Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017) was an American science fiction writer and editor, computer journalist, and blogger, best known for his [[MilitaryScienceFiction MilitarySF]] and SpaceOpera, and his frequent collaborations with Creator/LarryNiven. The largest part of his output as an SF writer was the sprawling and influential Literature/CoDominium series, but he had written a great deal more, including the {{novelization}} of ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes''.

As a journalist, he had a regular column in ''Byte Magazine'' called "Chaos Manor", where he regularly reviewed and commented on both hardware and software from the perspective of an ordinary user. "Views from Chaos Manor" is now the name of his blog (although he dislikes the term "blog").

He has also written on military tactics for the TabletopGame industry.

He was known for his extremely conservative political views--he has reportedly described himself as "somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan." He served on a citizen's advisory commission under President Ronald Reagan, and was friends with former Republican Speaker of the House (and fiction writer) Newt Gingrich. Rumors that the two would collaborate on an SF novel had not panned out.
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!! Works with a page on this Wiki:
* The Literature/CoDominium series, including:
** ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' (with Creator/LarryNiven)
* ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'' (with Creator/LarryNiven)
* ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'' (with Creator/LarryNiven)
* ''Literature/LucifersHammer'' (with Creator/LarryNiven)

!! Selected other works:
* ''Fallen Angels'' (with Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/MichaelFlynn)
* The ''Heorot'' series (with Creator/LarryNiven and Stephen Barnes)
* The ''Janissary'' series
* ''Oath of Fealty'' (with Creator/LarryNiven)
* ''Starswarm''

!! Tropes in his other works:
* {{Arcology}}: ''Oath of Fealty''. The arcology of Todos Santos is just outside Los Angeles and has a somewhat hostile relationship with the city.
* AsteroidMiners: In the short story "Tinker", the Asteroid Belt is dominated by a consortium of multiplanetary corporations. In a subversion of the genre, [[AuthorAppeal the corporations are the good guys and the rugged, individualistic asteroid miners are the bad guys]].
* CapturedByCannibals: A non-culinary example: In ''Burning Tower'' (with Creator/LarryNiven), Arshur the Wanderer enters Aztlan with the other heroes and is immediately crowned king. He's given four virgins as body servants, a palace to live in, everyone in the city follows his every order... and a week later he's drugged, dragged to the top of a pyramid, and is "sent to the gods" by having his heart cut out and sealed in a stucco wall.
* EcoTerrorist: The FROMATES ([=FRiends=] Of Man And The Earth) terrorist group in ''Oath of Fealty''. They totally oppose the arcology Todos Santos and commit kidnapping, attempted arson, murder and attempted mass murder in their campaign to destroy it (and everyone living in it).
* FilkSong: ''Fallen Angels'' (with Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/MichaelFlynn) includes several existing filk songs, and tuckerizations of several filkers (and other science fiction fans).
* HeroicSeductress: In ''Oath of Fealty'': Tony Rand, the chief engineer of the Todos Santos arcology, needs to come up with a plan to rescue someone from police custody. He's talking over his plans with a woman named Delores Martine. Because of problems in his personal life, he can't concentrate and starts to lose control of himself, so Delores repeatedly seduces him to calm him down so he can think.
* InterfaithSmoothie: ''The Janissaries'' has a world that has both Christians and pagans, with the pagan religion being very loosely based on Myth/ClassicalMythology. When a Christian nation enters into a political alliance with two pagan nations, a bishop has a rather convenient revelation that the two religions in fact worship the same god, resulting in the creation of a politically backed syncretic religion.
* KnockoutGas: In ''Oath of Fealty'', The Todos Santos arcology uses knockout gas as part of its internal security system.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''The Children's Hour'' (with S.M. Stirling), novelette and later novel from the Man-Kzin Wars series, is a reference to a poem by Creator/HenryWadsworthLongfellow.
* ShamefulStrip: In ''Oath of Fealty'', at the end of the novel the captured ecofanatic saboteurs and some common criminals are stripped naked, painted, tattooed and left for the police to find.
* TooDumbToLive: In ''Oath of Fealty'', the plot is initiated by a group of teenagers who, as a prank, try to sneak into a heavily surveillance filled arcology while carrying a box labeled "bomb". They take ''just enough'' precautions to defeat all of the ''non''lethal methods of stopping them. The abject stupidity of this act is very heavily {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, and spawns the repeated phrase "[[MemeticMutation Think of it as evolution in action]]." At one point they even break through a door which has a sign that warns, "If you enter here YOU WILL DIE!" Among other skull and crossbones-type warnings.
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