet strike, Russia and China throw a huge pile of nukes at each other. Everyone of any interest post-Hammerfall has a gun and is ready to use it. And of course, the set pieces at the end of the book are giant battles man against man, where the only way to save civilisation is to turn all the fertilizer into poison gas and use it against other 'less civilised' people again. I mean, yes, the people they are fighting are Actual Cannibals who are going to kill them and eat them, but it is still pretty depressing. And there is no real nuance of the awkward tension between the good guys doing 'these kids have shacked up in this ranch and probably killed the owners and won't join us and share their food, so we are going to attack them and capture them and hang them all' and the cannibals doing 'these rich people have shacked up in a valley while all of the city people starve'...
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