Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Eugene Pournelle was an American science fiction writer, essayist, and journalist. He is best known for his collaborations with Larry Niven, including the novel 'The Mote in God's Eye' and the 'Heorot' series. Pournelle also had a long-running column in Byte magazine, where he wrote about technology and computing.


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  1. 1. The Mote In God's Eye

    "The Mote In God's Eye" is a gripping science fiction novel set in the distant future, where humanity has expanded its reach to the stars. When a mysterious alien race, known as the Moties, is discovered, a team of human scientists and diplomats embark on a mission to establish contact and learn more about their civilization. However, as they delve deeper into the Moties' society, they uncover dark secrets and hidden agendas that could have catastrophic consequences for both species. Filled with political intrigue, moral dilemmas, and thought-provoking themes, this book explores the complexities of interstellar relations and the potential dangers of encountering an unknown extraterrestrial civilization.

    The 3758th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Lucifer's Hammer

    In this gripping novel, a comet hurtles towards Earth, causing widespread panic and destruction. As society collapses and chaos ensues, a diverse group of survivors must navigate the aftermath and confront the harsh realities of a post-apocalyptic world. With vivid characters and intense action, "Lucifer's Hammer" explores humanity's resilience and the lengths people will go to in order to survive.

    The 5663rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Oath Of Fealty

    In a near-future Los Angeles, a towering, self-contained arcology named Todos Santos stands as a beacon of innovation and security in an otherwise chaotic city. The residents of this urban fortress enjoy a life of comfort and safety, governed by a management team that has sworn an oath of fealty to the building and its inhabitants. When a terrorist attack from outside forces threatens the peace, the story delves into the complex interactions between the arcology's executives, the residents, and the resentful city dwellers outside. As the management team navigates political, social, and ethical dilemmas, the novel explores themes of autonomy, responsibility, and the societal impacts of technological advancement.

    The 10129th Greatest Book of All Time