Book of the Week: Starship Troopers.

Speaking of Bob Heinlein: Starship Troopers is, of course, one of the best damn science fiction novels ever written.  It’s been almost comically misunderstood, of course: in fact, you can detect how dubious somebody in the speculative fiction field actually is, just by seeing just how badly he or she misses the point of Starship Troopers. There’s a certain type of mind that simply cannot accept the plain text of the book…

But I digress.  So let us bid adieu to The Curse of Chalion. And hope for another sequel to that one.

9 thoughts on “Book of the Week: Starship Troopers.”

    1. There has not yet been a movie. I know there were rumors about one in the late 90s but that’s about it.

      1. There was a lovely Rifftrax of the non-existent first film.

        And the third film was actually much better than it had any right to be. You can quibble about it being connected to the Heinlein story, but it wasn’t a bad sci-fi film if considered on its own.

  1. It’s always amazing to me how many people have strong feelings about this book without ever having actually read it.
    Militaristic and fascist are not synonyms.

    1. were they to read it they might start to think instead of feel, and that should never happen.

    2. And I notice that the people who complain about the book never realize that everyone had the same rights except voting. You want to vote, you serve. And most of the service was non-military.
      But to realize this requires actually reading the book which you address in your first paragraph.

  2. And, IIRC, the transport was named after a private.

    (been about 35 years since I read that book(

  3. I love the book, and re-read it at least once a year. The movie is one I liked at the time for what it was. I do remember reading around the time of the movie that Verhoeven only read a few chapters of the book before he threw it down because it was “depressing”. So the movie is not in any way something that should be associated with the book. And yes, the Rodger Young was named after a soldier killed during WWII.

  4. Love this book. Going down stairs to get it. A perfect read on this rainy about to get icy night.
    My son and I were disappointed in the movie. The director didn’t seem to realize he should have played it for real.

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