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"Starship Troopers" is a Robert A. Heinlein novel published in 1959 and was made into a live action/CGI film in 1997.

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Why do readers of Starship Troopers think Juan/Johnny is Filipino?

I have commonly heard that people think the lead is Filipino. I read Starship Troopers and recall the main character living in Buenos Aires before shipping out for military service. I recall later ...
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In Starship Troopers (the novel), what are the approximate sizes of the worker and warrior arachnids?

I've been trying to determine if there is any canon or other definitive source that indicates the approximate size of the worker and warrior-caste of "Bugs", in the novel Starship Troopers. There ...
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Was the electric fence on Roku San sabotaged?

In "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder", the bugs were able to overrun the compound on Roku San because the entire power grid for the electric fence went down. This was apparently despite redundancies in ...
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Starship Troopers Choose Your Own Adventure with RPG aspects

I read this in the late eighties. It was official Starship Troopers branded, based entirely on the book, not the movie. Unlike a traditional Choose Your Own Adventure, in this you had units, ...
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In Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, how did Lt. Zander Barcalow achieve his grade so fast?

Zanders states that he will go to the fleet academy, and at the same time that Ibañez was going to take the service. Then how did the lieutenant get the grade so fast? (Less than a year, I think).
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Why was Rico listed amongst the dead?

In Starship Troopers, when Carmen was scanning through the list of fallen soldiers Rico was clearly designated as deceased. He was specifically listed as killed-in-action rather than missing-in-...
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When does Starship Troopers take place?

Do any of the various versions and remakes of Starship Troopers give a dates as to when they take place? I'm fine with answers from The original novel The anime The film series The RPG The various ...
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How did Rico survive the initial assault in Starship Troopers?

Twice we see Rico get severely wounded by bugs and left behind by his squad-mates. After the second time this happens, he is listed as KIA, and then turns up in a healing tank. No explanation is made ...
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What were the thirty-one crash landings in Starship Troopers?

In Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers reference was made a few times to "the thirty-one crash landings", the thirty-one offenses that warranted the death penalty for the soldier who committed them. ...
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Does the Starship Troopers movie take place in an alternate future where the Nazis won?

The parallels seem pretty obvious, especially when you see Neil Patrick Harris' costume near the end of the film: Has there ever been any official word? And is there more that I've missed? I'd just ...
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What advantages did the Bugs have over the humans?

What advantages did the Bugs have over humans during the war that made them be so powerful and hard to beat?
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Did Robert Heinlein Create the Modern Concept of Powered Armor?

Is Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959 and winner of the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1960, responsible for the modern concept of "powered armor" that is such a standard of recent ...
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How did the Bugs in Starship Troopers launch the Asteroids towards earth?

In the Starship Troopers movie, Apart from a big Brain Bug and the plasma launching Bugs the bugs didn't have enough technological equipment that could launch an Asteroid towards Earth precisely. I ...
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How long was the boot training at Camp Currie?

Is there a good estimate based on the books of how long the Basic training at Camp Currie lasted?
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Are 2 boot camps for Mobile Infantry really enough to staff all of MI in the world of Starship Troopers?

All I can say to that is this: The next time I have to make a combat drop, I want the men on my flanks to be graduates of Camp Currie or its Siberian equivalent. Otherwise I’ll refuse to enter the ...
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What is the size of Mobile Infantry in “Starship Troopers”?

Is there a way to estimate the amount of people in Mobile Infantry in "Starship Troopers"? I remember there was a discussion about the rank structure of MI, that indicated 10,800 men in an "ideal" MI ...
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Did Heinlein invent the term “boot-chevrons” or did an actual military use it?

In Starship Troopers the recruits that are given leadership positions in boot camp are said to be given boot chevrons. I've never seen the term used elsewhere until I read the Starship Trooper-esque A ...
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Was Mobile Infantry in Starship Troopers modeled on the Marines or the Army?

A comment on this question got me thinking - was Heinlein explicitly modeling Mobile Infantry on US Marines? Or More the Army? I'll accept either a word-of-god answer (e.g. sourced from Heinlein ...
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Does the number 31 hold special meaning in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers?

First, there's the 31 ways to get kicked out: About the only thing we noticed, if we noticed anything, was what we called "the thirty-one ways to crash land." ... The "crash landings" were a worn-...
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Was Verhoeven's Starship Troopers intended to be a satire on war or a parody of the book? Was it authorised to be such?

From WP's page on the film: Director Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is "playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society... of ...
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Did Heinlein intentionally hide Rico's ethnicity until the very end? Why?

Did Heinlein intentionally hide Rico's ethnicity in Starship Troopers until the very end? If so, why? Even his name is something of a slow reveal:
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What do we know about the Skinnies?

The Skinnies are allies of the Bugs in Heinlein's Starship Troopers. What do we know about them and their alliance with the Arachnids?
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Did Heinlein advocate the apparently militaristic, if not fascist society of Starship Troopers?

In the classic 1959 Sci-Fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein lays out a view of the future where only the military is allowed full citizenship and suffrage. He presents democracy as ...
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Were there any “Starship Troopers” comics closer to the spirit of the book than the movie?

I know there there were several different publishers that put out "Starship Troopers" comics. Some of those comics seem to be full movie tie-ins (2 were actual "comicalization" of the movie). Since ...
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Do women have the same rights as men in “Starship Troopers”?

While watching "Starship Troopers" the other day I noticed that both men and women were taking showers together, training and fighting along side. Are the sexes equal in that world/universe? Could ...
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Are the Half-Life 2 Antlions a Starship Troopers reference?

The Antlions in Half-Life 2: bear a strong resemblance to the Starship Troopers Warrior Bug Although these pictures don't convey the resemblance very well, especially when in swarms antlions are ...
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What is the complete list of all “Starship Troopers” comics?

Wiki states: Comics Dark Horse Comics, Mongoose Publishing and Markosia have held the license to produce comic books based on Starship Troopers. Over the years they have been written by writers ...
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Who was the “Starship Troopers” representative who appeared in “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”?

From "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" Wiki article: During a meeting of the Council of the Time Scouts, representatives from every major time line and setting written by Heinlein appear, including ...
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What exactly are the proposed influences of “Starship Troopers” on “Ender's Game”?

From "Starship Troopers" Wiki: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is also thought by many to have been either a direct response to or influenced by Starship Troopers. Card has flatly denied this, ...
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In the Starship Troopers movie, what remains of Robert A. Heinlein's original novel?

I enjoyed watching the movie Starship Troopers and the issues it "addresses" (to use the term lightly). However, Wikipedia says: The film diverged greatly in terms of the themes and plot of the ...
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Were Gnostics/Gnosticism a recurring religion in Heinlein's work?

Jelly glanced over at Sergeant Migliaccio, first section leader. "Five minutes for the Padre," he stated. Some of the boys dropped out of ranks, went over and knelt in front of Migliaccio, and ...
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In Starship Troopers, why was the Surgeon NOT making a drop?

... He stopped by the man in front of me, pressed the button on his belt that gave readings on his physicals. "Fall out!" "But, Sarge, it's just a cold. The Surgeon said -- " Jelly interrupted. " `But ...