Star Trek has been assimilated

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Assimilated by the lefty Borg, I assume.

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RIP Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle the science fiction author has passed away at the age of 84.

His notable books include Lucifers Hammer,¬†The Mote in God’s Eye and¬†Footfall.

A favorite concept from him was the Pournelle axis which taught me that most political commentary was blind to at least one dimension of the conflicting viewpoints and that its worthless to watch the news and political debates because no one actually discussing the actual reality.

In a lot ways Jerry Pournelle was an improved version of Robert Heinlein. Dr Pournelle was frankly a more developed thinker and he didn’t have a later period that needed to be swept under the carpet.

One thing I remember about his blog “Chaos Manor” was his perpetual reminder to “remember, despair is a sin,” and bending metal is better than paper studies (paraphrase of his extended observations on the X plane program(s))

He combined hard science with wonderful flights of fancy, and he was an actual “rocket scientist.”