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Ugs and the Cold War A coming of age novel Starship Troopers also critiues US society of the 1950s argues that a lack of discipline had led to a moral decline and advocates corporal and capital punishment 1998 1376 272 9649080406 1392 399 9786001191732 20 1959 1959 Starship Troopers is listed amongst the recommended books by the United States Air Force for a reason For those who plan on pursuing a military career this book exhibits the very ideals upon which our current military standards are based Camaraderie Sacrifice and Responsibility are than mere words to the protagonist The DISTINCTION BETWEEN A FIGHTING MAN AND between a fighting man and soldier is made The distinction between a superior rank and a true officer is made Johnny Rico is a soldier in than merely name and the reader discovers this through this narrativeFor those of you who have seen the film incarnation of this story simply forget it It won t aid you in understanding or predicting the outcome of this book The tempo messages and level of seriousness are completely different Most of you know the pitfalls of watching the movie first so I implore you to read this book before seeing the movie If you have already seen the movie as I stated before forget itThere is one thing I would mention that is perhaps the fault of this book Heinlein shapes a militaristic possibly even oppressive society out of the remaining nations on earth He touts the virtues of citizenry only being earned through dedicated service At the same time he manages to skirt by some of the practical and realistic attitudes of people The society could very well work if it was implemented exactly in the fashion it is described in his novel but the transition from our current societal structure to this system of government is EXTREMELY unlikely It takes the edge off of the bold concepts making this book only a 4 starTo end on a positive note I ll say this When I finally finished this novel I had a brief spark inside of me For once in my entire career I felt a sense of pride in being a soldier No military training no officer and certainly no civilian has ever made me feel as proud of my profession as that novel has A great work of science fictionThis is not at all about action and fighting bugs it is a study of a man s compulsion to fight and or serve his country and a discussion about our society s and any society s responsibility to its citizens and what is best for society Like many Heinlein novels it works well on many levels the surface science fiction and then the deeper complicated voice of the storyteller speaking from his own experienceThis is a controversial book Criticized for espousing a militaristic maybe fascist ideal Heinlein was also criticized from the other side for his own lack of combat experience This book inspires strong emotions At the end of the day it "was a fine book another excellent genre transcending work from Heinlein. Cience fiction magazine "a fine book another excellent genre transcending work from Heinlein. Cience fiction magazine Wonder Stories Heinlein wrote and submitted the story Life Line which went on to win the contest This guaranteed Heinlein a future in writing Using his real name and the pen names Caleb Saunders Anson MacDonald Lyle Monroe John Riverside and Simon York Heinlein wrote numerous novels including For Us the Living Methuselah's Children and Starship Troopers which was adapted into a big budget film for Tri Star Pictures in 1997 Heinlein died in 1988 from emphysema and other related health problems Heinlein's remains were scattered from the stern of a Navy warship off the coast of Californi. ,

UPDATEDStarship Troopers was definitely a page turner and one did feel like he was on the ground with the Mobile Infantry bouncing around killing Bugs But It was also incredibly pro war and the middle development section got a little long You remember how great Full Metal Jacket was but that the great parts were at the very beginning and at the very end Well I felt that this book that the great parts were at the very beginning and at the very end Well I felt that this book started and ended with adrenaline rushes but that the middle was a bit flat That being said the realism and the imagination around the weapons and tech were pretty good I definitely see how influential Heinlein was on subseuent science fiction and it is impressive that this was written back in 59 The Bugs were never given any treatment to make them less of an enemy which seemed a bit like the vilification of say blacks or arabs by the extreme right I would almost give him the benefit of the doubt that this was a critiue of society but from what I have read that wasn t really his intention There is a lot of war theory in ST The purpose of war is to support your government s decisions by forcecontrolled and purposeful violence p 78 That the government s motivations could be wrong or misguided is never really addressed but then he "Is Writing This After "writing this after and before Vietnam so my cynicism is perhaps too modern for this book The worldview in the book is pragmatic and brutal There is an old song which asserts the best things in life are free Not true Utterly false This was the tragic fallacy which Brough on the decadence and collapse of the democracies of the 20th century p 117 Fortunately his pessimism has not yet been born out and there are still many who adhere to the best things are free philosophy rather than the Ayn Randian determinism demonstrated here by Heinlein To be