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Old 09-11-2017, 08:19 AM
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Aww, just found out Jerry Pournelle died. I enjoyed his work, especially his collaborations with Larry Niven.

He was a lot older than I thought he was.

I remember when I would go to any science fiction section of any bookstore, I would immediately see his name every time I would just randomly glance at the selection. He seemed like a very prolific author.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:54 PM
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Fuck that lollipop-headed turd of a man, and fuck the fantasy of SDI that he peddled.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:02 PM
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I've never heard of the guy, but fuck's sake
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:39 AM
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I've never heard of the guy, but fuck's sake
Yeah, like most of the New Right SF dudes of the late 70s and early 80s, his politics were horrific. He was a better fiction writer than Larry Niven, though, and generally less scary than SM Stirling, although I am given to understand Stirling was not as worrying in person as the impression you might have gotten from his books.

(my favorite of the era is David Drake, who I think was careful not to explicitly feature political opinions in his work, except for "war is hell")
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:46 AM
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It's funny, whenever I like something or someone it seems they always have some political belief or whatever that everyone hates them for but I am completely unaware of.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:15 AM
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Yeah, I remember enjoying a few books he co-wrote as a kid, but...

The weird thing about this was I was literally just in the same place as Pournelle last week, at DragonCon. But I passed on stopping by a panel he was on, because the description was some reactionary nonsense about getting back to "real" SF. Hoo boy.

I can confirm, however, that David Drake is a gem. I've hardly read any of his books but he's great in person. Just, like, the most sensible guy you'll meet.
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