Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. The first-person narrative is about a young soldier named Juan Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit equipped with powered armor. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid
species known as "The
Bugs". Through Rico's eyes, Heinlein examines moral and philosophical aspects
virtue, and necessity
Starship Troopers won the Hugo
Award for Best Novel in 1960 and helped create a sub-genre of literature
known as military
science fiction. It is on the reading lists of the U.S.
Army and Marines,
and is the only science fiction novel on the reading list at all four U.S.
military academies. Starship Troopers has been adapted into
several films and games, most famously the 1997
film by Paul
Verhoeven. The novel has attracted controversy and criticism of its social
and political themes, which some critics believe are militaristic. (Wikipedia)