Episode 161 | Jerry Pournelle Interview

Episode 161 | Jerry Pournelle Interview


Today’s guest is Jerry Pournelle, science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte. Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.

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About Jerry Pournelle:

I write science fact and fiction. Themes range from trivial amusements to how to save the world. In 1980 I predicted that by the year 2000 anyone in Western Civilization would be able to get the answer to any question that can be answered; that happened a bit faster than I thought it would.

My column in BYTE was the longest running column in the computer industry. It began in 1980, and continued past the turn of the Century.

I’ve been a full time writer of science fact and fiction since 1972. Prior to that I was an Aerospace Psychologist and managed the Human Factors Laboratory at Boeing in Seattle; then a Boeing systems analyst. That took me to systems analysis and operations research at Aerospace Corporation in Southern California. Since then I’ve done professoring at Pepperdine; managed political campaigns; been a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles; consultant to the California Board of Regents; and Science Correspondent for the National Catholic Press, which led to being a full time writer. Mostly I tell stories.

Jerry’s website Chaos Manor

Article mentioned by Jerry: How to get my job: the secret of becoming a professional writer.

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  1. Such a great episode… Jerry Pournelle is a hoot!

  2. This was one of the best ASP episodes you’ve ever done. The stories the man has to tell, and the way he made his way through the business are incredible.

    I’ve never read his work before, but now I’m going to start.

    1. Author

      Thanks Rob. This was one of my all time favorites and I consider it an honor to have gotten to share some time with him.

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