The first techno-thriller

The first techno-thriller was not penned by Tom Clancy, but by Craig Thomas. It was called Firefox and it’s a great read. It’s not cheesy or poorly written like many of the genre and actually presents a plausible aircraft of then-Soviet design: The Mig-31. NATO Codename: Firefox.

The book spawed a movie, starring Clint Eastwood and is pretty good in itself. The novel is now out of print, having been written in 1979, so you’ll have to grab it on Amazon.com.

3 Responses to “The first techno-thriller”

  1. 1 Mike Rozos
    December 17, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Firefox IS a great read and I was completely unaware it was out of print. Can demand for a book like that really slack off to such a degree? Probably, but it seems sad.

    I second that opinion. It reads better than most of Clancy’s work and the movie was actually quite good. Certainly better than many Eastwood flicks.

    I think that book was good enough that it will probably resurface as a license purchase for a computer game, or other media buy.

    Believe me, media like that never dies. It just takes time to reemerge!

  2. 2 kernunos
    December 19, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Looking bck at the movie it is interesting how Firefox looked like an albeit bigger Mig-31 on “stealth-roids”. The movie itself was ahead of its time combining the look of the Mig-31 with the upcoming stealth of the F-117.
    Interestingly enough they gave the F-117 the F designation instead of the B designation to make it more glamorous for pilots that flew it. It has absolutely no capabilities as an air to air fighter though and is strictly a bomber.
    I loved that movie. Very cool low flying footage and the rooster tails on the water were unforgettable.

  3. December 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

    The cybernetic controls for Firefox are plausible. And yes, the stealth tech was ahead of its time.

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