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- Free ebooks Download: Starship Troopers book Free PDF Paradise ebooks Do. PDF Books File Starship Troopers (PDF, ePub, Docs) by Robert A. Heinlein Online for Free. Starship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first published (in "The Nature of Federal Service in Starship Troopers" (PDF).

VIII , serious discussions of corporal punishment, and two floggings, only one of which is used by Verhoeven. V, carrying over into VI. Heinlein's description of the floggings are fairly sparse, especially when Rico relates his own, and stress how painful they are to watch ; ch. VII carrying over into ch. My experience was hardly unique, but TheAtlantic. Now, some are finally getting the joke. In satire, especially satire aimed at a wide audience, subtlety is not often a virtue nuance, yes; subtlety not such much , and satires are rarely guilty of subtlety.

The point being made, Denise Richard's Lt. Carmen Ibanez can appear Latina, however much Denise Richards usually does not. Verhoeven's satire in STARSHIP TROOPERS is primarily of the gung-ho war movie, tempting the audience to identify with blood-thirsty characters fighting a war that Terrans may have precipitated, and one that involves torturing prisoners2 and propagandizing small children into joining up to become Bug fodder in a war that is being fought very, very stupidly.

The nuance comes in with Verhoeven's meeting Heinlein on a more complex issue. I admire Heinlein's Troopers first off because it takes on at least two major opponents: Thomas Jefferson and the Prophet Isaiah. The US Declaration of Independence says punctuation modernized : "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable [sic] rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" approved and signed 4 July Heinlein's spokesman, Mr.

Dubois tells Rico's H. Isaiah sees an End of Days when humans will "beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore" 2. Heinlein has another of his spokesmen assert that if humans don't keep expanding into the galaxy in conquest "Soon about next Wednesday the Bugs move in, kill off this breed which 'ain'ta gonna study war no more' and the universe forgets us" ; ch.

However gutsy I find Heinlein's attempt to make sacred cows into hamburger, it is more admirable that Heinlein raises the more extreme question following from such efforts that, if Erlich, Troopers 8 you could have a fascistic society without the stupidity of racism and sexism would that be a good thing, a eutopia as The Good Place, The Good Society, or at least significantly better than what we've got?

Verhoeven takes on this deeper issue passim in his film, with the question concentrated in the scene showing the flogging of Rico.

When Hendrick is flogged, we're told that "A corporal-instructor from some other battalion stepped forward with the whip" and "The Sergeant of the Guard made the count" 63; end of ch.

Information is more sparse with Rico, although we're told that Sgt. Zim gives him a rubber mouthpiece and that a "doctor painted the marks" from the whip, presumably with an antiseptic or antibiotic 86; end of ch. Verhoeven cuts away after before the doctor, but the flogging ritual is shown in some detail, including a mouthpiece of retro wood and leather binding. What is significant is that we see the corporal-instructor with an implausibly long whip, and the man with the whip is emphatically Black.

If second-rate satire takes some straight-forward position and drives it home — "moral clarity" and all — first-rate satire raises issues in its own satiric manner, but in the tradition of serious literature first-rate satire does not preach "MORALS" but raises questions. So: If there is full equality under the law, and it is just as likely that a White is whipped by a Black as the other way around, should we see this as a step toward or a central part of eutopia, the Good Society?

It's an important question. One argument for racial integration of education in the United State was that Whites wouldn't stand for bad schools, and education would improve for Black children in integrated schools. Underrated was not only White flight — the primary reason integration did not result in strong increases in quality education — but also the willingness of the White establishment to let schools they couldn't control go to hell.

As the saying went and continues to go, there Erlich, Troopers 9 are White racists who'd drain the municipal swimming pools before sharing them with Blacks. And there are White parents who will put up with shitty schools.

Getting closer to Starship Troopers as novel and film,3 there is the question of police procedure, which in my lifetime has gone for middle-class and above White folks from cops' asking, "Will you come peacefully, or do I need to cuff you" — at least in the movies — with more humiliating methods for Blacks and the underclass, to protocols for kneeling and lying on the ground and cuffs and manacles for all manner of people.

