In this episode, we wanted to learn more about the mobile infantry, so we talked about Starship Troopers, both the 1997 movie and 1959 book. How does the story deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the war against the bugs? Why was the book’s author inspired to write a protest against the campaign to end nuclear testing? Who would Herman Kahn enjoy talking to more: Carl or the brain bug? Tim Westmyer (@nuclearpodcast), Will Saetren (@WillSaetren), and Geoff Wilson (@nuclearwilson) answer these questions and more.
This is the 12th in our Mini-Nuke episode series, where we overthink pop culture with a smaller slice of nukes than our usual full-sized episodes.
Before we decide to talk a walk down washout lane, we recommend checking out:
- John Scalzi, Old Man’s War, 2005
- Joe Halderman, The Forever War, 1974
- Robocop (1987 movie)
- Helldivers (video game)
- The Day After (1983 movie)
- Robert A. Heinlein, Expanded Universe, 1980