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...shines the name of RODGER YOUNG!
« on: July 11, 2007, 04:46:47 pm » is my review of the book Starship Troopers.

Apparently this was the first military science fiction book. It has little actual combat...and seems to be more of a vehicle for the Author's views on citizenship.

While I disagree with the central theme of "Only veterans should be allowed to vote", I do find a lot of very "ahead of their time" ideas. For one, the book involves ESP as an accepted thing during the main character's life time, and does not mystify it. Also, the idea of powered suits soldiers wear to make them more powerful was first introduced in this book. Keep in mind that the book was published in 1957, during the most conservative, conformity centric eras of American history.

The book does not seem like it is as old as it is except for one spot in the book.

I give it a 4.5 simply due to the fact it was the first book of it's kind and it introduced so many ideas now commonplace in science fiction