I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jerry Pournelle earlier this year. I remember being a kid and getting the newest issue of BYTE magazine in the mail each month and his column was one of the first things I would read. Later, I realized that he was also a prolific fiction writer and I admired him even more.
When I interviewed him this past February, I had the feeling that this might be one of his last interviews, and I was humbled by that. Sometimes as an interviewer, I have to give gentle prompts to my guest to keep the flow of conversation going, and sometimes the guest just runs with it. Talking with Mr. Pournelle was something completely different. My job, as far as I was concerned was to just get out of his way and let him talk. It was one of the best hours of my podcasting career, and my only regret is that we didn’t have seven more hours to talk.
Jerry’s son Alex posted this on Jerry’s Chaos Manner site today:
From Jerry’s son Alex:
I’m afraid that Jerry passed away
We had a great time at DragonCon
He did not suffer.
Condolences to his family and friends.
Readers may use the Well-Wishing page for remembrances.
I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing, but profoundly grateful for the opportunity to spend a little time with him. Thanks for all the great memories, Jerry. You will be missed.
You can listen to Jerry on Episode 161 here.