The book was written in 1959 by Robert A. Heinlein, an authentic American Science Fiction Master. Heinlein put forth the premise that there is a difference between Citizens and Civilians. Citizens put their lives on the line to defend their country. Civilians are… to put it politely… consumers. The movie was made in 1997 by Paul Verhoeven, of RoboCop fame.
“Service Guarantees Citizenship” – that’s how the movie version puts it. Paul goes over the top just a bit – and it’s SOoooo entertaining. You’ll be reminded of America in the World War II era. Uncle Sam wants YOU! But it’s true, isn’t it? If we don’t fight for our way of life, we’ll be overrun, right? I mean, Verhoeven is Dutch, and the Dutch had to fight the Nazis big time.
Both the original novel and the movie were severely criticized for social and political themes and “promoting militarism.” Starship Troopers, the movie, definitely gives a new flavor to the words “hyperbole” and “satire.” But… I still LIKE it. And Starship Troopers 3, the movie, goes even more over the top, presenting a satire of … religion *gasp*. As in: first making fun of religion as detrimental to the war effort; then supporting it as in “God is on our side and He wants us to Win. God is a Citizen too!” And perhaps more to the point, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”
So… is Starship Troopers fact or fiction? Seriously, I wanna know.