For largely not very good reasons, we have in the US moved toward more equal treatment where people of color are arrested and not shot, but protocol-specified disrespectful treatment. I've asserted in various contexts that most Americans would be safer, and probably happy in a police state. Would a Heinleinian eutopia, of the Troopers variety, be A Good Thing if it involved flogging offenders — and if you can be sure flogging would be equal opportunity: for a hypothetically dangerous error by Rico in Heinlein's novel, to a mistake that got a teammate killed in Verhoeven's movie?

The questions are not rhetorical, but neither do I intend to answer them. The point is that they're raised in a critical, resistant reading of Heinlein's Troopers, and raised in Verhoeven's film.

Rico himself is flogged for making a brief visual area check during a simulated no-visibility, instruments-only drill; despite this punishment and his own earlier doubts about his fitness to serve, Rico eventually graduates and is assigned to a unit in the Fleet.

At some point during Rico's training, the "Bug War" has changed from border incidents to a full-scale war, and Rico finds himself taking part in combat operations. The war "officially" starts with an Arachnid attack that annihilates the city of Buenos Aires which kills Juan's mother who was visiting there , although prior to the attack there had been many 'incidents' and 'police actions'.

Following Klendathu, the Terran Federation is reduced to making hit-and-run raids similar to the one described at the beginning of the novel. Rico is posted to Rasczak's Roughnecks. This part of the book focuses on the daily routine of military life, as well as the relationship between officers and non-commissioned officers, personified in this case by Rasczak and Sergeant Jelal.

Eventually, Rico decides to become a career soldier, and one of his fellow troopers claims he is officer material and should consider volunteering for Officer Candidate School. He applies and is accepted. It turns out to be just like boot camp, only "squared and cubed with books added". Rico manages to make it through OCS and is commissioned a temporary third lieutenant for his final test, a posting to a combat unit.

Under the tutelage of his company commander, Captain Blackstone, and the aid of his platoon sergeant, Zim who has been reassigned from Camp Arthur Currie , Rico commands a platoon during Operation Royalty, a raid to capture members of the Bugs' 'brain caste' and 'queens'.

Although Rico is personally convinced that he badly mismanaged his men, Blackstone decides otherwise and Rico graduates as a second lieutenant.

The final chapter serves as a coda, depicting Rico aboard the Rodger Young as the commander of Rico's Roughnecks previously Rasczak's Roughnecks , preparing to drop on Klendathu as part of a major invasion, with Sergeant Rico his father as senior NCO.

Starship Troopers seems to have been meant as a political essay as well as a novel. Large portions of the book take place in classrooms, with Rico and other characters engaged in debates with their History and Moral Philosophy teacher, who is often thought [20] to be speaking in Heinlein's voice. Heinlein's Terran Federation is a limited democracy, with aspects of a meritocracy in regard to full citizenship, based on voluntarily assuming a responsibility for the common good.

Suffrage can only be earned by those willing to serve their society by at least two years of volunteer Federal Service — "the franchise is today limited to discharged veterans", ch.

XII , instead of, as Heinlein would later note, anyone " There is an explicit contrast to the "democracies of the 20th century", which according to the novel, collapsed because "people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted Declaration of Independence line concerning " life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ".

No one can stop anyone from pursuing happiness, but the Colonel claims life and liberty exist only if they are deliberately sought and, often, bought painfully by great effort and sacrifice. The Korean War ended only five years before Heinlein began writing Starship Troopers , and the book makes several direct references to it, such as the claim that "no ' Department of Defense ' ever won a war.

Rico debates whether it was worth it to risk two nations' futures over a single fellow soldier who might not even deserve to live by some standard, but concludes it "doesn't matter whether it's a thousand — or just one, sir. You fight. Several references are made to other wars: The airport was the location of the U.

