Starship Troopers (Filipino Main Char)

Im pretty sure most of you know and love the movie Starship Troopers, But have you ever read the book?

Before the movie there was a book and I just recently found out that the main character is a Filipino

Wikipedia – “The first-person narrative is about a young Filipino soldier named Johnnie Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit equipped with powered armor. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”. Through Rico’s eyes, Heinlein examines moral and philosophical aspects of suffrage, civic virtue, the necessities of war and capital punishment, and the nature of juvenile delinquency.


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1 Response to “Starship Troopers (Filipino Main Char)”

  1. 1 Jonny June 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Excerpt from the book:

    I said, “There ought to be one named _Magsaysay_.”
    Bennie said, “What?”
    “Ramon Magsaysay,” I explained. “Great man, great soldier — probably
    be chief of psychological warfare if he was alive today. “Didn’t you
    study any history?”
    “Well,” admitted Bennie, “I learned that Simo’n Bolivar built the
    Pyramids, licked the Armada, and made the first trip to the Moon.”
    “You left out marrying Cleopatra,” I said.
    “Oh, that. Yup. Well, I guess every country has its own version of
    “I’m sure of it.” I added something to myself and Bennie said, “What
    did you say?”
    “Sorry, Bernardo. Just an old saying in my own language. I suppose
    you could translate it, more or less, as `Home is where the heart is.'”
    “But what language was it?”
    “Tagalog. My native language.”
    “Don’t they talk Standard English where you come from?”
    “Oh, certainly. For business and school and so forth. We just talk
    the old speech around home a little. Traditions, you know.”
    “Yeah, I know. My folks chatter in Espan~ol the same way. But where
    do you–” The speaker started playing “Meadowland”; Bennie broke into
    a grin. “Got a date with a ship! Watch yourself, fellow! See you.”

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