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Publication Order of CoDominium Universe Books

King David's Spaceship (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
West Of Honor (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mercenary (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Endless Frontier Books

with John F. Carr
The Endless Frontier Vol. II (With: John F. Carr) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cities In Space (With: John F. Carr) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life Among Asteroids (With: John F. Carr) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Falkenberg's Legion Books

Prince of Mercenaries (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falkenberg's Legion (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince of Sparta (With: S.M. Stirling) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Go Tell the Spartans (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Far Frontiers Books

with Jim Baen
Far Frontiers (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 2 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 3 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 4 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 5 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 6 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Frontiers 7 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Golden Road Books

with Larry Niven
The Burning City (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burning Tower (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heorot Books

with Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
The Legacy of Heorot (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Black Ship Island (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starborn and Godsons (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Heorot Books

with Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
The Legacy of Heorot(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Black Ship Island(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beowulf's Children / The Dragons of Heorot(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starborn and Godsons(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Imperial Stars Books

with John F. Carr
The Stars at War (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Republic and Empire (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crash of Empire (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inferno Books

with Larry Niven

Publication Order of Janissaries Books

Janissaries (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clan and Crown (With: Roland J. Green) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storms of Victory (With: Roland J. Green) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mamelukes (With: David Weber,Phillip Pournelle) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jupiter Books

Higher Education (With: Charles Sheffield) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Billion Dollar Boy (By: Charles Sheffield) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Putting Up Roots (By: Charles Sheffield) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cyborg From Earth (By: Charles Sheffield) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starswarm (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outward Bound (By: James P. Hogan) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Laurie Jo Hansen Books

High Justice (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exiles to Glory (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exile- and Glory (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Man-Kzin Wars Books

The Man-Kzin Wars (By: Larry Niven) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars II (With: Larry Niven,S.M. Stirling) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars III (By: Larry Niven) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars IV (By: S.M. Stirling) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children's Hour (With: S.M. Stirling) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars V (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars VI (By: Gregory Benford,Mark O. Martin) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars VII (By: Larry Niven,Gregory Benford,Paul Chafe) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Darker Geometry (By: Gregory Benford) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of All Possible Wars (By: S.M. Stirling,Robert Sheckley) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names (By: Larry Niven) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars IX (By: Jim Baen) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of the Kzinti (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (By: Larry Niven) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars XI (By: Matthew Harrington) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny's Forge (By: Paul Chafe) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars XII (By: Larry Niven) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (By: Larry Niven) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars XIV (By: Larry Niven) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treasure Planet (By: Larry Niven,Hal Colebatch,Jessica Q. Fox) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man-Kzin Wars XV (By: Larry Niven) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Moties Books

with Larry Niven, Jennifer R. Pournelle
The Mote in God's Eye (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gripping Hand / The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outies (By: Jennifer R. Pournelle) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Paul Crane Books

as Wade Curtis

Publication Order of Planet of the Apes Books

Planet of the Apes (By: Pierre Boulle,Xan Fielding) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath The Planet of The Apes (By: Michael Avallone) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (By: John Jakes) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planet of the Apes Movie Novelization (By: William T. Quick) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of There Will Be War Books

There Will Be War (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Men of War (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood and Iron (With: John F. Carr) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Tyrant (With: John F. Carr) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warrior (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guns of Darkness (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call To Battle! (With: John F. Carr) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armageddon! (With: John F. Carr) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Armageddon (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of War World Books

The Burning Eye (With: John F. Carr) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death's Head Rebellion (With: John F. Carr) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sauron Dominion (With: John F. Carr) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Codominium (With: John F. Carr) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Feuds (By: Harry Turtledove) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invasion (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Vengeance (With: Harry Turtledove,S.M. Stirling,Judith Tarr,Susan Shwartz) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Discovery (With: William F. Wu,Leslie Fish,Charles E. Gannon,E.R. Stewart,Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Takeover (With: Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lidless Eye (By: Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle of Sauron (With: Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cyborg Revolt (By: John F. Carr) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jihad! (By: John F. Carr) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patriotic Wars (By: John F. Carr) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falkenberg's Regiment (By: John F. Carr) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fall of the CoDominium (By: John F. Carr) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andromeda Flight (By: John F. Carr,Doug McElwain) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
War World Concordance (By: John F. Carr,Doug McElwain) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road Warrior (By: John F. Carr) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Falkenberg Protectorate (By: John F. Carr) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Birth of Fire (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucifer's Hammer (With: Larry Niven) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future History (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oath of Fealty (With: Larry Niven) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footfall (With: Larry Niven) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fallen Angels (With: Larry Niven,Michael Flynn) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Best of Jerry Pournelle (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

That Buck Rogers Stuff (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Step Farther Out (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Users' Guide to Small Computers (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mutual Assured Survival (With: Dean Ing) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adventures in Microland (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guide to Disc Operating System and Easy Computing (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
PC Communications Bible (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Windows with an Attitude (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
PC Hardware (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
1001 Computer Words You Need to Know (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Step Further Out: Jerry Pournelle's Essays on Taking the Stars (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Pournelle Users Guide Books

