- Published: New York : Ace Books, 2006.
- Year Published: 2006
- Edition: Ace trade pbk. ed.
- Description: 279 p. ; 23 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- 0441014100 (trade pbk.)
- 9780441014101 (trade pbk.)
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Call number: Science Fiction
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.
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.
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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