'The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one 'The Third Space War' (or the fourth), or whether 'The First Interstellar War' fits it better. We just call it 'The Bug War'. Everything up to then and still later were 'incidents', 'patrols' or 'police actions'. However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an 'incident' as ...
'The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one 'The Third Space War' (or the fourth), or whether 'The First Interstellar War' fits it better. We just call it 'The Bug War'. Everything up to then and still later were 'incidents', 'patrols' or 'police actions'. However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an 'incident' as you are if you buy it in a declared war.' 5,000 years in the future, humanity faces total extermination. Our one defence: highly-trained soldiers who scour the metal-strewn blackness of space to hunt down a terrifying enemy: an insect life-form known only as 'Bugs.' This is the story of trooper Johnny Rico, from his idealistic enlistment in the infantry of the future through his rigorous training to the command of his own platoon. And his destiny is a war that will span the galaxy.
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One of the greatest of all Military Science Fiction novels ever written. This novel bridges the gap between the Space Opera of the "Lensman" series to "The Forever War" and its many successors. Brings the soldier of the future into everyday problems of a realistic nature. A must read for any reader of Science Fiction.
Nov 3, 2010
Worth A Go
There are many things different from the movie, but I was able to enjoy both of them. This book was most enjoyable and explains a lot more than the movie. The extra explanation of boot camp and war on the bugs. The book is thankfully not too technical and allows you to easily follow along and enjoy.
Aug 24, 2008
A Thinking Persons Novel
Starship Troopers is, thank goodness, NOTHING like the movie. The best description I can give of this masterpiece is that of an essay on topics ranging from politics, human behavior, national defense, technology, child rearing and more, all set on the backdrop of a battle between two forces, the humans and the bugs. Knowing the era this was written in, the bugs just ooze communism, and as such represent the ultimate in that political mileu. The interesting thing about Heinlein's take on these alien cockroaches is the way he, at times, seems to place admiration on the way they do some things. Johnny, a two dimensional character in the movie, grows from spoiled rich kid to man capable of leading men into battle. His growth is inspiring and yet not overly dramatic. He is still that same character one meets at the begining, only evolved through trial and experience. Highly recomended.
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