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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers (original 1959; edition 1987)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:Starship Troopers
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Ace (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 263 pages
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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)

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YOUNG, RODGER W., Private, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division (the Ohio Buckeyes); born Tiffin Ohio, 28 April 1918; died 31 July 1943, on the island New Georgia, Solomons, South Pacific, while singlehandedly attacking and destroying an enemy machine-gun pillbox. His platoon had been pinned down by intense fire from this pillbox; Private Young was wounded in the first burst. He crawled toward the pillbox, was wounded a second time but continued to advance, firing his rifle as he did so. He closed on the pillbox, attacked and destroyed it with hand grenades, but in so doing he was wounded a third time and killed. His bold and gallant action in the face of overwhelming odds enabled his teammates to escape without loss; he was awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor.

Apt for Memorial Day - Johnny Rico tries to survive the Mobile Infantry (their spirit embodied by Private Young) while Heinlein ponders the price for citizenship necessary to create a lasting and expanding civilization, the required… maintenance of an advancing society, and if man has the right (the ability) to populate more of the universe.


This is why we make it so hard to enroll, so easy to resign. Social responsibility above the level of family, or at most of tribe, requires imagination - devotion, loyalty, all the higher virtues - which a man must develop himself; if he has them forced down him, he will vomit them out.

Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians.

Soldier, shut up and soldier!

=D ( )
  dandelionroots | May 29, 2017 |
The first half was a testosterone fueled comical amalgamation of military cliche after cliche, clearly intended to appeal to the chest- beating alpha male (or teenaged boy) with low brow pulp expectations. Then he strangely spent three quarters of the second half writing a lot of fluff cast as political theory, I suppose. It was hard to pin down whether Heinlein was just writing, or pontificating (after reading Asimov's thoughts on Heinlein and other material, I suspect the latter). Anyway, those pages were an annoying, "please! enough already" slog. Then back to the battle pace with a too pat ending.

Regardless, it was an engaging and quick read when Heinlein wasn't trying to preach.

But I still can't get over his fascination with hypnosis. It has appeared in too many of his novels to this point for it to be a device. Did he actually believe what he wrote? Hypnotherapy? Maybe it was just science fiction, but I don't think so and that is disappointing. I plan to read fourteen more of his novels (continuing in publication order) this year. I guess I'll see if it persists.

Now, I did highlight a couple of passages as insightful, and I particularly liked one phrase: "There was a short silence to which I contributed." Wonderful! And oddly poetic for such a novel. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
A young recruit signs up for the toughest boot came in the known universe for a lark. In boot camp, he learns how to be a soldier. In war, he learns why. A Hugo Award winning classic.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 26, 2017 |
This is a story about the growing up of a boy to a man in the "mobile infantry". It's really a story about poly sci, sci-fi and just plain sci at some time in the future with a pretty normal government established. The interstellar war is against the bugs (reminds me of Ender's Game). The sci-fi part includes Heinlein's view of interstellar travel and infantry combat in the future. Organization was not chronologic, rather chrono-funk, where the author unraveled story as it went along, leaving crumbs, presumably for future stories. Juan rises in rank from buck recruit to 3rd Lt, handling the increased rank nicely and learning along the way. During some part of the book, the author discusses political science and the new, ideal government, But, like all soldiers, that's five or six levels above Juan's pay grade. And, even with the advance technology, I thought it strange that the soldiers still received paper letters, even when far, far, away. Good book, enjoyed it. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 14, 2017 |
The first book I ever took notes in. The first book I ever reread immediately upon completion. The book that introduced me to Heinlein. Read this book. Again. And Again. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
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Anyone who clings to the historically untrue-and thoroughly immoral-doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom.
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In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best-sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the
toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle against mankind's most frightening enemy.
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Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he will learn how to become a soldier, but when he graduates and war comes (as it always does for soldiers), he will learn why he is a soldier. Many consider this Hugo Award winner to be Robert Heinlein's finest work, and with good reason. Forget the battle scenes and high-tech weapons (though this novel has them)--this is Heinlein at the top of his game talking people and politics.

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With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

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