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What are you watching/reading currently? I just started Babylon 5 and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.



I enjoyed that one a lot. I used to order pizza and a coke to watch every new episode when it came out.


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This was pretty funny and even touching at times, I hope the next season doesn't mess it up


Best part is that show only gets better as it goes


Started watching Love Death and Robots. It's super good, if just for the quality of the animation. The stories are ok, nothing too deep cause it's limited to under 15 min but they're fun short stories.


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I only recently read Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. To my surprise, it differed very significantly from the homonym movie in a positive way. It features what is easily one of the most memorable boot camp segments I have come across, up there with Full Metal Jacket, and was a pioneer in conceiving certain staples of the sci-fi war genre such as space marines or insect hordes. The novel wraps up this and more in a compelling coming-of-age story with strong political undertones tied to the hawkish stance that its author adopted throughout the Cold War.

Indeed, Heinlein makes an eloquent case for a militaristic-Darwinian worldview which, regardless of your thoughts on the matter, reveals itself as refreshing as a sharp contrast to the more progressive messages quasi-unanimously forwarded by the entertainment industry of our times. Contrary to what is commonly stated, I would liken the utopia described in the book to Roman republicanism rather than to fascism—this being because the republican government in question equates political life to military service while maintaining a generally libertarian ethos domestically, notwithstanding the contempt that the ruling classes have for civilians.

Overall, this book makes for a great read and I strongly recommend it.


check out edgar rice burroughs if you like alien hordes, he was doing that shit when heinlein was in diapies



I liked this series as well. However, I have no hope for S2 given by what they did to mythic quest. S1 of mythic quest was pretty good, but S2 was ruined with pointless SJW themes and overall terrible writing.


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On the other side of reality from the fascist propaganda of Heinlein and >>62628, in the Roman Republic children of free Romans, including of Roman freedmen, automatically acquired citizenship at birth. As such, the citizens not connected to the military far outnumbered those connected to the military. In fact, citizenship was a requirement for serving in the legions, the exact opposite of Heinlein's setup. Furhermore, it was understood that armies and the military were a necessary evil that was so contrary to the principles of the Republic, that generals automatically reinquished their assigned authority upon entering the legal city limits of Rome, and reverted to the status of civilians while within them. Special venues existed outside the legal city limits of Rome to allow meetings to take place in which generals could participate while retaining their assigned authority.



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Princess kenny



Heinlein's setting indeed isn't a perfect equivalent of any political system seen as of now. Nonetheless, the book has similarities to Roman republicanism in the sense that military service is a duty of citizens (even if, in this case, citizenship is voluntarily applied for and so are the duties, which only makes the overall process less coercive) while social standing and political success is largely linked to performance in warfare. Originally, the various centuries that composed Roman class society in the Republic were divided on the basis of how many resources they could devote to warfare, with the lowest century being reserved for the proletarii, or those unable to pay for their own equipment. In a similar light, officeholders were expected to have accrued military victories (gloria) so as to make a winning bid for most positions. It is correct that Roman leadership positions lacked many prerogatives in the city of Rome (civilian life), most notably the capacity to indiscriminately command and issue death sentences, but that feature is also present in Starship Troopers. The armed forces are ruled by a code much stricter and with fewer guarantees than that which applies to civilians, further reflecting the separation between civil and military life.

On the other side, and in sharp contrast with fascism, the federation described in Starship Troopers operates a small government domestically—it is indicated that taxes are lower than in any other period of recent history—and maintains a clear-cut division between military and civil life. The latter is relevant since civil organizations do not seek to replicate their military counterparts unlike is the case in fascist régimes. Similarly to the Romans, the government maintains a military not because of a romantic exaltation of violence, but in response to factual threats to Earth that warrant a prepared military. The book even notes that the Mobile Infantry is the smallest army in proportion to the population it defends in human history and that unfit recruits are routinely discouraged from entering military service without a clear vocation in an attempt to earn their citizenship fast. Additionally, the federation lacks any staples of fascism such as cross-class state corporatism, a desire to eliminate or overhaul organized religion and functionally replace it with vitalism, or the presence of a cult of personality around a visible “guide”.


THE EXPANSE is gritty sci-fi.


i like this makes you seem smart


Ah, to be a sw geek in 2023. By now the truth about star wars has become inescapable. The whole thing is nothing but 3 dated ok movies and a whole lot of garbage.

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