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Episode Info: Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle This is my review of Footfall, a Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle novel from 1985. Overall, the story is of a race of elephant-like aliens from Alpha Centauri invading Earth and Earth’s attempts at repelling the invasion. You can buy it here: http://amzn.to/2fiB0Sz Footfall, what’s it about? When Footfall was published in 1985, it was a fairly well received alien invasion novel. Footfall was nominated for the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and was a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller. The Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle pedigree certainly helped this happen. Overall, the story is of a race of elephant-like aliens from Alpha Centauri invading Earth and Earth’s attempts at repelling the invasion. Human characters, and there are lots, consist of civilians who are preppers, military who give us stereotypical performances and Russians stepped straight out of a 1950’s cold war fiction novel. The female characters who are so badly written they are insulting with many only concerned with how some men will think of them. Science fiction writers are placed as advisers which is simultaneously a great and awful move, something I’d label as Schrodinger’s characterization. Seriously, sci-fi writers including sci-fi writers? Are sci-fi writers the only people with imagination? As some are based on the authors it appears so. Back to the story, the initial assault is global however the landing point is Kansas. It’s not really memorable as to why the Fithp chose to settle in Kansas but the reason is neither here nor there as both the Americans and Russians nuke the alien base there anyway. Utterly horrified by the pollution of the garden region of America (as yes that was the reason) the Fithp throw an asteroid at the Indian Ocean and destroy India and much of that region. Running out of continents, the Fithp now choose to invade Africa and actually get help doing this by promising influence to local “warlords”. Meanwhile, back in the famous Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a plan is hatched to launch an atomic bomb powered ship from the preppers town to take on the alien mothership. The propulsion was based on a real idea, check outRead more »

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