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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Footfall is the story of alien invasion.

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In fact, much of his writing since the s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven BarnesBrenda Cooperor Edward M. The book depicts the arrival of members of an alien species called the Fithp that have traveled to our solar system from Alpha Centauri in a large spacecraft driven by a Bussard ramjet.

The ‘device’ they build at the end is the highlight. When the unknown alien ship first approached Earth, the humans messages of welcome and peace were met with no answer.

Indeed, maybe I wouldn’t have hated this book if I’d read it in For other uses, see Footfall disambiguation. June 28, at 9: Compulsively readable page turner. That is because Larry Niven is a quality writer and Jerry Pournelle was an established scientist.


June 28, at I smiled at that.

Footfall (1985) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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The way they invade the US, and the way they conduct parts of their invasion, is also too human. June 28, at 4: That’s another part of the reason got 3 stars instead of 4.

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Jun 08, Holly Heisey rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately I was enjoying it too much and despite it being exactly pages, the book ran out before the 4 day break did, not really the books fault I suppose. 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 scene-setting material is all you need.

It reads like a novelization of an epic disaster movie like Independence Day. What Niven and Pournelle do so well here doesn’t work as well in other books — I gave up on Niven’s Building Harlequin’s Moon, as it was more science lecture than story — but when it does work it’s incredible to read.

Our podcast discussion with Paul Weimer spoilers http: I haven’t read any other books jointly written by Niven and Pournelle. They managed not to destroy themselves before reaching the space age. But it doesn’t come rootfall that way.


Still worth 5 stars of fun, though, and hardly dated at all despite being written before the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Challenger disaster. View all 5 comments. You don’t see that building as you leave the airport, once you’re on the road to Washington, DC. Those who have found success with their art will usually point to subject matter written by an artist’s artist.

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A while back gender switched passages from SF novels were circulated by Jim C. The aliens attack the unprepared and outraged human ladry delegation, and after an initial series of clear victories, the technologically superior aliens expected surrender to their herd master, and a subsequently peaceful coexistence as fellow citizens of earth.

But aside from that, this makes for a really cool alien enemy rootfall humans, because they just don’t think anything similar to how humans do, and the book explores that in detail about how things keep getting escalated because each race just completely misunderstands the motivations and cultures of the other.