The User Guide to CP/M Systems (By: Tony Bove,Cheryl Rhodes) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Free Software: How to Get It, How to Use It (By: Tony Bove,Cheryl Rhodes,Kelly Smith,Dan Dugan,Bob Wolff) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Guidebook for Winning Adventures (By: David Small,Sandy Small) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Analog Science Fiction And Fact, May 1971(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
2020 Vision(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best From Galaxy, Volume IV(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Holes(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Endless Frontier(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival of Freedom(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Award Stories 16 / Sixteen(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Yearbook(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Multiverse(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riding the Red Horse(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jerry Pournelle (born 1933- died 2017) was American journalist, essayist, and bestselling science fiction author. He was a regular contributor to the popular computer magazine in 1970, the 80s and early 90s. In 2011 Pournelle joined pundit John C. Dvorak, political cartoonist Ted Rall, journalist Gina Smith, and other reporters to start an independent technological and political news site aNewDomain.

The author served as a president of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973 and served as the director of aNewDomain Media until his death. He is famously recognized as the first writer to have written a published novel using a word processor on a PC in 1977.

Pournelle was born in Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana. He served in the US Military during the Korean War. After the war, he joined the University of Washington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1955 and masters in 1958. He graduated with a Ph.D. in political science in 1964.

From the start, Pournelle’s work has involved military themes. Some of his books are centered on a fictional mercenary force known as Falkenberg’s Legion. There is a strong similarity between Pournelle’s Falkenberg’s Legion stories and the Childe Cycle stories by Gordon R. Dickson and the Starship Troopers, but Pournelle work takes a fewer tech leaps than either of the two.

Pournelle was a close friend of the H. Beam Piper such that Piper granted him the rights to produce the stories set in Piper’s Terro-Human Future History. The author also worked for years on a follow up to Space Viking but appears to have abandoned the project in the early 1990’s- however, John F. Car intends to complete it and have it published in 2018.

In 2013, it was reported that Goddard Film Group had acquired the right to the adaptation of Pournelle’s book Janissaries. The IMDB website claimed that the film was in development and that husband and team Judith & Garfield Reeves had written the screenplay.

Pournelle started writing nonscience fiction work under the pen name in 1965. His early science fiction work was published as Wade Curtis in Analogy and other magazines. Some of Pournelle works was also released as under the name J.E. Pournelle. In the mid-1970’s Pournelle collaborated with Larry Niven and even collaborated on novels with Steven Barnes, Roland J. Green, and Michael F. Flynn.

In 1964, Pournelle won a Bronze Medal presented to him by the American Security Council. In 1973, the author won John W. Campbell Award for category Best New Writer and won a Prometheus Award in 1992 for his novel Fallen Angels. The Fallen Angels (the Japanese translation version) won Seuin Award for the best foreign book.


In many different ways, the best sci-fi is that based on human history, and the Janissaries is one of the best. The story opens up with Captain Rick Galloway, the man in charge of a group of mercenaries leading his team against a larger Cuban unit in a tropical African country.

The situation is appalling, and Rick and his team know that their fate is either to be killed while in service or be captured and then executed. The officials of their sponsors- the Central Intelligence Agency have pulled all their support for this operation, and so Rick’s team can expect no assistance in this operation.

Out of nowhere, spaceship lands and its occupants gives them one simple choice- to stay on earth and get killed or either be transported to another planet to engage in battle and have a chance at life. Apparently, there is a complex interplanetary organization that allows for contacting Earthlings if they were to be dead anyway shortly. Rick, taking advantage of the only survival option they have, they agree to be transported to a planet that is only in the technological state of the famous Roman Empire.

The planet where Rick’s team is located goes through a series of the multiplex cycle over hundred years to a point where it warms dramatically such that highly valuable narcotic can be grown- which is what this interstellar group is highly interested in. It is their greatest hope that Rick and his team can learn how to grow the drug for interstellar business.

It turns out that thousands of humans have been taken from Earth during the cycles when the drug can be grown for thousands of years and therefore, some of the feuding and functioning governments are a conglomeration of Scottish clans and Roman Empire. As a result, the narrative is also a lesson in Earth’s history- the storage units of the Roman Empire even hold parchments authored by the real Roman Caesars. On the other hand, the Galloway is trying to place the rules so that societies that exist on the planet can develop. Simple things such as brushing, and other simple human hygiene, rudimentary health, education are all unknown to Earth. Therefore the Galloway must do this within the framework of nearly constant battles that exist between different factions.

Janissaries is a brilliant and well-written narrative. The author makes use of an alien race known as the Shlanuksis. Despite the alien group being both technologically advanced than the Earth’s people and also being a part of an interstellar confederacy. The author makes use of his creative story writing techniques to explain to the readers why the Aliens can never recruit soldiers from one of the confederated planets.

King David’s Spaceship

In the era of John Christian Falkenberg, the exploration of humanity into space resulted in galaxy full technological collapse. Since the fall, King David’s followers have regained an early industrial age tech, but another planet have developed faster, and the Navy has discovered them. If David’s followers can never spend the rest of their time in satrapy, they must prove to the world that can gain entry in space unaided. Even though they’ve just only discovered the steam engine, the king will have his spaceship.

A Spaceship for the King was the title of the original version in Analog Magazine. The novel featuring fascinating characters and a lovely setting, on the one hand, the strongest juxtapositions of this story is the comparison between tech levels of two fallen civilizations.

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