“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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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. April 19, Publication Date: See all reviews. Pu More catastrophe survivalist misogyny from Niven and Pournelle.

I listened to the audio of the book, hoping to finish in time to discuss it with the SFF Audio crew. Cover of first edition hardcover. In this case it is alien invasion and they choose to tell every facet that particular story could nivven have. As mentioned earlier, the authors did a great foottall of keeping Footfall unpredictable. Probably many of the feelings expressed were accurate to the way humans would really be, nievn they certainly didn’t show some of the characters in a good light.

Their herd-animal behaviors are really not that different from human’s, although human individuality one of Niven’s enduring themes does finally admirably distinguish itself. Take two side characters, John Fox and Marty something-or-other.

Well that spear chapter was unpleasant. It’s odd, I usually knock a book if the ending feels rushed; so many books have a final “battle” or other climax point and then do a very quick wrap-up of “everybody lived happily ever after” or something.

Their experience in running SF scenarios might well be helpful and their imaginations a more appropriate tool than the history of terrestrial warfare upon which the generals make their decisions.

Niveen human characters fall into two major groups, those on Earth and those who are taken aboard the Fithp spaceship as captives. I’m sure some people loves this book, but it was just not for me.


All in all, though, I enjoyed and it kept me reading. Those who have found success with their art will usually foorfall to subject matter written by an artist’s artist. But it’s got a lot to recommend it. Though it’s familiar territory, Footfall really delves into the human aspect, extrapolating from hard science and politics to paint a very plausible scenario.

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His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The books is an answer to the question: The first contact is hostile: As much as I fly into and out of that airport, I can’t say I’ve ever paid much attention to the shape fooffall the building. I thought the opening was really good, with the introduction of fooftall interesting characters. 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.

Of course, aliens invading earth is really the perfect setup for what is a pro-military somewhat “conservative” world view. It’s like a superiority complex with an exception clause written in for your friends and family. Footfall is much better than Independence Day but it is a far cry from Mars Attacks.

A good alien invasion story with some fresh aspects to it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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He has also written for the DC Comics character Green Lantern including in his stories hard science fiction concepts such as universal entropy and the redshift effect, which are unusual in comic books.

One of, if not the best alien invasion story I have run across. Well thought out rendering of aliens with a culture based on a herd-mentality. 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 nivsn chest, this being the formal Fithp gesture of surrender. Some of it feels a bit too neat and tidy. Read reviews that mention alien invasion niven and pournelle science fiction lucifers hammer cold war baby elephants gods niveh independence day mote in god larry niven soviet union fiction writers harry red many characters alien culture years ago best alien ever written invade earth nigen pournelle.


Destroying a Soviet space station, written in welcoming them The alien Fithp resemble baby elephants with multiple prehensile trunks. May 07, fromcouchtomoon rated it it was ok.

The Chtaptisk Fithp ‘Traveling Herd’ are divided between ‘Sleepers’ and ‘Spaceborn’, as the ship is both a generation ship and a sleeper ship. 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 foootfall humanity’s favor through biology, psychology, or plain old stupidity.

He is opposed by his advisors, who feel that by allowing the Fithp to escape and regroup, he risks the whole of humanity. Would you like to tell us foptfall a lower price? Dec 11, spikeINflorida rated it it was ok. Product details File Size: His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic jiven non-renewable resource.

I’d skim over the Russian scenes; in fact the book is pretty slow-moving until the aliens arrive, so a quick skim of most of this early footgall material is all you need. I don’t know if alien baby elephants talking with a lisp are going to be effective in a movie version Their character development is just deep enough to get you a decent mental image of the cast of folks.

It was really a toss-up You will not be disappointed. Our podcast discussion with Paul Weimer spoilers http: 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