It is with great sadness that we must report that legendary science fiction writer and Castalia House author Jerry Pournelle has passed away. All of us at Castalia House and the blog extend our condolences to the Pournelle family. Upon hearing the news, Chief Editor Vox Day shared the following in memory of Jerry Pournelle:
I received this email a few moments ago from one of Jerry Pournelle’s associates:
Jerry Pournelle passed away this morning in his sleep.
Working with Jerry was one of the great honors, and great privileges, of my life. He was a brilliant man, a generous man, and an extraordinarily thoughtful man too. His THERE WILL BE WAR series was a major influence on my intellectual development, and I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to work with one of my earliest writing heroes.
Just two days ago, he sent me his summary of Dragoncon, his final SF convention.
I was asked to give the Best Novel award, which I did and all went well. A few fans warned me there might be trouble, but not a thing, although not a very big crowd; I probably had more attending when Larry and I spoke alone in a big Q&A. Wasn’t there some kind of campaign going on, or was I misinformed? All was peaceful; not to say dull.
Although I never met him in the flesh, I will miss him. Castalia House, science fiction, and the world are all lessened by his passing.
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