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  • Published: New York : Ace Books, 2006.
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Edition: Ace trade pbk. ed.
  • Description: 279 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0441014100 (trade pbk.)
  • 9780441014101 (trade pbk.)


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Starship troopers

by Heinlein, Robert A. 1907-1988.

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Call number: Science Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 2ndFloor Display

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Originally published: New York, Putnam, 1959.

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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a classic of hard sci fi

This was handed to me by a friend who had read further in the realm of classic/hard sci fi along with Joe Haldeman's 'Forever War'. Sharing books that way is definitely a 'pay it forward' deal so now I'm forwarding to all who read this and don't know of those two being worthy and contrasting with each other in a yin/yang manner that helps to define each.

You could do a LOT worse than to invest your brain's waking time in reading this--but do yourself a further favor and read 'Forever War' as well.

As stated above though, this book is quite different from the movie in tone and in some of the specifics of Heinlein's imaginings about future warfare in space/with aliens. That his ideas have been incorporated by others to the point that they're no longer as fresh shows their solid story-telling and real science vailidity.

Almost entirely unrelated to the movie.

Starship Troopers is about a future interstellar war between humanity and an alien race called the Bugs.

There's actually not much of a plot. The storyline is just a skeletal framework on which Heinlein builds his future society. He expounds endlessly on systems of government, "moral development", and military tactics and technology. It was actually pretty interesting.

Dated language was a little distracting from time to time, but overall it was quite a good read.

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