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Starship Troopers
 

Starship Troopers

von Robert A. Heinlein (buch)

  • ISBN-10:0-441-78358-9
  • EAN:9780441783588
  • Erscheinungstermin:05.1987
  • Verlag:Ace Charter
  • Einband:Taschenbuch
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  • Sprache:Englisch
  • Seiten:352
  • Gewicht:192 g
  • Altersempfehlung:ab 18 Jahre
  • Länge:190 mm
  • Breite:110 mm
  • Höhe:25 mm

Beschreibung der Redaktion:

In one of Robert A. 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.

Pressestimmen:

"Elegantly drawn battle scenes."- Science Fiction Weekly
"A book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, and one whose popularity and luster hasn't been dimmed despite decades of imitations."- SF Reviews
"Heinlein's genius is at its height in this timeless classic that is as meaningful today as when it was written...a fast-paced novel that never gets preachy. This is a definite must-have, must-read book."- SF Site
Table of Contents
Title Page
Copyright Page
Acknowledgements
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Historical Note
Robert A. Heinlein
" Troopers finds SF's first grand master in excellent command of the language, mixing technical terms, 'modern' slang, and plain old words in the unstylish style that is his hallmark. It is a cross between eloquent and workmanlike, and it does not just get the job done, it propels the story. Heinlein brings worlds alive with his prose, whether they are boot camps or bug holes."
-Science Fiction Weekly
"The single most influential book that I have ever read. A lot of the ideas and values that Heinlein offers in Starship Troopers have had a profound effect on me and the way that I have molded my life . . . [It] is a story about social ills we are faced with today. Unlike many authors, Heinlein offers ideas and options as to possible reforms."
-SF Site
"What makes Starship Troopers such an important book is in its pioneering approach to dramatizing military themes in an SF context. Unless I miss my guess, Troopers was the first SF novel in which military life was depicted in a manner believable to readers who had actually served.
"As a fast-paced piece of action storytelling, Starship Troopers mostly races along . . . The humanity Heinlein bestowed upon characters, the gritty realism of their conflicts, in what had largely been Flash Gordon territory up to that point, was a significant step in science fiction maturation.
"Love 'em or hate 'em, the novel's 'controversial' politics [are] another feather in its cap. A novel in a genre [once] dedicated to escapist juvenilia challenges adult readers to question their assumptions and consider such ideas as duty, altruism, and patriotism under the harsh light of scrutiny . . . [ Troopers ] is doing you an intellectual favor."
-SF Reviews.net
"A serious moral tract about the obligations of citizenship and the nobility of the individual willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good . . . Troopers has to be seen as partly a celebration of victory in World War II with its unsung citizen-heroes, partly a reflection of the Cold War and its attendant anxiety, and partly a reaction to growing popular discontent which originated with the inconclusive Korean War and culminated in the anti-war movement of the 1960s."
-SF Crowsnest
"[An] incredible classic of science fiction . . . Heinlein grabs the attention of the reader from the very beginning . . . with 'I always get the shakes before a drop.' That simple line illustrates the beauty of this work; it's not just about action, though there is certainly plenty of that. Instead it's about what goes through the mind of a trooper.
"Heinlein not only combines futuristic action with psychological insight here, but also manages to throw in some social commentary as well. Whether or not the reader would agree with Heinlein's ideas, the concepts are still intriguing . . . It brilliantly blends action and intellect to provide an entertaining, thought-provoking experience for readers of all ages. It's one of my personal favorite books, and I highly recommend it to everyone. [It] gets better every time one reads it, for one is always discovering some new idea hidden within the pages. I have never even remotely tired of reading it, and I'm sure I never will."
-The 11th Hour
Books by Robert A. Heinlein
ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY
THE BEST OF ROBERT HEINLEIN
BETWEEN PLANETS
THE CAT WHO WALKS THROUGH WALLS
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
DESTINATION MOON
THE DOOR INTO SUMM
Robert A. Heinlein:
Robert A. Heinlein wurde 1907 in Missouri geboren. Er studierte Mathematik und Physik und verlegte sich schon bald auf das Schreiben von Science-Fiction-Romanen. Neben Isaac Asimov und Arthur C. Clarke gilt Heinlein als einer der drei Gründerväter des Genres im 20. Jahrhundert.
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„THE classic of military Science Fiction”

05.08.2009

Rezension von S. Fischer Top-100 Rezensent

In the future-USA, democracy as we know it has been abolished. The only people allowed to vote or hold a political office are military veterans because these are people willing to give their life for the safety of the state and its citizens. But nobody is forced to join the military, quite the opposite: There are more recruits than the army actually needs, so they make the training particularly rigorous and weed out the majority of would-be soldiers.
Juan / Johnny Rico has just turned 18 and finished school when he decides to join the military. He doesn't have a good reason but does it because his friend joins, too. Only he's not fit for anything but the mentally least demanding job left - he finds himself in the infantery and has to go through the harshest training imaginable. In this he finds his calling, as well as good friends and finally a true purpose when earth is attacked by aliens called 'bugs' because that's what they look like. And it seems like they're winning. It' up to people like Johnny to protect and save mankind by going to the bugs' planets and fighting the viscious creatures on their own turf...
The novel follows Juan / Johnny from his training days through a few battles and his training as an officer. The future military and society are fascinating, but I also get the impression that many of the details of military life are timeless. Since Heinlein himself was in the Navy for a while, I'd say he knew what he was writing about and managed to bring it to life extremely well. The book is at once highly entertaining and has a surprising depth with its social criticism and topics like civic duty, responsibility and honour. A lot of people dislike the book a lot and called Heinlein a fascist and militarist for even daring to imagine a society in which the military has the power and showing soldiers one can respect and like. I myself was fascinated and entertained at the same time, and it gave me a lot to think about. The only thing I would have wished for would have been more encounters with the bugs. Otherwise the novel is a perfect example of a well-written military Science Fiction-novel. If you dislike the military or soldiers on principle, you'll almost certainly dislike this book. If you're open-minded you can't do better than this in the genre.

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