Starship Troopers

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Ace Books, 1987 - Fiction - 263 pages
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"Starship Troopers" is a classic novel by one of science fiction's greatest writers of all time and is now a Tri-Star movie. In one of Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe -- and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.

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I considered 5 stars here as I thoroughly enjoyed this book (and the film adaptation is not a patch on this source material), but the overly militaristic approach and sometimes slow action details brings it down one notch from Heinlein's best works. If you enjoyed the film then you will love this book, and if you are a Heinlein fan then this is also likely to appeal. If you are looking for the humanity in alternate worlds and situations that characterise some of Heinlein's books then this covers this in regard to this part that I begrudgingly drop it to 4 stars. Still a great read for any classic sci-fi fan. 

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About the author (1987)

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907, and was raised there. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, but was forced by illness to retire from the Navy in 1934. He settled in California and over the next five years held a variety of jobs while doing post-graduate work in mathematics and physics at the University of California. In 1939 he sold his first science fiction story to Astounding magazine and soon devoted himself to the genre.

He was a four-time winner of the Hugo Award for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Starship Troopers (1959), Double Star (1956), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966). His Future History series, incorporating both short stories and novels, was first mapped out in 1941. The series charts the social, political, and technological changes shaping human society from the present through several centuries into the future.

Robert A. Heinlein's books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback. he continued to work into his eighties, and his work never ceased to amaze, to entertain, and to generate controversy. By the time hed died, in 1988, it was evident that he was one of the formative talents of science fiction: a writer whose unique vision, unflagging energy, and persistence, over the course of five decades, made a great impact on the American mind.

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