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18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Technofiction review of Starship Troopers

"Starship Troopers" by Robert Heinlein was the first science fiction story I ever read, way back in 7th grade or so (1960). That book was the first inspiring book I read by myself, and started me on a years-long devotion to reading science fiction. It was really inspiri...
"Starship Troopers" by Robert Heinlein was the first science fiction story I ever read, way back in 7th grade or so (1960). That book was the first inspiring book I read by myself, and started me on a years-long devotion to reading science fiction. It was really inspiring. In 1990, I reread "Starship Troopers", and as I read it, I was surprised: it didn't feel like I was reading the same story. My impression the second time was of a "Sands of Iwo Jima in Space" instead of something entirely new and different. (and I was kind of shocked at how much living thirty years had changed my perspective!) Either way, the heart of the story was power armor, how to use it, and how its presence affected people's thinking. In this story Heinlein proposed that to become a citizen -- someone who voted on how to run the government -- a person needed to first demonstrate some responsibility to the community. .Sounded good to me, but for taking that stance many critics labeled this book as supporting fascism. In 1997 I saw the Starship Troopers movie, and saw that the director had missed the point of the story entirely by taking out the power armor. Without power armor, the soldiers were transformed into World War One "over the top" infantry who would be discouraged from asking "Why?" before they marched off into a do-or-die situation, and because of that, they lost any reason to be "responsible for the community" in the sense that Heinlein was emphasizing in his book version of the story. Unlike the book, the movie really was about a Fascist/Spartan "Come back with your shield or on it." mentality. These changes in what I read, and misinterpretations in what I saw depicted in the movie, inspired me to write my own version of the power armor story, and you can find it in my short story "The Ticket Out" in "Tips for Tailoring Spacetime Fabric Vol. 1" (Vol. 1 is about stories in space, and Vol. 2 is about stories on Earth). So in the end, I still found the book inspiring, but the movie a whole lot less so. Yeah, this is one of those "read the book, you'll like it a lot better"-cases.

posted by Cyreenik on September 26, 2010

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4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

High expectations...

So i may have screwed myself way before I started reading this book... I have always been a huge fan of the first starship troopers film and knew that it was somewhat based on the book. Needless to say it is in everyway different and when I read quotes I found it diffic...
So i may have screwed myself way before I started reading this book... I have always been a huge fan of the first starship troopers film and knew that it was somewhat based on the book. Needless to say it is in everyway different and when I read quotes I found it difficult picturing the characters I am used to saying them. I also read the whole "Old Mans War" series which is extremely immersive universe with lots of high flying action and some great stories! I was expecting a combination of the two... I found this novel extremely hard to get through even with its sub 250 page count. I lost my interest multiple times and was bored mostly. Dont get me wrong, I love great stories but my god... 30 pages of great battle scenes.. 100 pages of boot camp or training... then same thing over and over again until the end... maybe 60 pages of action and the rest is Ricos experiance of learning how to grow up in life and in the M.I.

posted by 10178385 on January 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Gee, great preview

    The free sample gives you right up through the table of contents...never even gets to page 1 of the book. Lame.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    What a boring book

    Except for the first and last chapter, it is all about boot camp as a space marine. I was very disappointed in the book. I couldn't wait for it to end. There were some great discussion points made by the class room instructor that are worthy of lengthy discussion but overall I read this as quick as possible after getting half way through and realized there is almost no combat action at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    A Naive Story

    When I started reading science fiction years ago I was directed to such books as the Foundation series and Tolkien's books which I enjoyed. RH was another writer I was directed to but the book was A Stranger In a Strange Land. One friend (who was encoraging me to read the book!) called it a modern fascist classic. As someone whose parents both were in the service in WW II against fascism and militarism that pretty much killed my interest. I noted that when the movie came out many reviewers criticized the movie for its fascist overtones noting, for example, that the uniforms looked like they were modeled on the uniforms of the German army in WWII. When I learned that the movie was based on a RH book I had to take a look. This was after seeing the movie on TV. The book is very militaristic, even more so than the movie. The book also makes it more clear than the movie does that the bugs are viewed as the ultimate communist society. The book therefore sets up the confrontation between the ultimate fascist society and the ultimate communist society. This has some intriguing possibilities but the long winded expositions of political philosophy (other reviewers are correct in that there is little action in the book) are extremely naive. The book ignores the fact there has not been in modern times a fascist or militaristic society which respected civil rights and personal freedom. The two are incompatible with such a system. Yet the book clearly favors the militaristic society over the communist instead of condemning both. I was shocked to learn this book was written for the young adult market. I would give it less than one star if the option was available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Worst book ever read.

    If I could give it less then one star I would. Very, Very boring.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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