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Illustrated by Stephen Hickman
Introduced by Joe Haldeman
Legendary science-fiction artist Stephen Hickman brings every inch of frenetic action to the page in the first illustrated edition of Robert A. Heinlein’s Hugo Award-winning Starship Troopers. Introduced by Joe Haldeman.
Earth is caught in the midst of a deadly conflict with the implacable Arachnids, a swarm of insect-like aliens intent on wiping out all human life. Fresh recruit Juan ‘Johnny’ Rico signs up impulsively, keen to prove himself in the upper echelons of the Navy. Instead he finds himself assigned to the Mobile Infantry, the frantic and hardcore frontline where all that stands between life and an alien death is a sophisticated armoured suit. Thrown into a training programme that may well kill him before he even gets a crack at the ‘bugs’, Johnny’s destiny lies in war-torn space.
‘Nothing has come along that can match it.’
- Science Fiction Weekly
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with blocked metallic paper sides
Set in Meridien with Stencil display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads
Metallic coloured page edges
Slipcase with a printed inset colour label
10˝ x 6 ¾˝
The philosophy of war
‘I always get the shakes before a drop.’
Winning a Hugo in 1960, Starship Troopers is one of the first great works of military science-fiction, and its author has been celebrated as one of the masters of the wider genre alongside Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick. Serving in the US Navy for 5 years, Robert A. Heinlein brought the lived experience of his service to this, his most famous work. Written partly in reaction to the US policy of ceasing nuclear testing in the late 1950s, Starship Troopers remains a controversial novel, with its central argument that violent conflict is an inevitable and necessary part of human civilisation. In his warm and perceptive introduction for this edition, Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War, talks about the influence Starship Troopers had on his own work, and how the fallout of the Vietnam War changed the speculative fiction of the 1960s and 1970s.
Iconic science-fiction hardware
Popularised by Paul Verhoeven’s film version in 1997, Starship Troopers has had a wide and lasting influence across multiple arenas, with the ‘powered armour’ of the Mobile Infantry becoming a familiar sight in films, television, comic books and video games. In part thanks to Heinlein’s rousing vision of future warfare, armoured exoskeletons are edging closer to being a reality for soldiers currently serving, and the book itself remains on the required reading list for US Marines.
Depicting a war-torn universe
For this, the first illustrated edition, science-fiction and fantasy illustrator Stephen Hickman has been commissioned to produce 7 illustrations, with 2 double-page spreads. A Hugo Award winner himself and known throughout the SFF community for his work inspired by writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Larry Niven and Anne McCaffrey, Hickman brings fantastical space opera to each full-colour page, conjuring vast spaceships, unsettling chitinous legs and dreamy plumes of nuclear flame.
About Robert A. Heinlein
About Joe Haldeman
About Stephen Hickman
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