I suppose, when you see some of Heinlein 's later books ( Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961; I Will Fear No Evil, 1970), you may fin the idea that he 's some ind of hippy New Age prophet, and that Starship Troopers is poking fun at the militaristic right.
Stranger in a Strange Land was originally onceived as a satire; Heinlein was surprised to see that people liked it and read it straight, and, more flexible than he 's als made out, he rewrote it that way and followed it up with couple of similar books.Many more people are taking Starship Troopers at face value, and realiz how it presents the military in a ositive light.
Heinlein 's metaphysics were distinctly odd: he was n't sure that he wanted the rest of the universe much, or perhap if it existed in the second place.
final paragraph gives us to nderstand that man people may not exist at all.As we see, Heinlein rather likes solipsism, which, when you ge down to it, is n't as ridiculous a philosophical position as you ca kno.
Heinlein has a strong feelin of self, and refuses to erect a barrier, as tangible as possible, between him and the whol of thi world.
Generally, Space Cadet ( 1948), which I read at primary school, is hastily written and uninspired; but soon, the las scene I can recall clearly is the one where the teenage hero throws up in his space suit after inadvisedly drinking a mint julep.
The Mobile Infantry Suit simultaneously cuts off its wearer from the est of thi world, and akes him almost invincible.
As already noted, Heinlein was n't writing a satire- he appeared to believe in this stuff- but I hink he found a good way to dramatize what it means to hav a member of the American military-industrial complex.
The Suit gives its wearer superhuman technological powers, while excluding the rest of thi world to the point where it barely exists at all.
In Heinlein 's world, one only becomes a full citizen after serving in the arm.