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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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Much different in style than the shoot-em-up action movie based on this book. I don't agree with all of Heinlein's ideas but this book is more about ideas than the action. In particular, he explores the idea that citizenship should be a privilege rather than a right, with that privilege earned by proving that one is willing to put the good of the state first (by doing service of various types but in this story specifically military service).

Lloyd James' narration was good but not great. He often paused for a second or two in what seemed to me odd places. ( )
  leslie.98 | May 18, 2016 |
Can we shut up about the movie already? Don't blame a book for not being the terrible movie that wears its face and came out 40 years later. If it weren't for Casper van Dien's slick, soapy butt crack, this film would be in the mausoleum of cinematic history reserved for Speed 2: Cruise Control and anything of the Boll oeuvre. (But what a butt crack!)

That said, there's no reason you need to like this book. It is less novel and more speculative treatise on an idealized government & military institution, complete with psychological training, officer distribution and politics, lines of communication, and some pretty neat spacesuits. If you want a character or a plot for some reason, look elsewhere. If you can settle for two paragraphs of daddy issues to scratch that itch, then proceed.

Part of me wants to say: "If you didn't feel like writing a novel, don't write a novel." But the rest of me wants to say: "If you didn't write this as a novel, you'd have no other forum. And THEN where would Denise Richards be?"

This book, as a dry not-a-novel, is worth it. I can't call it great, but I "liked it". It has moments of brilliance, but the in-between could have used a second draft. But I do appreciate that a celebration of the military-industrial complex was still ok in the 50's. People can be real dicks about that now. In that way, this book hearkens to a different time, and there is a sense of nostalgia you may enjoy, though we all know what nostalgia REALLY is, right?

Anyway, don't look for a movie here. Research what you're going to read before you read it. But if you research Heinlein, don't expect him either. This seems rather separate from the hippie nonsense of his later work, for better or worse. In fact, be prepared for just a sprinkling of fascism here. Not enough to sting, but wash your hands before you take out your contacts. ( )
  SomethingIshy | May 16, 2016 |
My first experience with Starship Troopers was of course the film which I now realise differs greatly from the book. The consideration of the rights and how citizenship should be defined was well intertwined with the broader space-war narrative and made for an enjoyable read even though I tend to disagree with Heinlein's politics. ( )
  kale.dyer | May 14, 2016 |
How can something so cheesy be so good? ( )
  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
Sooo much better than the movie—deeper than Hollywood have you believe. But with the exception of the fact that it's set in futuristic space I'd almost call this Military Fiction instead of Science Fiction. In fact, in my mind I've renamed it Heinlein's Loving Homage to the Infantry. ( )
  SadieSForsythe | Feb 24, 2016 |
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Robert A. Heinleinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davies, Gordon C.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, CarlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To "Sarge" Arthur George Smith - SOLDIER, CITIZEN, SCIENTIST - AND TO ALL SERGEANTS ANYWHERE WHO HAVE LABORED TO MAKE MEN OUT OF BOYS. R.A.H.
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I always get the shakes before a drop.
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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.
"The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body betwen his loved home and war's desolation."
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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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