Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959) marked his transition from writing juvenile pulp science fiction to serious novels of ideas, in this case setting forth a highly reactionary and militarist political philosophy. Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film of Starship Troopers takes quite a few liberties with Heinlein’s plot but manages to capture its spirit and communicate its key ideas. (more…)
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Guide to Kulchur
Episode 4: Starship Troopers
Counter-Currents contributor Guillaume Durocher joins Fróði Midjord on the latest episode of the new podcast series, Guide to Kulchur, to discuss Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film Starship Troopers, which is based on a novel by renowned science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein and portrays a fascist future society embroiled in a war of extermination against a civilization of intelligent bugs. Both the book and the film reveal political insights that are not often seen in today’s popular culture. The episode is available on both YouTube and Spreaker (see below).
Attack of the Bugmen!
Heinlein & Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers
Robert Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers is a genre-defining classic of science fiction. First published in 1959, Heinlein’s work is audacious in propounding aristocratic militarism, will-to-power, social inequality, and contempt for liberal and mercantile values. Starship Troopers describes the path of a young man, Johnny Rico, from uncertain recruit to achieving the rank of Field Officer in an interstellar war against the “Bugs,” a species of giant arachnids. (more…)
Does Right-wing science fiction even exist? Indeed it does. Authors like Frank Herbert (Dune), Gordon Dickson (Dorsai), Jerry Pournelle (The Mercenary), and Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) have one or two things to say to a man of the Right – the real Right, the Right unaffected by political correctness. And the prime American sci-fi author in this respect is Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1987). Seen from the Right, there’s no comparable American popular author, widely read from after WWII to this day.