Another World War I reference was the phrase "Come on, you apes! You wanna live forever? This phrase, however, has been attributed to various people throughout military history, including perhaps the earliest documented citation by Frederick II of Prussia when he was meant to have said " Kerls, wollt ihr ewig leben? Another war reference, this one from the War of , involves some implications of the court-martial of Third Lieutenant William Sitgreaves Cox , which are discussed in some detail.

Juan Rico begins the novel with no thought of his personal responsibility or of any particular group's responsibility to self or others. This theme is repeatedly obliquely addressed immediately in the novel's opening. That's not good; it means a man can run into something sticky, call for help and have nobody to help him. I mean, how can a chaplain bless anything he's not willing to do himself?

In any case, in the Mobile Infantry, everybody drops and everybody fights -- chaplain and cook and the Old Man's writer. Heinlein uses this as exposition to explain the societal and political setting - after a war, a group of veterans in control of the government decided that only those who had volunteered to serve could really be trusted to appreciate the responsibility of governing, and they limited the franchise to service veterans. The novel explicitly discloses that service need not be military service, but military service is suggested to be the primary kind of service in question, and is the service we see throughout the book.

In this view, everything from the right to vote to the punishments for various crimes are depicted as part of a larger effort to recognize society's needs and improve society, as distinct from self-interest.

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It is important to note that the service Heinlein envisioned was an all-volunteer service, long before the US military had changed to an all-volunteer model. Other than the rights to vote and hold public office, there is no other restriction between service veterans and civilians - everyone can live where they like, work how they choose, follow the same laws, etc.

In the course of both the "current" plot and flashbacks Rico learns to take responsibility for ever-increasing groups: Further, Rico is seen to develop from relatively powerless as an unimposing Filipino teenager to a very dangerous fighter.

We're trying to teach you to be dangerous -- to the enemy. Dangerous even without a knife. Deadly as long as you still have one hand or one foot and are still alive. In addition to Heinlein's political views, Starship Troopers popularized a number of concepts and innovations in military engineering which have since become broadly present in other science fiction and some of which have been paralleled in real-life research.

The novel's most noted innovation is the powered armor exoskeletons used by the Mobile Infantry. Their powered armor made the Mobile Infantry a hybrid between an infantry unit and an armored one. Another concept the book pioneered was that of "space-borne infantry".

The heavily mechanized units of M. The uses for such a force—ranging from smash-and-burn raids, to surgical strikes , conventional infantry warfare, and holding beachheads—and the tactics that might be employed by such soldiers are described extensively within the novel.

The tactics, training, and many other aspects of this futuristic elite force are carefully detailed: When Heinlein wrote Starship Troopers the United States military was a largely conscripted force, with conscripts serving two-year hitches. Today the U. In addition, references to the book keep appearing in military culture. In a marine general described the future of Marine Corps clothing and equipment as needing to emulate the Mobile Infantry. Alexei Panshin stated that the novel was "[an] account of the making of a [Marine] The primary negative assessment of Starship Troopers is that it is nothing more than a vehicle for Heinlein's political views.

He had so much technical stylistic mastery of the craft of writing science fiction that he could do something like this [per Walton, he tells the story "backwards and in high heels"] and get away with it. However, Heinlein complained that, despite this success, almost all the mail he received about it was negative and he only heard about it "when someone wants to chew me out.

A common complaint about Starship Troopers is that it glorifies war along with the military.

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There was a two-year debate in the Proceedings of the Institute for Twenty-First Century Studies PITFCS that was sparked by a comparison between a quote in Starship Troopers that "the noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and war's desolation" [38] paraphrase of the fourth stanza of " The Star-Spangled Banner " and the anti-war poem " Dulce et Decorum Est " by Wilfred Owen.

Defending Heinlein, George Price argued that "[Heinlein] implies, first, that war is something 'endured,' not enjoyed, and second, that war is so unpleasant, so desolate, that it must at all costs be kept away from one's home.

