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Footfall

Written By:Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle - 1985

  • Footfall - Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle cover

    Del Rey - MME May 1986

  • Footfall - Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle cover

    Del Rey - MME 28th Printing

  • Footfall - Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle cover

    Del Rey - Hardcover - 1st Printing


Synopsis

Del Rey - MME May 1986

The Snouts are Coming

Men first saw the invader as a series of dots on astronomical plates. It moved in a way that meant it was operating under power, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. And since no life was possible on Saturn or its moons, the ship had to be a visitor from another star.

THE ALIENS WERE ON THEIR WAY!

Mankind's frantic efforts to signal the invader went unanswered. First contact came when the aliens blasted the Soviet space station, seized the survivors and proceeded to destroy every dam and installation on Earth by a rain of asteroids from Space. Now the Snouts are descending on Kansas, demanding servile surrender or death for all humans.

Caught up in the ensuing war of indescribable violence and incredible destruction are dozens of truly memorable characters.

Del Rey - MME 28th Printing

For Planet Earth, Independence Day is Over...

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 ships 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.

Excerpt

Del Rey - MME May 1986

Friends and Enemies

Harry Reddington -- The man who crossed half a ruined continent to save another man's wife.

Harpanet -- The alien who gave his allegiance to humanity.

Jeanette Crichton -- She brought news of the impending invasion to a frightened Earth and was quickly caught up in the President's councils.

Congressman Wes Dawson -- Captured by the aliens, he tried to serve both sides.

Blurb

Del Rey - MME May 1986

A National Bestseller

"Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I love it!" —Tom Clancy Author of The Hunt for Red October

This is now it could happen — in a novel never to be forgotten!

"I like Footfall because I like a good, old-fashioned invader-from-space story, with the noble and ignoble earthlings scrambling for cover." —John D. MacDonald

"Niven and Pournelle have produced another world in peril winner... I loved it!" —Frank Herbert

Footfall — Another Triumph

"There is a rousing special-effects finale that bears comparison with the end of 'Star Wars.' But beneath all the fireworks, the fate of the Earth hangs on superior strategy, not superior weapons... it's science fiction elements are handled with a skill found only in the best of the genre." —The New York Time Book Review

"...a fast-paced cleverly worked-out adventure story. Niven and Pournelle succeed in creating a genuinely alien race with genuienly alien reasons for mounting something as costly and inefficient as an interplanetary invasion." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Footfall is simply the best science fiction adventure story I've read in a long time." —The Providence Sunday Journal

"Thought-provoking and exciting, peopled with flesh-and-blood humans and aliens, this nuclear age update of The War of the Worlds is highly recommended." —Library Journal

"Niven and Pournelle keep the outcome up in the air right up to the last pages; this one is probably a strong contender for next year's Hugo Award." —Newsday

Del Rey - Hardcover - 1st Printing

Thus begins a war of indescribable violence and incredible destruction, with the outcome in doubt until the final page

Caught up in the conflict of this magnificently conceived and detailed novel are dozens of truly memorable characters: Harry, who crossed half a ruined continent to save another man's wife; Harpanet, the alien who gave his allegiance to humanity; Jenny, who brought the news of the invader and was caught up in the President's councils; Congressman Wes Dawson, who, captured by aliens, tried to serve both sides; and a host of others—both human and alien.

This is how it could happen—in a novel never to be forgotten!

Catastrophe:

extraterrestrial

Type:

fantastical