STARSHIP TROOPERS 20th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #30

The 20th Anniversary of STARSHIP TROOPERS brought to you by the "GoDaddy Coupons" page at

Scifi classic, or classic trash? You have your opinion, we have ours, which we share in this lovely recap of an extremely fun and slightly polarizing movie that came out twenty years ago.


So come on, you apes — do you wanna live forever? Dive into this delightful cheese-fest with us. Would you like to know more?

“Damn, Carmen, when you said big bugs might splatter our windshield I had no idea!”

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  1. Ben Thorp

    I had a flick through a “book of the film” once, and Paul Verhoeven said that he felt he couldn’t include much of the book, in particular the tech, because it had already been used so much in sci-fi movies that he would be accused of plagiarism.

    1. scottsigler

      Ben: That’s very interesting. And true, to some extent, but since the screenplay they bought had been written before they optioned the book, I’m guessing that wasn’t the biggest reason. How many powered-armor movies were there before 1997?

    1. scottsigler

      Amiko: I really wasn’t that impressed with the book. I’m guessing that’s because the 40 years following its publication has seen scifi grow and mature as a literary form. To me, STARSHIP TROOPERS is a Model-T — without it we might not have today’s cars, but it’s antiquated and couldn’t survive in today’s market.

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