Sep
23
2017
0

Book of the Week: Lord of Janissaries.

Lord of Janissaries is everything in the Janissaries series of ‘medieval warfare on alien planet’ that Jerry Pournelle wrote (with the collaboration of Roland Green). Alas, the recent passing of Mr. Pournelle may result in the long-awaited fourth book in the series (Malamukes) being published posthumously.  I say alas, of course, because I’d rather have Jerry Pournelle back.

And so, adieu to The Mucker.

Sep
08
2017
3

Book of the Week: King David’s Spaceship.

King David’s Spaceship was written by the, alas, late Jerry Pournelle; and if you have not read it, it is an excellent story that manages to incorporate espionage, medieval-era combat, and interstellar travel into a seamless mass that only looks easy when you’re not trying to duplicate the trick. Not his best-known work, but I think that I read this before I really got into anything else that Pournelle wrote. Go check it out; I wonder where my own copy is.

And so, adieu to Golden Age and Other Stories.

Sep
08
2017
3

Jerry Pournelle has passed.

Jerry Pournelle was 84. He was also one of the greats of science fiction: we shall not see his like again. My condolences and prayers for his family and friends.

Jan
25
2015
4

Book of the Week: ‘The Mote in God’s Eye.’

…I haven’t done The Mote in God’s Eye yet?

:pause:

…I am actually mildly concerned about this.  What’s wrong with me?  – DO NOT ANSWER THAT. (more…)

Dec
17
2014
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Prayers and good wishes for @jerrypournelle…

…unhappy news:

Jerry Pournelle was always a crackerjack writer: his Empire of Man series remains a delight. I hope he makes a full recovery.

Aug
08
2013
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Happy Birthday, Jerry Pournelle!

Admittedly it’s belated, but better late than never.

Via @wjwaldron.

Mar
25
2012
4

#rsrh Jeffrey Goldberg gives illustration of Pournelle’s Law.

Jeffrey Goldberg (via Glenn Reynolds) commented about an article called “The White Savior Industrial Complex:” I’m going to focus on that post largely because, contra Goldberg, I lost interest in the original post when its author Teju Cole started uncritically regurgitating long-exploded antiwar claptrap about 1.5 million Iraqis being killed during its liberation and reconstruction*.  Which is a shame, because before that Cole was writing some interesting stuff about boutique activism – and I’ll be nice and not comment on whether Cole’s primary purpose in life these days is to make white American liberals feel deliciously bad about themselves…

Whoops. (more…)

Mar
30
2009
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I believe that the technical term for this would be “ghetto.”

Or, if you’re a Jerry Pournelle fan – and why aren’t you? – a “Welfare Island.” Via AoSHQ:

Brazil builds walls around Rio de Janeiro slums

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28 (Reuters) – The government of Rio de Janeiro is building concrete walls to prevent sprawling slums from spreading farther into the picturesque hills of this world-famous tourist destination, an official said on Saturday.

This should end well.

Moe Lane

PS: Not that the President of Brazil’s planning to listen to a white guy with blue eyes. Didn’t you hear? I’m one of the people responsible for the current economic crisis.

Um… sorry about that?

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
05
2009
6

What the ban on Yucca Mountain reminds us.

[UPDATE]: Welcome, Instapundit readers.

I do like what Francis wrote, but I want to really drive it home to my people – which is to say, science fiction geeks. Let me strip this down for you. There was a quote that Jerry Pournelle likes to repeat, from one of the anti-nuclear power people: The only physics I ever took was Ex-Lax. Remember that one? Remember how it made you laugh at the idiot?

Well, did you vote for Obama? – because if you did, you voted for the guy who takes people like that idiot seriously.

And, do you know something? I told you so.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

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