Can't believe I took so long to get around reading STARSHIP TROOPERS.. book's been fantastic so far.
I came across that one when I was a child and on a "reading binge". The book is more political than the movie makes it seem. I think I also read "The Shining" around that time...
XD There have been threads about this before, and without meaning to demean anyone, Heinlein was a right wing nut. :P Even his friends admitted as much and I remember seeing a taped interview with Ellison who, while being a life long friend of Heinlein, also said he was a giant asshole. :P
Robert believed all that "domino theory red menace crap" that almost killed this country via McCarthyism and of course led to the mess of the Vietnam Conflict, of which Heinlein was a HUGE supporter.
With the movie Verhoeven of course set out to make a parody of the book (which I think he was brilliantly successful doing) but I'm still puzzled how he got away with it. It takes guts to get the rights to this classic book and then use it to make a huge big budget movie just to make fun of it. As a peace freak I thought it was great and did a brilliant job of showing how fucking stupid all that gung-ho 'saviors of decency and democracy American hero B.S.', but I can certainly see how it pissed off many of Henlein's fans.