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Robert Heinlein


Starship Troopers
Year 1959
Publisher Four Square  (New English Library)
ISBN 0441783589



Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" are the jet-propelled infantrymen of the future.  In a galactic war of untold violence and destruction, they scour the metal-strewn emptiness of space and hunt out The Enemy.

But neither the viciousness of their electronic armour nor the bloodthirsty militarism of their training can save them from the grip of loneliness and fear.

It is a simple story about war, this one some 5,000 years in the future; and about the soldiers that fight the war.  Above all it is the story of the making of a man - John Rico - from the time he leaves school to enlist till he commands his own platoon of infantrymen.




Winner of the Hugo Award

Critics have complained that Robert Heinlein has used Starship Troopers to glorify war, to propound a political system based on a military oligarchy, of appealing to those instincts (best kept suppressed) of violence and destruction.

Yet, whenever polls of the most popular science fiction novels are taken Starship Troopers invariably comes high on the list.



Hubble images



Credit: NASA

15 Years of Hubble
When the Hubble Space Telescope rocketed into orbit aboard the Shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990, the world of astronomy was forever changed for the better. The four images above only begin to describe Hubble's ability to amaze with both beauty and science.

Clockwise from top left:

Helix Nebula: In 2002, Hubble caught this dizzying look down a trillion-mile-long tunnel of glowing gases. Combined with a wide view from a ground telescope, it's one of the largest and most detailed celestial images ever made.

Close Encounter with Mars: Polar white contrasts with rusty surface terrain in this August 2003 image, taken when the red planet was just 35 million miles from Earth, its closest approach in 60,000 years.

Eagle Nebula: This 1995 photo of eerie, dark pillar-like structures has appeared on magazine covers, postcards and computer desktops worldwide. The pillars are actually columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that serve as incubators for new stars.

Galactic Cannibalism: A massive black hole hidden at the center of nearby galaxy, Centaurus A, feeds on a smaller galaxy in a spectacular collision.

NASA Image of the day archive





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