A senior editor at Putnam's, Peter Israel, purchased the manuscript and approved revisions that made it more marketable to adults. It didn't really feel natural and it was too simplistic, which was rubbing off negatively on the overall enjoyment of the movie. The sad part is that they clearly improved in the animation department, especially when it comes to the characters movements, which looked quite stiff in it's predecessor. Notice how the dead humans resemble squased bugs! As he says, he knows where he came from; but where did all you zombies come from?. That we would feel the thrill and terror of a young military recruit as he experiences a universe larger and wilder than he ever could have imagined.
This book is for people who are interested in the nuances of military training and organization and did not feel like classic science fiction to me. Uhh, yeah, back to symbolic logic class with you, Bob. I have a bunch of unrelated thoughts, which I'll just list below in no particular order of importance. I'm aware but didn't mention it in the review above. Not all people turn into adults, some remain caught into the limbo of shifting and avoiding to take the responsibility for their own lives forever.
In contrast to the others, Heinlein firmly endorsed the anti-communist sentiment of the era in his writing. Those who hated it, because of the silly 90210 look, mediocre acting, goriness, poor science, or infidelity to Heinlein; b. That would be entirely wrong. Just the concept of 19 year-old, physically-fit, men and women casually showering and bunking together is fascinating. I am proud of all these family members. With spacesuits that make it so they can jump over buildings, and deflect bullets, and drop from spaceships to the surface of planets without getting hurt! This one teached me and my 40 years of enjoying watching films that you shouldn't be close minded to certain artforms of filmaking.
One gets the impression that Heinlein expected, and perhaps hoped to encourage debate and discussions on the ides he advances in Starship Troopers. Starship Troopers is more of the same, for Verhoeven and for his audience. If you have already seen the movie, as I stated before, forget it. Akin to the hopelessly adolescent antics of the Japanese class in the Battle Royale series, Starship Troopers strength lies within its availability to be one of the most startlingly blunt films ever. Starship Troopers is often critiqued as glorifying militarism, perhaps even fascism. The interesting thing is that you can see the seeds of trouble even in the novel, in the vocal resentment of soldiers and veterans toward the comfortable civilian non-citizens who never put their lives on the line. There's just too much lead up to a whole lotta not much.
Welcome to Shallow Creek From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Heinlein's own description has been disputed, even among the book's defenders. Undeterred, he ended up working with the Aeronautical Materials Laboratory at the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, where he worked alongside. Haldeman's skewering of Heinlein's portrayal of warfare, politics, and the military is far more eloquent and better-informed than anything I can write and, as a bonus, it's a much better story despite a weak middle section.
Rico is a young, mostly unintelligent man who pursues a girl and in doing so joins the military. Plenty of great ideas were introduced but only the comedy aspects, commercials and news segments were given any scriptural care and nurturing. In other words, in a novel about soldiers learning how to fight, there should be more fighting. It's sad, cause I remembering being a kid, sitting in a theater and first seeing the trailer for the movie back in the day, and thinking that this was gonna be the greatest movie ever made. The rulers are claimed to be the best in history, because they understand that human nature is to fight for power through the use of force.
Sometime later, I bought a copy at a used bookstore. After this you can read the book of Robert Heinlein founding how far goes Paul Verhoeven in every scene and every character creating. Supposing that it was meant as mockery of the book would also explain the campy feel of the movie. Paul Verhoeven makes movies like tuberculosis patients make fever dreams: vivid, disjointed, with all the human emotions pumped up so far that they bleed into each other like a swirl. Perhaps that is why I keep on reflecting on I when I finish reading it. By the way, I must say this. A shocking story, more realistic and cruel than many movies about real conflicts, where you can feel the havoc and the pain of any battle.
If your only experience with Starship Troopers is the movie of that name, then you don't know anything about this book excepting the names of a few characters. The book features much discussion about the nature of the soldier and the place of the military in the distant future. Just call it something else but Starship Troopers if that is all you want to do. In short, it's basically a fictionalized memoir. Unfortunately, it takes place after more than ten minutes of relatively uneventful marching around. Only briefly mentioned was the Militaristic Government in the Book, that would later be emphasized by Anti Military Anti War Activist Uwe Boll's Starship Troopers 1997 Movie, that also had the Starship Troopers at a significant disadvantage as nearly hopeless without common Powersuits that were created before the Earth encountered the Bugs Earth first encountered the tall skinny humanoids as Allies of the Bugs. Not one effort on the part of the humans that I could discern went towards understanding the bugs as other than evil i.
The defence of the Fort is a brilliantly defiant yet hopeless stand, and the settings of an alien planet appealing to both that hung-ho, Chuck Norris-esquire persona, and the childhood nightmare, Tim Burton-esquire fear that run though us all. Starship Troopers is neither of these things. Other than that, the film is garbage. Check out the high fives. Hawkish, conservative and divisive, Troopers remains popular for its political message in some circles, and for its unadulterated military hardware fixation in others. Heinlein suggests that without territorial expansion involving violent conquest of other races, humans would be destroyed.