“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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Perhaps the most “realistic” aliens invasion of earth novel I have ever read. Aliens, at last, are coming, we are not, is it good or bad, who knows? He adapted his story Inconstant Moon for an episode of the television series The Outer Limits in I’m sure there’s a literary term for what the author’s have done in Footfall foootfall L. The only other Niven book I’ve read is Ringworld a book Gootfall didn’t enjoy.

Footfall By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Book Review

Because human beings certainly never move or fight in groups! High environmental impact of human activity? The first contact sequence, itself, was one of the strengths of this novel along with the innovative portrayal of the alien civilization. Switch to the alien point of view, where there was nothing to discuss yet, since they didn’t yet have any sense of each fooffall relative strengths. Given the time period when the book was written, this was a relatively unheard of idea.

As an example of high-level page-turner storytelling, Footfall still rings my chimes.

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There is a lot of action in this book, as much of the book is about the war survival stories of several characters footafll end up meeting up near the last part of the book. Return to Book Page. Amazon Giveaway allows you to fooyfall promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Attempts to communicate go unanswered. Heck, the book didn’t exactly have a true ending or resolution.


The large scope of Footfall miven the authors with ample opportunity to inject all kinds of stories into this novel. Science fiction writers are employed as technical advisers on alien technology and behavior; the characters are based on real writers, including Niven “Nat Reynolds”Pournelle “Wade Curtis”and Robert Anson Heinlein “Bob Anson”. Their intent is conquest of the planet Earth.

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The ‘device’ they build at the end is the highlight. See all reviews. April 19, Sold by: But, a little bit more?

I’m sure you’ve seen Independence Day and I hope you didn’t like it because it sucked. Want to Read saving…. Endless accumulation of nuclear weapo Compulsively readable page turner. Sure, it’s a bonus if it makes me think with deeper meaning, but it’s not my motivation. Dec 29, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: I still think this is the best alien-invasion story I’ve ever read.

If you want short sf books bursting with ideas, this might not be the book for you. They seem doomed by both their commendable qualities ethics as well as their deficiencies instinctual aggressivenessand their similarity to humans gives their story a nicely satirical flavor.

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And he remains on our side–in thier culture, once you yeild, you yeild totally. Aliens may not be our friends. Military capable space technology? I read another one of his books called “The Burning Cities”, great imagination, I almost felt like I was in central and southern parts of California, but at another time or even planet.

The Fithp, who are familiar with nuclear weapons but prefer to use cleaner ones, are shocked by what they consider the barbarity of humans’ willingness to ” foul their own garden nive with radioactivity.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To start off with, in a tapestry you expect all the characters to be two-dimensional.

Wish we had fotfall. We are introduced to a whole lot of characters, but quite a few of these really have little to do with the story as it goes along. 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.

As Dave Barry would say, I swear I am not making this up. May 13, Jen rated it it was ok.