Book of the Week: Starborn and Godsons.

Starborn and Godsons is the long-awaited (at least by me) third and probably final book in the Heorot SF series by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes. Check out The Legacy of Heorot and Beowulf’s Children first, if you like. You might as well: this last book isn’t out until next April anyway.

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.




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.




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




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.