Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84

Dr. Pournelle was also known to many through lively columns for Byte magazine in which, beginning early in the home-computing age, he talked about personal computers and the software for them. Much of any given column was about his own experiences at “Chaos Manor” — his name for his home, and for the column — trying out new software products and wrestling with bugs, glitches and viruses.

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Mr. Pournelle’s “Footfall” made it to the top of The New York Times’s paperback best-seller list in May 1986.

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He named some of his computers — Zeke and Bette among them — and his columns, though well informed, were filled with humor and a dash of snark. In…

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