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An excerpt from "Starship Troopers" the book

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Trigger_Rush, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Trigger_Rush

    Trigger_Rush Paladin

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    I've been reading Starship Troopers again for the umpteenth time and came across a passage I felt was rather eerie in its accuracy and premonition.

    Mind you, this book was originally printed in 1959.

     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Man, I haven't read that book in a decade. Maybe time I go dig it up.


    So true.
     

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    Tis True. I need to buy that book.
     
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    I've worn out three copies! Best book ever. Oh yeah, and worst movie ever.
     
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    I read it over 30 years ago.

    It is a pretty deep read.
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Up there with "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".
     
  7. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Heinlein was a real smart guy.
     
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    RAH had a good idea of what life was about. No free lunches, no free rides, you pay for what you get and get what you pay for.
     
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    ... and when you die your friends will make soup out of your finger and toast you with it. ;)
     
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    G33 Frisky! CLM Millennium Member

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    :supergrin::supergrin:
    And said it straight.

    I particularly like the distinction he made between citizen and civilian.
     
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  11. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    I just finished reading Starman Jones and will finish Citizen of the Galaxy later tonight.

    Don't pelt me with Barsoom souvenirs, but I'm not a huge fan of Number of the Beast, Cat Who Walked Through Walls and his other work in that style, but his shorter early works are quite nice.

    NB: when I was in high school (back before fire was invented) you couldn't be a real geek unless you carried a copy of Stranger in a Strange Land where all could see it. If you said 'grok,' us band kids would beat you up. :supergrin:
     
  12. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Isn't that the movie where they are battling giant bugs???
     
  13. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    It wasn't really a movie. More like an eighth-grade class project.
    Horrible example of the film maker's craft.
     
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    Critias Freelancer CLM

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    Better to just forget the movie -- or, at least, tell yourself the movie had nothing to do with the book -- and read it. Heinlein wrote some pretty good stuff, and it was as much a political commentary as it was a sci-fi story. I think you'd get a kick out of it.
     
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    Haldor Formerly retired EE.

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    Don't feel bad, I hated Number of the Beast too (it is the only RAH book I was never able to finish). I am willing to make allowances for the works he wrote in the '80s because of his earlier work, but they are don't interest me. Number of the Beast was his first novel after a 7 year recovery from very poor health. RAH nearly died of peritonitis while writing I Will Fear No Evil and I don't think he was ever really on top of his game after that.
     
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    I am a great Heinlein fan, but IMO, he started to slip after "Stranger..."
     
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    I've always wanted to see a good movie treatment of Glory Road.

    Policeman: "Sir, why are you wearing a sword?"

    Scar: "A gentleman wears a sword when he goes out."

    :thumbsup:
     
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    The shower scene was worth a rental.
     
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    I think the movie was supposed to be "goofy" and goofy it was.....I enjoyed it. Book was interesting as well.
     
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    One of my favorite all time books... yet one of the worst movies ever. My wife likes cheesy movies, so she likes the movie - heck we OWN it - I keep telling her she needs to read i!