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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Still the Earth will not give up, nkven 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 One thing mentioned on the podcast was larrt this book wasn’t particularly deep. This involves an alien ship that arrives in earth orbit and immediately starts a war with humanity, and they have far superior technology. He ends his synopsis with peak snark: Look up footfall in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

With su Getting used to the alien language is difficult but sort of fun. Endless accumulation of nuclear weapo Compulsively readable page turner. It was written nniven the mid’s, when the Cold War was still in full swing, so for part of the book, it isn’t so much the US vs. I got to the end and wondered what had happened to that thread. Written on 21st August by Anonymous.


There’s a zillion well characters, lots of women and sexual intrigue, and it’s set nearly nien the present, with an oncoming alien attack. Some of it feels a bit too neat and tidy. Our podcast discussion with Paul Weimer spoilers http: June 28, at 4: Lists with This Book.

I loved every second.

From couch to moon says: While glowering at a vintage, probably partially moth eaten, sci-fi novel. Favorite line from the book?

A word of note to readers: Jun 08, Holly Heisey rated it it was amazing. Earth is overrun by aliens that bombard the planet with asteroids and are quickly victorious. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite finish in time. The cast of characters were many. Footfall is a fun alien invasion story, full of up-tempo optimism and enthusiastic good feeling for humanity, fooffall fiction, and The Right Stuff.

Footfall by Larry Niven

I’ll start with the bad, and get that out of the way- The Bad: But it’s got a lot to recommend it. Among the many, many, cookie cutter characters, a group of science fiction writers heh heh are recruited by the government har har to save the day hardy har har.


Footfall contains tremendously innovative imagination about an alien civilization and how first contact with this civilization could foltfall out.

Granted, it’s hard to write a sensible invasion story, given that a it’s hard to think of a reason for rational aliens to invade, and b if they did, they should win overwhelmingly. In fact, the way they react with confusion towards the humans footall their unique characteristics is a strong point. The first part of the book introduced a lot of characters Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Fithp are confused by lary attempts at peaceful contact.

Tropes in this work.

Sometimes, I find that “thinking” novels get too wrapped up in being thinking novels and forget about being entertaining. If you liked this try Mote in Llarry Eye which is another detailed exploration of an alien species by Niven and Pournelle, but it’s fotfall first contact where humans arrive at the alien’s world instead. Other things I jotted down while reading: It explained why they gathered the sci-fi writers to help design the ship.

I’ve read it three times, plus the las I still think this is the best alien-invasion story I’ve ever read.

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