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Was this reference in Starship Troopers a real one?

This may be a reference to the actions of Lt. Commander Bruce McCandless during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Quoting the linked Wikipedia page: He was serving as communications officer of the cruiser ...
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Why do readers of Starship Troopers think Juan/Johnny is Filipino?

There is no ambiguity in the scene where it is revealed Juan Rico speaks Tagalog. I added something to myself and Bennie said "What did you say?" "Sorry, Bernado. Just an old saying ...
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What is the platoon organization in Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"?

Rico describes a hypothetical M.I.-only division (one not having non-M.I. units like telepaths or K-9) as: This imaginary division has 10,800 men in 216 platoons, each with a lieutenant. Three ...
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Starship Troopers Choose Your Own Adventure with RPG aspects

After writing up the entire question, I clicked a related question about a Star Trek Choose Your Own Adventure and found Hypnosifl's answer pointing me to gamebooks.org. It was Robert Heinlein's ...
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Starship Troopers (Novel): Marauder Suit Armament

In addition to the hand flamer and the rocket launcher, at one point in the first drop Rico uses his "heavy flamer" to burn a hole in a wall. But mostly Rico specifically doesn't talk about ...
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In Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, how did Lt. Zander Barcalow achieve his grade so fast?

According to the film script it's actually Captain Deladier who is the Instructor. Zander is merely Ibanez' supervisor and a lowly Second Lieutenant to boot, a rank that Ibanez evidently secures as ...
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In Starship Troopers (the novel), what are the approximate sizes of the worker and warrior arachnids?

Workers and warriors are same size (because they can't be easily told apart, if they weren't it would be easy) But we were learning. Technical instructions and tactical doctrine orders resulted ...
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In Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, how did Lt. Zander Barcalow achieve his grade so fast?

Remember first, Zander went into the Service well before (months) before Carmen, Carl, and Rico joined up. During this time he has already gone through flight school and is established as a pilot on ...
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How long was the boot training at Camp Currie?

Let us consider the known quantities and their relationships - apologies for the length: Juan signed up "...for a term of not less than two years..." in Chapter 2. "Mr Weiss, the placement officer, ...
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education before officer's school in Starship Troopers: plot hole?

I believe you're reading "education" in a different way than Heinlein intended. Ace doesn't have "enough education to hit the selection exams" - he may have done enough to ...
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education before officer's school in Starship Troopers: plot hole?

Here is a frame challenge. The OP says that Juan Rico seems to have ended his formal education with high school, and yet has enough more education than his friend Ace that Rico can go to officer's ...
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Starship Troopers (Novel): Marauder Suit Armament

Covers are useless, go by the text. The MI also have "Y-Rack" grenade launchers, which seems to use a significant weight of ammo. Main weapons or secondaries? They way they can be set to automatic ...
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Why was Rico listed amongst the dead?

In the film Johnny was seen (on the live camera feed at the start of the film) horribly wounded behind enemy lines. His own comrades would have reported him missing from their evac pod, likely killed ...
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How long was the boot training at Camp Currie?

In the book when Juan Rico is on his way to OCS he runs into his father at the spaceport. His father states that his boot camp was two months shorter because they had not had Sundays off. That would ...
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What is the size of Mobile Infantry in "Starship Troopers"?

Heinlein never explicitly gives us any numbers, but it is implied to be very small. The books explicit state that, with the advent of smart rockets, nukes and other ways of dealing massive death from ...
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In the Starship Troopers movie, what remains of Robert A. Heinlein's original novel?

The majority of the book is Rico going deciding to be a trooper, why, getting schooled on why the government system works the way it does, and the experience of him going from naive rich kid slacker ...
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Did Heinlein advocate the apparently militaristic, if not fascist society of Starship Troopers?

The book indeed discusses that military service is not the only option for federal service. Chapter 12 pages 173-185 discuss this in OCS. The very placement of applicants seeking federal service in ...
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How did Rico survive the initial assault in Starship Troopers?

This was addressed in the film's original script. In short, Johnny was spotted by the troopers of the 2nd Brigade who'd been sent to relieve them after their position was overrun. The Lieutenant ...
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Do women have the same rights as men in "Starship Troopers"?

The movie, for all its faults, got the principles better than the book. If anything, the movie probably overestimates the number of women in the MI, due to differences in physical strength and ...
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Do women have the same rights as men in "Starship Troopers"?

To quote the film's screenwriter (Ed Neumeier) from the Director/Screenwriter audio commentary: It's actually a kinda society that works pretty well. There's no sexism, there's no racism and we'll ...
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What is the complete list of all "Starship Troopers" comics?

Insect touch #1, Dark Horse, UPC 7-61568-96742-5 00111 (May, 1997) Insect touch #2, Dark Horse, UPC 7-61568-96742-5 00211 Insect touch #3, Dark Horse, UPC 7-61568-96742-5 00311 Brute creations, Dark ...
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Why do readers of Starship Troopers think Juan/Johnny is Filipino?

Regarding the false impression that people have that Johnny (in the book) is from Buenos Aires: When Johnny first hears about the attack, he has no particular reaction: The loss of Buenos Aires did ...
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In Starship Troopers (the novel), what are the approximate sizes of the worker and warrior arachnids?

I seem to recall a passage where the worker is described as being the size of a cow. This is when Rico falls into the lair and is briefly surprised about why he isn't dead until he realizes that it's ...
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Why do readers of Starship Troopers think Juan/Johnny is Filipino?

Johnny (Juan) Rico is indeed Filipino in the novel, (revealed in the final chapter) but he is a White guy from Buenos Aires in the film. You must have the novel and film mixed up. When Buenos Aires ...
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Was Mobile Infantry in Starship Troopers modeled on the Marines or the Army?

The Mobile Infantry concept is based on Heinlein's own experience as a Naval officer and contemporary military doctrine. At that time, military leaders were experimenting with the 'pentomic' army. ...
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