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All I Ever Really Needed To Know About Citizenship, I Learned From Starship Troopers
The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/09/10 | Michael Naragon

Posted on 04/09/2010 6:49:45 PM PDT by Publius772000

Ask most people about Starship Troopers, and, if they recognize the name at all, they’ll link it to the over-hyped 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven. This is unfortunate, as the film did no justice to the Heinlein text. My first acquaintance with the book came in 2003 when I found a 1959 copy in a flea market in Indian Springs, GA for the tidy sum of $5.

I’d never read the book before buying that copy, but I consumed it in a day. The writing was aimed at a young adult audience, but its themes resonate today, regardless of age.

The book, like the film, focuses on the exploits of Juan “Johnnie” Rico, a young high school graduate who decides to gain his citizenship through Federal Service. Heinlein’s post-20th century world is governed by a military republic where citizenship is attained through some form of service, primarily in the armed forces. Rico finds himself funneled into the Mobile Infantry, where he is trained to be a cap (capsule) trooper. During his training, the Earth enters a war against the “bugs” and the “skinnies,” two alien races. The book chronicles Rico’s journey from his entrance into Federal Service through his rigorous training and his time in officer’s school. Unlike the film, much of the book is set in Rico’s various classes throughout his training, most notably his courses on History and Moral Philosophy, which discussed the reasons behind conflict in general and the organization of the government in Rico’s time.

Heinlein’s book, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960, was both praised and criticized by the science fiction community. Some argued that Heinlein, who was a 1929 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was recruiting for the military...

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KEYWORDS: citizenship; heinlein; starship; troopers
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To: MaxMax

It’s a great book, I must have worn out 4 copies over the decades. Give it a shot.


81 posted on 04/12/2010 1:46:10 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: IYAS9YAS

If you liked Troopers, try Space Cadet and Farmer in the Sky.


82 posted on 04/12/2010 1:47:58 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Krankor

I like the book for what it is, as explained in the article.

I like the movie for what it is as well. A campy funny action flick w/ very little to do with the book beyond the basic story framework. I thought it was hilarious.

Anyone who went to that movie expecting a proper rendition of the book would likewise complain that a 5”x7” photo doesn’t properly display the panorama of the sky (N S S award).

You may as well say you don’t like rocks because they are not soft.


83 posted on 04/12/2010 2:07:34 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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