Starship Troopers

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Banned Book Month is over! Novel Ideas returns with the granddaddy of military science fiction, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. Or possibly Bobby H. In this week’s episode we discuss the politics of authors as represented by their books, the lack of characterization in this book, the strange lack of war in a book about war, and how despite a paucity of women, this book still acknowledges women better than most classic sci fi. We also talk about the fun, if not so good, movie, colorful windbags, people and their similarity to potatoes, puppies, and other “P” words, and how we would react to giant spiders holding guns.

The music bump this week is “The Ballad of Rodger Young” by Frank Loesser, the sweetest sound in the galaxy.

Starship Troopers – The Fault In Our Starship Troopers


This is definitely a Ben book rather than a Gabs book. Be warned, there are two chapters of actual war in this book about war, most of the rest is conversation.

Gabs: 7/10 for someone looking for science fiction, 4/10 for someone who doesn’t usually read that genre.

Ben: 9/10 for someone like me, which is to say someone with a prior interest in military minutiae and science fiction. Then again, this is one of my favorite books. Maybe closer to 7/10 for a generic sci fi fan.

One thought on “Starship Troopers

    ajm5k6 said:
    February 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I know, I know, I’m SUPER LATE. But I am really enjoying your podcast about Starship Troopers for several reasons. 1) I read the book. 2) Understand how influential or not this book is on the modern military. 3)I am in the military. It is on several reading lists for the military and hints at or even outright predicts things like Job specialization, special forces and gender neutrality. It also makes the prediction that a “Department of Defense never won a war.” Eerie if not accurate.

    Either way I am already a HUGE fan and will be hyping this on my twitter feed.


    ~ Adam M.

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