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Footfall por Larry Niven
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Footfall (edição 1986)

por Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle (Autor)

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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 "From the Paperback edition."… (mais)
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Título:Footfall
Autores:Larry Niven
Outros autores:Jerry Pournelle (Autor)
Informação:New York, Del Rey (1986), Paperback, 608 pages
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I strongly suspect and freely admit that my expectations going into a book substantially impact my enjoyment and ratings. I seem to be unable to manage this. Well, I went into this particular book with low expectations. It’s a 1985 hard sci-fi dealing with first contact and alien invasion. I prefer my sci-fi with a little less science and a little more wonder and atmosphere than most hard sci-fi. But dang it if I didn’t enjoy the heck out of this one. Sure, it starts a bit slow, it’s mildly misogynistic, a tad bloated, and it features gun toting baby elephants as the invading aliens. That’s right, small elephant-like aliens with a bifurcated truck that splits again with creating four digits on each trunk. This is no spoiler as it’s shown on the front cover (at least on my hardbound). Even the book’s characters can’t help but laugh the first time they see the aliens. But like the plot, there’s more beneath the wrinkly skinned exterior.

Let’s start with the plot, on the surface, it’s straight-forward. Aliens are approaching with a large generation ship, and they haven’t just come for our peanuts. The authors (yes, plural - Niven and Pournelle) do a skillful job of slowly revealing the aliens and their motivation, culture, and capabilities. I appreciated how not only were humans confused about the alien’s herd thinking, but the aliens are equally confused about our individualistic approach. It takes a while to get beneath the alien’s thick skin and really understand their backstory, society, and ethos, which is well thought-out and helps to drive a number of plot points. This is what really kept me turning pages and make this book fun.

It’s also epic (sort of like the movie Independence Day was epic). There were over a hundred characters and dozens of locations. The plot has plenty of twists and turns, nothing mind-blowing, but satisfyingly unpredictable. With Niven and Pournelle as ringmasters, I assume the science is accurate enough, and takes on some big technical challenges (especially the ending). The story is also a good blend of intrigue, suspense, and action.

The book isn’t perfect. I think it could have been trimmed in some places and expanded in others. I would have love to experience things like how the aliens dealt with jungle warfare and meet their first earth elephant. Instead, we are told about these events briefly and second hand. Meanwhile, we get to experience much detailed and tedious government organization and decision-making firsthand. Also, the aliens come across a bit thick. This is somewhat cleverly explained, but I still was bothered balancing their impressive capabilities with their lackluster intelligence. Of course, aliens might say the same thing about us.

An alien invasion extravaganza, driven by a slow reveal of the alien race’s history, purpose, and abilities, that makes for an entertaining tale by putting the entire planet in peril. Four stampeding stars! ( )
1 vote Kevin_A_Kuhn | Aug 23, 2021 |
1987-07-24
  mathomhaul | Apr 24, 2021 |
aliens like baby elephants invade earth, some loose ends
  ritaer | Jun 21, 2020 |
Too many unlikeable characters (all of them), too dated (especially when it comes to the female characters), lots of uninteresting subplots (pretty much anything involving the Soviets), I just could not do it. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Nov 12, 2019 |
Fantastisch boek. Echt een aanrader voor alle SF-liefhebbers.

De Aarde wordt bedreigd door een buitenaards ras 'baby-olifanten'.

Op een foto van de sterrenhemel is een stip te zien. Deze stip bevindt zich bij de planeet Saturnus. Deze stip blijkt te bewegen en zet koers naar de Aarde. Komen de aliens in vrede of ...

Snel worden een aantal mensen naar het Russische ruimtestation 'Kosmograd' gestuurd om de aliens te verwelkomen. Deze ruimtestation wordt door de Aliens vernietigd, mar een aantal opvarenden worden gevangen genomen.


Zo begint een strijd vol onbeschrijflijk geweld en onvoorstelbare verwoesting, waarvan de uitkomst tot het laatst onzeker blijft. In dit wanhopige gevecht komen een aantal hoofdfiguren naar voren die de lezer niet gauw zal vergeten.



Zoals Harry, die een verwoest continent oversteekt om de man van een andere vrouw te redden. Of Harpanet, de alien die zich loyaal opstelt ten opzichte van de mens. Jenny, die als eerste het ruimteschip ontdekt en adviseur wordt van de president. En congreslid Wes Dawson die, als gevangene van de aliens, met beide partijen probeert te onderhandelen. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
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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 "From the Paperback edition."

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