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An American writer of Military Sci-Fi and a former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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Looking for Scifi Short Story in a Jerry Pournelle edited Anthology

I'm looking for the title of the short story, and any of the volumes of anthology it may have appeared in. I know for SURE it's in one of Jerry Pournelle's anthologies, either Star Empires and There ...
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What was the first SciFi story with kinetic space based weapons on Earth?

While it's well-known that Arthur C. Clarke developed the idea of geostationary satellites, it seems far less known that another SciFi author, Jerry Pournelle, developed the idea of kinetic orbital ...
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Mote In God's Eye, Chapters 14 and 15, Open Mysteries

Re-reading the Mote for the first time in many years. In these two chapters there are two things that seem to be setting up mysteries to be answered later. But I have not found where they are ...
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Any artists' concepts of Moties published in 20th Century?

I was fascinated with the unusual design of the Moties described in the Niven & Pournelle novel The Mote in God's Eye. I don't recall ever seeing any illustration showing a Motie. Have any ...
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Why did Benito climb up Satan while Dante Alighieri and his guide Virgil climbed down?

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Inferno and Escape from Hell are based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Aside from some new tortures for sins brought about by modernization, Niven and Pournelle ...
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Story identification: Doomed soldiers spirited away to guard crop against last seasons soldiers

I read this in the mid '80's or early 1990's. A group of heavily armed elite Earth soldiers is kidnapped just as they were about to be overrun and annihilated. Given the choice of being returned to ...
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Order of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Books

I finished reading (or listening since it was an audio book) to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Mote in God's Eye. And I was wondering if there is a suggested order to read their books? Plain ...
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What novel was the first to mention or predict a personal handheld computer?

Science-fiction writers are often credited with "inventing the future" with some of their ideas. For example, the idea of geostationary satellites is often attributed to Arthur C. Clarke. What novel ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "on the gripping hand?"

Where does the phrase "on the gripping hand" come from and what does it mean in the context of that work, The Gripping Hand? I'll add that I just finished reading The Mote in God's Eye and this is ...
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