9 comments on “Orphan Troopers

  1. I agree about how very interesting Helena has become in the second season. I hated her in the first season but she has been a joy to watch this time. First I thought, well, she’s not so bad after all and then I came to actually like her a lot.

    Where Season Two bogged down for me was at the farm. I so hated Henrik and almost everything about that place that it spoiled my enjoyment of any episode with too much focus on it. Glad when Helena burned it down. Go, Helena!

    • Throughout the first season I thought she was still an interesting character even if she was portrayed as a villain. Her redemption arc throughout the second season made the show for me. When she fell in love with Jesse might have been one of my favorite scenes. And I agree I kind of wish that whole subplot of the farm was gone. I think we were all wishing for Helena to take her revenge!

  2. “While I don’t feel like this book was as preachy as Stranger” — yes, because he wrote this one earlier and for a different subgenre of SF (with different requirements) — the juvenile. Of course, his editors thought it was too dark so it wasn’t marketed as one.

    But yes, I find his unabashed jingoism rather hard to bare sometimes…

    • I think it’s interesting that Heinlein intended Starship Troopers for a younger audience. The history of Heinlein’s work and the man himself fascinate me. However, my issue with Stranger was the bluntness with which he conveys his viewpoints. Reading a lecture isn’t what I want in my science fiction. This book shares that problem, regardless of intended audience or genre, albeit to a lesser extent. I think in many ways that makes Starship Troopers a more enjoyable book.

      And I agree it can be grating after awhile. I try to see it as partly a product of the time.

      • I enjoy social SF with such ruminations… But yes, they can be conveyed in a more artful way. But, I find Heinlein to be the most overrated of the so-called “greats.”

      • I agree that a social commentary is almost a necessity for a great work of science fiction. Heinlein’s ideas are more sound than his execution. I’m relatively new to classic science fiction. From what I’ve read of Heinlein I’m inclined to agree with you. I checked out your blog along with your top rated books and most I’ve never heard of. I’m excited to add a few to my reading list. I noticed that your all-time favorites weren’t listed. Would you mind sharing some of your all-time favorites?

      • Realize that I enjoy more radical/experimental/literary SF from the 50s-70s… Not most space opera/pulp/hard SF.

        I haven’t really put together a best of list. The rating listing is only from the lifespan of my blog.

        I have a few more standard favorites which I haven’t written reviews for.

        Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness
        Philip K. Dick: Martian Time-Slip, Ubik
        Stanislaw Lem: Cyberiad, Solaris

        etc.

      • I’m trying to broaden my SF scope and read as much as I can from the various subgenres. I really appreciate you sharing these. Most of the lists I look to for guidance have the same top books (Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune, Ender’s Game, etc.) but your books are new to me. Ubik sounds especially interesting. Thanks again and I look forward to reading more from your blog.

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