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Starship Troopers. 1959 Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1959.
G.P. Putnam's Sons.
New York.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Cover illustration by Jerry Robinson.
310 pages.
Price: $3.95.

Starship Troopers was written as a Heinlein juvenile novel but was rejected by publisher Charles Scribner's Sons.

The novel was then expanded and adapted to appeal to a wider audience before it was accepted for publication by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

First published in condensed form as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October and November 1959 issues) under the title Starship Soldier.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1979 printing of the New English Library paperback edition, SBN 450037274. Cover illustration by Gordon C. Davies.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers are the jet-propelled infantrymen of the future. In a galactic war of untold violence and destruction, they scour the metal-strewn emptiness of space and hunt out The Enemy.

But neither the viciousness of their electronic armour nor the bloodthirsty militarism of their training can save them from the grip of loneliness and fear.

Heinlein is an acknowledged master of Science Fiction, a genius who has become spokesman for a whole generation. And his starship trooper John Rico, rising from boyhood dreams to high command in the cosmos, is a hero of the first dimension – and beyond.

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