Jerry Eugene Pournelle (born August 7, 1933) is an American science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte.
Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.
Pournelle was born in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana, and educated in Capleville, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Afterwards, he obtained advanced degrees: M.S. degrees in both experimental statistics and systems engineering, and Ph.D.'s in both psychology and political science, all from the University of Washington. His political science thesis was titled "The American political continuum; an examination of the validity of the left-right model as an instrument for studying contemporary American political 'isms'" and is dated 1964.
He served as campaign research director for the mayoral primary campaign of 1969 for Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty (Dem.), working under campaign director Henry Salvatori. After the primary he was named Executive Assistant to the Mayor in charge of research in September, 1969, but resigned from the position after two weeks. After leaving Yorty's office, in 1970 he was a consultant to the Professional Educators of Los Angeles (PELA), a group opposed to the unionization of school teachers in LA.
Pournelle was an intellectual protege of Russell Kirk (Kenneth C. Cole, Pournelle's mentor at the University of Washington, was co-founder with Kirk of Modern Age) and Stefan T. Possony. Pournelle wrote numerous publications with Possony, including The Strategy of Technology (1970). Strategy has been used as a textbook at the United States Military Academy (West Point), the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs), the Air War College, and the National War College.
Pournelle's work in the aerospace industry includes time he worked at Boeing in the late-1950s. While there, he worked on Project Thor, conceiving of "hypervelocity rod bundles," also known as "rods from God." He edited Project 75, a 1964 study of 1975 defense requirements. He worked in operations research at The Aerospace Corporation, and North American Rockwell Space Division, and was founding President of the Pepperdine Research Institute. In 1989, Pournelle, Max Hunter, and retired Army Lieutenant General Daniel O. Graham made a presentation to then Vice President Dan Quayle promoting development of the DC-X rocket.
During the 1970s and 1980s he also published articles on military tactics and wargamming in the military simulations industry in Avalon Hill's magazine The General. That led him into correspondences with some of the early figures in D&D and other FRPGs.
In 1994, Pournelle's friendly relationship with Newt Gingrich led to Gingrich securing a government job for Pournelle's son, Richard. At the time, Pournelle and Gingrich were reported to be collaborating on, "a science fiction political thriller."
Pournelle's relationship with Gingrich was long established even then, as Pournelle had written the preface to Gingrich's book, Window of Opportunity (1985).
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.
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Books by Jerry Pournelle placed in the CoDominium Universe:
Black Holes (ed. Jerry Pournelle, 1978)
(He Fell into a Dark Hole (only Pournelle))
There Will be War: Warrior ( with John F Carr, 1986, anth)
(He Fell into a Dark Hole (only Pournelle))
N-Space (with Larry Niven, 1990, coll)
(Brenda (only Niven), Building the Mote in God's Eye, part from The Mote in God's Eye)
A Spaceship for the King (as King David's Spaceship in 1981) (1973)
The Mote in God's Eye) (with Larry Niven, 1974)
West of Honor (1976)
The Mercenary (1977)
Prince of Mercenaries (1989)
Falkenberg's Legion (collection of West of Honor and The Mercenary) (1990)
Go Tell the Spartans (with S.M. Stirling, 1991)
The Gripping Hand (with Larry Niven, 1993)
Prince of Sparta (with S.M. Stirling, 1994)
The Prince (Recompilation of West of Honor, The Mercenary, Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta, 2002)
War World Anthologies
I: The Burning Eye (with Roland Green & John F. Carr 1988)
II: Death's Head Rebellion (with Roland Green & John F. Carr 1990)
III: Sauron Dominion (with John F. Carr 1991)
IV: Invasion (with John F. Carr 1991)
CoDominium: Revolt on War World (with John F. Carr 1992)
Books by Jerry Pournelle placed in the Known Space Universe:
The Houses of the Kzinti (with Larry Niven, S. M. Stirling and Dean Ing, 2002)
The Children's Hour (with S. M. Stirling, in Man-Kzin Wars II, 1989 and as a freestanding novel in 1991)
The Asteroid Queen? (sequel to Children's Hour) (with S.M. Stirling, in Man-Kzin Wars III, 1990)
In the Hall of the Mountain King? (sequel to Asteroid Queen) (with S.M. Stirling, in Man-Kzin Wars V, 1992)