Starship Troopers and the Nine-Year-Old: Heinlein at 100July 26, 2007
Robert Heinlein influenced me deeply. In ways I won’t ever fully know. I read Starship Troopers when I was nine, and it was the title that set fully ablaze an already-smouldering early love for the written word. Whatever else might be said about its political or cultural overtones, it remains a smashing, action-packed story that grabbed a hold of my young imagination and never really let go.
In later years, I discovered Stranger in a Strange Land — 10-15 years too late to catch its counter-culture heyday, but multiple readings still gave the desired mind-stretching effect.
With the one hundredth anniversary of Heinlein’s birth being celebrated this month, it seemed a good time to remember.