I just finished Starship Trooper by Robert Heinlein, and I’m excited to share my thoughts.
At the library a few weeks ago, I picked this book off the shelf for 3 reasons:
- Robert Heinlein is a science fiction legend. I loved The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
- It’s a Hugo Award Winning novel, and I gotta be working on that bucket list.
- I’ve been making my way through John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, and that was heavily influenced/inspired by Starship Troopers.
When I saw it on the shelf, I decided to take a break from everything else I’d planned on reading. Here’s what it was like for me.
Starship Troopers wasn’t out of this world. It was pretty intense military sci-fi. It was slow at times. There weren’t many characters, and since I didn’t really connect with the main character, it was kind of hard to care at times. It also had what some would argue as racist themes, but I disagree. (We can talk about why some time if you want; maybe that will be a separate blog post some day.)
All that aside, I still enjoyed reading Starship Troopers – for completely nostalgic reasons. I originally picked up the book because it had inspired books that I’ve been reading lately. And you could definitely tell, in all the best ways. It was fun to read a book where much of the military science fiction that I like was birthed.
While it wasn’t my type of science fiction and I probably won’t read it again, Heinlein paved the way for John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, and so many others. And I’m so grateful that he did.