King David's Spaceship

King David's Spaceship

by Jerry Pournelle

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Set in the far future world of humanity's intergalactic Second Empire, Colonel Nathan MacKinnie, mercenary and former rising star in the Empire's Navy, is given a secret – and dangerous – assignment by the governor of his home planet Prince Samual's World.  MacKinnie is to accompany the Empire's Navy ship on a routine trip to the technologically backward planet Makassar and return with some carefully guarded documents that may contain instructions on building a spaceship (technology forbidden by the Empire to Prince Samual's World).
MacKinnie undertakes this mission of deception and danger to Makassar, with many unexpected consequences.  This novel is set in the same universe and approximate time frame as THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE.

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BN ID: 2940158956003
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 282,083
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017) was the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels including INFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER’S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD’S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. He collaborated with both Larry Niven and Steven Barnes on THE LEGACY OF HEOROT, BEOWULF’S CHILDREN, and other works. Dr. Pournelle held advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology. As an aerospace Systems Analyst he participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Following a brief tour in academia he was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles. He was the Science Editor for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, and a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He wrote columns on political and technology issues for decades, in addition to his career as a fiction writer. His columns for Byte magazine were an internet staple for many years. Dr. Pournelle was involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he was active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration. He was Chairman of the Reagan “kitchen cabinet” Citizen’s Advisory Committee on National Space Policy, and frequently participated in conferences on the future of technology.

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King David's Spaceship 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
You care about the people and root for the underdog what's not to like? With plenty of sci-fi on galactic empires . This manages to be about people solving their problems and over coming obstacles
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is set in the same universe as the Mote In God's Eye. It actually occurs just before that book, in a nearby star system. Prince Samual's World has been rediscovered by the Empire after years of isolation, and they attempt to rediscover the lost technologies that the Empire has. To do that, they must send an expedition to an even more primitive planet! A good novel if you enjoy what feels more like 'Rome vs. the barbarians' than traditional science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pournelle is a master of military science fiction and conflict and different societies. I read this the first time when I was a teenager, for a half hour before dinner and finished it that evening without stopping.