- The Starship Troopers Films
- The Novel
- Roughnecks Chronicles
- Starship Troopers OVA: The 1988 Anime
- The Games of Starship Troopers
This wiki is dedicated to the film series Starship Troopers and the book of the same name. Along with the movies there has been a TV series and numerous games based on either the book or film as well as merchandise.
What is Starship Troopers?
Starship Troopers was written by Robert Heinlein in 1959. Set in the future, a teenager joins Earth's military in a war against a race of giant insect-like aliens. The book has gained notability for its controversial view of warfare and suffrage; in Heinlein's future, people must serve the Federation (whether it be military service, or some other form of public service) in order to vote or hold public office; classic American-style democracies had collapsed into anarchy long ago. Still, it is considered a classic of science-fiction literature and introduced several new concepts, including powered armour. It was also a punch in the face of Heilien's pacifistic-minded colleagues and military conscription.
In 1988 an anime named Uchu no Senshi (Starship Troopers) was released to commemorate the novel and its author by Studio Nue. It was only six episodes in length and featured powered armour almost precisely as it was described in the 1959 novel (aside from an inclusion of machine-guns and heavy auto-cannons as hand-held arms) and amorphous aliens who were not the pseudo-arachnid 'Bugs', but an entirely different alien menace altogether. This series' last known release format was on LaserDisc and it was never released in the West. It can however be found for download on the torrent site Demonoid.
In 1997, Paul Verhoeven directed a film adaptation of Heinlein's novel. Starring Casper van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Michael Ironside, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, and Clancy Brown, the film was a financial failure and just as controversial as the book, although taking a satirical approach, directly opposing Heinlein's views. However, the film was nominated for best special effects at the Academy Awards. Over the last decade, Starship Troopers has gained a cult following and has since spun off two direct-to-DVD sequels, a role-playing game, and numerous computer and board games.
In 1999 Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles a CGI-animated television series somewhere between the novel by Robert A Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven (who served as executive producer for the series) was broadcast. It follows the exploits of the Mobile Infantry squad "Razak's Roughnecks" during the SICON-Arachnid war, and focuses mainly on the small actions in which the squad participates, rather than addressing the larger war.
This wiki will set out to provide detailed information on every aspect of the Starship Troopers universe from the bugs to the gear, from the recreation deck of Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga to the agrarian fields of Roku San in order to provide fans and curious bystanders any knowledge on the subject they want. Note again, however, that there are at least four recognized canons directly contradicting each other. To avoid confusion there are no articles that span outside a single universe.
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