Go down writing

First of all, apologies for no post yesterday; (don’t tell anybody but) I overindulged a bit the evening before at a get-together at Landlady’s house, and woke feeling a bit, er, wretched. Just wasn’t feeling the urge to tickle the ivories. But I’m better today.

But I rose this morning to the news that SF writer Jerry Pournelle has died rather suddenly in his mid-eighties. Pournelle, I confess, wasn’t my favorite fiction writer, I mostly knew his fiction from the Niven/Pournelle potboilers from the 70’s and 80’s, but he was around for so very long. And he maintained a blog that was always good reading. And it’s from that blog I derive probably the most poignant thing that will happen today – here’s the very last thing Jerry Pournelle, the long-time veteran writer, ever wrote

More later I’m experiencing a wave of nausea.

Bye for now.

He thought he had come back from a Con with the flu. Died in his sleep the next day.

Honestly, that’s kind of a cool way for a writer to go.

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3 Responses to Go down writing

  1. MJR says:

    I didn’t know he had passed, damn. I was a big fan of his Falkenberg’s Legion books not to mention his collaborations with Larry Niven. Damn…

  2. vorkosigan says:

    Yeah, a decent way to go. He had just enjoyed Dragoncon in Atlanta with his son and thought he was coming down with “con crud”. He will be missed. Really enjoyed his collaborations with Larry Niven, such as Footfall, The Mote in Gods Eye and the whole Falkenbergs Legion cycle.
    Requiescat in Pace Jerry Pournelle,.

  3. R says:

    Never read his SF but his blog and byte Columns ca. 1998 was a font of wisdom about networking MS Windows. He might have written the first blog I ever read back when writing a blog required rolling your own web server and hand crafted html.

To the stake with the heretic!