Comment: Starship Troopers was an aberration.

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Starship Troopers was an aberration.

Most of Heinlein's work (and I've read nearly all of it) is much more pro-liberty and takes a jaundiced view of Authority. You do him a grave injustice if you judge him by that one book. Try The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress -- a much better book than Stranger, IMO, and WORLDS better than Starship Troopers.

I do recommend, in chronological order of publication (and some of my particular favorites marked with an asterisk):
Red Planet*
Between Planets
The Rolling Stones*
The Star Beast*
Tunnel in the Sky*
Double Star
Time for the Stars*
Citizen of the Galaxy*
The Door into Summer
Have Space Suit Will Travel*
Methuselah's Children*
Stranger in a Strange Land*
Podkayne of Mars
Glory Road*
Time Enough For Love*
Expanded Universe (anthology of short stories)
Friday

And for the record, I like Heinlein better than Asimov, Clarke and Bradbury put together -- and I've read many books by all of them. None of the others are even vaguely libertarian -- and I'm hard put to recall a single memorable character from any of their books.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...