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I recalled this within the first few minutes of starting Larry Niven and Jerry Purnelle’s Footfall,because it so clearly typifies a point in the history of. Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!”—Tom Clancy They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates. 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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They initially repel attacks with orbital lasers and kinetic energy weaponsbut a combined Soviet and U. But aside from that, this makes for a really cool alien enemy for humans, because they just don’t think anything similar to how humans do, and the book explores that in detail about how things keep getting escalated because each race just completely misunderstands the motivations and cultures of the other.

Feb 28, Tamahome rated it liked it. Footfall by Larry Niven. Civilians are used to show the effects of the war on day-to-day life in the United States, while military and government personnel convey a more strategic overview of events.

Footfall (1985) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Dec 11, spikeINflorida rated it it was ok. But it’s got a lot to recommend it. Not how I would footfall aliens, and making something so strange and foreign resemble any known animal is going to imbue the characters with unwanted stereotypes.

For the Samuel Beckett play, see Footfalls. I think it would work quite well. Time and again, they correctly diagnose the intricacies of the alien civilization at a glance.

Endless accumulation of nuclear weapo Compulsively readable page turner. The book depicts the arrival of members of an alien species called the Fithp that foktfall traveled to our solar system from Alpha Centauri in a large spacecraft driven footfaall a Bussard ramjet. He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Sure, it’s a bonus if it makes me think with deeper meaning, but it’s not my motivation.


Despite a few dated s references to ecologists, survivalists, anti-nuke, anti-gun, and anti-human politicians, I think it is still a terrific yarn, well told. They call themselves these strangers, from a nearby, dying, star system, a few light-years away, The FITHP, led by wily Herdmaster, Pastempeh-keph, resembling The clever way the aliens have inherited their technology, are a younger race, and have more of the social structure of herd animals than humans.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. David Langford called it a “ripping yarn”, but stated that foorfall had “typical blockbuster flaws”, including slow pacing and an overly large cast with less-than-relevant characters; he also noted that ” t he authors’ enthusiasm for space weaponry comes over disturbingly strongly”. No, I don’t need every string of a storyline followed to a conclusion.

Maybe they’re trying to be like Stephen King’s The Stand with all these characters? Reagan to approve the Star Wars missile-defense. Sep 11, Scott rated it it was ok.

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Who would be better to predict what might result from first contact and who better to advise the President on how to respond to our first contact than speculative writers who had written novels of alien first contact.

Niven and Pournelle will never be mistaken for great literary writers, They hail from the pulp fiction side of sci-fi and their Libertarian views tend to be heavy-handed and often weight down their books. That is because Larry Niven is a quality writer and Jerry Pournelle was an established scientist.

For any science fiction fan or fan of alien invasion thrillers, I’d highly recommend. If you liked this try Mote in God’s Eye which is another detailed exploration footall an alien species by Niven and Pournelle, but it’s a first contact where humans arrive at the alien’s world instead. The aliens attack the unprepared and outraged human welcoming delegation, and after an initial series of clear victories, the technologically superior aliens expected surrender to their herd master, and a subsequently peaceful coexistence as fellow citizens of earth.


Getting used to the alien language is difficult but sort of fun.

Still the Earth will not give up, no matter how feeble their efforts seem, to save civilization, that long, upwards climb foofall the mud, to hopefully, in the future, the stars, will not be denied, without an enormous resistance, the history of humanity shows this The middle starts interesting, becomes a compulsive page turner and then The battle scenes are done very well and the tension is maintained fotofall a high level throughout.

American and Russian behavior. A good alien invasion story with some fresh aspects to it. Maybe he’ll be safe there, as the aliens, hurl down a big asteroid, others will fellow, hitting the Indian Oceana tremendous splash, occurs, a colossal tidal wave, forms, crushing the people living, near the coast, now dying there, by the sea, India disappears, other nations go dark, no lights, no humans left, the invaders land in Kansas, the local National Guard fights bravely, soon, the U.

Funnily, Tamahome’s reviewmentioning The Standmade me also think of that book as I listened to this one. One thing mentioned on the podcast was that this book wasn’t particularly deep.