This page is for site visitors to post remembrances and thoughts at the time of Dr. Pournelle’s passing (8 Sep 2017).  Your thoughts can be added using the form at the bottom of this page. Comments that are not related to words of encouragement or condolences will be removed.

Dr. Pournelle’s family appreciates those that have taken the time to send condolences and well wishes.

For those that are interested in Dr. Pournelle’s books, please see the e-books page or the Amazon page . Here’s a list of all of Jerry’s books: All The Books.

Jerry’s last post is here. The text of the eulogy given at the memorial is here. Site news is here. – Editor

1,219 Responses to Well-Wishing

  1. Ward Griffiths says:

    Farewell to a long time friend (and occasional antagonist). Have missed our conversations (and arguments, sometimes politics, usually computers) since I left Los Angeles a quarter century back. Death will not release us.

  2. Richard Shen says:

    Jerry was my fearless leader. He did things so we didn’t have to. His laws are still as valid today as decades ago. To wit, one person, at least one cpu. And many others. Oh my, I miss that great man. My sympathies to your family, Roberta.

  3. Vilma A Lawson says:

    My condolences to you Roberta, and your children. You are
    in my thoughts, and I share in your sorrow.
    Love to all,

  4. Brent R Jones says:

    My condolences to the family and friends.

    Although we never met, Jerry was a friend in Byte, a friend in fiction, and a friend on Chaos Manor.

    We will warmly remember him.

  5. Dan Reifsnyder says:

    Already missed on the gripping hand

  6. R L Goforth says:

    So very sorry for your loss.

  7. D. Anglesan says:

    My condolences to Jerry’s family. To me he was a favorite author, but my loss cannot compare to yours. They say a man is not truly dead as long as people are still speaking about him, and if that’s true the Jerry will live for a long time to come.

  8. Noah R. says:

    Allow me to add my mite of condolence for Dr. Pournelle’s passing to the other side. A loss of qualities not found in abundance in this day and age.

    Requiescat in pace!

    May his memory be for a blessing.

  9. Grant Cool says:

    Stories that taught me that our minds are the most powerful and useful implement we could ever have. Inspired me to become what I am today, a passionate and happy dreamer, explorer and builder. Thanks Jerry for working so hard to give us your ideas, your experience… your words. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

  10. Dan Macgowan says:

    You will be fondly remembered Jerry and I wish you Godspeed. I enjoyed so much of your work, and the work of other authors who were shaped by you.
    My sons will read your words and take heart:
    “Look at what Free Men can do.”

  11. Richard Santalesa says:

    Deeply sorry for your lost. I remember vividly running into Jerry at many Comdexes of old in the 90s and have always followed his work, wit and writing with great admiration.

  12. Tom Hazlett says:

    I first became acquainted with Dr Pournelle in the 70s when he contributed to the Avalon Hill General, a magazine promoting the company’s board wargames. He ranks with RAH as my favorite author of science fiction, and I have enjoyed Chaos Manor for many years. His insights were always interesting and caused me to change my opinion more than once. What an interesting life! He will be missed greatly in many communities. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I feel I have lost a good friend.

  13. Matt Kirchner says:

    * An inspirational figure in my life and a truly great man. I found one of his books on the shelf of my High School Library when I was 15 and was instantly hooked. Years later I started following Chaos Manor and rarely miss it. My life would have taken a much different path without him. RIP Dr Pournelle

  14. Omasan Harriman says:

    My Sympathy to Dr. Pournelle Family.
    His works were a great inspiration and influence on me. The Chaos Manor columns were always fun and interesting to read. I will miss his insight and thoughts greatly.
    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  15. Dan Gollub says:

    He seemed to make the most of his capabilities. I imagine his spirit is pleased about that.

  16. Mal Campbell says:

    His writing impacted my life in ways I am still discovering. Thank you Jerry. You will be missed.

  17. Charles Brumbelow says:

    A voice of reason has gone quiet, and the nation is poorer because of this.

  18. Renee Daigle says:

    I doubt you would remember me, Alex, but I remember you at a Westercon in 1981 in Sacramento and another in 1983 in San Jose. I was sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a great man, and we will not see his like again.

  19. Bill McDonnell says:

    Jerry was an inspiration to many followers for many years. I always had the greatest respect for his sharp thinking and wise observations. I knew of his health problems, but his continuing successful effort to continue publishing was a real inspiration.

    We have lost a real friend, but I’m sure his seeds of inspiration will be yielding good results forever.

  20. Bob Proctor says:

    My life is much poorer now.

    I grew up with Jerry’s books, comments, and he shaped a lot of my so-called adult philosophy.

    I will miss him more than almost any author (or person for that matter) than I can think of.

    RIP, Jerry. Your legacy will live on among right thinking people. May your books be widely read and discussed, may your blog be the same.

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