Starship Troopers Is Perfect — and Therein Lies the Problem

Starship Troopers Is Perfect — and Therein Lies the ProblemStarship Troopers is one of Robert Heinlein's most famous books, and one of the most famously controversial in SF. And the 1960 Hugo winner has its problems — but that's probably why it's a classic.

Man, I accomplished straight-up nothing over the last fortnight or so. In fact, those of you who are especially alert, as well as those of you who have built tiny shrines in your basement to honor me*, may have noticed that this particular piece of writing was supposed to run last weekend. Well, I was on Christmas break. I have always found it very difficult to get anything done during the holidays, and now that I am fully self-employed, this is more true than ever: I take a couple days off, it spirals into a few more days, and pretty soon I am back to staying up till 3 a.m. watching whatever is on AMC and sleeping in until noon. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSE ORDER ON MY LIFE FROM WITHIN, AND I OFTEN WISH I WERE BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL AND ON A RIGOROUS, PREDETERMINED SCHEDULE. I believe I am not alone in this.

Which is why, I think, Starship Troopers is such an appealing book.

(Let me briefly interject that if you haven't read it, you ought to. I can now say with some authority that it's the first Hugo winner that can be called an honest-to-goodness classic, and deservedly so. As I mentioned back in November, Heinlein has one of the most engaging voices in SF lit, and this is him at his most engaging.Starship Troopers Is Perfect — and Therein Lies the Problem e and fast-paced — surprisingly so, given how much of it is comprised of conversations, rather than action — and if you're a fast reader, you can finish it in a day. Anyway, it's part of the canon, and it should be.)

For those of you who have not read Starship Troopers at least four or five times, as I have, it is the first-person account of a high school graduate named Johnnie Rico who defies his parents to volunteer for service in the Terran Federation government. The story is set in the 22nd century, and starts on a post-WWIII Earth, where only those people who've done a two-year stint working for the Federation are citizens with the right the vote or run for office. (The majority of the population are not citizens — many actually look at achieving citizenship as a sort of putting on airs — but enjoy all the same rights and protections other than participation in government.) Serving with the Federation doesn't necessarily mean joining the military per se — you can work as a scientist or in some other, more peaceful capacity — but Johnnie ends up a grunt in the Mobile Infantry, first going through boot camp and later, when interstellar war breaks out with the arachnoid aliens called the Bugs halfway through the story, putting on the M.I.'s super-powered armor to fight the enemy.


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In the past few years I've let go of In Style and Real Simple (too repititive) I once had Ladies Home Journal bc it was free, but it was really too awful. I can't believe how trashy Cosmo seems now, but I probably have changed more than it.
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  • Avatar Patricia Is Starship Troopers a good book to read regarding military ranks?
    Sep 22, 2011 by Patricia | Posted in Military

    Somebody told me that when deciding to apply for enlisted or officer that is a good book to read to see which kind of job I would more enjoy. I thought they were joking because I know its a scifi story about aliens and r …is way up to NCO and eventually becomes an Officer. So basically my question is: is this a good book about the military? and even if its not a great representation of the military is it a good book worth reading for fun?

    • It wasn't clear to me in the book or movie (both are very different from each other) whether there was a requirement for a college degree to be an Officer, like in today's military.

      It's been a while since I read the book. Thought it was OK. The movie was entertaining, too