“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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Still the Earth will not give up, no matter how feeble their efforts seem, to save civilization, that long, upwards climb from the mud, to hopefully, in the future, the stars, will not be denied, without an enormous resistance, the history of humanity shows this The book is long A good alien invasion story with some fresh aspects to it. Views Read Edit View history. This book was described somewhere as “a rich tapestry”.

The first contact sequence, itself, was one of the strengths of this novel along with the innovative portrayal of the alien civilization. The third and final part of the book was about the response in space, culminating with a battle in the waning chapters.

It reads like a novelization footfakl an epic disaster movie like Independence Day.

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After the charactersaccording to Tam?!?! Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The audiobook chapters are 1 higher than the paper book because of the prologue. Nov 26, Mary JL rated it really liked it Recommends it for: If you like mainstream thrillers this may be more your cup of tea.


To protect their fragile skin? As mentioned earlier, the authors did a great job of keeping Footfall unpredictable.

Footfall by Larry Niven

The aliens look like elephants which is kind of goofy. But, a little bit more? There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Dec 20, Manny rated it liked it Recommends it for: French launches use H- for “heure” or “time. I’ve read it three times, plus the las I still think this is the best alien-invasion story I’ve ever read. Though it’s familiar territory, Footfall really delves into the human aspect, extrapolating from hard science and politics to paint a very plausible scenario.

Some of these are explainable though not justifiable from a context-sensitive reading. Our podcast discussion with Paul Weimer spoilers http: This involves an alien ship that arrives in earth orbit and immediately starts a war with humanity, and they have far superior technology. 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.

The characters seemed to be some of the fluff. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star.

It explained why they gathered the sci-fi writers to help design the ship.

English Choose a language for shopping. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. If you liked this try Mote in God’s Eye which is another detailed exploration of an alien species by Niven and Pournelle, but it’s a first contact where humans arrive at the alien’s world instead.

In this case it seemed right. President David Coffey receives an offer of conditional surrender from the Fithp. I read this awhile back nigen remembered it as a fun if not very substantial read. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender–or death for all humans.


Footfall is an Independence Day the movie type book, about an alien invasion and a wide footfalo of humans across the globe reacting to said invasion. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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When Coffey seemingly folds niveen the pressure, National Security Adviser Admiral Carrell stages a bloodless coup d’etatcircumventing the President and communicating the rejection of the aliens’ terms.

I’ve had this book since I was a kid and I’m not sure why I took so long to read it. More catastrophe survivalist misogyny from Niven and Pournelle. To view it, foootfall here. For cootfall uses, see Footfall disambiguation. What else would they be? Fox talks to the reporter about his concerns over inven dam or something that threatens the Death Valley area, and the reporter listens more out of politeness than interest; he even says as much, given that the big story is An Alien Ship Is Headed To Earth.

I’ve read it three times, plus the last time I picked it up some years back, to jog my memory about something, I got sucked in again and spent the afternoon rereading the good parts. This one was mostly fun though I admit, I did start thinking about the physics of a space war.

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