Footfall

Footfall

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by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
     
 

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"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 directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star.

The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens

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"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 directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star.

The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender—or death for all humans.

"ROUSING . . . THE BEST OF THE GENRE."
—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345323446
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1986
Series:
Military Science Fiction Promotion Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
311,752
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Footfall 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having read Lucifer's Hammer by the same writing team I was eager to read this one. by page 30 I was sorry I bought the book. It felt like I was reading an updated copy of Lucifer's Hammer with just then names and dates changed. If you haven't read any of the authors works before you will probably enjoy this story. For me I was disappointed by the similarity of the two novels.
BurningBronze More than 1 year ago
I read this in college and was impressed then with the unique aliens, their herd mentality and what it takes for humans to fight them. The destruction and technology employed still seems relevant after the most recent near flybys of asteroids and comets to the earth. Great fun and page turning excitement that is hard to put down nice you start!
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RealRocketsRedGlare More than 1 year ago
This is a really good read! Eliphant looking alians want earth and take it the old fashion way by force and shock troops! They are big, mean, bad and nasty and don't mind throwing thier weight around!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my second time through Footfall, as I also read it when it first came out in paperback in May of 1986, almost twenty years to the day prior to my re-reading of it in the 21st Century. Footfall is simply a delightful and thrilling old-fashioned science fiction novel. For what can be more genuine SciFi than aliens attacking our Earth? The front of the work thoughtfully lists a four page Dramatis Personae, but it is really not needed. And, the book does violate the writer's-law of assigning the aliens unpronounceable names, such as Herdmaster Pastempeh-keph and K'turfookeph his mate. But what names are double-trunked-baby-elephant-looking aliens from the vicinity of Alpha Centauri going to use? Bruce and Doris Jones? Beginning in November of 1980, when the town-sized spacecraft is discovered amongst the rings of Saturn, the action builds to a edge-of-the-seat climax. The Footfall title refers to the ability of the alien Fithp's to accurately fling huge space rocks at planet Earth, the Foot itself, being by far the largest of many. The invading pachyderms are also armed with 'elephant guns' (go figure) that rip orange-sized holes in whatever they hit, humans being their favorite destination. Orbiting scores of digit-ships are also capable of directing, with pinpoint accuracy, death beams anywhere on the planet. There are sexual encounters, but since they are exposed within one or two sentences, I found them acceptable. Along our journey, we meet farmers and National Guard troops, Russians and survivalists, dinner plates used as land mines and enough atomic explosions to satisfy North Korean fatboy KIM Jong Il. And, in a self-serving twist, author's Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, in order that the Presidential administration and the military might discover the mind-set of the aliens, have NORAD sequester a group of top science fiction writers inside Cheyenne Mountain. All in all Footfall is a great Science Fiction shoot-em-up that I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book at a local used book store, and the owner said that if I liked Sci-fi I had to read this one. I have to say that he was right. This is an alien invasion classic. It is a little dated but that wont matter once your start reading. I couldn't put it down. I think what the aliens looked like was one of my favorite aspects of the book. They look like Elephants. The ending was heart pounding and clever also. I highly recommend this book to anyone that's into Science Fiction
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! What creativity and imagination! Niven and Pournelle are the best tag team around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Footfall' is by far the best alien invasion story ever penned. The thing I liked most was the invader¿s mission. Take out the Earth's space power, then air power, and finally a ground war. Their use of 'kinetic' bombs was efficient and technically superior to other invasion stories. The come back of the defeated Earthlings is a great saga. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Niven and Pournelle have presented a picture of an alien generated apocalypse with limits. Antagonist and protagonist have strengths and weaknesses that give Footfall a sincere quality. Unlike many sci-fi novels such as Ender¿s Game, where the question of 'what can be done to defeat the invaders' is the mystery, here the reader is wondering if the human race can complete their mission without being discovered and will it work at all. An array of characters highlights the story and precarious alliances keep you wondering how and when it all is going to breakdown. From the unexpected confrontation to the grand finale, Footfall delivers science, suspense and humor that is easy to believe. This is a must read for any sci-fi buff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Present day science fiction at its best.