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Highly influential, surprisingly modern
on 3 March 2017
This book was released in 1959, and as a piece of speculative fiction it is an incredible piece of work; even in its first few sentences describing a society that has reached its logical extreme, due in part to the discovery of a mathematically proveable moral calculus, a powerful command of science and psychology, and a military dictatorship imposed as the only way to restore order after a Liberal elite destroys democracy in the first world. Starship Troopers is an important piece of speculative fiction that, in the tradition of 1984 and a brave new world, demonstrates how easy it is for society to give up on the idea of personal freedom in exchange for a way of life that is much more structured and easy to understand.
If people stop writing speculative fiction for fear of being controversial, we could very easily fall into the sorts of traps that this fiction helps us identify.
In addition, if you have ever seen or heard of a heavily armoured space marine in any incarnation, it will have elements inspired by the science fiction elements contained in this very book. The influence this book has had on science fiction over the decades cannot be understated.