“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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Wes Dawson is wonderful, one character makes me mist up near the end, we’re offered better female characters from Niven, there are aliens I could hate and even care about a few. Mar 25, Dan Henk rated it really liked it.

I really enjoyed this book, but sometimes it felt like there was a lot of “fluff” in it. But it’s got a lot foitfall recommend it. In fact, much of his writing since the s has been in footall, particularly with Pournelle, Steven BarnesBrenda Cooperor Edward M.

But it could also be accomplished by an instinct to submit once defeated! The best part is the attempt to give the reader insight into a completely alien culture and the confusion that results when it does always relate to humans.

Apr 30, Mark footfll it it was ok. I don’t know if alien baby elephants talking with a lisp are going to be effective in a movie version 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.

I literally could nivenn believe what I was reading! He co-authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle. Though it’s familiar territory, Footfall really delves into the human aspect, extrapolating from hard science footfapl politics to paint a very plausible scenario.

When they bring their talents together the effect is fantastic and, in my opinion, footfal re-readable. All in all, though, I enjoyed and footfapl kept me reading. That is because Larry Niven is a quality writer and Jerry Pournelle was an established scientist. So, by the time the aliens are ready to start negotiating, they become increasingly baffled by the outraged humans who are still fighting with no-holds barred ferocity, including Kamikaze bombings.


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.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t quite finish in time. Niven’s laws ” Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex “. Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars.

Recommended for any science fiction fan. Niven and Pournelle really outdid themselves on these aliens. I read the entire book, yes. Multitudes of characters, converging plotlines, cold war intrigues, and a good old fashioned, worldwide alien invasion story.

The aliens are similar to Earth’s elephants, but not really the same. In the final scene, the Fithp leader lies down on his back in a submissive gesture, and allows former captive Congressman Wes Dawson to place his foot on his chest, this being the formal Fithp gesture of surrender.

The way several disparate elements merge into a workable, believable resolution.

Tropes in this work.

Having the Russians as protagonists and antagonists also doing something that normally annoys me Those who have found success with their art will usually point to subject matter written by an artist’s artist. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

It was fun to learn about the enemy, called “snouts” by humans. Clever but scary stuff. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I’m sure there’s a literary term for what the author’s have done in Footfall and L. Some of these are explainable though not justifiable from a context-sensitive reading.

I still think this is the best alien-invasion story I’ve ever read.

Footfall By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Book Review

Footfall is written on a large canvas with a large cast of characters and an epic scale than includes major action on three continents as well as in the nearer reaches of the solar system.


The alien names were a bit much to pronounce at first, but I got used to them, and came to cheer for some of the aliens as much as the humans. The way they invade the US, and the way they conduct parts of their invasion, is also too human.

Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek: April 19, Sold by: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I share the nien of many reviewers that Footfall is certainly not as good as Lucifer’s Hammer.

I was hooked nvien Niven and Pournelle ever since I read A Mote in God’s Eye, which hit every right button for a space-based alien contact epic. This book is just the kind to whet your appetite and will cause you to search out other gems by these authors. I’ve had this book since I was a kid and I’m not sure why I took so long to read it. Niven’s second post-apocalyptic tale and I think not quite as good as the other Lucifer’s Hammer.

Want to Read saving…. Indeed, maybe I wouldn’t have hated this book if I’d read it in They don’t write books like this anymore. I smiled at that. Just good, old fashioned alien invasion, action, science.

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Views Read Edit View history. This team of writers always manages to entertain, to inform, and to create believable scenarios involving space, aliens, and quite scary events like an alien invasion.

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