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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Then, when first contact is made, the real action begins and the reader is in for a serious roller coaster ride. Great and incontrovertible weight is given to purely circumstantial evidence, and for all that this sort of book is generally touted as “hard” science fiction, no justice is done here to the most basic aspects of scientific analysis.

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There are characters and interrelationships and sidebars and dead-ends and all of it, somehow, serves the novel. Books by Larry Niven.

The World is not threatened by aliens, only America is. The books is an answer to the question: Notify me of new comments via email. I can only imagine the laughter that Niven and Pournelle must have shared as they created these scenes with science fiction writers becoming the most important advisors to the President. Apr 30, Mark rated footfalll it was ok. Dream Park The Descent of Anansi Probably many of the feelings expressed were accurate to the way humans would really be, but they certainly didn’t show some of the characters in a good light.


As Dave Barry would say, I swear I am not making this up. His role ended up somewhat similar, and while Harry wasn’t mentally challenged, he did seem to be a character that many people underestimated. Book published by Del Rey in I really enjoyed this book, but sometimes it felt like there was a lot of “fluff” in it.

One quirk of these elephantine invaders is: That is because Larry Niven is a quality writer and Jerry Pournelle was an established scientist.

One of the space shuttles carried aboard Michael rams the Fithp ship, seriously damaging it. He was frowning heavily as he drank coffee. Want to Read saving…. One thing mentioned on the podcast was that this book wasn’t particularly deep. Dawson, a Congressman from California Mrs.

From their herd mentality, combat is just the initial diplomatic step, more about posturing than crushing their opponents. You don’t see that building as you leave the airport, once you’re on the road to Washington, DC.

Footfall, a book by Larry Niven | Book review

Footfall by Larry Niven. These guys are good. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. June 29, at 6: In fact, the way they react with confusion towards the humans and their unique characteristics is a strong point. So they are confused when humans surrender–and then fight back.


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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Originally, John is introduced when one of the characters, Roger, a reporter, is looking for someone to interview at the time the spaceship that ultimately invades Earth has been discovered. June 29, at While Footfall will never be considered a great work of literature, it is certainly a highly entertaining novel. When I read fiction books, I want to be entertained. August 17, at 8: A good alien invasion story with some fresh aspects to it.

Jul 22, Gendou rated it really liked it Shelves: But seriously, that’s 5 reading days that I’m never going to get back. The first contact is hostile: I laughed and clapped along, and it makes me pseudo-nostalgic for a time when Gaiman could step on entitled toes or chests and say strong, incautious things; that time before he was a nuven of blockbusters.