Specifically the P. Some critics assert that the Terran Federation is a fascist society, and that Starship Troopers is therefore an endorsement of fascism. These allegations have become so popular that Sircar's Corollary of Godwin's Law states that once Heinlein is brought up during online debates, "Nazis or Hitler are mentioned within three days. Federal Service is not necessarily military, although it is suggested that hardship and strict discipline are pervasive.

Many argue that Heinlein was simply discussing the merits of a "selective versus nonselective franchise. However, this issue is still controversial, even among the book's defenders.

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James Gifford [11] and David Dyer-Bennet [48] point to several quotes as indications that the characters assume Federal Service is military; for instance, when Rico tells his father he is interested in Federal Service, his father immediately explains his belief that Federal Service is a bad idea because there is no war in progress, indicating that he sees Federal Service as military in nature, or not necessary to a businessman during peacetime.

Some Federal Service recruiters wear military ribbons, and a term of service "is either real military service Flatly so.

More recently, the book has been analyzed as a hypothetical utopia , in the sense that while Heinlein's ideas sound plausible, they have never been put to the test.

This criticism has been leveled by writers such as Robert A. The latter wrote an essay entitled "Starship Stormtroopers" in which he attacked Heinlein and other writers over similar "Utopian fiction.

The supposedly racist aspects of Starship Troopers involve the Terrans' relations with the Bugs and the Skinnies. Richard Geib has suggested that Heinlein portrayed the individual Arachnids as lacking "minds or souls Robert A.

Lowndes argues that the war between the Terrans and the Arachnids is not about a quest for racial purity, but rather an extension of Heinlein's belief that man is a wild animal. According to this theory, if man lacks a moral compass beyond the will to survive, and he was confronted by another species with a similar lack of morality, then the only possible moral result would be warfare.

In , Avalon Hill published Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers , a map-and-counter board wargame featuring a number of scenarios as written in the novel. In , Mongoose Publishing published Starship Troopers: The Miniatures Game , a miniature wargame which used material from the novel, film, and animated TV series. In , Mythic Entertainment [55] released Starship Troopers: Battlespace which was available to America Online subscribers.

Five chapters are spent exploring Rico's experience there, including his adjustment to a very different situation, entering the service under the training of the leading instructor, career Ship's Sergeant Charles Zim. Camp Currie is rigorous by design; less than ten percent of the recruits finish basic training.

Rico says they didn't make the training regimen harder than necessary, they made it as hard as possible and on purpose. The rest either resign, are expelled, or die in training. One of the chapters deals with Ted Hendrick, a fellow recruit and constant complainer who is flogged and expelled for striking a superior officer during a simulated combat exercise; he caught Sgt.

Zim by surprise after being struck by the sergeant for failure to remain motionless during a 'freeze' exercise. Notably, Zim does not offer this information to his superior, but Hendrick unwittingly does. Another recruit, a deserter who murdered a baby girl while AWOL , is hanged by his battalion after his arrest by civilian police and return to Camp Currie. Rico himself is flogged for making a brief visual area check during a simulated no-visibility, instruments-only drill; despite this punishment and his own earlier doubts about his fitness to serve, Rico eventually graduates and is assigned to a unit in the Fleet.

At some point during Rico's training, the "Bug War" has changed from border incidents to a full-scale war, and Rico finds himself taking part in combat operations. The war "officially" starts with an Arachnid attack that annihilates the city of Buenos Aires which kills Juan's mother who was visiting there , although prior to the attack there had been many 'incidents' and 'police actions'. Following Klendathu, the Terran Federation is reduced to making hit-and-run raids similar to the one described at the beginning of the novel.

Rico is posted to Rasczak's Roughnecks.

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This part of the book focuses on the daily routine of military life, as well as the relationship between officers and non-commissioned officers, personified in this case by Rasczak and Sergeant Jelal. Eventually, Rico decides to become a career soldier, and one of his fellow troopers claims he is officer material and should consider volunteering for Officer Candidate School.

He applies and is accepted. It turns out to be just like boot camp, only "squared and cubed with books added". Rico manages to make it through OCS and is commissioned a temporary third lieutenant for his final test, a posting to a combat unit.

