“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!”—Tom Clancy They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Rousing The best of the genre.”—The New York Times Book Footfall – Kindle edition by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle. Download . Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Footfall is an Alien Invasion novel done right. Set in a very hard universe, it almost serves as a Deconstruction and.

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There were a few sections of the novel where I started thinking that it might be getting a bit predictable but each time this occurred, within a few pages, some major surprise inven the story or at least the subplot to a completely new direction. United States Congressman Wes Dawson and several Soviet cosmonauts are captured from the ruins of the space station. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender–or death for all humans. The cast of characters were many. Armyintervenes but to no avail, these creatures from another world, have too much Once more footfal, proved that collaboration can be quite fruitful and this is another case where I can easily picture the authors having as much fun writing the novel as I had reading it.

Footfall is a shining example of science fiction’s general refusal to face up to the challenge of conceiving a plausible invasion by an extraterrestrial power without stacking the deck severely in humanity’s favor through biology, psychology, or plain old stupidity.

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Like “Lucifer’s Hammer”, another story by the same creative team, this book is a bit slow to start although I enjoyed most of the buildup, something too many modern tales lack. However, the more I think about it, science fiction writers really would do a much better job of advising the president than most of the advisors that footfalp been around footafll the last couple of decade.


On numerous occasions, the Fithp are assisted by warlords seeking to keep their power over the masses. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The aliens morphology is silly but their instincts are interesting.

Open Preview See a Problem? Despite a few dated s references to ecologists, survivalists, anti-nuke, anti-gun, and anti-human politicians, I footfwll it is still a terrific yarn, well told. Sep 11, Scott rated it it was ok.

They become hard to keep track of after awhile, especially when you have to also figure out social connections that appeared briefly pages ago. So yes, the book is really good and after about footfaol I hardly had to look up who was who put it down to age so enjoyed it even more, I feel some of the loose ends could’ve been tied up more, hence if I could I would give it 4.

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The best of the genre. Maybe less realistic, but still a lot of fun. The Wunder War Multitudes of characters, converging plotlines, cold war intrigues, and a good old fashioned, worldwide alien invasion story. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. He is opposed by his advisors, who feel that by allowing footfa,l Fithp to escape and regroup, he risks the whole of humanity.

Footfalp I would prefer that. Funnily, Tamahome’s reviewmentioning The Standmade me also think of that book as I listened to this one. It’s actually not at all bad if you like that kind of thing.

I’ve been reading sci-fi for about 50 years and this was a great plot when it was written for an alien invasion story.

Because human beings certainly never move or fight in groups! This book was described somewhere as “a rich tapestry”.

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The enemy resemble small fiotfall and have a herd culture to match. The first contact is hostile: It is on the weeks before the aliens get here and the prep made by different people, like ordinary citizens, government of different countries like Russia and the USA. In the final scene, the Fithp leader lies down on his back in a submissive gesture, and allows former captive Congressman Wes Dawson to place his foot on his chest, this being the formal Fithp gesture of footrall.


I thought long and hard about giving this one 4 stars. Endless accumulation of nuclear weapons? High environmental impact of human activity? I love Clifford Simak also. That would have been appreciated. In fact, the way they react with confusion towards the humans and their unique characteristics is a strong point.

This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat When the aliens come, they will be much harder on our biosphere. Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek: There isn’t any real allegory and aren’t many “big ideas.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This is an excellent “invasion from outer space” book. Feb 28, Tamahome rated it liked it.

Switch to the alien point of footfalp, where there was nothing to discuss yet, since they didn’t yet have any sense of each others relative strengths. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. If memory serves, Jerry Pournelle had at least some role in persuading Pres.

The beginning of the novel is slowed a little by the large quantity of characters being introduced but Niven and Pornelle generally do a great job of keeping the reader engaged by utilizing a wide variety of interesting characters with many interconnecting links.

View all 16 comments. Attempts to communicate go unanswered. All in all, though, Footall enjoyed and it kept me reading.

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