Do you have what it takes to be a citizen? Watch the new trailer for Starship Troopers: Marauder and find out. The second direct-to-DVD sequel to Paul Verhoeven's classic satire lays on the mockery pretty thick this time around. "Let's go crack a planet" is already my new catchphrase. You can also see the new-style "bombadier" bug, with its long eyestalk shooting white flames.
@Garrison Dean: "It was a political essay on his part detailing an idealized albeit facisist Utopia. It for a while was widely read in navy schools due to its "accuracy" of military life and concepts. It part of the reason Haldeman wrote the "Forever War" as a negative response to the glorification of military in Starship Troopers."
No, sorry...it wasn't. First off: Heinlein's society was NOT fascist. Follow my link above for specific explanations therein. While I didn't agree with some of Heinlein's politics, calling him an idealistic fascist is way off the mark. Heinlein's political discussions in the book center on two concepts: citizenship is a privilege, not a right and violence is single most effective form of change than mankind has ever used and to believe otherwise is naive.
Joe Haldeman was a Vietnam vet and the Forever War is his satire and criticism of THAT. Haldeman, you know...a member of the HEINLEIN SOCIETY, has repeatedly stated in interviews that the FW is NOT a satire of Starship Troopers. Further, he has pointed out that the society in FW is EXACTLY the kind of conscripted, inefficient state that Heinlein despised and advocated AGAINST in ST.
I think a lot of the misconceptions come from the fact that fewer and fewer people have read the BOOK, Starship Troopers, versus having seen the movie, and assume Verhoeven's anti-fascist agenda came from the book and not his personal politics.