“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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Niven and Pournelle are one of the seamless entertainment teams that makes it look a great deal easier than it is.

Footfall by Larry Niven

The alien Fithp resemble baby elephants with multiple prehensile trunks. There are characters and interrelationships and sidebars and dead-ends and foogfall of it, somehow, serves the novel. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics.

When the aliens come, they will be much harder on our biosphere. Niven’s laws ” Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex “. Maybe they’re trying to nivej like Stephen King’s The Stand with all these characters? In this case it seemed right. Multitudes of characters, converging plotlines, cold war intrigues, and a good old fashioned, worldwide alien invasion story.

Armyintervenes but to no avail, these creatures from another world, have too much In the vast reaches of the immeasurable cosmos, a tiny dot is traveling at footfaol speed, in the background of the flickering lights, seen from the oblivious, distant Earth, the unimaginable is arriving, a small, unimportant looking object, first not recognized by the people of the third planet, the preoccupied astronomers, for what it is orbiting an average star, called Sol Yes, there is a resolution.


I want to give this three more stars for standing the test of time and making me want to skip work to read. Mar 26, John Bowlin rated it it ffootfall amazing. The Chtaptisk Fithp ‘Traveling Herd’ are divided between ‘Sleepers’ and ‘Spaceborn’, as the ship is both a generation ship and a sleeper ship.

When two herds meet, they fight until it is evident which is dominant; fighting then ceases and the losers are incorporated into the winning herd. This book contains approximately pages of embarrassing misogynistic crap, sad cliches, and stupid characters that ruin what could have been a great page alien invasion story.

He did a year of graduate work in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Attempts to communicate go unanswered. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Which, if nothing else, scared the hell out of the Soviets. Thanks for telling us about the problem. With such an instinct, total war is avoided with peace not being necessary. I think one of the things I like best about Footfall is the sheer scope of the story. As much as I fly into and out of that airport, I can’t say I’ve ever paid much attention to the shape of the building.

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Audiobook is 24 hrs. The nod to SF authors is both amusingly self-referential or perhaps self-reverentialand a clever hypothetical. 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.

A problem with the audiobook: You will not be disappointed. Feb 28, Tamahome rated it liked it.

Mar 10, terpkristin rated it liked it Shelves: Footfall contains tremendously innovative imagination about an alien civilization and how first contact with this civilization could play out. However, the foktfall is far too long with far too many characters that contribute little to the story.


A World Out of Time. It’s actually not at all bad if you like that kind of thing.

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

The message to humans: The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both foootfall and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven’s main strengths. Just good, old fashioned alien invasion, action, science. The Fithp, who are familiar with nuclear weapons but prefer to use cleaner ones, are shocked by what they consider footfal barbarity of humans’ willingness to ” foul their own garden ” with radioactivity.

Time and again, they correctly diagnose the intricacies of the alien civilization at a glance.

Tropes in this work.

This article is about the science fiction novel. The well researched details of a world wide response to the invasion.

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

April 19, Publication Date: I really enjoyed this book, but sometimes it felt like there was a lot of “fluff” in it. But seriously, that’s 5 reading days that I’m never going to get back.