fair to the author he does mention some wartime abuses and in particular post traumatic stress syndrome in the tragic story of Dillinger and his murder of the little girl Barbara But even here the protagonist reserves almost no criticism of the military ust some sadness for the misfortune my sympathy is reserved for Barbara Anne Enthwaite whom I had never seen and for her parents who would never see her again p141 and then back to business after the 30 day mourning periodOne sad aspect of ST s dystopian future is how citizenship is restricted to relatively few like in ancient Greece or Rome Anyhow it wasn t the process of voting that made a citizen the Lieutenant had been a citizen in the truest sense of the word even though he had not lived long enough ever to cast a vote He had voted every time he made a drop p 207 Given the current attacks on democratic systems this is a kind of dangerous form of thinking IMHO If citizens are never given any choices and are limited to the elite the fundaments of democracy disappear No attempt was made to determine whether a voter was socially responsible to the. It is told through the eyes of Starship Trooper Johnny Rico from his idealistic enlistment in the infantry of the future through his rigorous training to the command of his own platoon of infantrymen His destiny is a galactic war of unlimited violence and destruction in which he and his fellow troopers scour the metal strewn emptiness of space to hunt down a terrifying enemy an insect life form which threatens the very future of mankind About The Author Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7 1907 in Butler Mo The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein Robert Heinlein had two older brothers one younger brother and thr. ,
Starship TroopersExtent of his literally unlimited authority If he voted the impossible the disastrous possible happened instead and responsibility was then forced on him willy nilly and destroyed both him and his foundation less temple p 234 Again I find this view too narrow and pessimistic Overall since I am a dove politically all the military camaraderie kind of put me the military camaraderie kind of put me I read it because it is a classic and a reference but I prefer the Red Mars or if my aliens have to be insects District 9 Find all of my reviews at Nothing of value is free Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain Since NPH is one of "the reasons Starship Troopers remains a favorite film of mine I think I "reasons Starship Troopers remains a favorite film of mine I think I let him express my sentiments on the paper version I need to realize that sometimes it s okay to not read the book Starship Troopers is such a cult classic it s ust soooooo bad that it somehow became great The book on the other hand Well it clearly inspired the film but it doesn t have the same style at all Translation the book is smart and while I was reading I was all like because I am stupidThings I found enjoyable were as follows1 The characters were from Terra Know who else is from Terra 2 am stupidThings I found enjoyable were as follows1 The characters were from Terra Know who else is from Terra 2 was plenty of world building Barely a grain of sand went without being described 3 In a roundabout way it was still a story of war with icky critters The bad It was boring We re talking a real snooze a rama The style was definitely love it or hate it and sadly I didn t love it I wanted this Instead I got something that read like a futuristic military member s memoir And it wasn t even someone awesome like Captain Kirk or Picard it was like the life and styles of one Ensign Crusher Y all know what the reaction to that would be right Starship Troopers Robert A HeinleinStarship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by US writer Robert A Heinlein Written in a few weeks in reaction to the US suspending nuclear tests the story was first published as a two part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction as Starship Soldier and published as a book by G P Putnam s Sons in December 1959 The story is set in a future society ruled by a world government dominated by a military elite The first person narrative follows Juan Johnny Rico through his military service in the Mobile Infantry Rico progresses from recruit to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between humans and an alien species known as Arachnids or Bugs Interspersed with the primary plot are classroom scenes in which Rico and others discuss philosophical and moral issues including aspects of suffrage civic virtue uvenile delinuency and war these discussions have been described as expounding Heinlein s own political views Starship Troopers has been identified with a tradition of militarism in US science fiction and draws parallels between the conflict between humans and the Ee younger sisters Moving to Kansas City Mo at a young age Heinlein graduated from Central High School in 1924 and attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College Following in his older brother's footsteps Heinlein entered the Navel Academy in 1925 After contracting pulmonary tuberculosis of which he was later cured Heinlein retired from the Navy and married Leslyn Macdonald Heinlein was said to have held Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village jobs in real estate and photography before he began working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's EPIC News in 1938 Still needing money desperately Heinlein entered a writing contest sponsored by the