Under the tutelage of his company commander, Captain Blackstone, and the aid of his platoon sergeant, Zim who has been reassigned from Camp Arthur Currie , Rico commands a platoon during Operation Royalty, a raid to capture members of the Bugs' 'brain caste' and 'queens'. Although Rico is personally convinced that he badly mismanaged his men, Blackstone decides otherwise and Rico graduates as a second lieutenant.

The final chapter serves as a coda, depicting Rico aboard the Rodger Young as the commander of Rico's Roughnecks previously Rasczak's Roughnecks , preparing to drop on Klendathu as part of a major invasion, with Sergeant Rico his father as senior NCO.

Major themes Politics Starship Troopers seems to have been meant as a political essay as well as a novel.

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Large portions of the book take place in classrooms, with Rico and other characters engaged in debates with their History and Moral Philosophy teacher, who is often thought[20] to be speaking in Heinlein's voice. Heinlein's Terran Federation is a limited democracy, with aspects of a meritocracy in regard to full citizenship, based on voluntarily assuming a responsibility for the common good. Suffrage can only be earned by those willing to serve their society by at least two years of volunteer Federal Service — "the franchise is today limited to discharged veterans", ch.

XII , instead of, as Heinlein would later note, anyone " There is an explicit contrast to the "democracies of the 20th century", which according to the novel, collapsed because "people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted Declaration of Independence line concerning " life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ".

No one can stop anyone from pursuing happiness, but the Colonel claims life and liberty exist only if they are deliberately sought and, often, bought painfully by great effort and sacrifice.

Military history, traditions, and military science The Korean War ended only five years before Heinlein began writing Starship Troopers, and the book makes several direct references to it, such as the claim that "no ' Department of Defense ' ever won a war. Rico debates whether it was worth it to risk two nations' futures over a single fellow soldier who might not even deserve to live by some standard, but concludes it "doesn't matter whether it's a thousand — or just one, sir.

You fight. The airport was the location of the U. Another World War I reference was the phrase "Come on, you apes! You wanna live forever? This phrase, however, has been attributed to various people throughout military history, including perhaps the earliest documented citation by Frederick II of Prussia when he was meant to have said " Kerls, wollt ihr ewig leben?

Another war reference, this one from the War of , involves some implications of the court-martial of Third Lieutenant William Sitgreaves Cox , which are discussed in some detail.

Responsibility Juan Rico begins the novel with no thought of his personal responsibility or of any particular group's responsibility to self or others. This theme is repeatedly obliquely addressed immediately in the novel's opening. That's not good; it means a man can run into something sticky, call for help and have nobody to help him.

I mean, how can a chaplain bless anything he's not willing to do himself? In any case, in the Mobile Infantry, everybody drops and everybody fights -- chaplain and cook and the Old Man's writer.

Heinlein uses this as exposition to explain the societal and political setting - after a war, a group of veterans in control of the government decided that only those who had volunteered to serve could really be trusted to appreciate the responsibility of governing, and they limited the franchise to service veterans.James Gifford [11] and David Dyer-Bennet [48] point to several quotes as indications that the characters assume Federal Service is military; for instance, when Rico tells his father he is interested in Federal Service, his father immediately explains his belief that Federal Service is a bad idea because there is no war in progress, indicating that he sees Federal Service as military in nature, or not necessary to a businessman during peacetime.

Although Rico is personally convinced that he badly mismanaged his men, Blackstone decides otherwise and Rico graduates as a second lieutenant. Suffrage can only be earned by those willing to serve their society by at least two years of volunteer Federal Service — "the franchise is today limited to discharged veterans", ch. Note the following famous passage from the Book of Isaiah, ch. It's got to be Lucas. It covers every step from recruitment through the first mission.

More recently, the book has been analyzed as a hypothetical utopia , in the sense that while Heinlein's ideas sound plausible, they have never been put to the test.

My experience was hardly unique, but TheAtlantic.